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4:10 PM ET, July 6, 2010

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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.
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Zombie / Pajamas Media:
Did Huffington Post crop AP photo to give Netanyahu devil horns?  —  Photo of Netanyahu as it appeared on Huffington Post.  —  The picture of Benjamin Netanyahu shown to the left appears on the front page of today's Huffington Post, illustrating a story about Israel easing its blockade of Gaza.
Mike Allen / The Politico:
Biden, on President's Iraq policy: ‘We told you what we were going to do, and we did it’ - VP re Dems in Nov.: ‘I do not see this grand debacle’ — Mrs. Reagan b'day — Introducing Peter Bradley  —  DRIVING THE DAY — AFP: “Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu arrived early Tuesday in the US capital …
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 …
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Paul Krugman:
Arguments From Authority  —  A quick note on David Brooks's column today.  I have no idea what he's talking about when he says, … Funny, I thought we had a perfectly good explanation: severe downturn in demand from the financial crisis, and a stimulus which we warned from the beginning wasn't nearly big enough.
Discussion: The Moderate Voice and driftglass
CEPR:
The Arrogant David Brooks Tells Readers That Stimulus Will Risk National Insolvency
Myglesias / Matthew Yglesias:
Productivity and the Recession  —  David Brooks, writing skeptically …
Discussion: Econbrowser and The American Scene
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.
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Josh Gerstein / The Politico:
DoJ sues over Ariz. immigration law  —  The federal government filed a lawsuit Tuesday aimed at blocking a controversial Arizona law that gives local police and sheriffs the authority to question and arrest anyone suspected of being in the country illegally.
Fox News:
Ex-Official Accuses Justice Department of Racial Bias in Black Panther Case
Discussion: Breitbart.tv
Bob Christie / Associated Press:
Feds sue to block Arizona illegal immigrant law
Discussion: The Hill, Weasel Zippers and The Page
Paul Krugman:
Confidence Fairies Have Infiltrated The White House  —  I was on Good Morning America this not-so-good morning, doing what I could.  But I was struck by something that George Stephanopoulos said: he claimed to have been speaking to an administration official who asserted that what we need …
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.
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Fox News:
NASA Official Softens Claim Muslim Outreach Is ‘Foremost’ Mission  —  NASA Administrator Charles Bolden testifies before the House Science and Technology committee on Capitol Hill in Washington May 26.  (Reuters Photo)  —  A NASA official on Tuesday stood by Administrator Charles Bolden's statement …
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Tom Jensen / Public Policy Polling:
Kentucky Senate race knotted  —  Kentucky voters don't think much of Rand Paul and as a result the race to replace Jim Bunning in the Senate is tied.  Paul and Jack Conway are getting 43% each.  —  The more Kentucky voters get to know Rand Paul, the less they like him.
Discussion: TPMDC, Ballot Box and RedState
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Mike Allen / The Politico:
Biden: No Dem ‘debacle’ in November
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.
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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 …
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Yves Smith / naked capitalism:
Our New York Times Op Ed on the Corporate Savings Glut
Discussion: Rortybomb
Michael O'Brien / The Hill:
McCain favors immigration reform that would deport ‘many’ illegals  —  Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) said on Tuesday he would favor immigration reform that would deport most of the residents of the U.S. who are here illegally.  —  McCain, who at one point had been the top Republican advocate …
Brian Moylan / Gawker:
Priest Stole $1.3 Million to Spend on Male Escorts, Designer Clothes, Other Stereotypically Gay Things  —  Kevin Gray, a priest at Sacred Heart Church in Waterbury, Connecticut, is expected to turn himself in after being charged with siphoning $1.3 million from church coffers to pay for his secret gay lifestyle.
Discussion: The Other McCain
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Jonathan Shugarts / Waterbury Republican American:
Gray accused of stealing from church to pay for male escorts
Discussion: New York Magazine
Myglesias / Matthew Yglesias:
A Hypothetical  —  David Carr makes an excellent point about the departure of my friend Dave Weigel from The Washington Post: … And if I may say so, the Post handled the “Mouthpiece Theater” fiasco more-or-less correctly.  The concept was bad and the execution terrible, so they called it off.
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David Carr / New York Times:
Outspoken Is Great, Till It's Not
Metro.co.uk:
Rare 1970s BP board game promises oil ‘thrills’ comes back to haunt them  —  A rare 1970s BP game - yes, that's the company badge on the box - promises all the ‘thrills of drilling’ offshore, with the first player to earn $120million being crowned the winner.  —  BP - Beyond Parody: The game's cover has an ‘overall sense of doom’.
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 …
Discussion: The Glittering Eye and TPMCafe
Joshua Green / The Atlantic Online:
Do Marijuana Ballot Initiatives Help Democrats Win?  —  Not long ago, Karl Rove was considered a political genius.  His mastery of the small, clever maneuver—typically unappreciated until it swung an election—was a big reason why.  To his enemies, nothing exemplified Rovean perfidy …
 
 
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Kyung M. Song / Seattle Times:
Lobbyists are Sen. Murray's biggest donors
Glenn Greenwald / Salon:
The crux of our endless War on Terror
Discussion: The Daily Dish and Raw Story
Michael O'Brien / The Hill:
McCotter proposes eliminating his own leadership office
Discussion: The Politico
Fox News:
Ariz. Sheriff Gets Death Threats Over New Law
Eric Ostermeier / Smart Politics:
Republican Party Poised to Win Most Gubernatorial Seats in 90 Years
Discussion: Hot Air
Christopher Edley Jr / Los Angeles Times:
The economic power of Obama's pen
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Marist Poll:
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David Hammer / New Orleans Times-Picayune:
Tar balls reach Lake Pontchartrain
Discussion: The Huffington Post and Daily Kos
Larry O'Connor / Breitbart.tv:
PINAL CO. SHERIFF RECEIVES DEATH THREATS FROM MEXICAN MAFIA
Discussion: Pat Dollard
Kyle Peterson / The Daily Caller:
Meet the man behind the explosive viral ads for gun-totin' Dale …
Reina Luisa Tamayo Danger / The Huffington Post:
Zapata Lives!
Discussion: Babalú Blog
Yeganeh June Torbati / New York Times:
Dissension Over Ending Saturday Mail Delivery
Ezra Klein:
Is it cheaper to just let the planet heat?
Discussion: The New Republic
Brian Duggan / Carson City Nevada:
Angle sends cease and desist letter to Reid over website