The Day In Politics, 7/23

Today, we learned that DNI Dennis Blair says he's concentrated on getting along with Congress; the world likes President Obama's America more than President Bush's, but Muslims remain skeptical; Obama is close to naming a cybersecurity director, but the name might be a surprise; Education Secretary Arne Duncan wants to turn No Child Left Behind on its head; the NRCC hit Massachusetts Dems with Obama's comments on Hentry Louis Gates, Jr.; and the NRSC is raffling off Kindles.

We also considered whether the Gates saga would dominate the news cycle; the juicy bits of a Valerie Jarrett profile; a Jennifer Aniston theory of Obamaism; how Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid will spend his recess; agnosticism on the Gates story; some personal experiences with the Cambridge Cops; and two health care predictions.

Tomorrow: President Obama meets with NATO Secretary General Jaap de Hoop Scheffer at the White House; he also attends the Sunset Parade at the Marine Barracks in Washington, DC; Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner testifies before the House Financial Services Committee on the administration's regulatory reform plans; Vice President Joe Biden returns from his trip abroad; and the House Armed Services Committee holds a hearing on reforming the Military Commissions Act of 2006 and detainee policy.