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5:05 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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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
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 …
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 …
Erick Erickson / RedState:
Eric Cantor and John Boehner Don't Really Want to Repeal Obamacare
CNN:
Dems push hard on Boehner comments
The Politico:
Collins a yes; Brown elusive on bill
Discussion: CNN and MyDD
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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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 …
Evan McMorris-Santoro / TPMDC:
Last Justice Standing: Kagan's Five Funniest Moments On Tuesday
CNN:
Kagan pledges judicial independence
Discussion: The Note and This Just In
John / Power Line:
A Smoking Gun in the Kagan Case?
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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Megan McArdle / The Atlantic Online:
No Easy Way to Fix Social Security
Michael O'Brien / The Hill:
CBO says debt will reach 62 percent of GDP by year's end
Discussion: Weasel Zippers and Hot Air
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 for the Big Idea but ends up with a big mess: … OK, it is an attention-getting lead. … Well, not all guys project as alpha, but that doesn't make them girls.  My goodness, the first George Bush was a young, decorated …
Discussion: TigerHawk
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 …
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
Fhardingj / CNN:
Angle defends positions in interview, laughs off notion she's hiding in ‘bunker’
Discussion: The Politico
Josh Gerstein / The Politico:
Kagan's half-answer on eat-your-veggies law  —  Republicans are pouncing on the less-than-crystal-clear answer Supreme Court nominee Elena Kagan gave late in Tuesday's confirmation hearing to a question from Sen. Tom Coburn (R-Okla.) about whether the government has the right to micromanage Americans' diets.
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The Note:
Sen. Coburn: Kagan ‘Ignorant’ …
jta.org:
Kagan explains Barak remarks
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 …
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.
Myglesias / Matthew Yglesias:
Biden Claims Republican Party is Being Sensible  —  Some interesting remarks from Vice President Joe Biden: … I have no idea whether or not this is true (the RNC's communications director seems to have issues a not-quite-denial) but what I find striking about it is what a sensible notion …
Discussion: The New Republic
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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
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 …
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 …
Discussion: TalkLeft and Balloon Juice
Dan Savage / The Stranger, Seattle's Only Newspaper:
Doctor Treating Pregnant Women With Experimental Drug To Prevent Lesbianism  —  That's not fair, as Hanna Rosin at Slate will shortly point out.  Pediatric endocrinologist Maria New—of the Mount Sinai School of Medicine and Florida International University—isn't just trying to prevent lesbianism …
Discussion: The Bilerico Project and Raw Story
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.
 
 
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Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blog:
Scott attacks rival for ties to ‘pro-homosexual rights Giuliani’
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Ezra Klein:
Feingold vs. FinReg
Peter Nicholas / Los Angeles Times:
Obama renews immigration push
Myglesias / Matthew Yglesias:
New Expectations Estimates From the Cleveland Fed
Discussion: The Cleveland Fed
Thomas Burr / Salt Lake Tribune:
Bennett: GOP full of slogans, empty of ideas
Mark Bittman / New York Times:
101 Fast Recipes for Grilling
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