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12:55 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 …
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
CNN:
TRENDING: Dems push hard on Boehner comments
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
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.
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 …
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CNN:
White House to let McChrystal retire with 4 stars
Reuters:
Obama to guarantee McChrystal a 4-star pension
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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Greg Sargent / The Plum Line:
Sharron Angle: We should cut unemployment benefits to encourage …
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.
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.
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
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?
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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
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 …
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 …
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, The Page and TPMDC
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 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.
Ari Shapiro / NPR:
Once A Critic, Obama Now Embraces Commissions … President Obama's commission on the federal deficit has until December to come up with a plan for reducing deficits.  But there's no guarantee of what will happen to those recommendations.  —  In fact, in the history of federal commissions …
Discussion: Hit & Run
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
Michael O'Brien / Ballot Box:
Pawlenty doles out PAC money for South Carolina Republicans  —  Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty's (R) PAC doled out thousands in donations to South Carolina Republicans while the governor was visiting the state this week.  —  Pawlenty's Freedom First PAC lent a hand to GOP candidates running …
Discussion: CNN
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 …
 
 
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Ben Howe / RedState:
Trent Lott...er...Kay Hagan must go.
Josh Gerstein / The Politico:
Kagan's half-answer on eat-your-veggies law
Discussion: TPMDC, RedState, Guardian and PoliPundit.com
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Makeover for Wonder Woman at 69
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 …
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Vacation Interruptus
Hiroyuki Kachi / Wall Street Journal:
Sony Recalls Vaio Laptops
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Dick Morris / The Hill:
Obama's big oil spill bungle
Vicki Needham / The Hill:
House fails to pass unemployment benefits extension with two-thirds vote
Finance:
Time to shut down the US Federal Reserve?
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