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8:45 PM ET, July 1, 2010


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Robert Draper / New York Times:
This Year's Maverick  —  Lindsey Graham was sitting in a sedan early one morning and contentedly discussing the various fellow South Carolina conservatives who dislike him — Tea Partiers, Constitutionalists, immigration hardliners — when Van Cato, his upstate regional director …
Voting Intentions Even, Turnout Indicators Favor GOP  —  Older Americans Eager to Vote... Republican, That Is  —  With four months to go before Election Day, voting intentions for the House remain closely divided, and neither party has gained or lost much ground over the course of 2010.
Jeffrey M. Jones / Gallup:
Independent Voters Favor GOP in 2010 Election Tracking  —  Prefer Republican candidate to Democrat by an average of 45% to 35%  —  PRINCETON, NJ — By an average 10 percentage-point margin since March, 45% to 35%, independent registered voters have consistently preferred the Republican …
Jordan Fabian / The Hill:
Sen. Graham predicts Tea Party movement will eventually ‘die out’  —  Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.), who has earned the ire of Tea Party groups for his penchant for negotiating with Democrats, predicted this week the movement will “die out.”  —  Graham, who has partnered with Democrats …
Rasmussen Reports:
Election 2010: Pennsylvania Senate
Discussion: Ballot Box and Real Clear Politics
Andy Barr / Reuters:
Graham: Tea party will ‘die out’
Fox News:
Pelosi: Unemployment Checks Fastest Way to Create Jobs  —  House Speaker Nancy Pelosi gestures during a news conference on Capitol Hill June 24.  (AP Photo)  —  Unemployment benefits are creating jobs faster than practically any other program, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said Thursday.
Stephen Ohlemacher / Associated Press:
1.3 million unemployed won't get benefits restored  —  WASHINGTON - More than 1.3 million laid-off workers won't get their unemployment benefits reinstated before Congress goes on a weeklong vacation for Independence Day.  —  And hundreds of thousands more will lose their benefits in the coming weeks.
Vicki Needham / The Hill:
House passes unemployment benefits but it is stalled until after recess
Discussion: Think Progress
Brian Beutler / TPMDC:
With Millions Losing Benefits, Ben Nelson Blocks Extension Of Unemployment Insurance
Faiz Shakir / Think Progress:
Boehner doesn't refute the notion that he's drinking at bars every night.  —  During a press conference earlier today, House Republican leader John Boehner was asked about MSNBC host Joe Scarborough's accusation that “every Republican I talk to says John Boehner, by 5 or 6 o'clock at night, you can see him at bars.”
Discussion: Balloon Juice and First Draft
Michael Tomasky / Guardian:
The America John Boehner grew up in  —  In his comments that have attracted wide attention because he said financial reform regulation was like taking a nuclear weapon to an ant, Republican House minority leader John Boehner also noted that today's Democrats “are snuffing out the America that I grew up in.”
Michael Memoli / The Swamp:
Boehner fires back at ‘whining’ White House  —  House Minority Leader John Boehner today escalated a growing battle with Congressional Democrats and the White House, accusing the latter of “childish partisanship” after President Obama criticized him for remarks about the financial crisis.
Greg Sargent / The Plum Line:
First look at Daily Kos's lawsuit: Charges Research 2000 with “fraudulently manufacturing phony results”  —  I've obtained a copy of the lawsuit that Daily Kos just filed against Research 2000, and this going to get nastier than you thought.  —  The suit contains striking new details …
Patrick Ruffini / The Next Right:
Another R2K Smoking Gun: Bargain Basement Pricing
Corky Siemaszko / NY Daily News:
Barack Obama is among best presidents ever - George W. Bush not so much, say scholars in Siena poll  —  George W. Bush was no FDR, but Barack Obama could be.  —  That's the verdict of 238 of the nation's leading presidential scholars, who - for a fifth time - rated Franklin Delano Roosevelt …
LoriC / RADAR:
WORLD EXCLUSIVE: Mel Gibson's Racist Rant Caught On Tape - Tells Oksana She Would Get ‘Raped By N***ers’  —  In one of the most explosive, racist and vile outbursts by a celebrity ever caught on tape, Mel Gibson told the mother of his love child that the way she was dressed would get her …
Tara Siegel Bernard / New York Times:
Google to Add Pay to Cover a Tax for Same-Sex Benefits  —  Working for a company as rich as Google comes with an incredible number of fringe benefits: the free food, the free laundry, the doctor on duty at company headquarters and the impressive five months of maternity leave with full pay and benefits, to mention a few.
Jessica Greene / NBC Bay Area:
Google to Pay Tax for Gay Employee Benefits
The White House:
Remarks by the President on Comprehensive Immigration Reform American University School of International Service, Washington, D.C.  —  THE PRESIDENT: Thank you very much.  Thank you.  Thank you.  (Applause.)  Everyone please have a seat.  Thank you very much.
