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6:10 PM ET, July 2, 2010

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William Kristol / Weekly Standard:
A Letter to Michael Steele  —  You are, I know, a patriot.  So I ask you to consider, over this July 4 weekend, doing an act of service for the country you love: Resign as chairman of the Republican party.  —  Your tenure has of course been marked by gaffes and embarrassments …
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Jordan Fabian / The Hill:
RNC chairman: Obama pursued Afghanistan war ‘trying to be cute’  —  Republican National Committee Chairman Michael Steele was caught on video at a fundraiser in Connecticut on Thursday raising doubts about the war in Afghanistan.  —  The Democratic National Committee (DNC) pushed out the video …
Greg Sargent / The Plum Line:
Dems say Steele is “rooting for failure.”  Really, Dems?  —  By all means, Dems should go on the attack against Michael Steele for his wild comments about Afghanistan.  But do they really think it's a good idea to say he's for cutting and running, is “rooting for failure” and is “betting against our troops”?
Eric Kleefeld / TPMDC:
Steele Says We Shouldn't Be In Afghanistan; Calls It Obama's War Of Choice  —  Republican National Committee Chairman Michael Steele may be misremembering exactly how and when the Afghanistan war began.  —  At a Republican Party fundraiser in Connecticut on Thursday, Steele declared …
Brian Beutler / TPMDC:
Top Republicans Pile On Steele, Call For His Ouster  —  Republicans are furious with RNC Chairman Michael Steele, who was caught on camera saying that the war in Afghanistan is a doomed effort launched by President Obama.  Steele has no shortage of enemies in the GOP and many of them sense an opportunity here.
Erick Erickson / Erick's blog:
Michael Steele Must Resign  —  I have heard Michael Steele's comments regarding Afghanistan and the President.  —  I have read the RNC's statement on the matter.  —  The RNC statement is indecipherable in the context of what Michael Steele actually said.  —  The war in Afghanistan is not a war of Barack Obama's choosing.
Discussion: The Daily Caller and TPMDC
Chris Good / The Atlantic Online:
The Biggest Michael Steele Gaffe of All
Discussion: Hit & Run and The Plum Line
Barbara Morrill / Daily Kos:
Michael Steele: Afghanistan “was a war of Obama's choosing”
Discussion: Balloon Juice
Jordan Fabian / The Hill:   RNC Chairman Steele tries to stamp out controversial remarks
Andy Barr / The Politico:
Kristol calls for Steele to resign
Discussion: Pat Dollard
Eric Kleefeld / TPMDC:
RNC Tries To Explain Steele's Afghanistan Comments
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blog:
DNC: Steele comments ‘unconscionable’
Discussion: Weekly Standard
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
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Christina Romer / White House.gov Blog Feed:
The Employment Situation in June  —  Today's employment report shows continued signs of gradual labor market recovery.  Private nonfarm payroll employment increased by 83,000 in June and the unemployment rate fell two-tenths of a percentage point to 9.5%.  June marks the sixth month in a row …
Charlie Cook / National Journal Online:
Hurricane GOP On The Way  —  MAKE NO MISTAKE ABOUT IT: THERE IS A WAVE OUT THERE, AND FOR DEMOCRATS, THE HOUSE IS, AT BEST, TEETERING ON THE EDGE.  —  Imagine sitting in Washington's Verizon Center, listening blissfully to Carole King and James Taylor, thanks to a fast-thinking friend who managed to score four floor seats.
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 …
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Adam Liptak / New York Times:
Kagan Reminds Senators: Legislation Is Your Job  —  WASHINGTON — Supreme Court confirmation hearings are usually designed to probe a nominee's conception of the role of the justices.  But this week's questioning of Elena Kagan turned into a tutorial on Congressional responsibility.
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US Senator Orrin Hatch:
HATCH ANNOUNCES OPPOSITION TO ELENA KAGAN'S SUPREME COURT NOMINATION
The Hill:   Hatch to vote against Kagan's nomination
Ezra Klein:
Are Democrats setting themselves up for failure in 2011 by not passing a budget?  —  The most important job news of the days was not the June jobs numbers.  It was a mostly ignored vote in the House of Representatives last night.  By a vote of 215 to 210, the House passed a …
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Carlos Miller / Photography is Not a Crime:
We were permanently banned from the Miami-Dade Metrorail for taking photos  —  Update: The National Press Photographers Association is protesting the way authorities handled the situation.  The Society of Professional Journalists is also looking into the situation.  —  By Carlos Miller
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Stretch Ledford / Very Stretchy Indeed:   Banned for Life from the Miami-Dade Metrorail
Fred Lucas / CNSNews:
Congressional Report Claims Administration Misled About Efforts on Oil Spill  —  (CNSNews.com) - Billy Nungesser, president of New Orleans' Plaquemines Parish, sensed that a chart showing 140 oil skimmers at work — a chart given to him by BP and the Coast Guard — was “somewhat inaccurate.”
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Anita Lee / McClatchy Washington Bureau:
Is BP rejecting skimmers to save money on Gulf oil cleanup?
Discussion: Firedoglake
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 …
Marist Poll:
7/2: Don't Know Much About History?  —  There's good news for American education.  About three-quarters of residents — 74% — know the U.S. declared its independence from Great Britain in 1776.  The bad news for the academic system — 26% do not.  This 26% includes one-fifth who are unsure …
Ed Morrissey / Hot Air:
Sharron Angle: I am not a Birther  —  Earlier today, I spoke exclusively to Sharron Angle, the Republican nominee to challenge Harry Reid for the Senate seat in Nevada.  In the past few days, rumors have swirled that Angle is a crypto-Birther.  I asked her “flat out” whether she believed Barack Obama …
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.
Ron Brynaert / Raw Story:
Exclusive: Washington Post fails to disclose blogger's ties to White House  —  UPDATE: Washington Post responds, promises it will require full disclosure from all “Leadership” contributors  —  Kris Coratti, Communications Director of The Washington Post, issued this statement in response to Raw Story's report.
 
 
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