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Election 2010: West Virginia Senate Special Election  —  West Virginia Senate: Manchin (D) 53%, Capito (R) 39%  —  A special Senate election this November to replace the late Robert Byrd is still awaiting the green light from West Virginia's attorney general, but popular Democratic Governor Joe Manchin …
Jonathan Martin / Ben Smith's Blog:
Manchin says he'll announce Senate intentions Monday, run likely  —  BOSTON — West Virginia Gov. Joe Manchin said in an interview with POLITICO on Friday that he would declare his intentions about a Senate run Monday and called it “highly likely” that he would seek the seat previously held by the late Sen. Robert Byrd.
The Politico:
2010 NOW
Discussion: Real Clear Politics and Open Left
John Fund / Wall Street Journal:
The Obama-Pelosi Lame Duck Strategy  —  Union ‘card-check,’ cap and trade, and so much more.  —  Democratic House members are so worried about the fall elections they're leaving Washington on July 30, a full week earlier than normal—and they won't return until mid-September.
Michael O'Brien / The Hill:
Sen. Corker is calling on Democratic leaders to pledge that they …
Discussion: Emptywheel
David Streitfeld / New York Times:
Walking Away From Million-Dollar Mortgages  —  LOS ALTOS, Calif. — No need for tears, but the well-off are losing their master suites and saying goodbye to their wine cellars.  —  The housing bust that began among the working class in remote subdivisions and quickly progressed …
Manu Raju / The Politico:
Discussion: The BLT and Weasel Zippers
Mark Penn / The Huffington Post:
Poll Shows People Support Checks and Balances, But Want More Limits on Supreme Court Justices  —  Despite their support of checks and balances and desire for minimal changes in the Constitution, the American public favors a series of populist changes in our system of government …
Discussion: Matthew Yglesias
Ben Evans / Associated Press:
GOP leaders let demagogues set tone, lawmaker says  —  WASHINGTON - Too many Republican leaders are acquiescing to a poisonous “demagoguery” that threatens the party's long-term credibility, says a veteran GOP House member who was defeated in South Carolina's primary last month.
Charles Krauthammer / Washington Post:
Obama is convinced of his own magnificence, and hardly any of his own country's.
Discussion: Moonbattery, Power Line and Wonkette
Jim Geraghty / National Review:
55 Percent of Likely Voters Find ‘Socialist’ an Accurate Label of Obama?  —  The latest poll by Democracy Corps, the firm of James Carville and Stan Greenberg, has Republicans leading on the generic ballot among likely voters, 48 percent to 42 percent.  —  Deep in the poll, they ask, “Now …
Thomas Rhiel / TPMDC:
Poll: 55% Of Likely Voters Think Obama's A Socialist
Discussion: Salon and Indecision Forever
Dana Milbank / Washington Post:
Headless bodies and other immigration tall tales in Arizona  —  Jan Brewer has lost her head.  —  The Arizona governor, seemingly determined to repel every last tourist dollar from her pariah state, has sounded a new alarm about border violence.  “Our law enforcement agencies have found bodies …
Kevin Drum / Mother Jones:
Raising the Retirement Age  —  Via Ezra Klein, Here's a chart from Larry Mishel that's pretty astonishing.  It shows that since 1972 the life expectency of men with low incomes has increased by two years while life expectency for men with high incomes has increased by more than six years.
Ezra Klein:
More on raising the retirement age
Mike Pechar / The Jawa Report:
Now Appearing - Muslim Stripper - Limited NSFW Engagement  —  See amazing video (49 sec.) in extended entry.
Be Careful What You Wish For Department: Federal District Court Strikes Down DOMA  —  Today Judge Joseph Tauro in the federal district court in Massachusetts struck down section 3 of the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) in two opinions, Gill v. Office of Personnel Management, and Massachusetts v. HHS.
