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Nancy Pelosi: “I certainly want to be trusted. I’m not particularly concerned if I’m liked.” But she is neither.

House majority leader Steny Hoyer says no floor vote before they leave town.

At times like this, you have to miss Bill Clinton: “Brain Food: Bill Clinton Chows on Double Burger, Onion Rings, French Fries, Milkshake on Eve of Obesity Conference.” For his many faults, Clinton never really wanted a radical transformation of America. He basically liked the country that elected him. One can get nostalgic.

Ben Smith feels compelled to defend his view that Huffington Post is left-leaning. It’s okay, Ben. And Obama isn’t “sort of a God” either.

It’s almost like supply and demand, right? “New U.S. Home Sales Rise Sharply as Prices Fall.”

From the “Ya think?” file: “Biden a Distraction?”

Biden and Eric Holder move a meeting with governors and mayors from New Jersey to Pennsylvania after news of the massive corruption sting. Hmm. Don’t suppose they could move Jon Corzine’s November election there too. This might be a signal that the president won’t be spending much time arm in arm with Corzine either.

Sen. Jim Bunning pleases Republicans and enhances their 2010 prospects by deciding not to run. Kentucky Secretary of State Trey Grayson is a good bet to hold the seat for Republicans.

Rep. John Conyers on the health-care bill: “What good is reading the bill if it’s a thousand pages and you don’t have two days and two lawyers to find out what it means after you read the bill?” Thunk. And the Democrats wonder why the public overwhelmingly thinks they are doing a bad job.

The “honeymoon” with Hugo Chavez is over. No, Obama hasn’t recognized what Chavez is up to. It’s Chavez who is disillusioned. That’s rich. Maybe a “teachable moment” about the nature of dictators.

What’s wrong with this picture? “Almost a month after the June 28 coup, the demonstrations have failed to become more than a minor inconvenience for interim President Roberto Micheletti and the formidable forces that support him: the military, business executives, Supreme Court and almost the entire Congress. Zelaya, however, has received overwhelming support from nearly all foreign governments, which have condemned the coup and isolated the Micheletti government diplomatically.” Might it be that Honduras doesn’t want Zelaya back? Seems like meddling to force a leader on a democratic country.

I know you are shocked that senators got a sweetheart deal and lied about it: “Despite their denials, influential Democratic  Sens. Kent Conrad and  Chris Dodd were told from the start they were getting VIP mortgage discounts from one of the nation’s largest lenders, the official who handled their loans has told Congress in secret testimony.”

Israel’s patience with Obama’s fond hopes for “engagement” with Iran is running out.

One of the Republican Eight who crossed party lines to vote with Democrats, Rep. Mark Kirk, is flip-flopping on cap-and-trade.


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