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11:00 AM ET, July 8, 2010

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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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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 …
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Myglesias / Matthew Yglesias:
Fed Kinda Sorta Considering More Aggressive Action  —  Neil Irwin reports “Federal Reserve weighs steps to offset slowdown in economic recovery.”  That's excellent news, though as Kevin Drum observes that's actually being considered here is extremely modest.
Discussion: Eschaton
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.
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First Read / msnbc.com:
First thoughts: The Campaigner-in-Chief  —  The Campaigner-in-Chief heads to Missouri (for Robin Carnahan) and Nevada (for Harry Reid)... Biden also hits the trail for Barbara Boxer, who is up by just three points over Carly Fiorina, per a new Field Poll... David Vitter finally meets the press …
Discussion: AmSpecBlog
Michael Memoli / The Swamp:
Sarah Palin touts “mom awakening”  —  Sarah Palin's political action committee has released its first campaign-style video, in which the former Alaska governor warns of a coming “stampede” by pink elephants and “Mama Grizzlies,” conservative women who want to change Washington.
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Andy Barr / The Politico:
Palin puts out campaign-style video
Discussion: CNN and Wake up America
Michael O'Brien / The Hill:
Palin video talks up ‘mama grizzlies’ running for office
Discussion: Real Clear Politics
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.
Discussion: American Power and Pirate's Cove
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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 …
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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.
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Greg Sargent / The Plum Line:
MSNBC's excuse for banning Markos doesn't hold water
Brian Beutler / TPMDC:
Vitter Claims Disgraced Staffer Didn't Work on Women's Issues; Records Say Otherwise  —  Facing reporters for the first time in weeks on Wednesday, Sen. David Vitter (R-LA) denied a key element in the controversy surrounding a former legislative aide who remained on Vitter's staff …
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The Fix:
The ever-expanding Senate playing field, or not
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
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 …
George F. Will / Washington Post:
Another round of Prohibition, anyone?  —  The evening of Jan. 16, 1920, hours before Prohibition descended on America, while the young assistant secretary of the Navy, Franklin Roosevelt, drank champagne in Washington with other members of Harvard's Class of 1904, evangelist Billy Sunday preached …
Discussion: Who Is IOZ?
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
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Richard Huff / NY Daily News:
CNN fires Octavia Nasr for Twitter post praising Hezbollah terrorist …
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The Huffington Post:
Bobby Jindal Signs ‘Guns-In-Church’ Bill Into Law
Discussion: Firedoglake and Right Pundits
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.
Discussion: Romenesko
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
New York Times:
Greece Approves Pension Overhaul Despite Protests  —  ATHENS — The Greek government took a major step forward in overhauling its debt-plagued economy by forcing through, in principle, a pension bill that would dramatically cut the cost of Greece's welfare state by increasing the retirement age and slashing benefits.
Alan Cowell / New York Times:
Solar-Powered Plane Flies for 26 Hours  —  PARIS — Slender as a stick insect, a solar-powered experimental airplane with a huge wing span completed its first test flight of more than 24 hours on Thursday, powered overnight by energy collected from the sun during a day aloft over Switzerland.
Monica Langley / Wall Street Journal:
BP Sets New Spill Target  —  Aims to Cap Well by July 27 Earnings; Backup Plans as Obama, Cameron Meet  —  BP PLC is pushing to fix its runaway Gulf oil well by July 27, possibly weeks before the deadline the company is discussing publicly, in a bid to show investors it has capped …
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.
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 …
Discussion: Washington Monthly and The Page
 
 
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Siobhan Gorman / Wall Street Journal:
NSA Cyber Shield for Infrastructure
Matt Bai / New York Times:
For Democrats, Debt Debate and Familiar Ring of Disunity
Sean D. Naylor / Army Times:
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Discussion: Mudville Gazette
Brad DeLong / Grasping Reality with Both Hands:
These Are Not the Ones We Have Been Waiting for...  Ed Luce writes:
Discussion: Economist's View
Philip Rucker / Washington Post:
N.Y. challenger Saujani embraces Wall Street in bid to unseat Rep. Maloney
E.J. Dionne Jr / Washington Post:
Let Michael Steele have his say on the Afghan war
Discussion: What's New and Prairie Weather
Sam Youngman / The Hill:
Obama tries to sell ‘recovery summer’ amid sluggish economy
Discussion: New York Times, CNN and Prairie Weather
 Earlier Items: 
Wall Street Journal:
Banks Often Extend Sour Property Loans
Discussion: naked capitalism
Donald Marron / TaxVox:
Why Taxes Are Going Up  —  It's hard to imagine that spending …
Andrew Leonard / Salon:
Heat wave air conditioners of doom
Discussion: The Moderate Voice
Townhall.com:
Name One Difference Between World Opinion and Left-Wing Opinion
Discussion: Firedoglake
Lloyd Grove / The Daily Beast:
The Elite Turn Against Obama
Mike Flynn / Big Government:
Breaking: Chicago Democrat Machine Throws Black Female Candidate Off the Ballot
Discussion: Breitbart.tv