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6:05 PM ET, July 5, 2010


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Fox News:
NASA Chief: Next Frontier Better Relations With Muslim World  —  Shown here is NASA Administrator Charles Bolden.  (YouTube)  —  NASA Administrator Charles Bolden said in a recent interview that his “foremost” mission as the head of America's space exploration agency is to improve relations with the Muslim world.
Discussion: The Jawa Report and Macsmind
Byron York / Washington Examiner:
Obama's new mission for NASA: Reach out to Muslim world  —  In a far-reaching restatement of goals for the nation's space agency, NASA administrator Charles Bolden says President Obama has ordered him to pursue three new objectives: to “re-inspire children” to study science and math, to …
Dow Repeats Great Depression Pattern: Charts  —  The Dow Jones Industrial Average is repeating a pattern that appeared just before markets fell during the Great Depression, Daryl Guppy, CEO at, told CNBC Monday.  —  “Those who don't remember history are doomed to repeat it …
Paul Krugman / New York Times:
Op-Ed Columnist: Punishing the Unemployed  —  There was a time when everyone took it for granted that unemployment insurance, which normally terminates after 26 weeks, would be extended in times of persistent joblessness.  It was, most people agreed, the decent thing to do.  —  But that was then.
Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
Jeremy W. Peters / Media Decoder:
On The Economist's Cover, Only a Part of the Picture  —  It was the ideal metaphor for a politically troubled president.  —  There was President Obama on the cover of the June 19 issue of The Economist, standing alone on a Louisiana beach, head down, looking forlornly at the ground.
Las Vegas Review-Journal:
WAYNE ALLYN ROOT: Barack Obama: The great jobs killer  —  As former President Ronald Reagan might have said, “Obama, there you go again.”  —  The current occupant of the White House claims to know how to create jobs.  He claims jobs have been created.  But so far the score …
Russell Berman / The Hill:
Sen. Brown: 'I'm liking what I see' on financial reform legislation  —  Sen. Scott Brown (R-Mass.) offered a hint that he may support the financial reform bill when it comes to a final vote later this month.  —  “I'm going to be making a decision soon, but I'm liking what I see,” …
Discussion: Daily Kos
Sen. Brown attends parades, hints at upcoming votes
Discussion: TPMDC
Rasmussen Reports:
Health Care Law  —  60% Favor Repeal of Health Care Law, Just 41% See Repeal as Likely  —  Sixty percent (60%) of voters nationwide favor repeal of the recently passed health care law, including 49% who Strongly Favor repeal.  —  A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey finds that 36% oppose repeal.
Matthew Rothschild / The Progressive Magazine Feed:
Why I Don't Celebrate July 4  —  It's July 4th, my least favorite holiday.  —  And I'm not referring to the bugs, or the crowds, or the traffic on the highways.  —  I'm talking about the mindless patriotic bubble bath we're all supposed to soak in all weekend long.  —  Well, not me.
Fareed Zakaria / Washington Post:
Obama's CEO problem — and ours  —  The American economy is sputtering and we are running out of options.  Interest rates can't go any lower.  Another burst of government spending — whether a good or bad idea — looks politically impossible.  Can anything protect us from the dangers of stagnation or a double dip?
Ambrose Evans-Pritchard / Telegraph:
With the US trapped in depression, this really is starting to feel like 1932  —  The US workforce shrank by 652,000 in June, one of the sharpest contractions ever.  The rate of hourly earnings fell 0.1pc.  Wages are flirting with deflation.  —  “The economy is still in the gravitational pull …
Christopher Beam / New York Magazine:
A Reasonable Man  —  In a world of loud voices and extreme positions, David Brooks manages to be both irrelevant and absolutely essential.  —  D avid Brooks is angry—for David Brooks, at least.  “This is a damn outrage, to be honest,” he tells David Gregory on Meet the Press.
Jonathan Amos / BBC:
Planck reveals ‘spectacular sky’  —  This is the extraordinary place where we all live - the Universe.  —  The picture is the first full-sky image from Europe's Planck telescope which was sent into space last year to survey the “oldest light” in the cosmos.
Discussion: The Sideshow and Telegraph
Arthur Max / Associated Press:
Dutch agency admits error in UN climate report  —  THE HAGUE, Netherlands — A leading Dutch environment agency reported Monday that the seminal 2007 U.N. scientific report on climate change is too generalized and has even more errors than discovered so far — including one contributed by the agency itself.
