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9:55 AM ET, July 2, 2010


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USA Today:
What is the Tea Party?  A growing state of mind  —  WASHINGTON — The “Tea Party” is less a classic political movement than a frustrated state of mind.  —  A year and a half after the idea of a Tea Party burst into view, three of 10 Americans describe themselves in the USA TODAY/Gallup Poll …
Howard Kurtz / Washington Post:
Lindsey Graham spits out tea party  —  The tea party has no shortage of critics, especially among left-leaning folks who regard it with a mixture of anxiety and suspicion.  —  But deciphering what this movement stands for can be like nailing Jell-O to the wall.
Frank Newport / Gallup:
Tea Party Supporters Overlap Republican Base  —  Eight out of 10 Tea Party supporters are Republicans  —  PRINCETON, NJ — There is significant overlap between Americans who identify as supporters of the Tea Party movement and those who identify as conservative Republicans.
Discussion: Real Clear Politics
Top House Republicans quick to criticize Obama over jobs report  —  House Minority Leader John Boehner issued a statement following the release of Friday's job report.  —  Washington (CNN) - The top two Republicans in the House were quick to respond Friday to the June jobs report.
Marc Ambinder / The Atlantic Online:   The Night Beat: Putting Lipstick on a Bad Jobs Number
Robert Draper / New York Times:
This Year's Maverick  —  Lindsey Graham was sitting in a sedan early …
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 …
Emily Schultheis / The Politico:
Profs rank Obama 15th best president  —  A new poll of leading presidential scholars ranks Barack Obama as the 15th best president of the United States, just below Bill Clinton but ahead of Ronald Reagan.  —  The Siena College poll, which surveyed 238 presidential scholars at U.S. colleges and universities …
Paul Krugman / New York Times:
Myths of Austerity  —  When I was young and naïve, I believed that important people took positions based on careful consideration of the options.  Now I know better.  Much of what Serious People believe rests on prejudices, not analysis.  And these prejudices are subject to fads and fashions.
Discussion: Prairie Weather
Karl Rove / Wall Street Journal:   Obama and the Fiscal ‘Road to Hell’
Michael Powell / New York Times:
U.S. Economy Shed 125,000 Jobs in June; Rate Is 9.5%  —  The United States added just 83,000 private-sector jobs in June, a dishearteningly low number that could add to the growing number of economists who warn that the economic recovery is stalling.  —  Multimedia
Motoko Rich / New York Times:
Factory Jobs Return, but Employers Find Skills Shortage  —  BEDFORD, Ohio — Factory owners have been adding jobs slowly but steadily since the beginning of the year, giving a lift to the fragile economic recovery.  And because they laid off so many workers — more than two million since the end of 2007 …
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 …
Julian Pecquet / The Hill:
Health law risks turning away sick  —  The Obama administration has not ruled out turning sick people away from an insurance program created by the new healthcare law to provide coverage for the uninsured.  —  Critics of the $5 billion high-risk pool program insist it will run out of money before Jan. 1, 2014.
Discussion: Right Wing News and Weasel Zippers
Christopher S. Rugaber / Associated Press:
Payrolls drop by 125K, jobless rate falls  —  WASHINGTON - A wave of census layoffs cut the nation's payrolls in June for the first time in six months, while private employers added a modest number of jobs.  The unemployment rate fell to 9.5 percent, its lowest level in almost a year.
David Paul Kuhn / Real Clear Politics:
The Polarization of the Supreme Court  —  The Supreme Court has gradually come to act more like a political institution.  The share of one-vote majority rulings has risen more than four-fold in the past six decades, compared to the half-century prior, based on a RealClearPolitics analysis of rulings from 1801 to the present.
