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10:40 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 …
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.
David Edwards / Raw Story:
Lieberman: Rules of engagement protecting civilians ‘hurt morale’  —  Sen. Joe Lieberman (I-CT) called on President Barack Obama and the top general in Afghanistan, Gen. David Petraeus, to “loosen” the rules of engagement put in place to lessen civilian casualties.  —  Fox News reported:
Fox News:   Petraeus Urged to Change Rules of Engagement for U.S. Troops in Afghanistan
Deb Riechmann / Associated Press:
Petraeus takes over Afghan fight, vows ‘to win’ it
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.
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.
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.
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 …
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.
David A. Fahrenthold / Washington Post:
Determining oil spill's environmental damage is difficult  —  How dead is the Gulf of Mexico?  —  It is perhaps the most important question of the BP oil spill — but scientists don't appear close to answering it despite a historically vast effort.  —  In the 2 1/2 months since the spill began …
Discussion: Online NewsHour and The Page
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 …
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
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
Stephen C. Webster / Raw Story:
Beck plans ‘university’, hires Dr. Stoner and 'the right's favorite …
Discussion: Pharyngula
Iran unveils human-like robot: report
Discussion: Gateway Pundit and Weasel Zippers
 Earlier Items: 
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