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5:50 PM ET, July 8, 2010


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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 …
Obama: Israelis suspicious of me because my middle name is Hussein
Discussion: Mondoweiss and TPMDC
Keach Hagey / The Politico:
CNN's firing of Nasr protested
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 …
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 …
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
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.
Ben White / The Politico:
W.H.: We're not anti-business  —  The White House has launched …
Discussion: The New Republic, CNN and Pat Dollard
Adam Bink / Open Left:   Mixed messaging
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.
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
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 …
Ry Rivard / Charleston Daily Mail:
McGraw: Byrd's seat could go on the ballot this fall  —  CHARLESTON, W.Va.— State law and the U.S. Constitution call for a special election to be held before 2012 to fill West Virginia's vacant U.S. Senate seat, Attorney General Darrell McGraw said Thursday.
Discussion: Ballot Box and Hotline On Call
Lawrence Messina / Associated Press:
W.Va. AG: Special election OK for Byrd's seat
Discussion: FiveThirtyEight
Michael Memoli / The Swamp:
WV Atty. Gen. clears way for special election
Discussion: D.C. Now
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 …
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.
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.
Domenico Montanaro /
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
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 …
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.
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.
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 …
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
Robert Reich /
We're in a Recession Because the Rich Are Raking in an Absurd Portion of Wealth  —  Our economy can't thrive when the richest 1% get an ever larger share of the nation's income and wealth, and everyone else's share shrinks.  —  Wall Street's banditry was the proximate cause of the Great Recession, not its underlying cause.
Discussion: Crooks and Liars
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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Greg B. Smith / NY Daily News:
FBI looks into secret $40,000 personal loan to Queens pol Gregory Meeks
Discussion: Politics Daily
Hundreds Of Fishermen Missing Checks From BP
Discussion: Don Surber and Hot Air
Matthew L. Wald / New York Times:
Energy Department Lags in Saving Energy
Jeremy Clift / IMF Survey Magazine:
World Recovery Continues, But Risks Increase, Says IMF
John Dickerson / Slate:
James Mattis will replace David Petraeus as the commander of Centcom.
Jane Hamsher / Firedoglake:
Wall Street Buys Itself a Primary Challenger: Reshma Saujani
Discussion: Washington Post and Salon
Christopher Neefus / CNSNews:
Obama Science Czar Called for Carbon Tax to Redistribute Wealth …
Discussion: Weasel Zippers
 Earlier Items: 
Andrew Sullivan / The Daily Dish:
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Discussion: The Other McCain
Joe Strupp / Strupp:
McClatchy D.C. Bureau Cuts Polling, Follows Trend
Discussion: The Caucus and The Impolitic
Ashley Parker / New York Times:
A Congressman's Abs Garner Yeas
Brad DeLong / Grasping Reality with Both Hands:
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