Stephen Dinan / Washington Times:
Obama tries to put Republicans on immigration hot seat
Brian Stelter / Media Decoder:
Huckabee Trying Out a Daily Show for News Corp.  —  Mike Huckabee, the weekend Fox News Channel host and possible 2012 presidential candidate, is getting a six-week tryout as a daily talk show host.  —  Called “The Huckabee Show,” it will have a preview run on weekdays for six weeks …
Andy Barr / The Politico:
Breitbart, Sullivan in JournoList spat  —  Andrew Breitbart's $100,000 offer for the full archives of the now-defunct liberal listserve JournoList has prompted a fight between Breitbart and Atlantic blogger Andrew Sullivan.  —  Breitbart has not yet had any takers for the offer …
Discussion: Taylor Marsh
Austin Frakt / The Incidental Economist:
Short-term insurance buyers in Massachusetts  —  Kay Lazar reports on the increase in part-year insurance buyers described in a new Massachusetts Division of Insurance report in today's Boston Globe. … Part of the problem is that individuals can jump in and out of coverage anytime during the year.
Washington Post:
Pentagon recommends Medal of Honor for a living soldier  —  The Pentagon has recommended that the White House consider awarding the Medal of Honor to a living soldier for the first time since the Vietnam War, according to U.S. officials.  —  The soldier, whose nomination must be reviewed by the White House …
Adam Serwer / American Prospect:
In Which I Describe, But Do Not Knock, The Hustle.  —  Yesterday I went on The Ed Show, which is being guest hosted this week by The Nation's Chris Hayes (who is doing a really incredible job) opposite the terribly smart Reihan Salam of National Review, discussing financial reform and Social Security.
Discussion: The Atlantic Online
Erick Erickson / RedState:
NRA Now Leans Toward Endorsing Harry Reid  —  Multiple sources tell me the National Rifle Association is planning to endorse liberal Harry Reid against pro-gun champion Sharron Angle.  —  Two weeks ago, I told you about the carveout the NRA received in exchange for their support for the DISCLOSE ACT deal.
Ezra Klein:
Don't just sit there.  Do nothing.  —  Due to the nature of the U.S. Senate, doing nothing is always and everywhere easier than doing something.  After all, doing nothing takes only 41 votes.  Doing something takes 60 votes.  So when you hear Bob Bixby of the Concord Coalition say that …
Ed Morrissey / Hot Air:
LeMieux to Obama: You're getting failure all over our shores; Update: Transcript added  —  George LeMieux (R-FL) scolded President Barack Obama from the Senate floor yesterday, telling Obama that it wasn't just oil washing up on the shores of the Gulf; it's failure.
Discussion: Wizbang and RedState
Erika Lovley / The Politico:
Senate denies C-SPAN coverage  —  As the late Sen. Robert Byrd's coffin lies in repose on the Senate floor, C-SPAN has been refused permission to broadcast the event, causing members of the Radio-Television Correspondents Association to send a formal complaint to Senate Rules Committee Chairman Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.).
Doug Powers / Michelle Malkin:
NAACP, NY Times Whitewash Robert Byrd's Past  —  Somebody at the NAACP either needs a history lesson or is being intentionally deceptive about somebody's horrid past just because the person in question was a liberal Democrat (don't tell me which it is and ruin the suspense).  —  From Mike Riggs at the Daily Caller:
Jonathan Storm /
Story behind WHYY's airing of ‘The Surge’  —  On Friday at 10:30 p.m., WHYY TV12 airs “The Surge: The Untold Story,” a 35-minute documentary about President Bush's 2007 troop buildup in Iraq.  —  Subtle in its political message, well-written and beautifully made, the film tells the story …
Sarah Kliff / The Politico:
Health site promotes vodka, P. Diddy  —  With HHS's rollout of a new web portal, HealthCare.Gov, you can investigate health insurance plans and provisions of the new health care law.  And for a while, you could also learn some not so health-related information, like that HealthCare.Gov enjoys P. Diddy and Indian politicians.
Marc Ambinder / The Atlantic Online:
Al Qaeda's First English Language Magazine Is Here  —  As the U.S. struggles to manage its efforts to influence opinion about Al Qaeda abroad, Al Qaeda on the Arabian Peninsula has produced its first English-language propaganda magazine.  —  It's called “Inspire,” and you can read parts of it below.
Zaid Jilani / Think Progress:
AZ GOP utility commission candidate wants to cut off all utility services to homes with undocumented immigrants.  —  Today, President Obama delivered a speech at American University making the case for comprehensive immigration reform that secures the border, overhauls our broken legal entry system …
Charles Levinson / Wall Street Journal:
Iran Arms Syria With Radar  —  System Could Help Tehran Dodge Israeli Strike; a Blow to U.S. Strategy on Damascus  —  JERUSALEM—Iran has sent Syria a sophisticated radar system that could threaten Israel's ability to launch a surprise attack against Iran's nuclear facilities …
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Karl Rove / Wall Street Journal:
Obama and the Fiscal ‘Road to Hell’
Discussion: HotAirPundit
Silla Brush / The Hill:
Patton Boggs acquires lobbying firm of former Sens. Lott, Breaux
Discussion: The Politico
Eric Zimmermann / The Hill:
Gun control group endorses Kagan
Discussion: The Politico, CNN and Weasel Zippers
Daniel Indiviglio / The Atlantic Online:
Goldman's Perspicacity Didn't Cause the Crisis
Anthony Watts / Watts Up With That?:
Climate Craziness of the Week: The AGU peddles a mammoth climate change theory
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