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John Hinderaker / Power Line:
U.N. to Investigate Voter I.D. Laws  —  This is really the last straw.  It is time to get out of the United Nations: “UN rights council delves into US voter I.D. laws.” … That isn't treason, but it is disloyal; disgracefully so. … This is hilarious, in a black comedy sort of way:
Discussion: National Review and Israel Matzav
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Eric Shawn / Fox News:
UN rights council delves into US voter I.D. laws  —  The controversy over requiring voters to provide photo IDs has reached the world stage.  —  The United Nations Human Rights Council is investigating the issue of American election laws at its gathering on minority rights in Geneva …
John Merline / Investor's Business Daily:
Scarce Oil?  U.S. Has 60 Times More Than Obama Claims  —  When he was running for the Oval Office four years ago amid $4-a-gallon gasoline prices, then-Sen. Barack Obama dismissed the idea of expanded oil production as a way to relieve the pain at the pump.
Discussion: Cold Fury and Doug Ross
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Reuters:
Exclusive: Obama, Cameron discussed tapping oil reserves
Brooks Bayne / The Graph:
Sandra Fluke's Boyfriend, Adam “Cutie Pants” Mutterperl, And His Radical Socialist Family  —  Behold!  Sandra Fluke's boyfriend, Adam Mutterperl!  —  Recently, it was reported that Sandra Fluke is connected to none other than 1%'er, William (Bill) Mutterperl, through her boyfriend.
FOX 10 News:
Man Pleads Guilty to Threatening Arpaio  —  PHOENIX - A man described as a President Barack Obama fanatic pleads guilty to threatening to kill Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio.  —  Adam Eugene Cox appeared in a Tennessee courtroom on Wednesday.  —  He was arrested last year for a death threat that began on the Internet.
Discussion: Weasel Zippers
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WBIR-TV:
Knox man pleads guilty to threatening Arizona sheriff  —  On Tuesday, Adam Eugene Cox, 33, was sentenced to supervised probation thru Knox County and ordered to pay court costs.  —  A Knoxville man is suspected of threatening an Arizona sheriff who is investigating claims that President Obama was not born in the United States.
Reuters:
Santorum to Puerto Rico: Speak English if you want statehood  —  (Reuters) - Republican presidential hopeful Rick Santorum told Puerto Ricans on Wednesday they would have to make English their primary language if they want to pursue U.S. statehood, a statement at odds with the U.S. Constitution.
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Daniel Strauss / The Hill:
Santorum says Puerto Rico must adopt English as official language if it wants statehood
Discussion: CNN and Politico
Rolling Stone:
On Goldman Executive Greg Smith's Brave Departure  —  Wall Street is buzzing this morning about a resignation - a historic one.  Greg Smith, the executive director and head of Goldman Sachs's United States equity derivatives business in Europe, the Middle East and Africa, not only decided to quit Goldman …
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Alex Altman / Swampland:
Why Ron Paul May Cut a Deal With Mitt Romney  —  Republican presidential candidates Mitt Romney and Ron Paul shake hands before the start of the first 2012 Republican presidential debate in Manchester, New Hampshire, June 13, 2011.  —  For Ron Paul, victory is finally in sight.
Guardian:
Exclusive: secret Bashar al-Assad emails lift lid on life of leader's inner circle  —  • Messages show Bashar al-Assad took advice from Iran  —  • Leader made light of promised reforms  —  • Wife spent thousands on jewellery and furniture  —  Bashar al-Assad took advice …
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Washington Post:
Taliban suspends peace talks with U.S. as Panetta concludes Karzai visit  —  View Photo Gallery — Defense Secretary Leon Panetta says despite recent high-profile tragedies, U.S.-Afghan relations remains solid.  View photos from the aftermath of an incident where an American service member …
Discussion: Weasel Zippers and The BLT
Jeffrey M. Jones / Gallup:
In U.S., Half Say U.S. Should Speed Up Afghanistan Withdrawal  —  About one in four changed to this view because of recent events  —  PRINCETON, NJ — Fifty percent of Americans say the United States should speed up withdrawal of its troops from Afghanistan, while 24% prefer sticking …
Discussion: The Hill and Politico
Jim Hoft / The Gateway Pundit:
Face It, He Hates You... Obama in 1990: We're Going to Reshape ‘Mean-Spirited’ and Selfish America  —  Barack Obama 1990 Interview: Harvard student tackles racism at it's core  —  Via Ironic Surrealism:  —  From his 1990 interview: … Hat Tip Ed
Discussion: Ironic Surrealism
Roger Lowenstein / The Atlantic Online:
The Villain  —  The left hates him.  The right hates him even more.  But Ben Bernanke saved the economy—and has navigated masterfully through the most trying of times.  —  THE U.S. FEDERAL RESERVE was founded 99 years ago, as a bulwark to the banking system and an antidote to its frequent runs and panics.
