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William Kristol / Weekly Standard:
Sources: Obama Administration to Support Anti-Israel Resolution at UN Next Week  —  THE WEEKLY STANDARD has learned that senior Obama administration officials have been telling foreign governments that the administration intends to support an effort next week at the United Nations to set …
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Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blog:
White House denies Kristol flotilla investigation claim  —  The White House is sharply denying a claim by Weekly Standard editor Bill Kristol that “the administration intends to support an effort next week at the United Nations to set up an independent commission, under UN auspices …
David Brooks / New York Times:
Prune and Grow  —  Sixteen months ago, Congress passed a stimulus package that will end up costing each average taxpayer $7,798.  Economists were divided then about whether this spending was worth it, and they are just as divided now.  —  The president's economists ran the numbers through …
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Tyler Cowen / Marginal Revolution:
One of my favorite David Brooks columns
Discussion: Matthew Yglesias
Free exchange:
David Brooks doesn't inspire confidence
Mike Allen / The Politico:
‘Saint Sarah’ on Newsweek cover — Eric Cantor unveils new message in Detroit today — Roger Simon returns — Linda Douglass to Atlantic Media — World Cup kickoff, 10 a.m.  —  MORNING JOE is live on the beach in Pensacola, Fla., ahead of President Obama's Monday visit.
Discussion: Taylor Marsh, NPR, The Page and Daily Kos
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Joshua Lott / Newsweek:
Saint Sarah  —  To white evangelical women, Sarah Palin is a modern-day prophet, preaching God, flag, and family—while remaking the religious right in her own image.  —  Sarah Palin's pro-woman rallying cry is poised to transform the Christian right into a women's movement.
Discussion: Jezebel
The Huffington Post:
Alvin Greene, South Carolina Democrat Senate Nominee, Faces The Media (VIDEO)  —  WHAT'S YOUR REACTION?  —  Keith Olbermann has played several roles over his long media career, but on Thursday he may have had his closest brush with being a dentist.  —  Interviewing Alvin Greene was like pulling teeth.
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David Catanese / The Politico:
Experts review S.C. Senate ballots
Discussion: FiveThirtyEight and The Awl
Andy Barr / The Politico:
S.C. Rep. Knotts asked to resign  —  The Lexington County Republican Party on Thursday night asked GOP state Sen. Jake Knotts to resign for calling gubernatorial nominee Nikki Haley a “raghead.”  —  The county party said the comments brought “shame” and “disgrace” to both Knotts and the state …
Discussion: Gawker and TPMMuckraker
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John O'Connor / The State:
GOP rebukes Knotts for Haley slur
Discussion: Politics Daily and The Hill
Mike Huckabee / Huck PAC:
THE HEARTBREAKING TRUCE  —  I received an astonishing email today from a concerned friend who has been very influential in the fight to end the scourge of abortion.  —  Apparently, a 2012 Republican presidential prospect in an interview with a reporter has made the suggestion that the next President …
Little Green Footballs:
Photos: Turkish Journalist Who Took Cropped Pictures Hanging Out with Terrorists  —  Turkish journalist Adem Ozkose was aboard the Mavi Marmara when it was boarded by the IDF, and he is the person credited with the photos that were misleadingly cropped by someone unknown.
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» ::Un:dhimmi:
Reuters Cropped Photos Snapper ‘Was Turkish, with IHH Links’
Discussion: The Jawa Report
Doug Sovern / Sovern Nation:
Run Jerry Run  —  I ran into Jerry Brown the other day.  Or, rather, he ran into me.  Literally.  —  I was out for a bike ride in the Oakland hills and stopped at Redwood Regional Park to fill up my water bottle.  Suddenly, up jogs Jerry, in his sweats, chugging along the trail.
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First Read / msnbc.com:
First thoughts: Pelosi on the midterms
Associated Press:
New Kagan Files Handed Over to Congress  —  Papers from a New Set of Documents on Supreme Court Nominee Elena Kagan Shed Light on Her Views toward Religious Expression  —  (AP) Memos turned over to Congress Friday show Supreme Court nominee Elena Kagan at times took a broad view …
Discussion: Politics Daily
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Peter Baker / New York Times:
Kagan Took Broad View of Religious Freedom
Discussion: CNN
Joe Kovacs / WorldNetDaily:
Hawaii elections clerk: Obama not born here  —  Official who oversaw ballots in 2008 race says hospital birth certificate non-existent  —  A college instructor who worked as a senior elections clerk for the city and county of Honolulu in 2008 is making the stunning claim Barack Obama …
Roger Simon / The Politico:
Roger Simon makes his return  —  Since last Oct. 9, POLITICO readers have endured a hardship: the absence of Roger Simon's columns.  Happily, that ends today and Simon's POLITICO family is delighted to welcome him back.  —  The return of Ask Dr. Politics!  —  Q: Where have you been?  It's been months.
