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7:20 AM ET, July 7, 2010


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TRENDING: Levi Johnston apologizes to Palin family  —  (CNN) - Bristol Palin's former fiance publicly apologized to her family Tuesday in a statement to PEOPLE magazine, saying that some of his comments about the Palin family made in the wake of the 2008 presidential campaign are not totally true.
Directorblue / Doug Ross:
Perfect — Eric Holder's DOJ crony leading SB1070 challenge is member of the “Gitmo 9”, who represented terrorists in court  —  The White House is so laser-focused on the environmental tragedy in the Gulf* that the Obama Justice Department today filed suit against Arizona.
Ed Barnes / Fox News:
Illegal Immigration Costs U.S. $113 Billion a Year, Study Finds
Discussion: Moonbattery and Weasel Zippers
The Huffington Post:
Mayberry Machiavellis: Obama Political Team Handcuffing Recovery  —  WHAT'S YOUR REACTION?  —  Under the leadership of President George W. Bush, science, empirical evidence and expert advice struggled to be heard above the din of politics.  It's one thing to prioritize politics over good policy …
Robert Pear / New York Times:
Obama Bypassing Congress to Appoint Chief of Medicare and Medicaid  —  WASHINGTON — President Obama will bypass Congress and appoint Dr. Donald M. Berwick, a health policy expert, to run Medicare and Medicaid, the White House said Tuesday.  —  Dan Pfeiffer, the White House communications director …
Dan Pfeiffer / White Blog Feed:
Moving Forward to Protect Seniors' Care  —  In April, President Obama nominated Dr. Donald Berwick to serve as Administrator of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS).  Many Republicans in Congress have made it clear in recent weeks that they were going to stall the nomination …
Pajamas Media:
BREAKING: Former DOJ Officials Stepping Forward to Support J. Christian Adams (Updated)  —  Former DOJ employees want to go on record praising Adams' outstanding work record, and — pay attention, DOJ press liaisons — maybe corroborate Adams' charges about DOJ hostility to race-neutral law enforcement.
Discussion: Wizbang, Hot Air and Power Line
The Politico:
Arizona suit imperils Western Dems  —  The Obama administration's lawsuit over the stringent Arizona border law might have just made the incline a little steeper for many Western Democrats, providing instant fodder to Republicans who are already optimistic about regaining ground lost over the last two election cycles.
Discussion: JammieWearingFool and The Page
The Hill:
Healthcare: Democrats up ante  —  Speaker Nancy Pelosi is doubling down on healthcare reform, betting that it will do Democrats more good than harm in November's elections.  —  She and her leadership team have seized on new polls that suggest healthcare overhaul's popularity is rising …
Discussion: Weasel Zippers
San Francisco Chronicle:
Sugary-drink ban starts to affect S.F. sites  —  Coca-Cola is out, and soy milk is now part of San Francisco's official city policy.  —  Under an executive order from Mayor Gavin Newsom, Coke, Pepsi and Fanta Orange are no longer allowed in vending machines on city property, although their diet counterparts are - up to a point.
Peter Daou / The Huffington Post:
On the Left, A False Choice Fuels The Growing Civil War Over Obama  —  There is a civil war on the left over Barack Obama.  The fault lines are jagged, and depending on the issue, porous, but broadly, the split is along two fronts:  — Those who believe that critiquing - and occasionally opposing …
Discussion: Open Left
Brad Delong / The Week Magazine:
Keynes & Co. have lost the stimulus argument  —  With the nation mired in unemployment, liberal economists have been pulling the fire alarm with increasing urgency.  But the fire department isn't coming.  —  My friends Kevin O'Rourke and Barry Eichengreen in the office next door were chief among …
Discussion: Rortybomb and Grasping Reality …
Edward L. Glaeser / Economix:
To Spend or Not to Spend  —  Should nations embrace austerity …
Discussion: Grasping Reality …
Reid Wilson / Hotline On Call:
GOP Moves Toward West Virginia Suit  —  Top GOP strategists are plotting ways to force WV to hold a special election this year, in hopes of giving the party a better chance to pick off the seat of the late Sen. Robert Byrd (D-WV), according to several party sources.
