The First Draft: attention deficit
The suspense has been suspended.
The Senate has ruled out voting on healthcare before the August recess, which puts the brakes on the momentum that President Barack Obama has tried to build.
White House enforcer Rahm Emanuel tells NPR he thinks there will be healthcare legislation by the end of the year for Obama to sign into law.
Wishing rarely makes it so in Washington, and all the pre-recess White House arm-twisting did not produce legislation before the break.
The best gauge for whether healthcare reform goes anywhere anytime soon will be the mood of lawmakers when they return from hanging out with constituents at home.
In the absence of healthcare drama, morning TV focused on the racial debate sparked by Obama commenting on the arrest of a black Harvard scholar.
A Who’s Who of the financial world headlining a 10:30 a.m. regulatory reform hearing before the House Financial Services Committee — Geithner, Bernanke, Bair among them.
Photo credit: Reuters/Jason Reed (Obama at Ohio healthcare meeting)