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8:45 AM ET, July 8, 2010


 Top Items: 
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 …
Caroline May / The Daily Caller:
CNN refuses to discuss repercussions for senior editor following …
Discussion: Think Progress, Tim Blair and Wonk Room
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
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 …
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 …
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
Laura Rozen / The Politico:
Obama's interview with Israel TV  —  President Barack Obama gave his first interview to an Israeli outlet since taking office, to Yonit Levi, of Israel's Channel 2 TV.  Conducted Wednesday at the White House, it airs today at 1pm EST on Israel's Channel 2.  While there's no breaking news …
Discussion: JammieWearingFool
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 …
The Fix:
The ever-expanding Senate playing field, or not  —  1. Just when you think the 2010 Senate playing field is set, it spawns a few more races.  —  West Virginia Gov. Joe Manchin (D) announced Wednesday that he will push for a 2010 special election to replace Sen. Robert Byrd (D-W.Va.) …
Discussion: The Atlantic Online and Ballot Box
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 …
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.
San Francisco Chronicle:
Boxer's approval ratings sink, Field Poll says  —  California voters are giving U.S. Sen. Barbara Boxer some of the lowest approval ratings of her career, as the three-term Democrat is in a statistical dead heat against first-time GOP office-seeker Carly Fiorina, according to a new Field Poll released today.
Sam Youngman / The Hill:
Obama tries to sell ‘recovery summer’ amid sluggish economy  —  President Barack Obama and his team are trying to sell Americans on an economic recovery this summer, but the economy is stubbornly refusing to cooperate.  —  Obama and his Cabinet officials will fan out across the country …
Discussion: CNN and Prairie Weather
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 …
Discussion: Pajamas Media, Salon and neo-neocon
The Politico:
Blago trial could singe W.H.  —  It's the trial the White House hopes you won't watch.  —  The federal corruption saga of former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich has been rattling along during the sweltering Chicago summer, offering a daily dose of low-grade theatrics, low-impact bombshells and low-brow humor.
Discussion: Guardian
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
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)
E.J. Dionne Jr / Washington Post:
Let Michael Steele have his say on the Afghan war  —  It's easy to understand why Democrats want Michael Steele to stay in the news.  The Republican National Committee chairman is a wonderful distraction, a constant source of gaffes, laughs, clarifications and denials.
Discussion: What's New and Prairie Weather
Wall Street Journal:
Banks Often Extend Sour Property Loans  —  Some banks have a special technique for dealing with business borrowers who can't repay loans coming due: Give them more time, hoping things improve and they can repay later.  —  Banks call it a wise strategy.  Skeptics call it “extend and pretend.”
Discussion: naked capitalism
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.
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: Washington Wire and CNN
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
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
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Anshel Pfeffer / Haaretz:
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