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3:30 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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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 …
Mike Lillis / The Hill:
Baucus blasts White House for recess appointment of Berwick  —  Senate Finance Committee Chairman Max Baucus (D-Mont.) on Wednesday blasted the Obama administration for sidestepping Congress to install Donald Berwick atop the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS).
Ezra Klein:
The conservative case for Don Berwick
Discussion: The Moderate Voice and Health Beat
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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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 …
People.com:
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.
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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 …
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 …
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 …
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
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Jordan Fabian / The Hill:
Top Republican says Emanuel gave him the finger
Discussion: Weasel Zippers and Gateway Pundit
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 …
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.
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.
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JammieWearingFool:
‘This Type of Conduct is Not Supposed to Happen in Civil Society’
Discussion: Pat Dollard
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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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.
Discussion: CNN, HillBuzz, Hollywood Life and Wonkette
Andrew E. Kramer / New York Times:
Steps Point to Possible Swap of Spy Suspects With Russia  —  MOSCOW — The mother of a Russian scientist convicted of spying for the United States said Wednesday that her son had been moved to Moscow from a penal colony in preparation for a possible trade involving the Russian spy suspects detained last month in the United States.
Discussion: City Room and Prairie Weather
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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
Shane D'Aprile / Ballot Box:
Rep. Capito wants November special election for Byrd seat  —  Rep. Shelley Moore Capito (R-W.Va.) weighed in Wednesday on the succession process for the late-Sen. Robert Byrd's seat for the first time.  —  Capito called for a special election this November to fill the seat.
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Michael Memoli / The Swamp:
Manchin seeks Senate vote this fall
Discussion: D.C. Now
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 …
Discussion: The New Republic
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: Betsy's Page and Hit & Run
Jana Winter / Fox News:
EXCLUSIVE: Number of Afghans Gone AWOL in U.S. Reaches 46  —  LACKLAND AIR FORCE BASE, Texas — A be-on-the-lookout alert issued last month for 17 Afghan military men who walked away from an Air Force base in Texas has turned out to be just the tip of the iceberg.
Discussion: The Jawa Report and Jihad Watch
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 …
Amie Ferris-Rotman / Yahoo! News:
Russia's Muslim south triples sharia bride price  —  The price tag on a bride in Russia's Ingushetia province has been tripled by the regional government, in a sign the Muslim North Caucasus region is slipping out of Kremlin control as sharia law eclipses Russian.
Discussion: Jihad Watch
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 …
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.
Matt Cover / CNSNews:
Federal Government Helped Pay Home Air-Conditioning Bills for Federal Employees, Prisoners and More Than 11,000 Dead People  —  (CNSNews.com) - According to the Government Accountability Office (GAO), the federal government helped pay the home air conditioning bills for more than 11,000 dead people …
Discussion: Hot Air
Tom Jensen / Public Policy Polling:
McConnell's Declining Popularity  —  Mitch McConnell's seen a significant decline in his standing with Republican voters following his ill fated endorsement of Trey Grayson for the party's Senate nomination, and as a result his home state approval numbers are now by far the worst they've ever been in PPP's Kentucky polling.
Discussion: Taegan Goddard's … and TPMDC
 
 
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Paul Krugman:
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Ezra Klein:
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Michael O'Brien / The Hill:
Dem: Obama afraid to look weak on defense
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Ken Silverstein / Harper's:
Media Filters: For Washington Post, Krugman not a reliable source …
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The Huffington Post:
Gulf Oil Spill: Scientists Beg For A Chance To Take Basic Measurements
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N.C. Aizenman / Washington Post:
Tanning salons feel burned by 10 percent ‘tan tax’
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The Politico:
Arizona suit imperils Western Dems