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6:05 PM ET, June 30, 2010

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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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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 …
Jake Sherman / The Politico:
Scarborough defends Boehner comments  —  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 …
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 and Truthdig
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 …
The Politico:
Obama: GOP aiming ‘backwards’
Discussion: CNN
Ezra Klein:
Is Eric Cantor a policy wonk?
Discussion: Matthew Yglesias
Dan Balz / Washington Post:
Boehner defends criticism of financial overhaul as excessive
Discussion: The Plum Line and msnbc.com
The Politico:
Collins a yes; Brown elusive on bill
Discussion: CNN and MyDD
CNN:
Dems push hard on Boehner comments
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.
Megan Carpentier / TPMDC:
Twilight Fan Amy Klobuchar Grills Elena Kagan on Edward v. Jacob (VIDEO)  —  Although Supreme Court nominee Elena Kagan doesn't need anyone else to help provide moments of levity in the otherwise interminable confirmation process, Twiharder Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-MN) did her darndest to keep …
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
jta.org:
Kagan explains Barak remarks
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: TigerHawk
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
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Megan McArdle / The Atlantic Online:
No Easy Way to Fix Social Security
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 …
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
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 …
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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Michael O'Brien / The Hill:
Sen. Sherrod Brown: Keep Congress in session until benefits extended
Discussion: Daily Kos
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 »
Ezra Klein:
The Bush administration's fiscal record  —  One of the other takeaways from the Congressional Budget Office's long-term budget outlook is that the Bush administration really wasn't fiscally responsible, while the Obama administration pretty much has been.  —  The major domestic initiatives …
Discussion: The New Republic
Michael Gerson / Washington Post:
The Ugly Party vs. the Grown-Up Party  —  My political friendships and sympathies are increasingly determined not by ideology but by methodology.  One of the most significant divisions in American public life is not between the Democrats and the Republicans; it is between the Ugly Party and the Grown-Up Party.
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 …
Fox News:
Former Justice Department Lawyer Accuses Holder of Dropping New Black Panther Case for Racial Reasons  —  Attorney General Eric Holder speaks, Friday, June 11, 2010, at the Richard B. Russell Federal Courthouse in Atlanta.  (AP)  —  A former Justice Department attorney who quit his job …
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.
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blog:
Gay soldiers subpoena Obama  —  The gay soldiers arrested outside the White House protesting “Don't Ask, Don't Tell” will annouce today that they're demanding that President Obama testify in their trial on minor civil disobedience charges.  —  Their novel argument: Obama himself called …
CNN:
Hawaii Republican makes iPad history  —  Rep. Charles Djou was sworn in, in late May.  The Republican lawmaker says that he bought an iPad in order to help get up to speed quickly as a new member of Congress.  —  Washington (CNN) - Recently elected Republican Rep. Charles Djou made history Wednesday.
Discussion: Taegan Goddard's …
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 …
 
 
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James K. Galbraith / The Huffington Post:
Why the Fiscal Commission Does Not Serve the American People
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Center for American Progress:
How Health Reform Saves Consumers and Taxpayers Money
Digby / Hullabaloo:
Defining Values — …
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blog:
Scott attacks rival for ties to ‘pro-homosexual rights Giuliani’
Discussion: Wonk Room
Ezra Klein:
Feingold vs. FinReg
Myglesias / Matthew Yglesias:
New Expectations Estimates From the Cleveland Fed
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Dan Savage / The Stranger, Seattle's Only Newspaper:
Doctor Treating Pregnant Women With Experimental Drug To Prevent Lesbianism
Brian Montopoli / CBS News:
Obama Mocked Commissions, Then Established Four
Discussion: Weasel Zippers, NPR and Nice Deb
Gabriel Beltrone / Ben Smith's Blog:
Indiana voting ID law upheld
David Leonhardt / New York Times:
Economic Scene: Betting That Cutting Spending Won't Derail Recovery