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8:25 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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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 …
Jake Tapper / Political Punch:
President Obama Attacks Congress for Delaying His Nominees — Is He Right?
Discussion: Pirate's Cove
Mike Lillis / The Hill:   Baucus blasts White House for recess appointment of Berwick
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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Brian Stelter / Media Decoder:
CNN Drops Editor After Hezbollah Comments
Caroline May / The Daily Caller:
CNN refuses to discuss repercussions for senior editor following …
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: Daily Kos and Firedoglake
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Myglesias / Matthew Yglesias:
Retirement Age Follies
Discussion: TPMDC
Ruth Marcus / Washington Post:
Overtaxing the rich isn't the answer
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 …
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.
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 …
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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Lydia Saad / Gallup:
Democrats, Republicans Still Tied on 2010 Generic Ballot
Discussion: Politics Daily
Jonathan Martin / The Politico:
The year of ‘no comment’  —  Nevada Republican Sharron Angle was in no mood for conversation last month as she darted to her car at the end of a campaign event.  When a Las Vegas reporter tried to ask the Senate candidate a question anyway, an Angle supporter called him an “idiot.”
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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.
Andy McCarthy / The Corner on National Review Online:
United States v. Arizona — How 'Bout United States v. Rhode Island?  — By: Andy McCarthy  —  Well whaddya know?  It turns out that Rhode Island has long been carrying out the procedures at issue in the Arizona immigration statute: As a matter of routine, RI state police check immigration status …
Discussion: THE ASTUTE BLOGGERS
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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.
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 …
Stephanie Vallejo / Boston Globe:
CBO report: Kerry's climate bill would cut deficit by $19b  —  WASHINGTON - Senator John F. Kerry's signature energy and climate change legislation would cut the deficit by $19 billion, according to a new estimate released today by the Congressional Budget Office.
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Darren Samuelsohn / The Politico:
CBO boosts climate bill
Discussion: Ecocentric
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 …
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 …
D.B. Grady / The Atlantic Online:
Give Petraeus Five Stars  —  It's up to David Petraeus now.  One can argue the merits and the import of a civilian-led military (and find no disagreement here).  But if General Petraeus had collapsed during that Senate Armed Services Committee hearing last month and not gotten back up, the war would be over.
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.
Andy Barr / The Politico:
Jindal signs guns in church law  —  Louisiana GOP Gov. Bobby Jindal has signed a law allowing holders of concealed-weapons permits to carry guns into houses of worship.  —  The bill, signed Tuesday night, allows permit holders who take an additional eight hours of tactical training each year …
Discussion: PostPartisan
Anshel Pfeffer / Haaretz:
Hezbollah readying for urban war in southern Lebanon, IDF warns  —  Deployment of UN forces has pushed militants into built-up areas where international troops have no authority, army says.  —  Israel's military on Wednesday offered evidence of what it says is a growing threat from Hezbollah …
Discussion: Newshoggers.com
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.
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 …
Alex Seitz-Wald / Think Progress:
Proud Birther GOP Senate Candidate: Obama's Votes ‘Should Be Taken Back’ Because Of ‘Fraud’  —  Army veteran Hector Maldonado is launching an underdog bid for the Republican Senate nomination in Missouri, explaining that, like the tea party movement, he's frustrated with status-quo politics.
 
 
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