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7:35 PM ET, July 1, 2010

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Robert Draper / New York Times:
This Year's Maverick  —  Lindsey Graham was sitting in a sedan early one morning and contentedly discussing the various fellow South Carolina conservatives who dislike him — Tea Partiers, Constitutionalists, immigration hardliners — when Van Cato, his upstate regional director …
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People-Press.org:
Voting Intentions Even, Turnout Indicators Favor GOP  —  Older Americans Eager to Vote... Republican, That Is  —  With four months to go before Election Day, voting intentions for the House remain closely divided, and neither party has gained or lost much ground over the course of 2010.
Jeffrey M. Jones / Gallup:
Independent Voters Favor GOP in 2010 Election Tracking  —  Prefer Republican candidate to Democrat by an average of 45% to 35%  —  PRINCETON, NJ — By an average 10 percentage-point margin since March, 45% to 35%, independent registered voters have consistently preferred the Republican …
Jordan Fabian / The Hill:
Sen. Graham predicts Tea Party movement will eventually ‘die out’  —  Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.), who has earned the ire of Tea Party groups for his penchant for negotiating with Democrats, predicted this week the movement will “die out.”  —  Graham, who has partnered with Democrats …
Rasmussen Reports:
Election 2010: Pennsylvania Senate  —  Pennsylvania Senate: Toomey (R) 45%, Sestak (D) 39%  —  Republican Pat Toomey continues to hold a modest advantage over Democrat Joe Sestak in the race to replace Arlen Specter as U.S. senator from Pennsylvania.  —  A new Rasmussen Reports telephone survey …
Discussion: Ballot Box and Real Clear Politics
Andy Barr / Reuters:
Graham: Tea party will ‘die out’
Fox News:
Pelosi: Unemployment Checks Fastest Way to Create Jobs  —  House Speaker Nancy Pelosi gestures during a news conference on Capitol Hill June 24.  (AP Photo)  —  Unemployment benefits are creating jobs faster than practically any other program, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said Thursday.
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Stephen Ohlemacher / Associated Press:
1.3 million unemployed won't get benefits restored  —  WASHINGTON - More than 1.3 million laid-off workers won't get their unemployment benefits reinstated before Congress goes on a weeklong vacation for Independence Day.  —  And hundreds of thousands more will lose their benefits in the coming weeks.
The Huffington Post:
Unemployment Extension Fails: Senate Rejects Jobless Benefits 58-38  —  WHAT'S YOUR REACTION?  —  The Senate rejected Wednesday — for the fourth time — a bill that would have reauthorized extended benefits for the long-term unemployed, by a vote of 58 to 38.
Vicki Needham / The Hill:
House passes unemployment benefits but it is stalled until after recess
Discussion: Think Progress
Brian Beutler / TPMDC:
With Millions Losing Benefits, Ben Nelson Blocks Extension Of Unemployment Insurance
Faiz Shakir / Think Progress:
Boehner doesn't refute the notion that he's drinking at bars every night.  —  During a press conference earlier today, House Republican leader John Boehner was asked about MSNBC host Joe Scarborough's accusation that “every Republican I talk to says John Boehner, by 5 or 6 o'clock at night, you can see him at bars.”
Discussion: Balloon Juice and First Draft
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Michael Memoli / The Swamp:
Boehner fires back at ‘whining’ White House  —  House Minority Leader John Boehner today escalated a growing battle with Congressional Democrats and the White House, accusing the latter of “childish partisanship” after President Obama criticized him for remarks about the financial crisis.
Michael Tomasky / Guardian:
The America John Boehner grew up in
Peter Baker / New York Times:
Obama Urges Congress to Fix ‘Broken’ Immigration System  —  WASHINGTON — President Obama pressed Congress on Thursday to pass comprehensive immigration legislation to fix a “fundamentally broken” system by toughening enforcement of existing laws while creating a path to citizenship …
Discussion: Truthdig
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Stephen Dinan / Washington Times:
Obama tries to put Republicans on immigration hot seat
Greg Sargent / The Plum Line:
First look at Daily Kos's lawsuit: Charges Research 2000 with “fraudulently manufacturing phony results”  —  I've obtained a copy of the lawsuit that Daily Kos just filed against Research 2000, and this going to get nastier than you thought.  —  The suit contains striking new details …
Erick Erickson / RedState:
NRA Now Leans Toward Endorsing Harry Reid  —  Multiple sources tell me the National Rifle Association is planning to endorse liberal Harry Reid against pro-gun champion Sharron Angle.  —  Two weeks ago, I told you about the carveout the NRA received in exchange for their support for the DISCLOSE ACT deal.
