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10:35 PM ET, July 4, 2010


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Alastair Jamieson / Telegraph:
Dying Lockerbie bomber ‘could survive for 10 years or more’  —  The Lockerbie bomber could survive for 10 years or longer, according to a cancer specialist who last year said he would be dead within three months of his release.  —  Professor Karol Sikora, who assessed Abdelbaset Ali Mohmet al-Megrahi …
Former hot dog eating champ arrested  —  New York (CNN) — He didn't compete for the hot dog eating title this year, but he did cause a scene at the contest.  —  Takeru Kobayashi was arrested at Coney Island after his rival, Joey Chestnut, won the annual Nathan's International Hot Dog Eating Contest.
James Joyner / Outside the Beltway:
Declaration of Independence: A Fisking  —  This post was originally published July 4, 2006.  —  Today marks the 230th anniversary of the signing of the Declaration of Independence.  Jim Lynch sent out an email to several of us asking us to blog the event as if we were there.
Discussion: The Glittering Eye and Grim's Hall
Michelle Malkin:
Independence Day 2010: Happy 234th birthday, America  —  God bless the U.S.A. We remain the land of the free because of the brave.  The above photo of more than 500 veterans with American flags lining a procession route at the Iowa Veterans Cemetery in Van Meter, Iowa (the veterans were providing …
Fox News:
Petraeus Urged to Change Rules of Engagement for U.S. Troops in Afghanistan  —  Gen. David Petraeus, the new commander of U.S. and NATO forces in Afghanistan, speaks during a ceremony July 4 in Kabul.  (AP Photo)  —  Sen. Joe Lieberman on Sunday urged Gen. David Petraeus to change the rules of engagement …
Timothy R. Homan / Bloomberg:
Republican Steele's Afghanistan Remarks Praised by Ron Paul  —  Republican National Committee Chairman Michael Steele, whose remarks suggesting the U.S. will lose the war in Afghanistan have prompted some Republicans to demand his resignation, won praise from Representative Ron Paul.
Discussion: Daily Kos
Ron Paul endorses Michael Steele's Afghanistan comments
Discussion: The Hill
Walter Alarkon / The Hill:
Rep. Cole, former NRCC chairman, calls for Steele to step down
Sally Neighbour /
Islamist leader Burhan Hanif tells Aussie Muslims to ‘shun democracy’  —  Briton Salim Atchia from global Islamic group Hizb ut-Tahrir addresses the conference yesterday.  Picture: Amos Aikman  —  The Australian Protectionist Party said Islamic group Hizb ut-Tahrir have no place in society.
Discussion: Weasel Zippers and Jihad Watch
Stephen C. Webster / Raw Story:
Beck plans ‘university’, hires Dr. Stoner and 'the right's favorite pseudo-historian' to teach  —  Only “extreme” insiders are cool enough for this school.  —  That's apparently the one requirement to get new media content directly from a few individuals who Fox News opinion host Glenn Beck …
Discussion: Pharyngula
Andrew Breitbart / Big Peace:
Big Peace  —  A little less than a year after announcing it, in front of Vice President Cheney, Donald Rumsfeld and many other American foreign policy elites at Frank Gaffney's “Keeper of the Flame” Award Dinner in October 2009, we are finally launching Big Peace.
Discussion: YID With LID, Wizbang and
Sam Dillon / New York Times:
Teachers' Union Shuns Obama Aides at Convention  —  NEW ORLEANS — For the last two years, Barack Obama addressed educators gathered for the summer conventions of the two national teachers unions, and last year both groups rolled out the welcome mat for federal Secretary of Education Arne Duncan.
Discussion: Weasel Zippers
Iran unveils human-like robot: report  —  Iran has developed a new human-like walking robot to be used in “sensitive jobs,” government newspaper Iran reported on Sunday.  —  Soorena-2, named after an ancient Persian warrior, was unveiled by President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad on Saturday.
Discussion: Weasel Zippers and Gateway Pundit
Conservatives Are More Than Twice as Likely as Liberals to Be Strongly Patriotic, Says Gallup Poll  —  ( - Conservatives are more than twice as likely as liberals to express very strong patriotism, according to a new USA Today/Gallup poll in which 48 percent of conservatives said they were …
Discussion: Weasel Zippers
Steven Beschloss / PARADE Magazine:
Can These Men Fix the Deficit?  —  Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke has said that the federal deficit is on an “unsustainable path.”  Erskine Bowles, former White House chief of staff under President Clinton, and Alan Simpson, former Republican Senate whip, are co-chairs …
Discussion: The Impolitic and Eschaton
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Timothy Williams / New York Times:
U.S. Fails to Complete, or Cuts Back, Iraqi Projects
Discussion: Firedoglake
Catherine Rampell / New York Times:
They Did Their Homework (800 Years of It)
Discussion: CEPR
New York Post:
Patriotic opposition
Mark Landler / New York Times:
Nudge on Arms Further Divides the U.S. and Israel
Discussion: Israel Matzav and
Andrew Sullivan / The Daily Dish:
Happy 4th  —  The Dish is actually going to take a brief breather this holiday weekend.
Discussion: Prairie Weather
 Earlier Items: 
Timothy P. Carney / Beltway Confidential:
Republicans on energy: More pro-business than pro-market
Dexter Filkins / New York Times:
Petraeus Takes Command of Afghan Mission
Discussion: Politics Daily and The Page
Myglesias / Matthew Yglesias:
The Trouble With Deflation  —  Daniel Gross says maybe …
Jonathan Martin / The Politico:
Dems' message: All about the gaffes
Discussion: Pat Dollard and CNN
Glenn Harlan Reynolds / Washington Examiner:
By: Glenn Harlan Reynolds: SCOTUS ruling shows how far gun rights have come
Discussion: Power Line
The Politico:
Danger for Dems as economy slows