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7:45 PM ET, June 30, 2010

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Andrew Sullivan / The Daily Dish:
Politics As Total War  —  When Andrew Breitbart offers $100,000 for a private email list-serv archive, essentially all bets are off.  Every blogger or writer who has ever offered an opinion is now on warning: your opponents will not just argue against you, they will do all they can to ransack …
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Erick Erickson / RedState:
Eric Cantor and John Boehner Don't Really Want to Repeal Obamacare  —  Well, it is official.  —  Eric Cantor and John Boehner — particularly Eric Cantor — have decided they don't need or want conservatives and, more troubling, do not have any intention of trying to win at the polls by forcing Democrat hands on Obamacare.
Michael O'Brien / The Hill:
Boehner and Cantor back efforts to repeal entirety of healthcare reform  —  The top two House Republicans signed onto two petitions to force votes to repeal Democrats' healthcare reform law in its entirety.  —  House Minority Leader John Boehner (R-Ohio) and House Minority Whip Eric Cantor …
Ezra Klein:
Is Eric Cantor a policy wonk?
Discussion: Matthew Yglesias
The Politico:   Obama: GOP aiming ‘backwards’
Andrew Breitbart / Big Journalism:
Hypocrisy, Thy Name is Andrew Sullivan
Discussion: The Greenroom
Dan Balz / Washington Post:
Boehner defends criticism of financial overhaul as excessive
Discussion: The Plum Line and msnbc.com
Byron York / Washington Examiner:
Slick Elena?  Kagan evades questions on abortion memo  —  Before the Senate Judiciary Committee a short time ago, Supreme Court nominee Elena Kagan appeared reluctant to admit that she wrote a 1996 Clinton White House memo aimed at altering a key medical group's opinion of whether partial birth abortion is medically necessary.
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The Note:
Sen. Coburn: Kagan ‘Ignorant’ of Constitutional Principles; 'I Wouldn't Rule Out a Filibuster'  —  ABC News' Rick Klein reports: Oklahoma Sen. Tom Coburn has provided some of the most contentious exchanges of the rather tame Elena Kagan confirmation hearings.
Think Progress:
Klobuchar Hits Coburn For Saying America Was More Free When There Were No Women On The Supreme Court  —  As confirmation hearings on Elena Kagan's nomination to the Supreme Court proceed, Senate Republicans continue blustering through their arguments — even going as far as to lambast Kagan's …
Josh Gerstein / The Politico:
Kagan's half-answer on eat-your-veggies law
Evan McMorris-Santoro / TPMDC:
Last Justice Standing: Kagan's Five Funniest Moments On Tuesday
Susan Crabtree / The Hill:
NRA likely to score Kagan's nomination as a ‘key vote’ against gun rights
Discussion: CNN
Sam Youngman / The Hill:
Obama blasts GOP leader's ‘ant’ comment as ‘out of touch’  —  President Barack Obama has attacked House GOP Leader John Boehner for comparing the financial crisis to an ant.  —  Obama struck out at Boehner (R-Ohio) during a town hall meeting in Racine, Wis., for saying the Wall Street reform bill …
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Sen. Russ Feingold / The Huffington Post:
Standing Up to the Unholy Alliance Between Washington and Wall Street  —  Wall Street and its allies have been calling the shots in Congress for decades, so they must be glad to see how things are shaping up on financial regulatory reform.  Congress is about to vote on a final bill that fails …
Discussion: Open Left, MyDD and Truthdig
Jake Sherman / The Politico:
Scarborough jabs Boehner on Twitter  —  MSNBC's Joe Scarborough said House Minority Leader John Boehner “is not a hard worker” and cuts out of the Capitol early for bar-hopping evenings in Washington.  —  On his “Morning Joe” show Wednesday morning, the former Florida Republican congressman described Boehner …
Alexander Bolton / The Hill:
Senate vote on Wall Street reform delayed; Collins inclined to vote yes
Discussion: Open Left and The Daily Caller
Kathleen Parker / Washington Post:
Obama: Our first female president  —  If Bill Clinton was our first black president, as Toni Morrison once proclaimed, then Barack Obama may be our first woman president.  —  Phew.  That was fun.  Now, if you'll just keep those hatchets holstered and hear me out.  —  No, I'm not calling Obama a girlie president.
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Tom Maguire / JustOneMinute:
Why Couldn't He Just be A Wimp?  —  Kathleen Parker tries …
Discussion: Mediaite and TigerHawk
Anjeanette Damon / Las Vegas Sun:
Sharron Angle retreats a bit, but mostly stands ground  —  Republican candidate for Senate gives first interview to mainstream medium  —  U.S. Senate candidate Sharron Angle breaks her silence toward the mainstream media Tuesday by talking to Jon Ralston on “Face to Face.”  —  2 a.m.
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Jed Lewison / Daily Kos:
NV-Sen: Sharron Angle hits a grand slam for right-wing extremism
Meredith Shiner / The Politico:
Reid still short on unemployment vote
Discussion: CNN
Michael O'Brien / The Hill:
Sen. Sherrod Brown: Keep Congress in session until benefits extended
Discussion: Daily Kos
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 …
Adam Serwer / American Prospect:
When Is Torture Not Torture?  —  When journalistic conventions of evenhandedness get involved.  Glenn Greenwald points to a study from the Joan Shorenstein Center at Harvard showing that news outlets referred to waterboarding as “torture” in stories in which other countries used the technique …
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Glenn Greenwald / Salon:
New study documents media's servitude to government
Discussion: Raw Story and Emptywheel
John Hawkins / Right Wing News:
Right Wing News vs. David Frum, Little Green Footballs, Media Matters, & Excitable Andy!  —  « Daily Kos & Research 2000: A Marriage Made In Bias Heaven |  Where's the aftermath report?:  Housing Scandal Falling by Wayside While others See Continuous Daylight »
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.
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Felix Salmon:
The inexplicable AIG waiver
Discussion: New York Magazine
George Gene Gustines / New York Times:
Makeover for Wonder Woman at 69  —  Wednesday is a good day for Wonder Woman.  This 69-year-old superheroine, published by DC Comics, will don a new — and less revealing — costume and enjoy the publication of Issue No. 600 of her monthly series.  —  The costume ties into an alternative history …
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 …
Myglesias / Matthew Yglesias:
Stabilizing the Debt By Doing Nothing  —  Here's a shocking chart from the Congressional Budget Office's latest long term budget outlook showing that unless Congress acts decisively, our debt situation will be totally fine:  —  See that line where the debt:GDP ratio is stable?
Discussion: Ezra Klein and Clusterstock
Joe Klein / Swampland:
Vacation Interruptus  —  Sorry, but I can't let this pass.  Glenn Greenwald has been conducting one of his patented vile, intellectually dishonest jihads against the Atlantic's Jeff Goldberg and he has now truly gone berserk.  I should say that Jeff is a friend of mine, one with whom I sometimes disagree …
James K. Galbraith / The Huffington Post:
Why the Fiscal Commission Does Not Serve the American People  —  Cross-posted from New Deal 2.0.  —  President Obama and his economic team face a daunting challenge: how to deliver economic growth they know can only come from deficit spending, while deferring into the future the …
Discussion: New Deal 2.0
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CNN:
VA hospital may have infected 1,800 veterans with HIV  —  (CNN) — A Missouri VA hospital is under fire because it may have exposed more than 1,800 veterans to dangerous viruses like hepatitis and HIV.  —  John Cochran VA Medical Center in St. Louis has recently mailed letters …
 
 
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