Emanuel courts opposition to meet August health care deadline

In an effort to push through his boss’ health care bill before August, Rahm Emanuel held a six-hour meeting with the Blue Dogs, fiscally conservative Democrats who want to hold up reform until the end of the year. (NYT)

The Senate Judiciary Committee approved Sonia Sotomayor unanimously and she’ll now be sent to the full Senate for approval. (WSJ)

Fed Chairman Ben Bernanke clashes with Congress over a proposed House bill that would audit top financial institutions. (Bloomberg)

Financial disclosure forms reveal Bernanke’s personal assets down from last year, along with those of Fed Vice Chairman Donald Kohn and top Fed governors. (WSJ)

Nearly a month late, California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger signs a balanced budget. (Reuters)