Friday Must-Reads: The Doctor is Out

Sanjay Gupta, neurosurgeon and CNN personality, is the latest Obama nominee to drop, as he decides not to take the surgeon general due to "timing.


Sanjay Gupta, neurosurgeon and CNN personality, is the latest Obama nominee to drop, as he decides not to take the surgeon general due to "timing." Otherwise it's a slow news day, with writers searching for new gems in old stories:

Michael Steel continues to be under fire with one national committeewoman calling on him to resign. But other lawmakers are rallying round for the timebeing. New allegations—though far from proof—surface in the Burris-Blagojevich quid-pro-quo scandal.  Former Commerce Secretary William Daley and Rep. Jesse Jackson are considering runs against him in 2010. Democrats are having fun with the Rush Limbaugh story, posting a billboard outside his house and using it to rake in some cash. Moderate Republican Sen. Arlen Specter (PA) earns his first legitimate primary opponent in former Rep. Pat Toomey. Other quick notes: Americans United For Change, which has run pro-Dem ads about the stimulus and about Rush, are now advertising in support of Sen. Harry Reid, who is a top target for the GOP. And a few in Congress are using YouTube as a novel way of interacting with voters.

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