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11:05 AM ET, July 6, 2010


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Thomas M. Defrank / NY Daily News:
Bad news for Obama: Conservative Justice Kennedy tells pals he's in no rush to leave Supreme Court  —  WASHINGTON - President Obama may get liberal Elena Kagan on the Supreme Court, but conservative swing-voter Anthony Kennedy says he's not going anywhere anytime soon.
David G. Savage / Los Angeles Times:
Obama and Supreme Court may be on collision course  —  The president's agenda on healthcare and financial regulations sets the stage for a clash with the Supreme Court's conservative majority.  —  Reporting from Washington — The Supreme Court wrapped up its term last week …
National Review:
The End of an Idea  —  Progressive constitutionalism is a dead end
Discussion: The Volokh Conspiracy
Washington Post:
Democratic campaign committees losing big Wall Street donors  —  A revolt among big donors on Wall Street is hurting fundraising for the Democrats' two congressional campaign committees, with contributions from the world's financial capital down 65 percent from two years ago.
Ben White / The Politico:
Wall St. plans payback for reg reform  —  With the financial reform bill likely to hit President Barack Obama's desk in coming weeks, Wall Street's top political players are warning Democrats to brace themselves for the next phase of the fight: the fundraising blowback.
Ben White / The Politico:
Wall St. plans payback for reg reform  —  That compromise hasn't stopped the financial community from singling out Lincoln for scorn.  —  “She told us she knew Congress had to be sensible in its approach to dealing with derivatives, and then she went and hit us with her amendment,” a financial executive said.
John / Power Line:
Had Enough “Hope and Change”?  —  One of my daughters drove up north with some friends to stay overnight at a lake cabin earlier this weekend.  Somewhere northeast of Minneapolis they passed a billboard that said, “Had enough ‘HOPE AND CHANGE’?”  The billboard depicted a pair of hands feeding the Constitution into a shredder.
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.
Marc A. Thiessen / Washington Post:
Tea Party time across the pond  —  This past weekend Americans celebrated a revolution that began with a tea party in Boston Harbor — and today's Tea Party movement takes its inspiration from those early protests against the economic despotism of George III.
Sam Youngman / The Hill:
As Netanyahu visits, White House insists ‘no rift’ between Israel, U.S.  —  Senior White House officials say there is “absolutely no rift” between the United States and Israel as President Barack Obama prepares to host Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu at the White House on Tuesday.
New York Times:
Tax-Exempt Funds Aiding West Bank Settlements
Discussion: Reuters, The Caucus and Cheat Sheet
Janine Zacharia / Washington Post:
Turkey threatens to sever ties unless Israel apologizes for deadly raid on ship
Mike Allen / The Politico:
Biden: No Dem ‘debacle’ in November  —  Vice President Joe Biden said predictions are wrong about some “grand debacle” for Democrats in November, and predicted upset victories for Democrats in the Senate races in Nevada and Kentucky.  —  “Reports of our demise are premature,” …
Discussion: CNN and Questions and Observations
Eric Kleefeld / TPMDC:
Angle Sends Cease-And-Desist To Reid — For Reposting Her Own Website
Jerry Markon / Washington Post:
Justice Dept. expected to sue Ariz. on immigration, citing ‘preemption’ grounds  —  The Justice Department has decided to file suit against Arizona on the grounds that the state's new immigration law illegally intrudes on federal prerogatives, law enforcement sources said Monday.
Kimberly Kindy / Washington Post:
Recovery effort falls vastly short of BP's promises  —  In the 77 days since oil from the ruptured Deepwater Horizon began to gush into the Gulf of Mexico, BP has skimmed or burned about 60 percent of the amount it promised regulators it could remove in a single day.
Los Angeles Times:   Tar balls reach Texas as stormy weather hampers cleanup
David Brooks / New York Times:
A Little Economic Realism  —  Let's say you're the leader of the free world.  The economy is stuck in the doldrums.  Naturally, you want to do something.  —  Many economists say we need another stimulus bill.  They debate about whether the stimulus should take the form of tax cuts or spending increases …
New York Times:
Are Profits Hurting Capitalism?  —  A STREAM of disheartening economic news last week, including flagging consumer confidence and meager private-sector job growth, is leading experts to worry that the recession is coming back.  At the same time, many policymakers, particularly in Europe …
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.
Byron York / Washington Examiner:
NASA's new mission: Building ties to Muslim world  —  You'd be hard-pressed to find an American who doesn't know that the “S” in NASA stands for “Space.”  Since the race to the moon in the 1960s, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration has been one of the most storied agencies in the U.S. government.
Discussion: The Daily Caller and Althouse
Fox News:
NASA Chief: Next Frontier Better Relations With Muslim World
Con Coughlin  —  Con Coughlin, the Telegraph's executive foreign editor, is a world-renowned expert on the Middle East and Islamic terrorism.  He is the author of several critically acclaimed books.  His new book, Khomeini's Ghost, is published by Macmillan.
Rep. Barney Frank / The Huffington Post:
Why We Must Reduce Military Spending  —  As members of opposing political parties, we disagree on a number of important issues.  But we must not allow honest disagreement over some issues interfere with our ability to work together when we do agree.  —  By far the single most important …
Mitt Romney / Washington Post:
Obama's worst foreign-policy mistake  —  Given President Obama's glaring domestic policy missteps, it is understandable that the public has largely been blinded to his foreign policy failings.  In fact, these may have been even more damaging to America's future.
Ezra Klein:
Is it cheaper to just let the planet heat?  —  Before getting into the debate that Jim Manzi and Brad Plumer are having on the costs of mitigating global warming, it's worth highlighting this bit from Manzi, which is slightly off-topic to the actual disagreement, but could be the most important thing you'll ever read:
Discussion: The New Republic
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Post office plans to announce new rate increase
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The Government Pay Bonus
Mike Allen / Reuters:
Biden sees Iraq success for Obama
Zombie / Pajamas Media:
Did Huffington Post crop AP photo to give Netanyahu devil horns?
Discussion: Gateway Pundit
Dan Frosch / New York Times:
Utah's Gun Permit Popular With Nonresidents
TRENDING: McCain releases two TV ads, is accused of ‘character assassination’
‘Somalia is in the hands of al-Qaeda’
Discussion: The Jawa Report
Susan Page / USA Today:
Independents gain favor in governors' races
 Earlier Items: 
Walter Alarkon / The Hill:
Education cuts highlight Dem fight over Obama's school reforms
Robin Shepherd / Jerusalem Post:
The banality of Methodist evil
Janis Mara / Mercury News:
Flag mural on Sunol Grade restored to Old Glory
Discussion: Moonbattery and Don Surber
Glenn Greenwald / Salon:
AP owes China an apology
Mike Lillis / The Hill:
Senate bill to repeal health reform lacks backing from Republican leaders
Allen McDuffee / Raw Story:
Environmentalist faces jail for hanging banner in Senate office building