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Fhardingj / CNN:
Opposing gun groups take opposite stands on Kagan
Discussion: The Politico
Eric Zimmermann / The Hill:
Gun control group endorses Kagan
Discussion: Weasel Zippers
Tara Siegel Bernard / New York Times:
Google to Add Pay to Cover a Tax for Same-Sex Benefits  —  Working for a company as rich as Google comes with an incredible number of fringe benefits: the free food, the free laundry, the doctor on duty at company headquarters and the impressive five months of maternity leave with full pay and benefits, to mention a few.
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Jessica Greene / NBC Bay Area:
Google to Pay Tax for Gay Employee Benefits
LoriC / RADAR:
WORLD EXCLUSIVE: Mel Gibson's Racist Rant Caught On Tape - Tells Oksana She Would Get ‘Raped By N***ers’  —  In one of the most explosive, racist and vile outbursts by a celebrity ever caught on tape, Mel Gibson told the mother of his love child that the way she was dressed would get her …
Ezra Klein:
Don't just sit there.  Do nothing.  —  Due to the nature of the U.S. Senate, doing nothing is always and everywhere easier than doing something.  After all, doing nothing takes only 41 votes.  Doing something takes 60 votes.  So when you hear Bob Bixby of the Concord Coalition say that …
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Alexander Bolton / The Hill:
Democrats to punt on taxes
Discussion: The Politico, Townhall.com and Moe Lane
Corky Siemaszko / NY Daily News:
Barack Obama is among best presidents ever - George W. Bush not so much, say scholars in Siena poll  —  George W. Bush was no FDR, but Barack Obama could be.  —  That's the verdict of 238 of the nation's leading presidential scholars, who - for a fifth time - rated Franklin Delano Roosevelt …
Brian Stelter / Media Decoder:
Huckabee Trying Out a Daily Show for News Corp.  —  Mike Huckabee, the weekend Fox News Channel host and possible 2012 presidential candidate, is getting a six-week tryout as a daily talk show host.  —  Called “The Huckabee Show,” it will have a preview run on weekdays for six weeks …
Andy Barr / The Politico:
Breitbart, Sullivan in JournoList spat  —  Andrew Breitbart's $100,000 offer for the full archives of the now-defunct liberal listserve JournoList has prompted a fight between Breitbart and Atlantic blogger Andrew Sullivan.  —  Breitbart has not yet had any takers for the offer …
Discussion: Taylor Marsh
Erika Lovley / The Politico:
Senate denies C-SPAN coverage  —  As the late Sen. Robert Byrd's coffin lies in repose on the Senate floor, C-SPAN has been refused permission to broadcast the event, causing members of the Radio-Television Correspondents Association to send a formal complaint to Senate Rules Committee Chairman Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.).
Adam Serwer / American Prospect:
In Which I Describe, But Do Not Knock, The Hustle.  —  Yesterday I went on The Ed Show, which is being guest hosted this week by The Nation's Chris Hayes (who is doing a really incredible job) opposite the terribly smart Reihan Salam of National Review, discussing financial reform and Social Security.
Discussion: The Atlantic Online
Courtland Milloy / Washington Post:
In Clarence Thomas's gun rights opinion, race plays a major role  —  He hardly ever speaks during oral arguments, often appearing asleep on the bench.  But in his written opinion Monday supporting the right to bear arms, Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas roared to life.
Doug Powers / Michelle Malkin:
NAACP, NY Times Whitewash Robert Byrd's Past  —  Somebody at the NAACP either needs a history lesson or is being intentionally deceptive about somebody's horrid past just because the person in question was a liberal Democrat (don't tell me which it is and ruin the suspense).  —  From Mike Riggs at the Daily Caller:
Washington Post:
Pentagon recommends Medal of Honor for a living soldier  —  The Pentagon has recommended that the White House consider awarding the Medal of Honor to a living soldier for the first time since the Vietnam War, according to U.S. officials.  —  The soldier, whose nomination must be reviewed by the White House …
Silla Brush / The Hill:
Patton Boggs acquires lobbying firm of former Sens. Lott, Breaux  —  K Street's biggest firm on Thursday acquired one of Washington's fastest growing lobbying shops.  —  Patton Boggs, the perennial lobbying powerhouse, acquired Breaux Lott Leadership Group, the firm started in 2008 by former …
Discussion: The Politico
Cynthia Laird / ebar.com:
Speier: 5 years for ENDA  —  Congresswoman Jackie Speier put a damper on hopes for swift House passage of the Employment Non-Discrimination Act, telling the Bay Area Reporter over the weekend that she doesn't see the LGBT workplace protections becoming law anytime soon.
 
 
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