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2:40 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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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
Discussion: CNN
Sen. Russ Feingold / The Huffington Post:   Standing Up to the Unholy Alliance Between Washington and Wall Street
The Politico:
Cantor's ambition raises concerns, debate
CNN:
TRENDING: Dems push hard on Boehner comments
Discussion: The Swamp and Washington Monthly
Andrew Sullivan / The Daily Dish:
Politics As Total War
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)
Byron York / Washington Examiner:
Slick Elena? Kagan evades questions on abortion memo
Discussion: Weasel Zippers and Hot Air
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 …
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: Weasel Zippers and Hot Air
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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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.
New York Times:
In U.S. Bailout of A.I.G., Forgiveness for Big Banks  —  Federal regulators ignored recommendations to force banks that did business with A.I.G. to accept losses.
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
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 …
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 …
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 …
Discussion: Taegan Goddard's …
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The Politico:
Edwards no ‘cuckolded’ wife
Discussion: People.com and CNN
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” …
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
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 …
jta.org:
Kagan explains Barak remarks  —  WASHINGTON (JTA) — U.S. Supreme Court nominee Elena Kagan said her admiration for a former Israeli chief justice was rooted in her Jewishness and admiration for Israel.  —  She offered a similar explanation, if less passionate, for her penchant for Chinese food on Christmas.
Megan McArdle / The Atlantic Online:
No Easy Way to Fix Social Security  —  This is coming up over and over again—an “easy” fix for Social Security wherein “all” we have to do is get rid of the cap on Social Security payroll taxes, without increasing benefits.  Dylan Matthews has the charts that are currently making the rounds …
CNN:
White House to let McChrystal retire with 4 stars  —  Washington (CNN) — President Barack Obama has agreed to waive a Pentagon rule and let outgoing Gen. Stanley McChrystal retire at his full four-star rank, a White House spokesman said Tuesday  —  While the general is short of the time needed …
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.
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.
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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Thomas Burr / Salt Lake Tribune:
Bennett: GOP full of slogans, empty of ideas
Mark Bittman / New York Times:
101 Fast Recipes for Grilling
Discussion: Althouse and Prairie Weather
Michael O'Brien / The Hill:
Senate unanimously votes to confirm Petraeus for new post
Discussion: The Politico and The Note
Jake Sherman / The Politico:
Oil spill visits get partisan
Discussion: Say Anything
Brian Montopoli / CBS News:
Obama Mocked Commissions, Then Established Four
Discussion: NPR and Weasel Zippers
Gabriel Beltrone / Ben Smith's Blog:
Indiana voting ID law upheld
Richard Roeper / Chicago Sun Times:
Good riddance to gun ban that wasn't working
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David Rogers / The Politico:
War-funding puzzle stumps Dems
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