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12:15 PM ET, July 3, 2010


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The Huffington Post:
Liz Cheney Joins The Michael Steele Should Resign Chorus  —  WHAT'S YOUR REACTION?  —  Another prominent neoconservative has called for RNC Chairman Michael Steele to resign in the wake of his calling the Afghanistan war a largely un-winnable conflict of President Obama's choosing.
Russell Berman / The Hill:
Steele's Afghanistan criticism highlights Democrats' mixed message on war  —  Michael Steele's criticism of the U.S. strategy in Afghanistan may be creating a headache for the Republican National Committee, but it's also shining a spotlight on the Democrats' mixed message on the war.
Michael Muskal / D.C. Now:
RNC leader Michael Steele's Afghanistan comments put GOP in a …
Susan Davis / Wall Street Journal:
Republicans Slam Steele Over Remarks
Discussion: Online NewsHour
Fox News:
Steele Blames Afghan War on Obama, Drawing Calls to Resign
Jordan Fabian / The Hill:   RNC Chairman Steele tries to stamp out controversial remarks
Erick Erickson / RedState:
Michael Steele Must Resign
Greg Sargent / The Plum Line:
Dems say Steele is “rooting for failure.” Really, Dems?
Tim Arango / New York Times:
Biden Visits Iraq, Offering Diplomacy Amid Impasse  —  BAGHDAD — Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr. landed here on Saturday evening for a visit that signaled a desire by the United States to step deeper into a four-month political stalemate that has become a backdrop to the drawdown of American forces this summer.
Walter Alarkon / The Hill:
Bidens make unannounced trip to Iraq  —  Vice President Joe Biden is in Iraq for July 4 weekend to meet with U.S. troops and Iraqi leaders trying to form a new government after March's deadlocked election.  —  Biden will “meet with Iraqi political leaders to reaffirm the U.S. long-term commitment …
Discussion: The Politico
Tim Arango / New York Times:   War in Iraq Defies U.S. Timetable for End of Combat
Marc Kaufman / Washington Post:
Jefferson changed ‘subjects’ to ‘citizens’ in Declaration of Independence  —  “Subjects.”  —  That's what Thomas Jefferson first wrote in an early draft of the Declaration of Independence to describe the people of the 13 colonies.  —  But in a moment when history took a sharp turn …
Michael Powell / New York Times:
Illinois Stops Paying Its Bills, but Can't Stop Digging Hole  —  CHICAGO — Even by the standards of this deficit-ridden state, Illinois's comptroller, Daniel W. Hynes, faces an ugly balance sheet.  Precisely how ugly becomes clear when he beckons you into his office to examine his daily briefing memo.
Bradley Blackburn / ABCNEWS:
Petraeus Assumes Command of Coalition Forces in Afghanistan  —  On Deadly Day in Afghanistan, Gen. David Petraeus Arrives in Kabul to Take Control of War  —  As Gen. David Petraeus arrived in Kabul today to take control of the long Afghanistan war, a pre-dawn attack on an American aid organization …
Discussion: Associated Press
Byron York / Washington Examiner:
How long will the public tolerate Afghan war?
Discussion: FrumForum, Riehl World View and Reuters
Rasmussen Reports:
29% Say Stimulus Plan Helped the Economy, 43% Say It Hurt  —  Just 25% of voters nationwide believe the economic stimulus package created jobs and voters are counting on decisions made by business owners more than government officials to create the jobs needed by the nation.
Associated Press:
Moynihan, as Nixon aide, warned of global warming  —  YORBA LINDA, Calif. — Documents released Friday by the Nixon Presidential Library show members of President Richard Nixon's inner circle discussing the possibilities of global warming more than 30 years ago.
RealClearPolitics Video Log:
Clinton Defends Byrd's KKK Ties: “He Was Trying To Get Elected” “He once had a fleeting association with the Ku Klux Klan, what does that mean?  I'll tell you what it means.  He was a country boy from the hills and hollows from West Virginia.  He was trying to get elected,” former President Bill Clinton said of Sen. Robert Byrd.
Brian Stelter / Media Decoder:
Study of Waterboarding Coverage Prompts a Debate in the Press  —  A study released this week of the four biggest newspapers in the United States said that in the wake of the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks, there was “a dramatic shift in coverage away from nearly a century of practice recognizing waterboarding as torture.”
Discussion: Matthew Yglesias and Maggie's Farm
Thom Shanker / New York Times:
Gates Tightens Rules for Military and the Press  —  WASHINGTON — Nine days after a four-star general was relieved of command for comments made to Rolling Stone magazine, Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates issued orders on Friday tightening the reins on officials dealing with the news media.
The Huffington Post:   Pelosi: End The Filibuster
Jackie Calmes / New York Times:
Spend or Scrimp?  Two Sides in White House Debate  —  WASHINGTON — Not since the first years of the Clinton administration has a White House had to debate whether to give precedence to stimulating the economy or reducing budget deficits.  Now, as the recovery shows signs of faltering …
David Leonhardt / Economix:
Worse Than 1982?  —  If you've already lost your job, your prospects for finding a new one are looking dismal.  Especially if you lost your job a long time ago.  —  Private-sector job growth has slowed.  The workweek also shrunk in June, and wages fell.  —  The labor market is recovering …
Orla Guerin / BBC:
Debt agony  —  Every few days Pakistan makes the worst kind of headlines: bombings in markets and mosques, battles with the Taleban.  But, much less widely reported, the daily lives of millions of Pakistanis are consumed by another problem.  They have to cope with desperate poverty.
Discussion: Biased BBC
Neil Irwin / Washington Post:
Economy lags as job growth remains weak  —  The economic expansion is sputtering.  —  Private employers added only 83,000 jobs in June, the government said Friday, too few to keep up with growth in the working-age population.  And the unemployment rate fell to 9.5 percent from 9.7 percent …
Discussion: Right Wing News
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Saeed Kamali Dehghan / Guardian:
Iran stoning case fought by family
Discussion: Jihad Watch, normblog and CNN
John / Power Line:
A Veteran Puts Kagan to Shame
Abdon M. Pallasch / Chicago Sun Times:
Chicago approves new gun restrictions
Discussion: RedState and Clout St
Associated Press:
Sneijder's goal in 68th minute decisive; Brazil unravels in second half
Discussion: Power Line and The Daily Caller
Allahpundit / Hot Air:
CNN: The feds are trying to block media coverage of how bad the oil spill is
Discussion: and Cubachi
The Declaration Of Independence, Read Aloud
Matt Gutman / ABCNEWS:
Gulf Oil Spill: A Bleak Holiday for Tourism
Discussion: Recent Updates … and Pat Dollard
 Earlier Items: 
Jonah Goldberg / National Review:
Byrd Tributes Go Overboard
Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
Laura Blumenfeld / Washington Post:
Obama's national security officials, on the night watch
Discussion: Emptywheel and Mother Jones
Robert Shrum / The Week Magazine:
Keep Congress in session this August
Carlos Miller / Photography is Not a Crime:
We were permanently banned from the Miami-Dade Metrorail for taking photos