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6:10 PM ET, July 7, 2010

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Mike Lillis / The Hill:
McConnell: Medicare recess appointment is ‘truly outrageous’  —  Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) on Tuesday blasted the White House for its plan to sidestep Congress in appointing Donald Berwick to lead Medicare.  —  “As if shoving a trillion-dollar government takeover …
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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 …
Ezra Klein:
The conservative case for Don Berwick  —  Let's get the obvious out of the way: If not for health-care reform, Don Berwick's nomination to head the Center for Medicaid and Medicare Services would not be so controversial.  As Thomas Scully, who headed CMS under George W. Bush, says …
Mike Lillis / The Hill:   Baucus blasts White House for recess appointment of Berwick
Jeffrey M. Jones / Gallup:
Obama Job Approval Rating Down to 38% Among Independents  —  Overall job ratings for the president continue to be below majority level  —  PRINCETON, NJ — Thirty-eight percent of independents approve of the job Barack Obama is doing as president, the first time independent approval of Obama …
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Brian Beutler / TPMDC:
Republicans And Democrats Lining Up Behind Major Changes To Social Security  —  Is there a new, bipartisan consensus forming on Capitol Hill about whether (and how) to scale back Social Security benefits?  A surprising number of signs point to “yes” — and that has many progressives looking ahead …
Discussion: Firedoglake
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Myglesias / Matthew Yglesias:
Retirement Age Follies
Discussion: TPMDC
Ruth Marcus / Washington Post:
Overtaxing the rich isn't the answer
Ed Pilkington / Guardian:
America's most unlikely politician  —  Last month, an unknown, unemployed former soldier astonished America by becoming the Democratic nominee for South Carolina's upcoming senate election.  How on earth did he do it?  —  The journey to the home of one of the most enigmatic figures to emerge …
Steve Krakauer / Mediaite:
CNN's Octavia Nasr Leaving Network After Controversial Hezbollah Tweet  —  In the latest case of new media (or oversharing) gone wrong, CNN's Senior Editor of Mideast Affairs Octavia Nasr is leaving the company following the controversy caused by her tweet in praise of Hezbollah leader Sayyed Mohammed Hussein Fadlallah
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John McCormack / Weekly Standard:
CNN Editor Fired for Saying She Has “Respect” for Hezbollah Cleric
Kos / Daily Kos:
Why I am blacklisted by MSNBC  —  In case you were wondering why you haven't seen me on MSNBC recently, it seems that Joe Scarborough, he of the lowest rated morning show in cableland, has blackballed me.  And Phil Griffin, the alleged president of MSNBC, is going along with it.
Louis Uchitelle / New York Times:
A New Generation, an Elusive American Dream  —  GRAFTON, Mass. — After breakfast, his parents left for their jobs, and Scott Nicholson, alone in the house in this comfortable suburb west of Boston, went to his laptop in the living room.  He had placed it on a small table that his mother …
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Catherine Rampell / Economix:
Do You Earn More Than Your Parents Did?  —  Here is yet another …
Sandra Sobieraj Westfall / People.com:
Tipper Gore Isn't Buying Masseuse's Story  —  According to the tabloids, the last straw in Al and Tipper Gore's 40-year marriage was massage therapist Molly Hagerty's claim the former Vice President demanded sexual favors during a 2006 massage in his Portland, Ore. hotel room.
Fred Kaplan / Slate:
Mitt Romney's dumb critique of Obama's New START nuke treaty.  —  In 35 years of following debates over nuclear arms control, I have never seen anything quite as shabby, misleading and—let's not mince words—thoroughly ignorant as Mitt Romney's attack on the New START treaty in the July 6 Washington Post.
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Fred Kaplan / Slate:
Wrong-Headed Romney … - Listen to the Shortwave-Radio Transmissions …
Discussion: Crooks and Liars and Wonk Room
Philip Rucker / Washington Post:
Democrats digging harder than ever for dirt on Republicans  —  The Democratic Party is moving faster and more aggressively than in previous election years to dig up unflattering details about Republican challengers.  In House races from New Jersey to Ohio to California …
Andrew Sullivan / The Daily Dish:
Something Is Happening In Palinland  —  From Mercede Johnston's blog: … That's a very good question.  So is the question of how Palin finally put the screws on Levi.  In Palinland, no one knows what's really going on.  But I wonder if this is a somewhat panicked response …
Terry Savage / Chicago Sun Times:
There is no ‘free’ lemonade  —  In giving drink away, girls ignore rules of economics — and sum up what's wrong with U.S.  —  This column is a true story — every word of it.  And I think it very appropriate to consider around the Fourth of July, Independence Day spirit.
Michael W. Savage / Washington Post:
Okla., S.C., Utah could pass Ariz.-style anti-immigration laws  —  Which state is the next Arizona?  —  Attention is focused on the federal government's decision to challenge Arizona's strict anti-immigration law, but three other states could pass similar legislation next year.
