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1:25 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.
Discussion: The Jawa Report and Gateway Pundit
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: driftglass
Myglesias / Matthew Yglesias:
Productivity and the Recession  —  David Brooks, writing skeptically …
Discussion: The American Scene and Econbrowser
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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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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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.
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.
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.
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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.
Byron York / San Francisco 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.
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Jeff Poor / NewsBusters.org:
Krauthammer Rips NASA Chief for Declaration to Improve Relations with Muslim World
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 …
Discussion: Eschaton and AMERICAblog News
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 …
David Carr / New York Times:
Outspoken Is Great, Till It's Not  —  Wanted: Political blogger covering the conservative movement.  Must be provocative and write with a strong point of view although not in a way that would reveal bias or offend any of your potential subjects.  Social media a plus until it's not.
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Myglesias / Matthew Yglesias:
A Hypothetical  —  David Carr makes an excellent point …
Discussion: Balloon Juice
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,” …
Yeganeh June Torbati / New York Times:
Dissension Over Ending Saturday Mail Delivery  —  WASHINGTON — As federal regulators consider a proposal to cut most Saturday postal deliveries, the business community is sharply divided about the consequences of switching to five-day service.  —  Some, like Donald J. Hall Jr. …
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Randolph E. Schmid / Associated Press:
Post office plans to announce new rate increase
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
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 …
Discussion: TPMDC
Marist Poll:
7/6: Electoral Danger for Congressional Incumbents  —  Members of the U.S. Congress up for re-election this year are walking a tightrope with voters.  If November's elections were held today, voters divide about whether they would support their current elected official or if they would vote for someone else.
Discussion: Mouth of the Potomac
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 …
 
 
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David Hammer / New Orleans Times-Picayune:
Tar balls reach Lake Pontchartrain
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Metro.co.uk:
Rare 1970s BP board game promises oil ‘thrills’ comes back to haunt them
Larry O'Connor / Breitbart.tv:
PINAL CO. SHERIFF RECEIVES DEATH THREATS FROM MEXICAN MAFIA
Discussion: Gateway Pundit
Joshua Schneyer / Reuters:
Analysis: BP clean-up leaves U.S. vulnerable to another spill
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!
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Joshua Green / The Atlantic Online:
Do Marijuana Ballot Initiatives Help Democrats Win?
Wall Street Journal:
The Government Pay Bonus
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Dan Frosch / New York Times:
Utah's Gun Permit Popular With Nonresidents
Susan Page / USA Today:
Independents gain favor in governors' races
Brian Duggan / Carson City Nevada:
Angle sends cease and desist letter to Reid over website
Walter Alarkon / The Hill:
Education cuts highlight Dem fight over Obama's school reforms
Mike Lillis / The Hill:
Senate bill to repeal health reform lacks backing from Republican leaders
 

 
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