Discussion: JammieWearingFool
James Rosen / McClatchy Washington Bureau:
Judges rule Obama can't close Yucca Mountain nuclear dump  —  WASHINGTON — Democratic Rep. John Spratt and Republican Rep. Joe Wilson don't agree on much, yet the South Carolina congressmen are cheering a new ruling that denied the bid by the U.S. Energy Department to withdraw its application …
Jeffrey M. Jones / Gallup:
Debt, Gov't.  Power Among Tea Party Supporters' Top Concerns  —  Eight in 10 say government is doing things that should be left to businesses, individuals  —  PRINCETON, NJ — Self-described Tea Party supporters differ from those neutral or opposed to the movement on the issues they perceive …
Discussion: Hot Air and CNN
Eric Kleefeld / TPMDC:
Angle Sends Cease-And-Desist To Reid — For Reposting Her Own Website  —  Sharron Angle has resorted to an unusual maneuver to counter Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid's attacks on her past quotes and positions, the Reid campaign has announced: A cease-and-desist letter …
Myglesias / Matthew Yglesias:
Confusion at The Washington Post  —  Washington Post ombudsman Andrew Alexander gives us another case study in how difficult it is for established institutions to transition into a new world: … Someone's sure confused here!  But are readers really going to be “confused” if someone …
Chicago Sun Times:
We elected Blago —what were we thinking?  —  The headlines say, “Blagojevich trial,” but the former governor is not the only one who needs to explain himself.  —  If the latest farcical revelations from the Rod Blagojevich trial tell us anything, it's that the people of Illinois …
Discussion: Hot Air and The New Editor
Jordy Yager / The Hill:
Arizona Dems contest Obama's assertions on border security  —  Anticipating a furor of voter criticism over the July Fourth recess, Democratic lawmakers from the border region shot back at the White House last week, challenging the president's speech on immigration in which he said that the southern border is secure.
Amy Gardner / Washington Post:
Tea party gatherings on the Fourth mix the educational and the patriotic  —  BEALETON, VA. — “Tea party” activists across the nation tried to put the “independence” back in Independence Day this weekend with festivals and other gatherings focused on the Constitution — and how to use it for political gain.
Paul Krugman:
Plan XVII For Europe  —  So, I was reading Jean-Claude Trichet's latest about how austerity will be expansionary, not contractionary, because confidence will conquer all, and I realized what it reminded me of.  You see, while traveling I reread Barbara Tuchman's The Guns of August, and there it was: Plan XVII:
Discussion: Hullabaloo
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Thanassis Cambanis / New York Times:
Grand Ayatollah Fadlallah, Shiite Cleric, Dies at 75
Discussion: Weekly Standard and Daily Pundit
Keith B. Richburg / Washington Post:
TV matchmaking show runs afoul of China's morality campaign
Discussion: Cato @ Liberty and The Peking Duck
Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad: Our Mission Is to Rescue …
Discussion: The New Republic
Tzvi Ben Gedalyahu / Arutz Sheva:
Abbas Eulogizes Munich Massacre Mastermind
Marc Caputo / McClatchy Washington Bureau:
BP wasted no time preparing for oil spill lawsuits
Carol Dean / Wall Street Journal:
BP Oil Spill Loan Rises to $9 Billion
Discussion: 24/7 Wall St. and Prairie Weather
Ketner ends South Carolina Senate drive
Discussion: The Politico
Russell Berman / The Hill:
Biden: Iraqis are ‘absolutely ready’ to take over full security
Discussion: CNN and JOSHUAPUNDIT
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Fred Pearce / Guardian:
Climategate was ‘a game-changer’
Maggie Haberman / The Politico:
Dems fear end of N.Y. gravy train
Discussion: Power Line and Hot Air
Robert Kuttner / The Huffington Post:
My Private Obama  —  We in the progressive community have projected …
New York Times:
Editorial: The Supreme Court's Aggressive Term
R. Jeffrey Smith / Washington Post:
BP has steady sales at Defense Department despite U.S. scrutiny
Stephanie Clifford / New York Times:
Retailers Devise Stimulus Plans to Revive Sales
Discussion: Guardian and Pat Dollard
David A. Fahrenthold / Washington Post:
Determining oil spill's environmental damage is difficult
Discussion: Online NewsHour and The Page