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9:00 PM ET, July 8, 2010


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The Huffington Post:
Sharron Angle's Advice For Rape Victims Considering Abortion: Turn Lemons Into Lemonade  —  WHAT'S YOUR REACTION?  —  Republican Senate candidate Sharron Angle has moderated a host of policy positions in her transition from a primary candidate to general election contender battling Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid.
Greg Sargent / The Plum Line:
Sharron Angle: The $20 billion in BP escrow cash was “slush fund”  —  Looks like Sharron Angle has now had her ultimate Rand Paul moment: During a radio appearance she labeled the $20 billion BP escrow fund secured by the White House as a “slush fund.”  —  Angle also seemed to agree …
Sharron Angle for U.S. Senate:
Setting the record straight about BP and the Obama Administration  —  Statement from Sharron Angle:  —  There's been some confusion this morning regarding my position on BP and the oil spill.  —  Having had some time to think about it, the caller and I shouldn't have used the term “slush fund”; that was incorrect.
Tanya Somanader / Think Progress:
Angle: Rape victims should use their pregnancies as a way to turn …
Obama: Israelis suspicious of me because my middle name is Hussein  —  U.S. president tells Channel 2 Israel is unlikely to attack Iran without coordinating with the U.S.  —  U.S. President Barack Obama told Channel 2 News on Wednesday that he believed Israel would not try to surprise the U.S. with a unilateral attack on Iran.
Discussion: Weasel Zippers, TPMDC and Mondoweiss
Glenn Greenwald / Salon:
Octavia Nasr's firing and what The Liberal Media allows  —  (updated below)  —  CNN yesterday ended the 20-year career of Octavia Nasr, its Atlanta-based Senior Middle East News Editor, because of a now-deleted tweet she wrote on Sunday upon learning of the death of one of the Shiite world's …
Michael Levenson / Boston Globe:
Judge declares US gay-marriage ban is unconstitutional  —  A federal district court judge in Boston today struck down the 1996 federal law that defines marriage as a union exclusively between a man and a woman.  —  Judge Joseph L. Tauro ruled that the federal Defense of Marriage law violates …
Rachel Slajda / TPM LiveWire:
Federal Judge Rules Part Of DOMA Unconstitutional
John Fund / Wall Street Journal:
Who Will Investigate the Investigators?  —  Another voter fraud scandal involving the Justice Department.  —  J. Christian Adams,, a former career Justice Department lawyer who resigned recently to protest political interference in cases he worked on, made some news yesterday in testimony before the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights.
Carol E. Lee / The Politico:
Obama's new slogan: ‘Yes we did!’
Discussion: Weasel Zippers
Shane D'Aprile / Ballot Box:   GOP: Obama Missouri trip helps them
Rasmussen Reports:
56% Oppose Justice Department Challenge of Arizona Law; 61% Favor Similar Law In Their State  —  Voters by a two-to-one margin oppose the U.S. Justice Department's decision to challenge the legality of Arizona's new immigration law in federal court.  Sixty-one percent (61%), in fact …
Associated Press:
Lawyer Who Defended ‘American Taliban’ Now Heads DOJ Suit Against Arizona
Discussion: Weasel Zippers and
Ben White / The Politico:
W.H.: We're not anti-business  —  The White House has launched a coordinated campaign to push back against the perception taking hold in corporate America and on Wall Street that President Barack Obama is promoting an anti-business agenda.  —  Obama has been happy to be seen by voters …
Diana Furchtgott-Roth / RealClearMarkets:
Racial, Gender Quotas in the Financial Bill?  —  WASHINGTON - What one finds when reading congressional legislation is invariably surprising.  Take the Dodd-Frank financial regulation bill, for instance, which was created by merging Senate and House bills.  When the Senate returns from recess …
Ed Morrissey / Hot Air:   Financial regulation bill dictates ethnic, gender quotas
San Francisco Chronicle:
Mehserle convicted of involuntary manslaughter  —  (07-08) 16:22 PDT LOS ANGELES — A jury found former BART police Officer Johannes Mehserle guilty today of involuntary manslaughter in connection with the New Year's Day 2009 shooting of an unarmed train rider, finding that he had acted …
Zombie / Pajamas Media:
Leftist groups plan a riot as Oakland boards up downtown
Discussion: Bookworm Room
David Weigel / Esquire:
How I Learned to Stop Worrying & Love Sarah Palin (Kinda)  —  I hailed the cab outside the offices of The Huffington Post around 10:30 P.M., bone-tired, slumping into my seat.  Five seconds later, the call came in from a number I didn't recognize.  At that moment, I knew I was screwed.
