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4:25 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.
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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 …
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.
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Michael Memoli / The Swamp:
Obama ramps up campaign efforts
Discussion: CNN, Online NewsHour and D.C. Now
Shane D'Aprile / Ballot Box:   Rep. Blunt says Obama visit helps him more than Carnahan
Kansas City Star:
Obama to stump in KC today for Carnahan
Reid Wilson / Hotline On Call:
Carnahan Drops Prices For Obama Event
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 …
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Keach Hagey / The Politico:
CNN's firing of Nasr protested
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 …
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New York Times:
The Constitution Trumps Arizona  —  The Obama administration has not always been completely clear about its immigration agenda, but it was forthright Tuesday when it challenged the pernicious Arizona law that allows the police to question the immigration status of people they detain for local violations.
Associated Press:
Lawyer Who Defended ‘American Taliban’ Now Heads DOJ Suit Against Arizona
Discussion: Weasel Zippers and Townhall.com
Steve Tetreault / Las Vegas Review-Journal:
Reid takes no stand on Arizona lawsuit
Discussion: msnbc.com
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.
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Ben White / The Politico:
W.H.: We're not anti-business  —  The White House has launched …
Discussion: Pat Dollard and CNN
Sam Youngman / The Hill:
Obama tries to sell ‘recovery summer’ amid slow economy
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 …
Diana Furchtgott-Roth / RealClearMarkets:
Gender Quotas In the Financial Sector?  —  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 …
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Ed Morrissey / Hot Air:   Financial regulation bill dictates ethnic, gender quotas
Ann Coulter / Human Events:
Bill Kristol Must Resign  —  Republican National Committee chairman Michael Steele was absolutely right.  Afghanistan is Obama's war and, judging by other recent Democratic ventures in military affairs, isn't likely to turn out well.  —  It has been idiotically claimed that Steele's statement …
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.
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 …
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Domenico Montanaro / msnbc.com:
Steele: 'I ain't going anywhere'  —  Live Poll  —  Do you think Michael Steele should resign as RNC Chairman?  —  Yes  —  No  —  Not sure/I don't know  —  VoteView Results  —  AP  —  Republican National Committee Chairman Michael Steele.  —  NBC's Sarah Blackwill reports …
Discussion: The Hill
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CNN:
TRENDING: Defiant Steele: ‘Stop the noise’
Discussion: The Politico
Washington Post:
Palin makes exception for military spending  —  Sarah Palin is waging a battle inside the “tea party” movement to exempt defense spending from the group's small-government, anti-deficit fervor.  —  There's growing concern among Republicans — and especially among the pro-defense neoconservative wing …
Andrew Sullivan / The Daily Dish:
“Moms Just Know When There's Something Wrong” Ctd  —  Several readers have remarked that there are no black or Hispanic or indeed any minority faces in the Palin presidential campaign web ad that has just been unveiled.  This is odd because there are usually a token few thrown into the mix.
Discussion: The Other McCain
Paul Farhi / Washington Post:
National Public Radio is changing its name to NPR  —  No need for formalities here: National Public Radio now says it wants to be known simply as NPR.  —  So the Washington-based organization has quietly changed its name to its familiar initials.  Much like the corporate names KFC or AT&T, the initials now stand for the initials.
Christopher Edley Jr / New York Times:
Let Treasury Rescue the States  —  HERE in California, where people tiresomely boast that the state's gross domestic product exceeds that of all but seven nations, I keep expecting a ballot initiative demanding admission to the Group of 8 industrialized nations.
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 …
Just A Grunt / JammieWearingFool:
Mosque Arsonist Caught, Lefties Hardest Hit  —  Damn, another good leftwing cause celebre has gone up in flames.  Pun intended.  —  A so-called mosque was recently the target of arson in Georgia and today the police have their man.  The racism in the south runs deep and we all know that …
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 …
Karl Rove / Wall Street Journal:
A Growth Agenda for the GOP  —  Obama doubles down on ‘stimulus.’ Republicans can take advantage.  —  During the last week, President Barack Obama doubled down on a losing political bet, further cementing the Democratic Party's reputation as the champion of bigger deficits, higher spending and more government.
 
 
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Robert Reich / AlterNet.org:
We're in a Recession Because the Rich Are Raking in an Absurd Portion of Wealth
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Stephanie Clifford / New York Times:
Many U.S. Retailers Report Sluggish June Sales
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A Congressman's Abs Garner Yeas
The Huffington Post:
Democrats Fear They Can't Match $200 Million GOP Campaign Avalanche
Discussion: Suburban Guerrilla
Erick Erickson / Erick's blog:
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Sara Jerome / The Hill:
LaHood blasts lobbyists for leaked plan to fight cell phone restrictions
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Joe Garofoli / San Francisco Chronicle:
Whitman's new billboards in Spanish: I'm against Prop 187, AZ law
Nicholas D. Kristof / New York Times:
In Israel, the Noble vs. The Ugly
Discussion: Matthew Yglesias and Commentary
Brad DeLong / Grasping Reality with Both Hands:
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Michael O'Brien / The Hill:
Palin video talks up ‘mama grizzlies’ running for office
George F. Will / Washington Post:
Another round of Prohibition, anyone?
Discussion: Who Is IOZ?
Laura Rozen / The Politico:
Obama's interview with Israel TV