The Day In Politics, 7/22

Today, we learned that President Obama is bringing frumpy back; House Republicans put out their own message on health care, ahead of Obama's primetime news conference tonight; and Sen. Arlen Specter (D-PA) is in a dead heat with Republican rival Pat Toomey in the state's 2010 Senate race.

We also considered the backlash against and apology by Rep. Carolyn Maloney (D-NY) for using the N-word in recounting another person's use of it; the three things Obama should say about health care; whether health care will be Obama's Waterloo or his Verdun; and the return of Gov. Bobby Jindal (R-LA) to the national stage.

Tomorrow: Obama holds a town-hall meeting on health care in Cleveland; he then travels to Chicago for a DNC fundraiser, then returns to Washington, DC; Secretary of State Hillary Clinton leaves Thailand for Washington, DC after a trop that included a visit to India; tomorrow shw will lead the U.S. delegation to the Association of Southeast Asian Nations Post-Ministerial Conference and Regional Forum; Vice President Joe Biden meets with Georgian President Mikheil Saakashvili, and another with Parliament Speaker David Bakradze.