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2:00 PM 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 …
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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 …
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 …
Ezra Klein:
The conservative case for Don Berwick
Discussion: 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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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 …
Michael Memoli / The Swamp:
Manchin seeks Senate vote this fall  —  West Virginia Gov. Joe Manchin (D) said this morning he would strongly consider running in a special election to replace the late Sen. Robert Byrd, one he would like to see occur this November.  —  Speaking with reporters in Charleston today …
Discussion: D.C. Now
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Billy Wolfe / Charleston Daily Mail:
Charleston council urges special election for Byrd seat
Discussion: National Review and RedState
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
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 …
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
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.
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
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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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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.
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.
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: Right Wing News and Gateway Pundit
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
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
Wall Street Journal:
Swap Deal Expected in Russia Spy Case  —  By GREGORY L. WHITE in Moscow and EVAN PEREZ in Washington  —  In an apparent throwback to the Cold War, Moscow and Washington are discussing a deal to swap the 10 suspected deep-cover Russian agents arrested last month in the U.S. for prisoners held in Russia …
 
 
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Steven Pearlstein / Washington Post:
Obama vs. Big Business: The battle everyone can lose
Sara Murray / Real Time Economics:
Cutting Off Unemployment Benefits Could Worsen Deficit
Ezra Klein:
The case for austerity, and our case  —  In recent months …
Discussion: Will Wilkinson
Michael O'Brien / The Hill:
Dem: Obama afraid to look weak on defense
Discussion: Weasel Zippers
Ken Silverstein / Harper's:
Media Filters: For Washington Post, Krugman not a reliable source …
Discussion: Crooks and Liars
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Sara Ganim / Centre Daily Times:
Judge revises expungement order to exclude newspapers
SHG / Simple Justice:
The Least Dangerous Branch
Discussion: Hit & Run
Washington Times:
TSA drops policy blocking ‘controversial’ sites
Discussion: Hot Air
San Francisco Chronicle:
Poll: Meg Whitman, Jerry Brown in virtual tie
Discussion: RedState, TPMDC and The Page
The Politico:
Arizona suit imperils Western Dems