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9:30 AM ET, June 30, 2010


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Yuval Levin / The Corner on National Review Online:
The War on Science — By: Yuval Levin  —  If you haven't read Shannen Coffin's piece on Elena Kagan and the partial-birth-abortion debate today, you really should.  What he describes, based on newly released Clinton White House memos, is absolutely astonishing.
Discussion: Commentary and AmSpecBlog
National Review:
Kagan's Abortion Distortion  —  When President Obama promised in his inaugural address to “restore science to its rightful place,” he never explained what that rightful place would be.  Documents recently released in connection with the Supreme Court nomination of Solicitor General Elena Kagan suggest …
The Note:
Kagan's Comedy Club
Discussion: CNN, American Power, ABCNEWS and The Hill
I'll Take a Cashier's Check, Mr. Breitbart  —  Welcome to the Journolist Top Secret Progressive He-Man Wingnut Haters Club and L33t H4xoR Chat Room.  Disclaimer: this is a private discussion forum intended solely for the benefit of JournoList members.  Reproduction, transmission, redistribution …
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 …
Ann Althouse / Althouse:
Andrew Breitbart offers $100,000 for the full Journolist archive …
Discussion: New York Magazine and Instapundit
New York Times:
In U.S. Bailout of A.I.G., Forgiveness for Big Banks  —  At the end of the American International Group's annual meeting last month, a shareholder approached the microphone with a question for Robert Benmosche, the insurer's chief executive.  —  “I'd like to know, what does A.I.G. plan to do with Goldman Sachs?” he asked.
Greg Gordon / McClatchy Washington Bureau:   Goldman admits it had bigger role in AIG deals
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 …
David Leonhardt / New York Times:
Economic Scene: Betting That Cutting Spending Won't Derail Recovery  —  The world's rich countries are now conducting a dangerous experiment.  They are repeating an economic policy out of the 1930s — starting to cut spending and raise taxes before a recovery is assured …
National Enquirer:
NEW EVIDENCE REVEALED: GORE SEX SCANDAL VICTIM TELLS ALL!!!  —  AL GORE SEX SCANDAL ACCUSER reveals shocking NEW EVIDENCE — ONLY to the NATIONAL ENQUIRER in a bombshell world exclusive interview!  —  “AL GORE is a pervert and sexual predator,” declares MOLLY HAGERTY, 54 …
The Note:
GOP Sen To Obama: You Can't Talk Energy Bill Without Talking BP  —  ABC News' Matthew Jaffe reports:  —  In the wake of the BP oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, President Obama today summoned a bipartisan group of over 20 senators to the White House to push for energy and climate change legislation.
White House to let McChrystal retire with 4 stars  —  Washington (CNN) — President Barack Obama has agreed to waive a Pentagon rule and let outgoing Gen. Stanley McChrystal retire at his full four-star rank, a White House spokesman said Tuesday  —  While the general is short of the time needed …
Ace of Spades HQ:
Blame the EPA: Dutch Oil Spill Response Ships Could Suck 99% of Oil From Gulf, But Can't Get Approved, Because EPA Demands 99.9985% Purity  —  And blame the dreamy-headed idealists.  —  And blame everyone who allowed this to come to pass.
Ezra Klein:
It's good to be number 60  —  The House and Senate are reconvening the conference committee to drop the language that offended Scott Brown.  CNBC has the likely compromise: … So rather than a bank tax, which Scott Brown worried would take capital out of the banking system …
Discussion: TPMDC, Daily Kos and Balloon Juice
Allahpundit / Hot Air:
Union official: Obama used me as a middleman to talk to Blagojevich about the Senate seat  —  Nothing criminal about The One's behavior here — to this day, there hasn't been a single accusation that he considered a quid pro quo with Blago to appoint his candidate of choice …
Sarah Ostman / The Blago Blog:
Tom Balanoff: Obama called day before election about Jarrett appointment
Discussion: Doug Ross and Gateway Pundit
David M. Herszenhorn / New York Times:
A Bank Fee Is Cut From Financial Overhaul Bill  —  WASHINGTON — Congressional negotiators briefly reopened the conference proceedings on a sweeping financial regulatory bill on Tuesday after Senate Republicans who had supported an earlier version of the measure threatened …
Associated Press:
US accepts international assistance for Gulf spill  —  US accepts international assistance in dealing with massive oil spill in Gulf of Mexico  —  WASHINGTON (AP) — The United States is accepting help from 12 countries and international organizations in dealing with the massive oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico.
