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12:20 PM ET, June 30, 2010

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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
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 …
Discussion: Raw Story
The Politico:
Cantor's ambition raises concerns, debate
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
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 …
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Christine Hauser / New York Times:   U.S. Stocks Drop on New Jitters About Global Growth
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 …
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Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blog:
Gay soldiers subpoena Obama
Discussion: Towleroad News #gay
Reuters:
Obama to guarantee McChrystal a 4-star pension
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.
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.
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
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 …
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.
Adam Liptak / New York Times:
Supreme Court Affirms Ban on Soft Money  —  WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court on Tuesday affirmed without comment a ruling upholding a ban on so-called soft-money contributions to political parties.  —  Three justices — Anthony M. Kennedy, Antonin Scalia and Clarence Thomas …
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Brian Maloney / The Radio Equalizer:
Sharpton: My Listeners Overwhelmingly Support Court's Gun Rights Decision
Discussion: Instapundit
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
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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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
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.
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 …
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
 
 
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Daniel Halper / Weekly Standard:
Son of Hamas on Fox News, Trial Starts Today
Discussion: Weasel Zippers
Megan McArdle / The Atlantic Online:
American Austerity  —  Today's New York Times article …
Joe Klein / Swampland:
Vacation Interruptus
Hiroyuki Kachi / Wall Street Journal:
Sony Recalls Vaio Laptops
Dick Morris / The Hill:
Obama's big oil spill bungle
PewResearch.org:
The Great Recession at 30 Months
Vicki Needham / The Hill:
House fails to pass unemployment benefits extension with two-thirds vote
Finance:
Time to shut down the US Federal Reserve?
Discussion: The Other McCain
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Dean Beeby / Canadian Press:
Ottawa university prez wanted to invite Coulter back after appearance aborted
David Kopel / Washington Times:
Sotomayor targets guns now