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2:25 PM ET, July 1, 2010


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Jamie Dupree / Jamie Dupree's Washington Insider:
Jobless Benefits Repeat  —  Once again, the Congress is going to go on a break without having extended long term jobless benefits, as the Senate failed to get 60 votes last night on another plan from Democrats.  —  By my count, this is the third time that Senators will have gone …
Discussion: Wake up America and The Agonist
Kenneth P. Vogel / The Politico:
Crossroads hauls in $8.5M in June
E.J. Dionne Jr / Washington Post:
Have Obama and the Democrats forgotten how to fight?
Discussion: Prairie Weather
Brian Beutler / TPMDC:
With Millions Losing Benefits, Ben Nelson Blocks Extension Of Unemployment Insurance
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.
Discussion: The Politico, The Note and D.C. Now
Gail Collins / New York Times:
The Most Unhappy Fellow  —  Our Independence Day weekend winner of the title of Most Unhappy Person in Washington is: John Boehner, the House minority leader.  —  I know this is a bit of a surprise since the award almost always goes to the Senate majority leader, Harry Reid, whose job is frequently compared to herding cats.
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 …
Courtland Milloy / Washington Post:
In Clarence Thomas's gun rights opinion, race plays a major role  —  He hardly ever speaks during oral arguments, often appearing asleep on the bench.  But in his written opinion Monday supporting the right to bear arms, Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas roared to life.
Devin Dwyer / ABCNEWS:
‘Everything in My Power’: Obama Launches Massive Push for Immigration Reform  —  With Arizona Law Set to Take Effect, Obama Revisits ‘Unwavering Commitment’ to Immigration Reform  —  One month before Arizona's new immigration law is slated to take effect, President Obama will today try …
Alexander Bolton / The Hill:
Democrats to punt on taxes  —  Democratic leaders are likely to punt the task of renewing Bush-era tax cuts until after the election.  —  Voters in November's midterms will thus be left without a clear idea of their future tax rates when they go to the polls.
Discussion: The Politico, and RedState
Ezra Klein:
Don't just sit there. Do nothing.
Discussion: TalkLeft and The Concord Coalition
Portland police will investigate accusations that Al Gore groped woman  —  Portland police announced today that it will re-open and investigate a Portland massage therapist's allegations that former Vice President Al Gore sexually assaulted her at a downtown hotel in October 2006.
Stu Woo / Wall Street Journal:
Police Reopen Al Gore Case  —  Police in Portland, Ore., are reopening an investigation over allegations that former Vice President Al Gore fondled a masseuse in a hotel in 2006.  —  The city's Police Bureau disclosed the move in a brief statement Wednesday, but did not explain the decision to reopen the investigation.
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 …
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:
Discussion: Don Surber
Mike Riggs / The Daily Caller:   What does a Klansman - like Robert Byrd - have to do to win …
Christopher Hitchens / Vanity Fair:
An Update from Christopher Hitchens  —  I have been advised by my physician that I must undergo a course of chemotherapy on my esophagus.  This advice seems persuasive to me.  I regret having had to cancel so many engagements at such short notice.  —  Keywords:
Cynthia Laird /
Speier: 5 years for ENDA  —  Congresswoman Jackie Speier put a damper on hopes for swift House passage of the Employment Non-Discrimination Act, telling the Bay Area Reporter over the weekend that she doesn't see the LGBT workplace protections becoming law anytime soon.
John Aravosis / AMERICAblog Gay:
Dem congresswoman says ENDA may now take 5 years
Discussion: Wonk Room and Towleroad News #gay
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 …
Sherrilyn A. Ifill / THEROOT.COM:
Trashing Thurgood Marshall  —  Just because Elena Kagan is white didn't stop Republicans from injecting race into her Supreme Court confirmation hearings.  —  The second day of the confirmation hearings of Elena Kagan to the U.S. Supreme Court was marked by some substantive dialogue …
“Torture” study reveals appalling cowardice of America's newspapers
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.
Ezra Klein:  —  Though the health-care bill doesn't really kick …
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 …
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 …
Deficit Committee Co-Chair Reveals Himself as Numerologist  —  Erskine Bowles, the Democratic co-chairman of President Obama's deficit commission, revealed that he was a numerologist yesterday when he suggested that the commision should set a limit on federal government spending at 21 percent of GDP.
John D. McKinnon / Wall Street Journal:
Deficit Panel Stresses Spending Cuts
Discussion: The New Republic
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.
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.).
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Alan I. Abramowitz / Sabato's Crystal Ball:
California Dreaming  —  New Primary System Unlikely …
Marc Ambinder / The Atlantic Online:
Al Qaeda's First English Language Magazine Is Here
Jason Horowitz / Washington Post:
Reporters lobby for votes to White House correspondents' board
Discussion: Ben Smith's Blog
Andrew C. McCarthy / National Review:
Why Endorse McCain?
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Shane D'Aprile / Ballot Box:
Manchin spokesman: No plans to change Byrd succession process
Erick Erickson / RedState:
NRA Now Leans Toward Endorsing Harry Reid
Rasmussen Reports:
Election 2010: Pennsylvania Senate
Discussion: Ballot Box and Real Clear Politics
Dana Loesch /
IL Dems Trying to Force Black Conservative Woman off Ballot?
Discussion: Big Government
Frank J. Donatelli / The Politico:
We're looking more like France  —  Republicans can barely contain …