Discussion: NPR Topics and The Awl
Jason Clayworth / Des Moines Register:
Iowa Poll: Exposure lifts 3 GOP presidential prospects: Mitt Romney, Sarah Palin, Newt Gingrich  —  Meet Iowa's most popular 2012 GOP presidential prospects: Mitt Romney, Sarah Palin and Newt Gingrich.  —  Others though, aren't as popular.  —  That means if Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels …
Michael O'Brien / The Hill:
Pelosi: We'll stop blaming Bush when problems go away  —  Democrats will keep blaming George W. Bush until the problems from his administration end, according to Speaker Nancy Pelosi.  —  In an interview with MSNBC, Pelosi said congressional Democrats feel justified in blaming the Bush administration …
Tom Jensen / Public Policy Polling:
Dems up on generic ballot  —  For the first time since December PPP finds Democrats leading on the generic Congressional ballot, albeit by the insignificant margin of 43-41.  —  The biggest reason for the shift is that the party is becoming more unified.  Democratic voters are planning …
Charles Krauthammer / Washington Post:
The myth of Iran's ‘isolation’  —  In announcing the passage of a U.N. Security Council resolution imposing sanctions on Iran, President Obama stressed not once but twice Iran's increasing “isolation” from the world.  This claim is not surprising considering that after 16 months of an …
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Paul Richter / Los Angeles Times:
White House works to ease Iran proposal in Congress
St. Petersburg Times:
Gov. Charlie Crist vetoes abortion bill  —  TALLAHASSEE — As he positions himself to the center in the U.S. Senate race, Gov. Charlie Crist on Friday vetoed a measure requiring most women to pay for an ultrasound and hear a description of the fetus before they can have an abortion.
Discussion: Taylor Marsh and The Buzz
Michael A. Cohen / The New Republic:
All Silent on the Lefty Front  —  Why haven't progressives mounted more of a challenge to the war in Afghanistan?  —  Earlier this month, the Pentagon released a 151-page report outlining the increasingly grim situation in Afghanistan.  The paper highlighted the Afghan government …
Discussion: ATTACKERMAN and Abu Muqawama
J. Taylor Rushing / Ballot Box:
Sen. Bennet: I knew White House urged Romanoff not to run  —  Sen. Michael Bennet (D-Colo.) said Thursday he was aware that the White House urged Andrew Romanoff not to challenge him in a primary.  —  Bennet told The Hill that he knew beforehand that White House Deputy Chief of Staff Jim Messina …
Discussion: Beltway Confidential
Philip Shenon / The Daily Beast:
Pentagon Manhunt  —  Blogs and Stories  —  Anxious that Wikileaks may be on the verge of publishing a batch of secret State Department cables, investigators are desperately searching for founder Julian Assange.  Philip Shenon reports.  —  Pentagon investigators are trying to determine …
Dawn Johnsen / Washington Post:
Restoring leadership and integrity to the Office of Legal Counsel  —  In 2004, the leak of a controversial memo on the use of torture catapulted the Justice Department's Office of Legal Counsel into the spotlight.  Fallout and debate continue, including in the context of my nomination — withdrawn this spring — to head this office.
Nathaniel Popper / Los Angeles Times:
Millionaires make a comeback  —  Although hit hard during the Great Recession, the wealthy rebounded in 2009, data show.  —  Reporting from New York — Unemployment remains at near-record levels, and most Americans are struggling to rebuild their battered finances.
Roxana Tiron / The Hill:
Panel commissioned by Barney Frank recommends nearly $1T in defense cuts  —  A panel commissioned by Rep. Barney Frank (D-Mass.) is recommending nearly $1 trillion in cuts to the Pentagon's budget over the next 10 years.  —  The Sustainable Defense Task Force, a commission of scholars …
Discussion: Sweetness & Light
Jennifer Steinhauer / New York Times:
An Early Campaign Gaffe Makes a Non-Issue Big  —  You can parse a voting record.  Flip-flops — political ones — are fair game.  But don't talk about a woman's hair.  —  In one of those classic campaign gaffes, Carly Fiorina, the Republican nominee for the Senate seat held by Barbara Boxer …
Ben Herzon / Macroadvisers:
The Chances of a “Double-Dip” are Essentially Nil  —  The Business Cycle Dating Committee of the National Bureau of Economic Research has yet to call an official end to the recession that began in December of 2007, but most forecasters (and at least one outspoken member of the Committee …
Ed Morrissey / Hot Air:
Video: Dem Rep ends up with egg on his face in Bernanke hearing  —  The first thing law schools teach litigators is to not ask questions without knowing the answer.  Rep. Gerry Connolly (D-VA) never went to law school — and it shows in this exchange from Wednesday between himself and Ben Bernanke …
Discussion: The Daily Caller
Matt Corley / Think Progress:
Brown Defends Vote To Block The EPA From Regulating Carbon By Calling It ‘A Non-Governmental Agency’  —  Yesterday, the Senate voted 53-47 to block Sen. Lisa Murkowski's (R-AK) resolution that would have stripped the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) of its power to regulate carbon emissions.
 
 
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Marc Ambinder / The Atlantic Online:
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Andy Miller / msnbc.com:
Ban on gay blood donors revisited
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blog:
Major RNC donors defect to NRSC
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Admiral Allen on Maine Boom, Tony Hayward, and How the Official …
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Wall Street Journal:
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Lucia Mutikani / Reuters:
Retail sales fall but consumer sentiment strong
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Noel Sheppard / NewsBusters.org:
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Byron York / Washington Examiner:
Billions for ‘green jobs,’ whatever they are
Michael Smerconish / Washington Post:
On cable TV and talk radio, a push toward polarization
 

 
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