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10:45 AM ET, June 30, 2010

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John / Power Line:
A Smoking Gun in the Kagan Case?  —  Shannen Coffin was a deputy attorney general during the Bush administration, and was charged with defending the federal partial-birth abortion act in court.  At National Review, he writes that documents released by the Clinton White House show Elena Kagan's …
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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 …
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
The Note:
Kagan's Comedy Club
Discussion: CNN, American Power, ABCNEWS and The Hill
Michael O'Brien / The Hill:
Boehner and Cantor back efforts to repeal entirety of health 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 …
Discussion: The Politico
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CNN:
Dems push hard on Boehner comments  —  Dems are hammering Boehner's comments in a new web video  —  (CNN) - Democrats are apparently doing everything they can to ensure Rep. John Boehner's recent comments to a conservative-leaning paper in Pittsburgh aren't soon forgotten.
Discussion: Pat Dollard
Jake Sherman / The Politico:
Scarborough: Boehner a bar-hopper  —  MSNBC's Joe Scarborough said House's 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 …
Discussion: CNN
The Politico:   Cantor's ambition raises concerns, debate
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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Greg Gordon / McClatchy Washington Bureau:   Goldman admits it had bigger role in AIG deals
Susanne Craig / Wall Street Journal:
Goldman's Cohn Is Next on Hot Seat
Discussion: Clusterstock
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 …
iowahawk:
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 …
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Andrew Breitbart / Big Journalism:
Reward: $100,000 for Full ‘JournoList’ Archive; Source Fully Protected
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 …
Jia Lynn Yang / Washington Post:
Lawmakers reopen negotiations on financial overhaul bill  —  Lawmakers who thought they were done negotiating the final version of financial regulatory legislation reconvened Tuesday after key Republican supporters threatened to bolt in a sudden dispute over how the bill would be funded.
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Ezra Klein:
It's good to be number 60  —  The House and Senate are reconvening …
Discussion: TPMDC, Daily Kos and Balloon Juice
The Politico:
Edwards no ‘cuckolded’ wife  —  Elizabeth Edwards said Wednesday that she wants to reenter public life and that she does not regret her marriage to John Edwards, the former Democratic presidential candidate.  —  Since her husband admitted to an affair with Rielle Hunter - a former campaign aide …
Discussion: People.com and CNN
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Quinnipiac University:
Fisher, Portman Locked In Horse Race In Ohio Senate Bid, Quinnipiac University Poll Finds; Obama Can't Get Above Water In Key Swing State  —  Democratic Lt. Gov. Lee Fisher and Republican Rob Portman remain in a tight race for Ohio's U.S. Senate seat with 42 percent for Fisher and 40 percent for Portman …
Discussion: Real Clear Politics, TPMDC and The Eye
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.
Douglas Elmendorf / Director's Blog:
Long-Term Budget Outlook  —  Recently, the federal government has been recording the largest budget deficits, as a share of the economy, since the end of World War II.  As a result of those deficits, the amount of federal debt held by the public has surged.
kff.org:
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” …
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.
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The Politico:
Christie calls for GOP rebranding  —  New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie on Tuesday in an interview with POLITICO outlined a path for the GOP to rebrand as the party keeping “our eye on the cash register,” while also praising some Democrats for taking the right approach to tackling major issues like education.
Discussion: Clusterstock and Riehl World View
CNN:
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 …
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
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.
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.
Finance:
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.
Discussion: The Other McCain
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 …
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.
 
 
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Dick Morris / The Hill:
Obama's big oil spill bungle
Stephanie Simon / Washington Wire:
Bill Clinton Bucks Obama in Colo. Senate Race
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Newsdesk / Clout St:
Brady says governor's race won't be as expensive as Blagojevich's 2006 run
Discussion: NBC Chicago and The Blago Blog
PewResearch.org:
The Great Recession at 30 Months
Brian Maloney / The Radio Equalizer:
Sharpton: My Listeners Overwhelmingly Support Court's Gun Rights Decision
Discussion: Instapundit
Tom Chivers / Telegraph:
Terrafugia Transition ‘flying car’ gets go-ahead from US air authorities
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BP gave money in spite of policy, records show
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Ottawa university prez wanted to invite Coulter back after appearance aborted
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Sotomayor targets guns now
Kos / Daily Kos:
More on Research 2000  —  I have just published a report …