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12:05 PM 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
Discussion: Commentary and AmSpecBlog
Brian Maloney / The Radio Equalizer:
Sharpton: My Listeners Overwhelmingly Support Court's Gun Rights Decision
Discussion: Instapundit
The Note:
Kagan's Comedy Club
Discussion: American Power, CNN and ABCNEWS
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 …
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Jake Sherman / The Politico:
Scarborough: Boehner a bar hopper  —  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 …
Discussion: Riehl World View and CNN
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: Washington Wire and Pat Dollard
The Politico:
Cantor's ambition raises concerns, debate
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 …
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 …
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
Gabriel Sherman / The New Republic:
After The Fall  —  John Edwards parties on.  —  five days before John Edwards's mistress Rielle Hunter sat down with Oprah to talk about the by-then-infamous sex tape and other embarrassments that had destroyed his political career, the former presidential candidate showed up at the West End Wine Bar …
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The Politico:
Edwards no ‘cuckolded’ wife
Discussion: People.com and CNN
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.
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 …
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.
Discussion: Weasel Zippers and Israel Matzav
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Jim Hoft / Gateway Pundit:
Anti-Semite Farrakhan Wants Jews to Apologize to Blacks For “Centuries of Abuse”
Discussion: The Other McCain and Atlas Shrugs
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.
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.
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” …
Kevin Drum / Mother Jones:
The Fat Lady Starts Warming Up On Financial Reform  —  After three Republican senators threatened to vote against the financial reform bill unless its $18 billion bank fee was removed, Democrats briefly reopened conference committee proceedings today and voted to remove it:
Discussion: Hullabaloo
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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.
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 …
PewResearch.org:
The Great Recession at 30 Months  —  Half of Work Force Has Taken a Job-Related Hit, but Some Green Shoots of Optimism  —  More than half (55%) of all adults in the labor force say that since the Great Recession began 30 months ago, they have suffered a spell of unemployment, a cut in pay …
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.
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
David Rogers / The Politico:
War-funding puzzle stumps Dems  —  House Democratic support for the war in Afghanistan has eroded to a point where President Barack Obama is now so reliant on Republican votes that he's backtracking from his own party's efforts to add new education funding to avert teacher layoffs.
Discussion: The Huffington Post
Hiroyuki Kachi / Wall Street Journal:
Sony Recalls Vaio Laptops  —  TOKYO — Sony Corp. said Wednesday it is recalling about 535,000 Vaio laptops world-wide because they may overheat and distort the shape of the laptop.  —  The recall affects some F and C Series Vaio laptops sold after January 2010.
 
 
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Megan McArdle / The Atlantic Online:
American Austerity  —  Today's New York Times article …
Joe Klein / Swampland:
Vacation Interruptus
Discussion: Salon, Balloon Juice and Nitpicker
Dick Morris / The Hill:
Obama's big oil spill bungle
Stephanie Simon / Washington Wire:
Bill Clinton Bucks Obama in Colo. Senate Race
Discussion: The Caucus and HotAirPundit
Quinnipiac University:
Fisher, Portman Locked In Horse Race In Ohio Senate Bid …
Tom Chivers / Telegraph:
Terrafugia Transition ‘flying car’ gets go-ahead from US air authorities
Discussion: Mediaite and The Register
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Larry Elliott / Guardian:
Budget will cost 1.3m jobs, say Treasury figures
Discussion: Telegraph
Dean Beeby / Canadian Press:
Ottawa university prez wanted to invite Coulter back after appearance aborted
David Kopel / Washington Times:
Sotomayor targets guns now