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6:10 AM ET, July 1, 2010


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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 …
David Ingram / The BLT:
Specter Unhappy With Kagan's Answers  —  Sen. Arlen Specter (D-Pa.), a perennial wildcard in Supreme Court confirmation hearings, cut short a line of questioning to nominee Elena Kagan today after he said she was not giving him substantive answers.  —  Specter warned that he was struggling to find a reason not to vote against her.
Susan Crabtree / The Hill:   Gun rights concerns mean Kagan's nomination may be scored as a ‘key vote’
Andrew Breitbart / Big Journalism:
Hypocrisy, Thy Name is Andrew Sullivan  —  Leave it to Andrew Sullivan.  It's been 24 hours since I offered $100,000 for the full list and contents of the Ezra Klein's four-year experiment in political-journalist editorial collusion — the on line progressive jazz fusion station known as JournoList.
Andrew Sullivan / The Daily Dish:
Politics As Total War
Glenn Greenwald / Salon:
New study documents media's servitude to government  —  A newly released study from students at Harvard's John F. Kennedy School of Government provides the latest evidence of how thoroughly devoted the American establishment media is to amplifying and serving (rather than checking) government officials.
“Torture” study reveals appalling cowardice of America's newspapers  —  On the one hand, waterboarding is torture.  —  On the other hand....  I'm sorry — there is no other hand.  Waterboarding is torture, period.  It's been that way for decades — it was torture when we went …
Discussion: ACS Blog
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.
David M. Herszenhorn / New York Times:
Financial Overhaul Wins Final Approval in House
Ezra Klein:
Is Eric Cantor a policy wonk?
Dan Balz / Washington Post:
Boehner defends criticism of financial overhaul as excessive
Reliable Source:
Christopher Hitchens diagnosed with cancer, cuts short his book tour  —  Christopher Hitchens is being treated for cancer, forcing the D.C. writer to cut short his latest book tour.  In a statement released through his publisher Twelve, the British-born provocateur, 61, said that he has …
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 …
Alexander Bolton / The Hill:
Senate vote on Wall Street reform delayed; Collins inclined to vote yes
Discussion: Open Left, Reuters and The Daily Caller
Portland police will investigate accusations that Al Gore groped woman  —  Portland police announced today that it will re-open and investigate a Portland massage therapist's allegations that former Vice President Al Gore sexually assaulted her at a downtown hotel in October 2006.
Meredith Shiner / The Politico:
Reid still short on unemployment vote  —  Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) said Wednesday he is still short on votes needed to break a Republican filibuster on a slimmed down version of an unemployment benefits package.  —  Reid intends to call a vote Thursday evening on the smaller benefits bill …
Discussion: The Note and 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 …
DNC names four cities as finalists to host 2012 convention  —  DNC chairman Tim Kaine named four cities on Wednesday that could host the 2012 Democratic National Convention.  —  Washington (CNN) - The Democratic National Committee has named four cities as finalists to host the 2012 Democratic convention.
Discussion: Ben Smith's Blog
Lori Montgomery / Washington Post:
CBO tells Obama deficit panel that forecast remains bleak  —  President Obama's overhaul of the health-care system has done little to improve the nation's fiscal outlook, and his pledge to extend an array of tax cuts for the middle class would only make things worse, congressional budget analysts said Wednesday.
Discussion: Angry Bear and The Atlantic Online
Ezra Klein:
The Bush administration's fiscal record
Discussion: The New Republic
Courtland Milloy / Washington Post:
In Clarence Thomas's gun rights opinion, race plays a major role  —  He hardly ever speaks during oral arguments, often appearing asleep on the bench.  But in his written opinion Monday supporting the right to bear arms, Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas roared to life.
Discussion: Hot Air and The Radio Equalizer
The Fix:
West Virginia pols weigh moving Byrd special election to November  —  The special election for the late Sen. Robert Byrd's (D-W.Va.) seat might not have to wait until 2012 after all.  —  Just two days after the senator died and Secretary of State Natalie Tennant (D) declared an election …
Jim Hoft / Gateway Pundit:
Obama Travels to Wisconsin to Tote Disastrous Stimulus Bill... Tea Party Breaks Out (Video)  —  President Obama, the worst jobs president in American history, traveled to Racine, Wisconsin today to tote his disastrous economic policies that have tripled the national deficit and nearly doubled the US unemployment rate.
Discussion: The Other McCain
Finland becomes first country to make broadband a legal right  —  Finland has become the first country in the world to make broadband a legal right for every citizen.  —  From 1 July every Finn will have the right to access to a 1Mbps (megabit per second) broadband connection.
Barbara Bradley Hagerty / NPR:
Can Your Genes Make You Murder?  —  When the police arrived at Bradley Waldroup's trailer home in the mountains of Tennessee, they found a war zone.  There was blood on the walls, blood on the carpet, blood on the truck outside, even blood on the Bible that Waldroup had been reading before all hell broke loose.
Discussion: Liberty Pundits Blog
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Charisma Magazine:
Prayer Leader: Supreme Court Decision May Signal Onset of Church Persecution
Ed Whelan / National Review:
My Testimony on Kagan Nomination and on Democrats' Attack on Roberts Court
Discussion: Examiner and Beltway Confidential
Felix Salmon:
Why banks are self-defeating on housing
Hawaii Republican makes iPad history
Fox News:
Former Justice Department Lawyer Accuses Holder of Dropping …
Digby / Hullabaloo:
Defining Values — …
 Earlier Items: 
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blog:
Scott attacks rival for ties to ‘pro-homosexual rights Giuliani’
Discussion: Wonk Room
John Hawkins / Right Wing News:
Right Wing News vs. David Frum, Little Green Footballs, Media …