Jennifer Bendery / The Huffington Post:
Company Puts Obama's, Pelosi's Faces On ‘BastardBlaster’ Shooting Targets  —  Barack Obama , Nancy Pelosi , Sarah Palin , Video , Obama Shooting Target , Palin Shooting Target , Pelosi Shooting Target , Yipe Media , Yipe Media Shooting Targets , Politics News
Philip Rucker / Washington Post:
Mitt Romney's dog-on-the-car-roof story still proves to be his critics' best friend  —  It happened more than a quarter century ago, at the start of a Romney family summer vacation.  But the tale of Seamus, the Irish setter who got sick while riding 12 hours on the roof of Mitt Romney's faux …
Discussion: Prairie Weather
Justin Sink / Ballot Box:
Republicans' delegate soup  —  Mitt Romney has repeatedly argued that no rival can catch up to him in the delegate race, making him the inevitable Republican nominee.  —  But in the convoluted delegate soup that candidates must navigate, another potential outcome has emerged …
ABCNEWS:
Obama's Top Campaign Bundlers Among State Dinner Guests  —  More than three dozen of President Obama's top re-election campaign financiers are guests at tonight's White House state dinner in honor of British Prime Minister David Cameron.  —  They include Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein …
ABCNEWS:
Four Questions for Bill Maher  —  JAKE TAPPER: Bill, thanks for doing this.  I just wanted to make sure that  —  as I cover this debate about appropriate language and such, I'm not  —  excluding any points you think should be made.  —  BILL MAHER: I don't really know all the “points,” but as I said on my show
Discussion: Reuters
Megan McArdle / The Atlantic Online:
Why Miracle Drugs Are (Almost) Never as Miraculous As They Seem  —  We swim in a sea of hype, of what people would like for us to believe.  This is not new, as the electoral graffiti on the walls of Pompeii and such incidents as the South Sea Bubble show, but our technology allows it greater scope than ever.
David Lawder / Reuters:
House Republican leaders set to break US budget deal  —  * Republican aides say cuts may not be enough for conservatives  —  * Spending bill impasse, September shutdown battle feared  —  Republican leaders in the U.S. House of Representatives are ready to break a hard-fought budget deal …
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Greg Sargent / Washington Post:
Here we go again  —  Via Pat Garofalo, Reuters reports:
BuzzFeed:
Democrats Accuse Conservative News Outlet Of “Blackmail”  —  The Caller was, perhaps, leaning into the story a bit.  Boyle stands by his warning.  —  The Democratic National Committee is at odds with the conservative Daily Caller over a reporter's threat as to how he would interpret an unreturned email.
Discussion: The Daily Caller
Zeke Miller / BuzzFeed:
How Romney Gave Rick Santorum An Opening In Illinois  —  The frontrunner took his foot off Santorum's neck, and let him on the ballot.  An “unnecessary problem” for the frontrunner, created by his ambitious state chairman.  —  Illinois State Treasurer Dan Rutherford.  —  (AP / M. Spencer Green)
 
 
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The Weak Dollar Caused the Great Recession
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Michelle Malkin:
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Rasmussen Reports:
Florida Senate: Mack (R) 43%, Nelson (D) 36%
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David Freddoso / Campaign 2012:
250 words, ‘Republican war on women’ used 4 times
Discussion: Weasel Zippers and Hot Air
Suzy Khimm / Ezra Klein:
Occupy Romney!  —  “Who needs some trickle-down champagne?” …
CNN:
Republicans to Romney: Fix your message
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Justin Sink / Ballot Box:
DNC slams Romney pledge to ‘get rid of’ Planned Parenthood funding
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Scott Wong / Politico:
Harry Reid, Mitch McConnell strike deal on judges
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Joshua Rhett Miller / Fox News:
American flag with President Obama's image sparks outrage at Florida Democrats
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