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11:20 AM ET, July 7, 2010


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Joseph Rago / Wall Street Journal:
The Massachusetts Health-Care ‘Train Wreck’  —  The future of ObamaCare is unfolding here: runaway spending, price controls, even limits on care and medical licensing.  —  President Obama said earlier this year that the health-care bill that Congress passed three months ago is …
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
Political Punch:
President Obama to Make Recess Appointment of CMS Administrator …
Levi Johnston Apologizes to Palin Family for ‘Youthful Indiscretion’  —  Levi Johnston isn't just getting past his differences with Bristol Palin - he's also hoping to make amends with her famous mom.  —  “Last year, after Bristol and I broke up, I was unhappy and a little angry.
The Daily Caller:
Levi Johnston is a liar
Discussion: JammieWearingFool
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 …
Andrew Malcolm / Top of the Ticket:
Crucial independent voters abandoning Obama, now under 40%, lowest ever  —  Two new polls this morning augur ill for President Barack Obama and his fellow Democrats who control Congress.  —  The worst — from Gallup — finds that for the first time since Obama took the oath …
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
Jordan Fabian / The Hill:
Top Republican says Emanuel gave him the finger
Discussion: Weasel Zippers
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 …
Jennifer C. Pizer /
Lambda Legal and ACLU Ready Lawsuit Following Veto of HB 444  —  “THIS WAS A SAD SURRENDER TO POLITICAL EXPEDIENCY THAT DOES NOT SUPPORT BUSINESS AND FAMILY INTERESTS.”  —  National Marriage Project Director  —  “We're still ready to do what's necessary so our clients can protect their loved ones.”
Derrick DePledge / Staradvertiser:
Lingle vetoes civil-unions bill
Herbert A. Sample / Associated Press:
Hawaii governor vetoes same-sex civil unions bill
Discussion: Firedoglake
Jerusalem Post:
UAE ambassador to US: ‘Bomb Iran’  —  Yousef al-Otaiba reportedly says “we cannot live with a nuclear Iran.”  —  Talkbacks (7)  —  Make JPOST.COM your Home Page  —  Iranian Threat  —  Jewish World  —  Local Israel  —  Arts & Culture  —  Français  —  Classifieds  —  Israel
Discussion: Weasel Zippers and Gateway Pundit
Eli Lake / Washington Times:
U.A.E. diplomat mulls hit on Iran's nukes
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 …
Ed Morrissey / Hot Air:
Video: The nice young man Eric Holder let off the hook  —  When Attorney General Eric Holder suddenly reversed course and had the DoJ dismiss the voter-intimidation case against two New Black Panther Party activists stemming from an incident in 2008 in Philadelphia, many questioned why the DoJ would quit a case it had already won.
Discussion: RedState and American Glob
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 …
The Huffington Post:
Gulf Oil Spill: Scientists Beg For A Chance To Take Basic Measurements  —  WHAT'S YOUR REACTION?  —  A group of independent scientists, frustrated and dumbfounded by the continued lack of the most basic data about the 77-day-old BP oil disaster, has put together a crash project intended …
Discussion: AMERICAblog News
Stephen Moore / Wall Street Journal:
A Case Study in Teacher Bailouts  —  Milwaukee shows that unions will keep resisting concessions if Washington rides to the rescue.  —  Milwaukee  —  The Obama administration is pressuring Congress to spend $23 billion to rehire the more than 100,000 teachers who have been laid off across the country.
Discussion: Hit & Run and Betsy's Page
SHG / Simple Justice:
The Least Dangerous Branch  —  Alexander Hamilton wrote in The Federalist that the judiciary would be the least dangerous branch of government.  He based this on the third branch lacking “the power of the executive branch and the political passions of the legislature.”
Discussion: Hit & Run
Tracy Clark-Flory / Salon:
“The Daily Show's” women: No sexism here!  —  Female staffers defend Jon Stewart — and shrug off challenges other women face in television comedy  —  The ladies of “The Daily Show With Jon Stewart” have spoken: Their boss isn't “a sexist prick.”  —  This is apropos of Jezebel's recent allegation …
Byron York / Washington Examiner:
The NASA (non) feeding frenzy  —  From a Nexis search a few moments ago:  —  Total words about the NASA Muslim outreach program in the New York Times: 0.  —  Total words about the NASA Muslim outreach program in the Washington Post: 0.  —  Total words about the NASA Muslim outreach program on NBC Nightly News: 0.
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.
Matt Cover / CNSNews:
Federal Government Helped Pay Home Air-Conditioning Bills for Federal Employees, Prisoners and More Than 11,000 Dead People  —  ( - According to the Government Accountability Office (GAO), the federal government helped pay the home air conditioning bills for more than 11,000 dead people …
N.C. Aizenman / Washington Post:
Tanning salons feel burned by 10 percent ‘tan tax’  —  The sun hasn't exactly set on Solar Planet, but anxiety over the fate of the Arlington tanning salon has been running high ever since a “tan tax” took effect Thursday.  —  One of the less publicized measures in the new health-care law …
Discussion: Gateway Pundit and Right Wing News
Sara Ganim / Centre Daily Times:
Judge revises expungement order to exclude newspapers  —  Following a meeting with his fellow Centre County judges, the district attorney and defense attorney Joseph Amendola, Judge Thomas King Kistler this morning revised two expungement orders to eliminate the Centre Daily Times and the Daily Collegian.
Ken Silverstein / Harper's:
Media Filters: For Washington Post, Krugman not a reliable source but Wall Street analyst totally impartial  —  One of the more revealing examples of the mainstream media's laughable claims of “objectivity” came in a Sunday Washington Post story about what lies ahead for the U.S. economy.
Discussion: Crooks and Liars
John F. Kerry / Washington Post:
How New-START will improve our nation's security  —  Even in these polarized times, anyone seeking the presidency should know that the security of the United States is too important to be treated as fodder for political posturing.  Sadly, former governor Mitt Romney failed that test in arguing …
Associated Press:
AP IMPACT: Gulf awash in 27,000 abandoned wells  —  More than 27,000 abandoned oil and gas wells lurk in the hard rock beneath the Gulf of Mexico, an environmental minefield that has been ignored for decades.  No one — not industry, not government — is checking to see if they are leaking, an Associated Press investigation shows.
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.
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 …
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J. Taylor Rushing / The Hill:
Byrd buried in a private funeral
Discussion: The Caucus
Washington Times:
TSA drops policy blocking ‘controversial’ sites
Discussion: Hot Air
San Francisco Chronicle:
Poll: Meg Whitman, Jerry Brown in virtual tie
Discussion: TPMDC and The Page
Jonathan Chait / The New Republic:
Excuses, Excuses  —  Jonathan Cohn, a.k.a Citizen Cohn …
Discussion: Brendan Nyhan
Walter Alarkon / The Hill:
Republican budget hawks boost Obama's bipartisan deficit panel
Discussion: Prairie Weather
Juliette Jowit / Guardian:
Over 25% of flowers face extinction
Discussion: Truthdig
Richard Florida / Financial Times:
America needs to make its bad jobs better
 Earlier Items: 
Brad Delong / The Week Magazine:
Keynes & Co. have lost the stimulus argument
Jasonhanna / This Just In:
Nasr explains controversial tweet on Lebanese cleric
Discussion: Jihad Watch
Kenneth P. Vogel / The Politico:
Justice Thomas's wife takes on Obama
Discussion: The BLT
Peter Daou / The Huffington Post:
On the Left, A False Choice Fuels The Growing Civil War Over Obama
Paul Davidson / USA Today:
Expect lots of government layoffs at state, local level