Carolyn Jones / San Francisco Chronicle:
S.F. considers banning sale of pets except fish  —  Sell a guinea pig, go to jail.  —  That's the law under consideration by San Francisco's Commission of Animal Control and Welfare.  If the commission approves the ordinance at its meeting tonight, San Francisco could soon have what is believed …
The Huffington Post:
Democrats Fear They Can't Match $200 Million GOP Campaign Avalanche  —  WHAT'S YOUR REACTION?  —  Over the past few weeks, top strategists throughout the Democratic Party have been passed a chart by a concerned, well-respected operative underscoring the daunting task they face in the 2010 elections.
Eric Alterman / The Nation:
Kabuki Democracy: Why a Progressive Presidency Is Impossible, for Now  —  Few progressives would take issue with the argument that, significant accomplishments notwithstanding, the Obama presidency has been a big disappointment.  As Mario Cuomo famously observed, candidates campaign in poetry but govern in prose.
Discussion: Balloon Juice
Arthur B. Laffer / Wall Street Journal:
Unemployment Benefits Aren't Stimulus  —  Let's not reduce the incentive to find work.  A federal tax holiday is a better way to cut the high jobless rate.  —  The current debate over extending and increasing federal unemployment benefits encapsulates the disagreement between the Democrats …
Manu Raju / The Politico:
Holder: Spill probe not confined to BP  —  ASPEN, Colo. — Attorney General Eric Holder signaled here that the Justice Department may be conducting a sweeping criminal investigation into the Gulf Coast oil spill, saying that its suspected targets may cover more than just BP.
Discussion: CNN and The Page
Fox News:
10 Plead Guilty in Spy Case Ahead of Expected Swap With Russia  —  July 1: Russian spy suspects Vicky Pelaez, Richard Murphy, Cynthia Murphy and Juan Lazaro, are seen in this courtroom sketch during an appearance at the Manhattan Federal Court in New York.  —  DEVELOPING: Ten people accused …
Marc Ambinder / The Atlantic Online:
Spy Swap a Sign That Reset Is Working
Discussion: Hit & Run and MyDD
Associated Press:
Man Charged in Marietta Mosque Arson  —  MARIETTA, Ga. (AP) — Officials say a 26-year-old man has been arrested and charged with setting fire to a Marietta mosque he had attended.  —  Marietta fire marshal Scott Tucker said Thursday that Tamsir Mendy was arrested Wednesday night and charged …
Just A Grunt / JammieWearingFool:
Mosque Arsonist Caught, Lefties Hardest Hit
Lars Bevanger / BBC:
Norway no longer safe from harm  —  Most Norwegians reacted with disbelief when al-Qaeda - seemingly out-of-the-blue -threatened to attack the Scandinavian country back in 2003.  —  There was even speculation al-Qaeda had mistaken Norway for neighbouring Denmark, which at the time had sent troops to support the US invasion of Iraq.
Discussion: The Agonist and Truthdig
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Adam Serwer / American Prospect:
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Tommy Christopher / Mediaite:
New Black Panther Party to Glenn Beck: We'll Be Seeing You (Exclusive Video)
Discussion: Hot Air, Fox News and Wonkette
Jane Hamsher / Firedoglake:
Wall Street Buys Itself a Primary Challenger: Reshma Saujani
 Earlier Items: 
Christopher Neefus / CNSNews:
Obama Science Czar Called for Carbon Tax to Redistribute Wealth …
Discussion: Weasel Zippers
Robert Reich /
We're in a Recession Because the Rich Are Raking in an Absurd Portion of Wealth
Discussion: Crooks and Liars
Andrew Sullivan / The Daily Dish:
“Moms Just Know When There's Something Wrong” Ctd
San Francisco Chronicle:
Boxer's approval ratings sink, Field Poll says