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1:05 PM ET, July 8, 2010


 Top Items: 
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.
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  —  Tony West, assistant U.S. attorney general.  —  The federal prosecutor tasked with quarterbacking the Obama administration's high-profile case against Arizona's immigration law is no stranger to controversy or the limelight.
Discussion: and Weasel Zippers
Steve Tetreault / Las Vegas Review-Journal:   Reid takes no stand on Arizona lawsuit
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.
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.
Joe Garofoli / San Francisco Chronicle:
Whitman's new billboards in Spanish: I'm against Prop 187, AZ law
First Read /
First thoughts: The Campaigner-in-Chief
Discussion: AmSpecBlog
Michael O'Brien / The Hill:
Palin video talks up ‘mama grizzlies’ running for office  —  Sarah Palin's political action committee released a video Thursday promoting the “mama grizzlies” she hopes will take over Washington.  —  Palin's SarahPAC released a video promoting the female conservative GOP candidates …
Andy Barr / The Politico:
Palin puts out campaign-style video
Discussion: CNN, Wonkette and Wake up America
Michael Memoli / The Swamp:
Sarah Palin touts “mom awakening”
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 …
Myglesias / Matthew Yglesias:
Fed Kinda Sorta Considering More Aggressive Action
Discussion: Eschaton
Kansas City Star:
Obama to stump in KC today for Carnahan  —  Barack Obama makes his first visit to Kansas City today since becoming president — and he'll have U.S. Senate hopeful Robin Carnahan at his side.  —  Obama will talk green energy and jobs at the day's first stop, at Smith Electric Vehicles near Kansas City International Airport.
Sam Youngman / The Hill:
Obama tries to sell ‘recovery summer’ amid slow economy
Discussion: Scared Monkeys, CNN and Prairie Weather
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 …
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.
Discussion:, Hullabaloo and TPMDC
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 …
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 …
Wall Street Journal:
The Berwick Evasion  —  Obama dodges a Senate debate on his ideal Medicare chief.
Discussion: Tammy Bruce and Betsy's Page
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 …
The Fix:
The ever-expanding Senate playing field, or not
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: JammieWearingFool and Romenesko
Brad DeLong / Grasping Reality with Both Hands:
These Are Not the Ones We Have Been Waiting for...  Ed Luce writes: … Mark Zandi is polite: … But Obama thinks he has to do something—and according to Ed won't lift a finger to do something that might actually create jobs: … It is remarkable.  I had expected that we economists …
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 …
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: Liberty Pundits Blog and Guardian
Sara Jerome / The Hill:
LaHood blasts lobbyists for leaked plan to fight cell phone restrictions  —  Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood blasted a lobbying firm Wednesday for circulating plans to oppose limits on the use of mobile devices in vehicles, calling it a “dangerous” effort to undermine public safety.
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 …
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?
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.
Discussion: Hit & Run and Newsalert
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 …
Ashley Parker / New York Times:
A Congressman's Abs Garner Yeas  —  REPRESENTATIVE AARON SCHOCK is explaining, again, why his torso seems to keep going viral.  —  First, there was the photo of him in a red bathing suit, posted on the gossip site  “Abtastic,” bloggers enthused.  —  Then, there was the picture …
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 …
Stephanie Clifford / New York Times:
Many U.S. Retailers Report Sluggish June Sales  —  Cautious shoppers turned to an old standby — the department store — in June, a month when most retailers discount merchandise ahead of the crucial back-to-school season.  —  Department stores — particularly Nordstrom and Macy's — posted better-than-expected sales in June.
Discussion: Matthew Yglesias
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Andrew Sullivan / The Daily Dish:
The Policing Of The Discourse
The Huffington Post:
Democrats Fear They Can't Match $200 Million GOP Campaign Avalanche
Erick Erickson / Erick's blog:
Democrats Want to Tax Your ATM Withdrawals
Discussion: Sweetness & Light
Jackie Kucinich / Roll Call:
Boehner Invites Industry Groups to Provide Input on New Agenda
Discussion: Think Progress and Daily Kos
The Huffington Post:
Rush Limbaugh: Obama Created Recession As ‘Payback’ For Racism
Discussion: Pam's House Blend
Andrew Bacevich / The New Republic:
Non-Believer  —  As a candidate for president, George W. Bush …
Nicholas D. Kristof / New York Times:
In Israel, the Noble vs. The Ugly
Discussion: Matthew Yglesias and Commentary
Stephen Dinan / Washington Times:
U.S. marks 3rd-largest, single-day debt increase
 Earlier Items: 
Z. Byron Wolf / ABCNEWS:
Election 2010: Independents Face Obstacles
Discussion: CNN
Sean D. Naylor / Army Times:
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Discussion: Mudville Gazette
Alan Cowell / New York Times:
Solar-Powered Plane Flies for 26 Hours
New York Times:
Greece Approves Pension Overhaul Despite Protests
Philip Rucker / Washington Post:
N.Y. challenger Saujani embraces Wall Street in bid to unseat Rep. Maloney
Discussion: Firedoglake
Andrew Leonard / Salon:
Heat wave air conditioners of doom
Discussion: The Moderate Voice