Discussion: Dean's World
J. Taylor Rushing / The Hill:
Russian spy ring may be last straw for Obama nuclear arms treaty  —  A U.S.-Russia arms treaty is teetering in the Senate, lacking support from Republicans and set back by an alleged spy ring.  —  The White House was hoping that the Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty (START) …
Patrick Ruffini / The Next Right:
Another R2K Smoking Gun: Bargain Basement Pricing  —  In my previous post on Kos and Research 2000 I noted how weird it was that Kos could afford to commission dozens of campaign polls given that by (his own admission) he runs a low seven-figure operation and the polls are likely far …
Discussion: Hot Air and National Review
Jane Hamsher / Firedoglake:
BREAKING: Pelosi Sneaked Approval of Vote on Debt Commission Recommendations into Rule Regarding War Funding, Vote Happening Tonight  —  Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) (photo by Orin)  —  FDL has learned that in a last minute move, Nancy Pelosi sneaked language into the rule that the House is voting on tonight regarding war funding.
Associated Press:
21 killed in shootout between drug, migrant trafficking gangs near Arizona border  —  HERMOSILLO, Mexico (AP) — A massive gun battle between rival drug and migrant trafficking gangs near the U.S. border Thursday left 21 people dead and at least six others wounded, prosecutors said.
Los Angeles Times:
Economic rebound may be losing ground, data show  —  Home and car sales fall.  Manufacturing may be losing steam.  But most experts don't see a double dip looming.  —  The construction sector remains weak.  Spending on building fell 0.2% in May from April.
Discussion: The Swamp
New Orleans Times-Picayune:
Objectivity of spill probe panel is questioned  —  WASHINGTON — On the same day the White House commission investigating the Gulf oil spill announced its first meetings — July 12-13 in New Orleans — a Senate committee cast what amounted to a no-confidence vote on the commission's objectivity.
Discussion: Daily Kos
Eric Lichtblau / New York Times:
Tony Podesta, Superlobbyist  —  WASHINGTON — On the eve of a critical Congressional vote last week on a sweeping measure to regulate Wall Street, the prominent lobbyist Tony Podesta met with one of the lawmakers to go over some final language and discuss the effect it could have on his many corporate clients.
Discussion: Think Progress
Rosalind S. Helderman / Washington Post:
Va. begins courtroom assault on federal health-care overhaul  —  RICHMOND — The legal challenge to the nation's new health-care law was launched Thursday in a courtroom in Richmond, where the office of Virginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli II argued that the measure is an unprecedented overreach …
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.
Walter Alarkon / The Hill:
House Democrats pass ‘budget enforcement resolution’ by 215-210  —  House Democrats passed a budget document Thursday that sets discretionary spending at levels below those proposed by President Barack Obama but doesn't address how Congress should cut deficits.
Chris Frates / The Politico:
Cantwell a ‘yes’ on Wall St. reform  —  Democratic Sen. Maria Cantwell of Washington announced Thursday that she'll support a sweeping Wall Street reform bill, bringing Democrats one vote closer to securing Senate passage.  —  Cantwell, who voted against similar legislation on the Senate floor …
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.
Jim Hoft / Gateway Pundit:
Gaffetastic. …
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Henry / The Monkey Cage:
Freeing up Perspectives  —  Late last week, a few magical words …
Tim Ross / This Is London:
Muslim pupils taken out of music lessons 'because Islam forbids …
Discussion: Guardian
Dr. Jillian T. Weiss / The Bilerico Project:
Today's White House Briefing on LGBT Issues: The President Is “Very Supportive”
Chris Kirkham / New Orleans Times-Picayune:
Media, boaters could face criminal penalties by entering oil cleanup ‘safety zone’
Rasmussen Reports:
Partisan Trends  —  Partisan Trends: 35.4% Democrat 33.0% Republican
The Politico:
Gov. Chris Christie calls for Republican Party rebranding
Discussion: Big Journalism and Right Wing News
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Ed Morrissey / Hot Air:
LeMieux to Obama: You're getting failure all over our shores …
Discussion: Wizbang and RedState
Adam Serwer / American Prospect:
In Which I Describe, But Do Not Knock, The Hustle.
Discussion: The American Scene
Michael Tomasky / Guardian:
The America John Boehner grew up in