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10:20 AM ET, July 7, 2010


 Top Items:
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.
CNN:   TRENDING: Levi Johnston apologizes to Palin family
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 …
Political Punch:
President Obama to Make Recess Appointment of CMS Administrator …
Discussion: Hot Air and Sister Toldjah
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: Gateway Pundit
Eli Lake / Washington Times:
U.A.E. diplomat mulls hit on Iran's nukes  —  Prefers strike to armed foe  —  ASPEN, Colo. |  The United Arab Emirates ambassador to the United States said Tuesday that the benefits of bombing Iran's nuclear program outweigh the short-term costs such an attack would impose.
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 …
Discussion: Outside the Beltway
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 Hill and The Page
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 …
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 …
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, American Glob and Fox News
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 …
Discussion: Pundit & Pundette and The Eye
Directorblue / Doug Ross:
Perfect — Eric Holder's DOJ crony leading SB1070 challenge is member of the “Gitmo 9”, who represented terrorists in court  —  The White House is so laser-focused on the environmental tragedy in the Gulf* that the Obama Justice Department today filed suit against Arizona.
Julia Preston / New York Times:
Justice Dept. Sues Arizona Over Its Immigration Law
Discussion: Law Blog and SWJ Blog
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 …
Jeff Cranson /
San Francisco starts soda ban as soda tax still pending in Michigan Legislature  —  The practical effects are being felt today from a ban on sugary drinks in San Francisco even as libertarian groups continue to cast doubt on the thesis.  —  The San Francisco policy, the result of an executive order …
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.
Peter Daou / The Huffington Post:
On the Left, A False Choice Fuels The Growing Civil War Over Obama  —  There is a civil war on the left over Barack Obama.  The fault lines are jagged, and depending on the issue, porous, but broadly, the split is along two fronts:  — Those who believe that critiquing - and occasionally opposing …
Discussion: Balloon Juice and Open Left
Walter Alarkon / The Hill:
Republican budget hawks boost Obama's bipartisan deficit panel  —  A White House commission tasked with winding down trillion-dollar deficits has won a boost from Congress's leading GOP budget hawks, who say it is off to a strong start.  —  Rep. Paul Ryan (Wis.) and Sen. Judd Gregg (N.H.) …
Discussion: Prairie Weather
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: Weekly Standard and Betsy's Page
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 …
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 …
Discussion: Wonk Room and Weasel Zippers
Kenneth P. Vogel / The Politico:
Justice Thomas's wife takes on Obama  —  When Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas's wife announced in 2008 that she was going to help run Washington operations for a Michigan college once described as “a citadel of American conservatism,” she said the move was her “way of pulling away from politics” …
Discussion: The BLT
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.
Discussion: JammieWearingFool
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.
Discussion: Guardian, Sweetness & Light and Gawker
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
Paul Davidson / USA Today:
Expect lots of government layoffs at state, local level  —  Here's another headwind for a sputtering job market: State and local governments plan many more layoffs to close wide budget gaps.  —  Up to 400,000 workers could lose jobs in the next year as states, counties and cities grapple …
Juliette Jowit / Guardian:
Over 25% of flowers face extinction  —  Scientists say human activity could spell end for a quarter of all flowering plants, with huge impact on food chain  —  More than one-in-four of all flowering plants are under threat of extinction according to the latest report to confirm …
Discussion: Truthdig
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 …
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Jonathan Chait / The New Republic:
Excuses, Excuses  —  Jonathan Cohn, a.k.a Citizen Cohn …
Discussion: Brendan Nyhan
Thomas Sowell / Real Clear Politics:
Santa and Frank  —  People who remember the old comic strip …
Richard Florida / Financial Times:
America needs to make its bad jobs better
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
Sara Ganim / Centre Daily Times:
Judge rescinds 3 orders directing CDT to delete stories; 2 orders remain
 Earlier Items: 
Spencer Ackerman / Danger Room:
Civilian Casualties Create New Enemies, Study Confirms
John M. Broder / New York Times:
Rules Proposed To Cut Pollution At Power Plants
Golnaz Esfandiari / Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty:
Iran Unveils Approved Hairstyles
Myglesias / Matthew Yglesias:
The Problem of Credible Commitment
Liz Sidoti / Associated Press:
Feingold faces unexpectedly tough race
The Politico:
Police probe death hoaxes
Discussion: Confederate Yankee
Tim Duy / Tim Duy's Fed Watch:
Why is the American Jobs Machine Broken?