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8:25 AM ET, July 10, 2010

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Raw Story:
Hospital security ‘punches, tasers’ nephew of Clarence Thomas  —  Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas is reportedly “outraged” after security guards at a New Orleans-area hospital were accused of punching and tasing his epileptic nephew, a news report states.
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Meg Gatto / ABC26 WGNO New Orleans:
Family Says Nephew of Justice Clarence Thomas Was Beaten, Tased at West Jeff Hospital  —  MARRERO - The nephew of U.S. Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas says he was tased and beaten at West Jefferson Medical Center.  —  24 year old Derek Thomas was admitted to West Jeff Thursday afternoon.
Discussion: Wonkette
Jim Newell / Gawker:
Clarence Thomas' Suicidal, Epileptic Nephew Punched, Tasered
Discussion: Balloon Juice and iOwnTheWorld.com
Chicago Tribune:   Family Says Nephew of Justice Clarence Thomas Was Beaten …
Krissah Thompson / Washington Post:
With ‘One Nation,’ liberal groups aim to match tea party's energy, influence  —  If imitation is the highest form of flattery, the “tea party” movement must be honored.  —  In an effort to replicate the tea party's success, 170 liberal and civil rights groups are forming a coalition …
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Andrew Sullivan / The Daily Dish:
The Unstoppable Sarah Palin  —  Chris Matthews sees Palin inflicting an “early knockout” in the primaries.  Larison, still betting against her, argues that the GOP establishment will quash her candidacy: … Contra Kornacki, Bernstein finds the comparison off: … Kornacki responds.
David Weigel / Slate:
Bouncers for the Tea Party
Discussion: Hit & Run
RADAR:
WORLD EXCLUSIVE AUDIO: Mel Gibson's Explosive Racist Rant — Listen To It Here  —  WARNING: This audio may not be reproduced or republished.  —  Mel Gibson was caught on tape spewing a vile, hate-filled racist rant and RadarOnline.com has exclusively obtained the audio proof.
J. Taylor Rushing / The Hill:
Obama pledges VA improvements, ‘post-9/11 GI Bill’  —  President Barack Obama used the last weekend of the July Fourth congressional recess to pledge his efforts toward a “21st Century Veterans Administration” and a “post-9/11 GI Bill” to help recovering veterans recover more of the American Dream.
Discussion: The Politico
Alexander Bolton / The Hill:
Labor ups the pressure on GOP centrists ahead of July session  —  The nation's leading public-sector employees union will launch a newspaper advertising campaign this weekend to pressure centrist Senate Republicans to support increased federal aid to states.
Kirk Johnson / New York Times:
Basis of Ruling on Gay Unions Stirs Debate  —  A judge's decision on Thursday declaring that a state law allowing same-sex marriage in Massachusetts should take precedence over a federal definition of marriage has exposed the fractures and fault lines among groups working to bolster states' rights.
Dana Milbank / Washington Post:
Headless bodies and other immigration tall tales in Arizona  —  Jan Brewer has lost her head.  —  The Arizona governor, seemingly determined to repel every last tourist dollar from her pariah state, has sounded a new alarm about border violence.  “Our law enforcement agencies have found bodies …
The Huffington Post:
Income Gap Between Rich and Poor Is Highest in Decades, Data Show  —  WHAT'S YOUR REACTION?  —  The gap between the wealthiest Americans and middle- and working-class Americans has more than tripled in the past three decades, according to a June 25 report by the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities.
Lara Setrakian / ABCNEWS:
Omar Bin Laden Is Treated for Schizophrenia, Wife Asks for Divorce  —  Omar Bin Laden, the fourth-born son of Osama Bin Laden, has hospitalized and treated for schizophrenia after hearing his father's voice in his head.  —  “It's true that he was put on medication but released himself early …
Discussion: Weasel Zippers
James K. Galbraith / The New Republic:
Tremble, Banks, Tremble  —  The key to financial recovery: restoring the rule of law on Wall Street.  —  The financial crisis in America isn't over.  It's ongoing, it remains unresolved, and it stands in the way of full economic recovery.  The cause, at the deepest level, was a breakdown in the rule of law.
