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9:55 AM ET, July 5, 2010


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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.
Paul / Power Line:
Obama tasks NASA with building Muslim self-esteem  —  In the video below, Charles Bolden, head of NASA, tells Al Jazeera that the “foremost” task President Obama has given him is “to find a way to reach out to the Muslim world and engage much more with predominantly Muslim nations to help …
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.
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 …
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 …
New York Times:
Companies Find Ways to Bypass Ban on Earmarks  —  TOLEDO, Ohio — Just one day after leaders of the House of Representatives announced a ban on earmarks to profit-making companies, Victoria Kurtz, the vice president for marketing of a small Ohio defense contracting firm, hit on a creative way around it.
Discussion: Prairie Weather and The Page
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: The Page and Weasel Zippers
Fox News:
Steele Scrambles to Contain Fallout From War Remark as GOP Criticism Mounts  —  Shown here are Sen. John McCain, left, RNC Chairman Michael Steele, center, and Sen. Jim DeMint, right.  (AP Photos)  —  Republican National Committee Chairman Michael Steele was scrambling to contain the fallout …
CNN:   Ron Paul endorses Michael Steele's Afghanistan comments
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 …
Discussion: Raw Story and Danger Room
Deb Riechmann / Associated Press:
Petraeus takes over Afghan fight, vows ‘to win’ it
Strike warning over redundancies  —  Unions are warning of strikes after the government confirmed plans to change civil service redundancy payments.  —  One union leader called industrial action an “inevitability” if payouts to axed staff were to be reduced.
Discussion: Guardian, Telegraph and Biased BBC
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.
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
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: Grim's Hall and The Glittering Eye
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Niniek Karmini / Associated Press:
Indonesian Islamists open front against Christians
Discussion: The Jawa Report and Atlas Shrugs
Iran unveils human-like robot: report
Discussion: Gateway Pundit and Weasel Zippers
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Andrew Sullivan / The Daily Dish:
Happy 4th  —  The Dish is actually going to take a brief breather this holiday weekend.
Myglesias / Matthew Yglesias:
The Trouble With Deflation  —  Daniel Gross says maybe …
Discussion: The Other McCain