Hamilton Nolan / Gawker:
Former Fox News Producer Committed Suicide, Investigators Say (Updated)  —  Julianna Rolle, a 39 year-old former Fox News producer, was found dead at the bottom of a 100-foot cliff last weekend in her hometown of Rancho Palos Verdes, California.  Authorities now say she jumped to her death.
Discussion: Big Journalism
Paul Krugman:
Why Isn't Investment Higher?  —  Truly, we live in a time of mass delusion — or maybe make that elite delusion — where there are lots of things that everyone believes, without a shred of evidence to back that belief.  Here's one more: everywhere you go, you encounter the claim that businesses …
Colorado Pols:
Colorado Pols Responds to Newspaper Legal Threats  —  UPDATE: Check out this note we received from David Mastio, Deputy Editorial Page Editor at The Washington Times: … You might have noticed that the principal authors of Colorado Pols have not cited The Denver Post, or several other newspapers in the state, for some weeks.
Discussion: Mediaite and Open Left
Matt Miller / Washington Post:
Jobs now, deficits . . . soon!  —  I got into policy journalism in the late 1980s and government in the early 1990s because of my worries about debt and deficits.  I was a warrior for “generational equity” back when I was still (sigh) a member of the younger generation.
Discussion: The Atlantic Online
Jonathan Martin / Ben Smith's Blog:
How to run against a GOP incumbent in red America this year  —  And all the Republican oppenent has to do is say “a vote for this clown is a vote for Nancy Pelosi's leadership remaining in power for another 2 years”.  You must really think we are dumb if you think we will fall for this trojan horse.
Discussion: The New Republic
Alex Seitz-Wald / Think Progress:
Head Of 'World's Largest Interactive Christian Website' Calls Out Beck's ‘Deception’ About His Mormonism  —  Glenn Beck often speaks about faith on his radio show and Fox News program, but he almost never mentions his own faith — Mormonism.  Beck's audience largely consists of conservative Christians …
theblogprof:
Good news: Michigan school district effectively bans white teachers from being hired  —  UPDATE: On second thought, it is interesting that liberals want to beat conservatives over the head with a legal shovel when it suits their purposes.  But when the law is against their ideological goals, they flip it the finger.
Discussion: The Rhetorican
Alexander Bolton / The Hill:
Graham criticizes Obama suit against Ariz. immigration law  —  Republican Sens. Lindsey Graham (S.C.) and John Cornyn (Texas) have sided with the state of Arizona in its battle with the Department of Justice over a controversial state immigration law.  —  Graham's declaration of opposition …
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.
John M. Broder / New York Times:
Obama Asks Court to Reinstate Ban on Deepwater Drilling  —  WASHINGTON — The Obama administration has asked a federal court in Louisiana to reinstate the ban on deepwater drilling in the Gulf of Mexico, saying the moratorium was a rational response to the unprecedented emergency of the BP oil spill.
Jackson West / NBC Bay Area:
San Francisco's Rules for Making Pot Brownies  —  Department of Public Health has guidelines for edible marijuana treats  —  You know you're a Californian when you have to ask if the brownies someone brought to a potluck are “special” or not.  —  But while the casual peddler of edible marijuana …
Ross Douthat:
Elena Kagan's Science Problem, and Ours  —  Will Saletan has an excellent piece on Elena Kagan's role, as a Clinton administration legal advisor, in doctoring the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists statement on partial-birth abortion to make it more congenial to the pro-choice side of the argument.
Discussion: Eunomia and Althouse
Danette M. Watt / The Telegraph:
Mob shoots fireworks at police, firefighters  —  ALTON - First responders from the Alton Fire Department and five officers from the Alton Police Department were attacked by a crowd of several hundred people in the Oakwood Housing Complex who shot large bottle rockets at them.
William A. Jacobson / Le·gal In·sur·rec· tion:
Hey, Rhode Island Already Checks Immigration Status At Traffic Stops  —  Rhode Island is the new Arizona.  No, actually, Arizona is the new Rhode Island.  —  Despite the failure of the Rhode Island legislature to pass an Arizona-like immigration bill, Rhode Island already has implemented …
 
 
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T.W. Farnam / Washington Post:
Despite landmark elections case, corporations trailing in campaign-ad spending
USDA Economic Research Service:
Taxing Caloric Sweetened Beverages: Potential Effects on Beverage …
Barbara Starr / CNN:
“Don't ask, don't tell” survey sent out
Discussion: Wonk Room and Box Turtle Bulletin
First Read / msnbc.com:
First thoughts: Immigration politics heats up
Discussion: Salon
Noah Shachtman / Danger Room:
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Stephanie Vallejo / Boston Globe:
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ABCNEWS:
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Amie Ferris-Rotman / Yahoo! News:
Russia's Muslim south triples sharia bride price
Discussion: Jihad Watch
Donald Douglas / American Power:
Rachel Maddow Reports From Kandahar; or, Just When You Thought …
Jana Winter / Fox News:
EXCLUSIVE: Number of Afghans Gone AWOL in U.S. Reaches 46
Discussion: The Jawa Report and Jihad Watch