The Huffington Post:
Need A Job?  Try Canada, Where Hiring Is Booming And Home Prices Are Rising  —  WHAT'S YOUR REACTION?  —  Stubbornly high unemployment rates got you down?  Not sold on the economic recovery?  Look no further than America's polite neighbor to the north, where jobs numbers are surging …
Brock Vergakis / Associated Press:
AP Interview: GOP Sen. Bennett predicts Reid win  —  SALT LAKE CITY - Warning that tea party “mischief” may be aiding Democrats this election season, defeated Utah Republican U.S. Sen. Bob Bennett says that Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid likely will keep his seat and that the GOP …
Jim Geraghty / National Review:
55 Percent of Likely Voters Find ‘Socialist’ an Accurate Label of Obama?  —  The latest poll by Democracy Corps, the firm of James Carville and Stan Greenberg, has Republicans leading on the generic ballot among likely voters, 48 percent to 42 percent.  —  Deep in the poll, they ask, “Now …
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Thomas Rhiel / TPMDC:
Poll: 55% Of Likely Voters Think Obama's A Socialist
Manu Raju / The Politico:
Ginsburg: Roe will hold  —  ASPEN, Colo. — Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg declared Thursday that abortions would continue to be available to women regardless of the legal challenges now being waged by opponents of Roe v. Wade.  “Over a generation of young women have grown up …
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Mark Penn / The Huffington Post:
Poll Shows People Support Checks and Balances, But Want More Limits …
Discussion: Matthew Yglesias
People's Daily Online:
Monkeys trained as battlefield killers in Afghanistan  —  Afghanistan's Taliban insurgents are training monkeys to use weapons to attack American troops, according to a recent report by a British-based media agency.  —  Reporters from the media agency spotted and took photos of a few …
Discussion: Weasel Zippers and Newshoggers.com
Lee Fang / Think Progress:
Chamber Of Commerce Rents Its Roof To Fox News, Fox News Refuses To Critically Report On The Chamber  —  In a profile piece on U.S. Chamber of Commerce president Tom Donohue, the Washington Monthly's James Verini reveals that, despite spending hundreds of millions on right-wing pro-business …
Discussion: DownWithTyranny!
Jeffrey Lord / AmSpecBlog:
Obeying President Obama's dictum that it's always educational to check in with what the other side is saying, I checked in with MSNBC's Countdown the other night.  —  Sure enough, there was Keith Olbermann himself barking up I will admit, interesting leftist views on issues A, B …
Glenn Greenwald / Salon:
Washington Post and transparency: total strangers  —  (updated below - Update II)  —  Earlier this week, I noted — with multiple illustrative examples — how media outlets crusade for the virtues of transparency while frequently exempting themselves.  Establishment news organizations are …
Discussion: Balloon Juice
David G. Savage / Los Angeles Times:
Arizona immigration law unlikely to survive federal lawsuit  —  Legal experts cite the longstanding principle that the federal government has exclusive control over immigration.  —  Immigrant rights supporters protest outside the Major League Baseball headquarters in New York City …
Discussion: Taylor Marsh
 
 
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Bbtv / Breitbart.tv:
ED SCHULTZ: AMERICA MUST PAY MORE WELFARE OR RISK BECOMING ‘THIRD-WORLD COUNTRY’
Discussion: Mediaite
David Brooks / New York Times:
The Medium Is the Medium  —  Recently, book publishers got some good news.
Discussion: The New Republic and Shakesville
Myglesias / Matthew Yglesias:
You Shall Know The Velocity of Our Money
Josh Rogin / Foreign Policy:
Battle brews over nominee for ambassador to Turkey
Discussion: ATTACKERMAN and Weekly Standard
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Raw Story:
White House declines comment; …
Ed O'Keefe / Washington Post:
Byrd's staff has 2 months to pack up 51 years of history
Discussion: Wonkette
Carol Rosenberg / MiamiHerald.com:
Federal judge orders Guantánamo detainee freed
David Neiwert / Crooks and Liars:
Tom Tancredo: Like the Civil War and Soviets and Al Qaeda …
Discussion: Outside the Beltway
Myglesias / Matthew Yglesias:
Yes, The Government Creates Jobs
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Claire Heininger / NorthJersey.com:
Christie looks to privatize motor vehicle inspections, other services