Patricia Murphy / Politics Daily:
Sen. Robert Byrd Laid to Rest
Discussion: The Caucus and Parkersburg
Spencer Ackerman / Danger Room:
Civilian Casualties Create New Enemies, Study Confirms  —  Yes, we needed economists to tell us this.  A new working paper published by the National Bureau of Economic Research finds “strong evidence for a revenge effect” when examining the relationship between civilian casualties caused …
Kenneth P. Vogel / The Politico:
Justice Thomas's wife takes on Obama  —  When Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas's wife announced in 2008 that she was going to help run Washington operations for a Michigan college once described as “a citadel of American conservatism,” she said the move was her “way of pulling away from politics” …
Tim Duy / Tim Duy's Fed Watch:
Why is the American Jobs Machine Broken?  —  The June employment report was decidedly weak, and serves as the latest blow to the V-shapers - if any are even left.  It once again left me feeling that something is very, very wrong at the heart of the American economy, something that is much more structural than cyclical.
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.
Ed Morrissey / Hot Air:
Kennedy: I think I'll stick around until 2013  —  Increasingly, Justice Anthony Kennedy has become the most important member of the Supreme Court.  After the retirement of Sandra Day O'Connor, Kennedy serves as the swing vote between the conservative and liberal blocs on the Court …
Mark Leibovich / New York Times:
Darrell Issa Emerges as Obama's Annoyer-in-Chief  —  WASHINGTON — As a sign of the pride Representative Darrell Issa takes in annoying the Obama administration, consider his account of a recent exchange with Rahm Emanuel, a former congressman and now the White House chief of staff.
Discussion: The Page
Jasonhanna / This Just In:
Nasr explains controversial tweet on Lebanese cleric  —  Fadlallah died Sunday in a hospital in Beirut, Lebanon.  —  My tweet was short: “Sad to hear of the passing of Sayyed Mohammad Hussein Fadlallah.. One of Hezbollah's giants I respect a lot.  #Lebanon”
Discussion: Jihad Watch
John M. Broder / New York Times:
Rules Proposed To Cut Pollution At Power Plants  —  WASHINGTON — Acting under federal court order, the Obama administration proposed new air-quality rules on Tuesday for coal-burning power plants that officials said would bring major reductions in soot and smog from Texas to the Eastern Seaboard.
Jim Hoft / Gateway Pundit:
American Singer Receives Death Threats After Recording Anti-Obama Song  —  American beauty Ash Soular recorded “Obamanation” in 2008 as a protest song.  She warned Americans about slick media sensation Barack Obama.  —  The upside was that she got over 4,000,000 hits on the song she posted on YouTube.
Senate candidates leave out current jobs in first campaign ads  —  Reps. Brad Ellsworth (left) and Roy Blunt (right) both released their first TV ads of the campaign season on Tuesday.  —  Washington (CNN) - What do Republican Rep. Roy Blunt of Missouri and Democratic Rep. Brad Ellsworth of Indiana have in common?
Discussion: The Politico and The Swamp
Jennifer Rizzo /
Stamps may go to 46 cents  —  NEW YORK ( — Want to send granny a card?  It might cost you a bit more next year.  —  The U.S. Postal Service on Tuesday proposed a 2-cent increase in the price of a first-class stamp, bringing the cost to 46 cents.  The change, if approved, will go into effect on Jan. 2.
Discussion: The Atlantic Online
Paul Davidson / USA Today:
Expect lots of government layoffs at state, local level  —  Here's another headwind for a sputtering job market: State and local governments plan many more layoffs to close wide budget gaps.  —  Up to 400,000 workers could lose jobs in the next year as states, counties and cities grapple …
Discussion: Politics Daily
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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Thomas Sowell / Real Clear Politics:
Santa and Frank  —  People who remember the old comic strip …
Richard Florida / Financial Times:
America needs to make its bad jobs better
Sara Ganim / Centre Daily Times:
Judge rescinds 3 orders directing CDT to delete stories; 2 orders remain
Statement on detainees  —  A statement given by the Prime Minister …
Golnaz Esfandiari / Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty:
Iran Unveils Approved Hairstyles
Myglesias / Matthew Yglesias:
The Problem of Credible Commitment
Liz Sidoti / Associated Press:
Feingold faces unexpectedly tough race
 Earlier Items: 
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Congress fixes Wall Street - and orders up 68 studies
Discussion: Ezra Klein and Corrente
Ezra Klein:
Research Desk researches: How do the U.S., Switzerland and Sweden spend money?