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1:35 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 …
Discussion: Raw Story
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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 …
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 …
Meredith Shiner / The Politico:
Brown still elusive on Wall St. bill  —  Republican Scott Brown showed no sign Wednesday that he will back a Wall Street reform bill that Democrats have repeatedly tailored to win his vote.  —  Brown — a key player in Majority Leader Harry Reid's vote calculus to move forward on the bill …
Discussion: CNN
The Politico:
Cantor's ambition raises concerns, debate
CNN:
TRENDING: Dems push hard on Boehner comments
Discussion: The Swamp and Washington Monthly
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 …
Megan Carpentier / TPMDC:
Twilight Fan Amy Klobuchar Grills Elena Kagan on Edward v. Jacob (VIDEO)
Yuval Levin / The Corner on National Review Online:
The War on Science — By: Yuval Levin
Discussion: Commentary and AmSpecBlog
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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Annie Lowrey / The Washington Independent:   Reid Introduces New Standalone Unemployment Extension Bill
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 …
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.
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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Michael O'Brien / The Hill:
CBO says debt will reach 62 percent of GDP by year's end
Discussion: Hot Air
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 …
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.
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
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Brian Montopoli / CBS News:
Obama Mocked Commissions, Then Established Four
Discussion: Weasel Zippers
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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Reid Wilson / Hotline On Call:
Biden Accuses GOPers Of Forcing “No” Votes
Discussion: AMERICAblog News
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
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 O'Brien / The Hill:
Senate unanimously votes to confirm Petraeus for new post  —  The Senate voted unanimously on Wednesday to confirm Gen. David Petraeus as the next commander of U.S. forces in Afghanistan.  —  All senators in both parties voted overwhelmingly to install Petraeus in the new role, filling the role of resigned Gen. Stanley McChrystal.
Discussion: The Politico and The Note
Marist Poll:
6/30: 57% Say Obama's Handling of Gulf Spill No Better Than Bush's Katrina  —  President George Bush's handling of Hurricane Katrina was a black mark on his administration, and now, there's bad news for his successor.  Nearly six in ten voters nationwide — 57% — say President Barack Obama's handling …
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 …
Jake Sherman / The Politico:
Oil spill visits get partisan  —  Rep. Steve Scalise (R-La.) wanted to fly 10 lawmakers down to the Gulf of Mexico to see the damage caused by BP's gigantic oil spill first hand.  —  House Democrats said no.  —  Scalise's trip was rejected for a variety of bureaucratic and logistical reasons …
Discussion: Say Anything
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” …
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 …
 
 
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Richard Roeper / Chicago Sun Times:
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Megan McArdle / The Atlantic Online:
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Thomas L. Friedman / New York Times:
The Real Palestinian Revolution
Discussion: Commentary and The Huffington Post
Michael O'Brien / Ballot Box:
Pawlenty doles out PAC money for South Carolina Republicans
Discussion: CNN
Josh Gerstein / The Politico:
Kagan's half-answer on eat-your-veggies law
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