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4:50 AM ET, June 30, 2010


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Kos / Daily Kos:
More on Research 2000  —  I have just published a report by three statistics wizards showing, quite convincingly, that the weekly Research 2000 State of the Nation poll we ran the past year and a half was likely bunk.  —  Since the moment Mark Grebner, Michael Weissman …
Kos / Daily Kos:
Research 2000: Problems in plain sight  —  A bit over two weeks ago, a group of statistic wizards (Mark Grebner, Michael Weissman, and Jonathan Weissman) approached me with a disturbing premise — they had been poring over the crosstabs of the weekly Research 2000 polling we had been running …
Steven Shepard / Hotline On Call:
Daily Kos To Sue Former Pollster
Andrew Breitbart / Big Journalism:
Reward: $100,000 for Full ‘JournoList’ Archive; Source Fully Protected  —  I've had $100,000 burning in my pocket for the last three months and I'd really like to spend it on a worthy cause.  So how about this: in the interests of journalistic transparency, and to offer the American public …
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 …
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 …
Yuval Levin / The Corner on National Review Online:
The War on Science — By: Yuval Levin  —  If you haven't read Shannen Coffin's piece on Elena Kagan and the partial-birth-abortion debate today, you really should.  What he describes, based on newly released Clinton White House memos, is absolutely astonishing.
Discussion: Weekly Standard and AmSpecBlog
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 …
The Note:
GOP Sen To Obama: You Can't Talk Energy Bill Without Talking BP  —  ABC News' Matthew Jaffe reports:  —  In the wake of the BP oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, President Obama today summoned a bipartisan group of over 20 senators to the White House to push for energy and climate change legislation.
Discussion: Weasel Zippers and Pat Dollard
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.
Discussion: naked capitalism and Truthdig
Greg Gordon / McClatchy Washington Bureau:
Goldman admits it had bigger role in AIG deals  —  WASHINGTON — Reversing its oft-repeated position that it was acting only on behalf of its clients in its exotic dealings with the American International Group, Goldman Sachs now says that it also used its own money to make secret wagers against the U.S. housing market.
Obama's good for GOP, Boehner says  —  PITTSBURGH TRIBUNE-REVIEW  —  House Minority Leader John Boehner, the Ohio Republican with his eye on Speaker Nancy Pelosi's gavel, said the tide is turning the GOP's way.  —  “The American people have written off the Democrats,” …
Allahpundit / Hot Air:
Union official: Obama used me as a middleman to talk to Blagojevich about the Senate seat  —  Nothing criminal about The One's behavior here — to this day, there hasn't been a single accusation that he considered a quid pro quo with Blago to appoint his candidate of choice …
Sarah Ostman / The Blago Blog:
Tom Balanoff: Obama called day before election about Jarrett appointment
Discussion: Doug Ross and Gateway Pundit
John Carney / CNBC:
Lawmakers Agree to Remove Taxes in Financial Reform Bill  —  House-Senate conferees have agreed to remove some $19 billion in new bank fees and taxes from the financial overhaul bill in order to win final approval for the legislation.  —  Instead, lawmakers will likely end …
John Carney / CNBC:
TARP Money May Help Fund Financial Reform Legislation
Associated Press:
US accepts international assistance for Gulf spill  —  US accepts international assistance in dealing with massive oil spill in Gulf of Mexico  —  WASHINGTON (AP) — The United States is accepting help from 12 countries and international organizations in dealing with the massive oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico.
Allison Sherry / The Spot:
Bill Clinton snubs Bennet and endorses Romanoff  —  Former President Bill Clinton, pictured here at the 2010 FIFA World Cup in Rustenburg, South Africa, on Saturday, June 26, endorsed Andrew Romanoff over incumbent Sen. Michael Bennet on Tuesday.  (Ian Walton, Getty Images)
Discussion: Swampland, The Fix and Politics Daily
Christina Bellantoni / TPMDC:
Bill Clinton Breaks With Obama In Colorado Senate Race
David Kopel / Washington Times:
Sotomayor targets guns now  —  Justice's dissent contradicts confirmation testimony  —  Perhaps the most startling aspect of the Supreme Court opinions in McDonald v. Chicago was the dissenters' assault on District of Columbia v. Heller.  Not only did Justice Stephen G. Breyer vote …
Kasie Hunt / The Politico:
Dems quietly cheer gun ruling
Jay Nordlinger / The Corner on National Review Online:
‘Cheering in the Pressbox’ — By: Jay Nordlinger  —  This afternoon, I wrote a long, rather huffy post on liberal media bias.  It was prompted by 1) those reporters who were caught on tape trashing Sarah Palin, and 2) the David Weigel affair.  I have deep-sixed the post, however — spiked it.
Dean Beeby / Canadian Press:
Ottawa university prez wanted to invite Coulter back after appearance aborted  —  OTTAWA - The president of the University of Ottawa wanted to invite Ann Coulter, the abrasive right-wing American commentator, back to campus after her scheduled speech last March was shut down amid fierce protests.
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 …
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.
Edward Wong / New York Times:
After Re-education, Tibet Monks Regret Uprising  —  LHASA, Tibet — The young monk once again found himself in front of microphones and television cameras.  —  It was much the same as on March 28, 2008, when the monk, Norgye, and dozens of fellow monks barged into a temple chamber …
Discussion: The Peking Duck
Michelle Malkin:
Video: Pete Stark pisses all over voters concerned about border security  —  Just when I think Pete Stark Raving Mad can't sink any lower in his vulgar contempt for voters, he sinks ever lower again.  (Review Stark's Greatest Unhinged Moments here and here.)
Allahpundit / Hot Air:
Finally: Feds to accept help from 12 countries in dealing with oil spill  —  70 days. … Follow the link and look at the chart to see how many offers were still “under consideration” as of a few hours ago.  The announcement comes two weeks after the Coast Guard acknowledged that more skimmers …
Democrats hold slight edge in California races: poll  —  (Reuters) - California Democratic candidates for the Senate and governor hold a narrow edge over their Republican opponents as voters worry about the economy with four months to go until the November elections, a Reuters/Ipsos poll found on Tuesday.
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Carol D. Leonnig / Washington Post:
BP gave money in spite of policy, records show
Ed Morrissey / Hot Air:
Consumer confidence plunges in June
Discussion: Associated Press and Maggie's Farm
David Brooks / New York Times:
Bill Wilson's Gospel
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Andrew Pincus / Talking Points Memo:
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Larisa Alexandrovna / Raw Story:
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