Kaiser Health Tracking Poll — June 2010  —  The start of summer finds Americans remain divided on the health reform law, but favorable views of the new law increased seven percentage points over the past month to 48 percent, compared to 41 percent who have “generally unfavorable” …
Discussion: The New Republic
Jay Nordlinger / The Corner on National Review Online:
‘Cheering in the Pressbox’ — By: Jay Nordlinger  —  This afternoon, I wrote a long, rather huffy post on liberal media bias.  It was prompted by 1) those reporters who were caught on tape trashing Sarah Palin, and 2) the David Weigel affair.  I have deep-sixed the post, however — spiked it.
Sophia Tareen / Associated Press:
Nation of Islam leader accuses Jews of ‘anti-black’ behavior, asks for dialogue  —  CHICAGO — Nation of Islam Minister Louis Farrakhan has written the leaders of more than a dozen major U.S. Jewish groups and denominations seeking “repair of my people from the damage” he claims Jews have caused blacks for centuries.
Vicki Needham / The Hill:
House fails to pass unemployment benefits extension with two-thirds vote  —  The House failed Tuesday afternoon to pass an unemployment benefits extension under suspension of the rules.  —  The bill failed to gain the two-thirds needed — 261-155 — with 30 Republicans voting in support while 16 Democrats opposed the legislation.
Discussion: Politics Daily
Dean Beeby / Canadian Press:
Ottawa university prez wanted to invite Coulter back after appearance aborted  —  OTTAWA - The president of the University of Ottawa wanted to invite Ann Coulter, the abrasive right-wing American commentator, back to campus after her scheduled speech last March was shut down amid fierce protests.
Allan H. Meltzer / Wall Street Journal:
Why Obamanomics Has Failed  —  Uncertainty about future taxes and regulations is enemy No. 1 of economic growth.  —  The administration's stimulus program has failed.  Growth is slow and unemployment remains high.  The president, his friends and advisers talk endlessly about the circumstances …
Brian Stelter / New York Times:
Larry King to End Show After 25 Years  —  In the face of falling ratings, the CNN host Larry King announced Tuesday evening that he would end his long-running talk show, “Larry King Live,” this fall.  —  Jonathan Klein, president of CNN's domestic channel, said that Mr. King, 76 …
David Kopel / Washington Times:
Sotomayor targets guns now  —  Justice's dissent contradicts confirmation testimony  —  Perhaps the most startling aspect of the Supreme Court opinions in McDonald v. Chicago was the dissenters' assault on District of Columbia v. Heller.  Not only did Justice Stephen G. Breyer vote …
Time to shut down the US Federal Reserve?  —  Like a mad aunt, the Fed is slowly losing its marbles.  —  Kartik Athreya, senior economist for the Richmond Fed, has written a paper condemning economic bloggers as chronically stupid and a threat to public order.
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Brian Maloney / The Radio Equalizer:
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Discussion: Instapundit
Tom Chivers / Telegraph:
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Discussion: Mediaite and The Register
Washington Post:
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Discussion: New York Magazine
Richard Boudreaux / Wall Street Journal:
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Larry Elliott / Guardian:
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Carol D. Leonnig / Washington Post:
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Allison Sherry / The Spot:
Bill Clinton snubs Bennet and endorses Romanoff
Discussion: Swampland, Politics Daily and The Fix
Edward Wong / New York Times:
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Discussion: The Peking Duck
David Frum / FrumForum:
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Matt Corley / Think Progress:
Bachmann: 'I Don't Want The United States To Be In A Global Economy'
Discussion: Matthew Yglesias and Shakesville