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7:15 AM ET, July 8, 2010


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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
Brian Stelter / Media Decoder:
CNN Drops Editor After Hezbollah Comments  —  CNN on Wednesday removed its senior editor for Middle Eastern affairs, Octavia Nasr, from her job after she published a Twitter message saying that she respected the Shiite cleric the Grand Ayatollah Mohammed Hussein Fadlallah, who died on Sunday.
Richard Huff / NY Daily News:
CNN fires Octavia Nasr for Twitter post praising Hezbollah terrorist, says credibility ‘compromised’  —  Less than 140 characters cost CNN's Octavia Nasr her job after she tweeted her “respect” for a terror-loving Hezbollah sheikh who died over the weekend.  —  Nasr, CNN's Senior Editor …
Caroline May / The Daily Caller:
CNN refuses to discuss repercussions for senior editor following …
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.
Greg Sargent / The Plum Line:
MSNBC's excuse for banning Markos doesn't hold water  —  By now you may have heard that Markos Moulitsas, the founder of Daily Kos, has charged that he's been blackballed from appearing on MSNBC because he got into a Twitterwar with Joe Scarborough.  —  According to Markos, MSNBC chief Phil Griffin emailed him this explanation:
Discussion: Daily Kos and AMERICAblog News
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 …
Ruth Marcus / Washington Post:
Overtaxing the rich isn't the answer
Donald Marron / TaxVox:
Why Taxes Are Going Up  —  It's hard to imagine that spending …
Myglesias / Matthew Yglesias:
Retirement Age Follies
Discussion: Viking Pundit and TPMDC
The Huffington Post:
Bobby Jindal Signs ‘Guns-In-Church’ Bill Into Law
Discussion: Right Pundits
Andy Barr / The Politico:
Jindal signs guns in church law
Discussion: PostPartisan
Jake Tapper / Political Punch:
President Obama Attacks Congress for Delaying His Nominees — Is He Right?  —  In announcing the recess appointment of Dr. Donald Berwick to head the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services — and two other nominees — today President Obama said in a statement that “It's unfortunate …
Discussion: Sister Toldjah and Right Wing News
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 …
Neil Irwin / Washington Post:
Federal Reserve weighs steps to offset slowdown in economic recovery  —  Federal Reserve officials, increasingly concerned over signs the economic recovery is faltering, are considering new steps to bolster growth.  —  With Congress tied in political knots over whether to take further action …
Discussion: Mother Jones
Mike Flynn / Big Government:
Breaking: Chicago Democrat Machine Throws Black Female Candidate Off the Ballot  —  As we feared, the Chicago Democrat Machine reached into neighboring Will County and lined up a couple Democrat officials to throw Cedra Crenshaw, GOP candidate for the 43rd State Senate District, off the ballot.
Andrew Leonard / Salon:
Heat wave air conditioners of doom  —  From China to New York, the more we cool ourselves, the hotter we're going to get  —  When I lived in Taiwan in the mid-1980s, a version of the same news story would run every summer, right after temperatures spiked to their highest point of the year …
Discussion: The Moderate Voice
Name One Difference Between World Opinion and Left-Wing Opinion  —  Here's a challenge: Can you name one difference between what the media refer to as “world opinion” and Left-wing opinion?  —  Take all the time you need.  But no matter how much time you take, you probably won't come up with any examples.
Discussion: Firedoglake
Lloyd Grove / Yahoo! News:
The Elite Turn Against Obama  —  NEW YORK - Even the Aspen Ideas Festival, an annual gathering of the country's brightest lights, isn't Obama country anymore.  Lloyd Grove on the president's waning support among the intelligentsia.  —  You'd think the well-heeled and enlightened eggheads …
Eric Kleefeld / TPMDC:
Run!  Vitter Dodges Reporters' Questions On Aide Who Resigned Over Assault Case (VIDEO)  —  Sen. David Vitter (R-LA) had a really tough time with reporters today, who peppered him with questions about a former aide, Brent Furer, who recently resigned as a result of 2008 criminal charges …
Elder of Ziyon:
Mother of baby saved by Israelis wants him to murder them  —  Ha'aretz reports on a documentary by Channel 10 reporter Shlomi Eldar about a Palestinian Arab baby with a rare disease being treated in Israel. … (h/t Islamonazism blog)
Antonio Villaraigosa / The Huffington Post:
A New Chapter for the LA River  —  There was a time when the Los Angeles River ran freely along a flooded plain, and the lands surrounding it were lush and fertile.  It was the primary water source for the Los Angeles basin, the reason our city was able to grow and thrive.
Rasmussen Reports:
Most Americans Not Willing To Pay Higher Taxes For Public Employees, Entitlement Programs  —  Most Americans would not pay higher taxes for specific public services in their states, but they are more supportive of paying for education and staffing law enforcement than supporting state employees and entitlement programs.
Discussion: Big Government and Power Line
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.
Bruce Golding / New York Post:
Feds seeking return of Hassan Nemazee's crooked campaign contributions  —  The Democratic pols who got campaign cash from crooked financier Hassan Nemazee are being asked to return the dirty money so it can be forfeited to the feds.  —  More than 100 political committees and charities have been sent letters …
Discussion: JammieWearingFool
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.”
Discussion: CNN
Agence France Presse:
Syrian arrested in Germany over Qaeda propaganda  —  German authorities said Wednesday they arrested a Syrian suspected recruiter for Al-Qaeda who allegedly used the Internet to fish for new members for the militant Islamist network.  The federal prosecutor's office said in a statement that the accused …
Discussion: The Jawa Report
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
Ross Douthat:
Elena Kagan's Science Problem, and Ours  —  Will Saletan has an excellent piece on Elena Kagan's role, as a Clinton administration legal advisor, in doctoring the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists statement on partial-birth abortion to make it more congenial to the pro-choice side of the argument.
Discussion: Eunomia
Greg Sargent / The Plum Line:
Sharron Angle: We're going to “pursue” Harry Reid for reposting my Web site — possibly in court  —  Now that the Harry Reid campaign has reposted Sharron Angle's previous campaign Web site advertising her Tea Partying positions, Angle may be heading to court to stop him.
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