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9:40 PM ET, June 30, 2010


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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 …
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.
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 …
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 …
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.
Ezra Klein:
Is Eric Cantor a policy wonk?  —  I've always been a bit puzzled by Eric Cantor.  The word on him, as this Politico story says, is that he's “a serious wonk,” which makes him a counterpoint to John Boehner, “a backslapper who loves golf and socializes with his friends.”
Alexander Bolton / The Hill:
Senate vote on Wall Street reform delayed; Collins inclined to vote yes
Chris Bowers / Open Left:   Why we need to pass the Wall Street reform bill
The Politico:   Obama: GOP aiming ‘backwards’
Dan Balz / Washington Post:
Boehner defends criticism of financial overhaul as excessive
Discussion: The Plum Line, The Fix and
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 …
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.
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.
Josh Gerstein / The Politico:
Kagan's half-answer on eat-your-veggies law
Digby / Hullabaloo:
Defining Values —  if a Democrat votes against exstending unemployment insurance, on what possible basis can they identify as Democrats?  —  Who Are These People?  —  Not all Democrats are alike, obviously.  There are corporate Democrats and populist Democrats and ACLU Democrats …
Jed Lewison / Daily Kos:
NV-Sen: Sharron Angle hits a grand slam for right-wing extremism
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.
Tom Maguire / JustOneMinute:
Why Couldn't He Just be A Wimp?  —  Kathleen Parker tries …
Discussion: Mediaite and TigerHawk
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.
Adam Serwer / American Prospect:
When Is Torture Not Torture?  —  When journalistic conventions …
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 …
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 …
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 …
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 »
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 …
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 …
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 …
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 …
Fhardingj / CNN:   Angle defends positions in interview, laughs off notion she's hiding in ‘bunker’
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
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Ed Whelan / National Review:
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James K. Galbraith / The Huffington Post:
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Fox News:
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