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3:45 PM ET, June 29, 2010

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Dana Milbank / Washington Post:
Kagan may get confirmed, but Thurgood Marshall can forget it  —  Oppo researchers digging into Elena Kagan's past didn't get the goods on the Supreme Court nominee — but they did get the Thurgood.  —  As confirmation hearings opened Monday afternoon, Republicans on the Senate Judiciary Committee took …
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Kasie Hunt / The Politico:
Dems quietly cheer gun ruling  —  When the Supreme Court extended the individual right to own a gun Monday, they handed Second Amendment advocates—many of whom are at home in the GOP—one of their most significant legal victories ever.  —  But who won the day in politics?  The Democrats.
Brian Beutler / TPMDC:
GOPers Who Slammed Marshall's Activism Can't Name A Case Typifying It
Larisa Alexandrovna / Raw Story:
Updated: Supreme Court vacates Siegelman decision
Discussion: Politics Daily and The BRAD BLOG
Susan Crabtree / The Hill:
Kagan promises to set political views aside
Discussion: CNN
Adam Liptak / The Caucus:
Supreme Court Affirms Ruling on ‘Soft Money’ Ban
Discussion: Election Law and THEROOT.COM
New York Times:
Kagan Shifts on Disclosing Legal Views at Hearings
Discussion: Outside the Beltway
Kos / Daily Kos:
More on Research 2000  —  I have just published a report by three statistics wizards showing, quite convincingly, that the weekly Research 2000 State of the Nation poll we ran the past year and a half was likely bunk.  —  Since the moment Mark Grebner, Michael Weissman …
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Kos / Daily Kos:
Research 2000: Problems in plain sight  —  A bit over two weeks ago, a group of statistic wizards (Mark Grebner, Michael Weissman, and Jonathan Weissman) approached me with a disturbing premise — they had been poring over the crosstabs of the weekly Research 2000 polling we had been running …
Discussion: Nitpicker and TPMMuckraker
Steven Shepard / Hotline On Call:
Daily Kos To Sue Former Pollster  —  Daily Kos founder Markos Moulitsas announced today he will file a lawsuit against MD-based pollster Research 2000, alleging that polls Research 2000 was conducting for the liberal blog were fabricated.  —  Moulitsas today published a report by three readers …
Justin Elliott / TPMMuckraker:
Kos Alleges Top Pollster Provided Bogus Data, Will Sue
scottbrown.senate.gov:
Brown Sends Letter To Dodd, Frank Opposing $19 Billion Bank Tax In Financial Reform Bill  —  WASHINGTON, DC - Today, U.S. Senator Scott Brown (R-MA) sent the following letter to Senate Committee on Banking Chairman Chris Dodd and House Committee on Financial Resources Chairman Barney Frank …
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Darren Samuelsohn / The Politico:
Dems offer to scale back climate bill
Jordan Fabian / The Hill:   Reid spokesman: Wall Street vote this week will be ‘difficult’
Brian Stelter / New York Times:
Sharron Angle, Camera-Shy Candidate, Shifts Coverage  —  RENO — There is a game in Nevada called “Where's Sharron Angle?” that the press is tired of playing.  —  Ms. Angle, a Nevada Senate candidate and Tea Party darling, has steadfastly refused to talk to reporters here …
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Think Progress:
Sharron Angle Is Against Abortion In The Case Of Rape Or Incest: It Would Interfere With God's ‘Plan’  —  In a radio interview with Bill Manders on Jan. 25, Sharron Angle — the GOP candidate and Tea Party darling challenging Harry Reid for Nevada's U.S. Senate seat — came out firmly against abortion.
PittsburghLIVE.com:
Obama's good for GOP, Boehner says  —  PITTSBURGH TRIBUNE-REVIEW  —  House Minority Leader John Boehner, the Ohio Republican with his eye on Speaker Nancy Pelosi's gavel, said the tide is turning the GOP's way.  —  “The American people have written off the Democrats,” …
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Michael O'Brien / The Hill:
Top Republican: Raise Social Security's retirement age to 70
Discussion: Pat Dollard
Liz Alderman / New York Times:
In Ireland, a Picture of the High Cost of Austerity  —  DUBLIN — As Europe's major economies focus on belt-tightening, they are following the path of Ireland.  But the once thriving nation is struggling, with no sign of a rapid turnaround in sight.  —  Nearly two years ago …
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Paul Krugman:
A Terrible Ugliness Is Born  —  Liz Alderman offers an excellent, if depressing, portrait of Ireland in austerity.  To fully appreciate its significance, you want to juxtapose it with what the apostles of austerity are saying.  Jean-Claude Trichet: … Uh-huh.
Alexander Bolton / The Hill:
Gen. Petraeus' nomination puts some Democrats in awkward spot  —  President Barack Obama's nomination of Gen. David Petraeus has put some Democrats in a politically awkward position.  —  While Senate Democrats are expected to rally behind Petraeus to replace Gen. Stanley McChrystal …
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Jen DiMascio / The Politico:
Petraeus defends Afghan exit date
Discussion: Commentary
New York Post:
Spy ring's ‘femme fatale’  —  A ring of 11 Russian moles right out of a Cold War spy novel was smashed yesterday — and among those busted was a flame-haired, 007-worthy beauty who flitted from high-profile parties to top-secret meetings around Manhattan.  —  Russian national Anna Chapman …
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New York Times:
In Ordinary Lives, U.S. Sees the Work of Russian Agents
Andrew Breitbart / Big Journalism:
Reward: $100,000 for Full ‘JournoList’ Archive; Source Fully Protected  —  I've had $100,000 burning in my pocket for the last three months and I'd really like to spend it on a worthy cause.  So how about this: in the interests of journalistic transparency, and to offer the American public …
Tom Jensen / Public Policy Polling:
Feingold leads by 2  —  It's looking more and more likely that Wisconsin will be in the top tier of competitive Senate races this fall.  Russ Feingold leads challenger Ron Johnson by only two points, 45-43.  Johnson is polling closer to Feingold than Tommy Thompson was as he contemplated a potential campaign.
Matt Taibbi / Rolling Stone:
Lara Logan, You Suck  —  Lara Logan, come on down!  You're the next guest on Hysterical Backstabbing Jealous Hackfest 2010!  —  I thought I'd seen everything when I read David Brooks saying out loud in a New York Times column that reporters should sit on damaging comments to save their sources from their own idiocy.
CNN:
Aides: Byrd to lie in repose in Senate chamber  —  The body of Sen. Robert Byrd will lie in repose Thursday in the Senate chamber.  —  Washington (CNN) - The body of Sen. Robert Byrd, D-West Virginia, will lie in repose in the U.S. Senate chamber on Thursday, two Senate aides familiar with the plans told CNN.
Discussion: The Politico and The Hill
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Mary C. Curtis / Politics Daily:
Robert Byrd's Klan History, and the 150 Recruits He Brought With Him
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
Bob Herbert / New York Times:
Wrong Track Distress  —  It's getting harder and harder for most Americans, looking honestly at the state of the nation, to see the glass as half full.  And that's why the public opinion polls contain nothing but bad news for Barack Obama and the Democrats.
 
 
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Jon Stewart Asks David Axelrod: Has This Government Proven Itself …
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CNBC:
Fannie-Freddie Bailout Could Cost Taxpayers $1 Trillion
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Myglesias / Matthew Yglesias:
Economics is Hard!  —  Something I agree with Kartik Athreya …
Discussion: Left in the West
Jeffrey Goldberg / The Atlantic Online:
On That Dastardly Saddam-al Qaeda Connection
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Rick Moran / Right Wing Nut House:
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