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11:35 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.
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 …
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 …
Discussion: The Reaction
Blistering heat expected in Northeast  —  New York (CNN) — A heat wave of historic proportions could strike some Northeastern states as forecasters warn of prolonged triple-digit temperatures that could trigger “a dangerous situation,” the National Weather Service advised Monday.
Discussion: New York Magazine and Making Light
Dangerous Eastern Heat Wave Could be a Record-Breaker  —  A dangerous and record-challenging heat wave will affect much of the East this week as a once-delightful air mass turns ugly.  —  In some locations this heat wave will rival many that have occurred in the past 20 years with the potential …
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.
Rasmussen Reports:
64% in Arizona Say Children of Illegal Immigrants Should Not …
Chris Cillizza / Washington Post:
Democrats hope Obama 2008 model will help stem midterm losses  —  To become the nation's first black president, Barack Obama not only won heavy percentages of the black and Hispanic vote but also managed to trim the Democratic Party's traditional deficit among white voters.
Maggie Haberman / The Politico:
Dems fear end of N.Y. gravy train
Discussion: Power Line, RedState and Hot Air
Glenn Greenwald / Salon:
AP owes China an apology  —  From an Associated Press article today on the conviction in China of an American citizen accused of spying and collecting “state secrets”: … A few cigarette stubs into a forearm for a handful of days?  That's it?  That's “torture”?
Daniel Halper / Weekly Standard:
CNN Editor Mourns Death of Hezbollah's Spiritual Leader  —  How did CNN senior editor of Middle East affairs Octavia Nasr celebrate July 4?  By mourning the passing of Hezbollah's Sayyed Mohammad Hussein Fadlallah.  Here's what the CNN editor posted on her Twitter account:
Discussion: Weasel Zippers, CNN and
Thanassis Cambanis / New York Times:
Grand Ayatollah Fadlallah, Shiite Cleric, Dies at 75
Discussion: Daily Pundit
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.
Jeffrey M. Jones / Gallup:
Debt, Gov't. Power Among Tea Party Supporters' Top Concerns
Discussion: Power Line, Hot Air, Grim's Hall and CNN
Sean J. Miller / Ballot Box:
Clyburn says Greene's candidacy in South Carolina designed to stir trouble  —  House Majority Whip James Clyburn (S.C.) theorized that an operative ran unemployed Army veteran Alvin Greene's (D) South Carolina Senate campaign to create a “mess.”  —  Greene managed to win the June 8 Democratic primary …
Discussion: Weasel Zippers
Ketner ends South Carolina Senate drive
Discussion: Daily Kos and The Politico
Mike Lillis / The Hill:
Senate bill to repeal health reform lacks backing from GOP leaders  —  Although they've called repeatedly for repeal of the Democrats' new health reform law, some senior Senate Republicans have not endorsed a bill that would actually do it.  —  Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (Ky.) …
Allen McDuffee / Raw Story:
Environmentalist faces jail for hanging banner in Senate office building  —  A 60 year-old environmental activist who hung two banners in a government building will be sentenced Tuesday — and faces up to three years in prison.  —  Bloomfield, NJ resident Ted Glick will be sentenced Tuesday …
Discussion: MyDD and Truthdig
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 …
Ryan Brown / Salon:
“Losing Our Cool”: The high price of staying cool  —  How air conditioning changed the American landscape, transformed our politics, and is endangering our health  —  In the last half century, air conditioning has joined fireworks, swimming pools and charred hamburgers as a ubiquitous ingredient of an American summer.
Discussion: The Other McCain and Pajamas Media
Leslie Kaufman / New York Times:
Agency Agreed Wildlife Risk From Oil Was ‘Low’  —  The federal agency charged with protecting endangered species like the brown pelican and the Kemp's ridley sea turtle signed off on the Minerals Management Service's conclusion that deepwater drilling for oil in the Gulf of Mexico posed …
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 …
Janis Mara / Mercury News:
Flag mural on Sunol Grade restored to Old Glory  —  The flag is still there.  Or, rather, it's back.  —  After an absence of a few days, a mural of an American flag has returned to a hillside above Interstate 680 in Sunol — just in time for the Fourth of July.
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 …
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Ian Black / Guardian:
Turkey threatens to cut Israel ties
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Paul Krugman:
Plan XVII For Europe
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Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad: Our Mission Is to Rescue …
Discussion: The New Republic
Carol Dean / Wall Street Journal:
BP Oil Spill Loan Rises to $9 Billion
Discussion: Prairie Weather
Jordy Yager / The Hill:
Arizona Dems contest Obama's assertions on border security
Discussion: Hot Air
Arthur Max / Associated Press:
Dutch agency admits error in UN climate report
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Christopher Beam / New York Magazine:
A Reasonable Man  —  In a world of loud voices and extreme positions …
Ambrose Evans-Pritchard / Telegraph:
With the US trapped in depression, this really is starting to feel like 1932
Robert Kuttner / The Huffington Post:
My Private Obama  —  We in the progressive community have projected …
Russell Berman / The Hill:
Sen. Brown: 'I'm liking what I see' on financial reform legislation
Discussion: WHDH-TV, Daily Kos and TPMDC
Jonathan Amos / BBC:
Planck reveals ‘spectacular sky’
Discussion: The Sideshow and Telegraph
New York Times:
Editorial: The Supreme Court's Aggressive Term
Myglesias / Matthew Yglesias:
Confusion at The Washington Post