New York Times:
Judge Topples U.S. Rejection of Gay Unions
Chicago Tribune:
Family Says Nephew of Justice Clarence Thomas Was Beaten, Tazed at West Jeff Hospital  —  Meg Gatto - / Joe Rawley -  —  MARRERO — Family members of Derek Thomas, nephew of U.S. Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas, are alleging that the younger Thomas …
Discussion: Raw Story
Claire Heininger /
Christie looks to privatize motor vehicle inspections, other services  —  New Jersey would close its centralized car inspection lanes and motorists would pay for their own emissions tests under a sweeping set of recommendations set to be released by the Christie administration today.  —  Buy this photo
The Atlantic Online:
How LeBron's Move Helps the Tea Party  —  So LeBron James is abandoning Cleveland for sunny Miami.  That's a tough break for Ohio sports fans.  But what effect might LeBron's departure have on Ohio's politics?  I think it helps the Tea Party, for reasons I'll lay out.
Randy Barnett / The Volokh Conspiracy:
Do the States Have the Power of Nullification?  —  In a recently published book, Nullification, author Tom Woods maintains that states have a power to nullify laws that exceed the powers of Congress to enact.  This claim has a long history, some of it distinguished-as in the case …
Discussion: Blog and Hit & Run
Matt Lewis / Politics Daily:
Ann Coulter vs. Bill Kristol: Beginnings of a Conservative Schism?  —  Ann Coulter's recent column, “Bill Kristol Must Resign” may have officially kicked off the next great schism within the conservative movement.  At issue is the war in Afghanistan — and, more specifically …
Ed O'Keefe / Federal Eye:
Corrected 11:03: An earlier version of this item incorrectly quoted Gen. James Mattis.  —  President Obama's pick to lead military operations in Afghanistan, Iraq, Pakistan and the Middle East is an experienced ground combat commander, but also earned a stern rebuke in 2005 for controversial comments about combat operations.
Eric Kleefeld / TPMDC:
Emmer In Damage Control Mode: Meeting Waiters After Claiming They Made $100K In Tips  —  Minnesota state Rep. Tom Emmer, the presumptive Republican nominee for governor, appears to be going into damage control mode in the wake of his proposal to lower the minimum wage for waiters by crediting …
Wall Street Journal:
The Town Hall Revolt, One Year Later  —  Democrats didn't get the message.  Will Republicans do better?  —  Much has happened in the dense and shifting political landscape of the past 18 months—the quick breakdown along partisan lines in Congress; continuing arguments over spending …
Michael Memoli / The Swamp:
Brewer confident immigration law will stand  —  BOSTON, Mass. — More than 40 governors are attending this weekend's National Governors Association meeting, but few are attracting more attention than Arizona's Jan Brewer.  —  Reporters converged on the governor as she walked between sessions here today.
Discussion: D.C. Now
Mike Allen / The Politico:
Emanuel: Business should be thanking this president - Palin video was shot by a single videographer - Dem. donors pressured by tally of GOP plans — Ask Matt Rhoades — P.K., Drew Hammill b'days  —  EXCLUSIVE: Peter Orszag, director of the Office of Management and Budget …
Discussion: Taegan Goddard's …
N.C. Aizenman / Washington Post:
‘Tan tax’ discussions include allegations of reverse racism  —  Mention the new “tan tax” in a major news outlet and cries of discrimination and reverse racism often follow.  —  The complaint surfaced on reader comment boards to blogs and news Web sites back in December …
Myglesias / Matthew Yglesias:
Yes, The Government Creates Jobs  —  As I was saying to a friend last night, one of the most frustrating things about the Obama administration is the tendency of its leaders and communicators to project a message that's absolutely demoralizing to progressive political activists.
Carol Rosenberg /
Federal judge orders Guantánamo detainee freed  —  A federal judge has ordered the release of another Yemeni captive at Guantánamo, the 37th time a war on terror captive in southeast Cuba has won his unlawful detention suit against the U.S. government.
Discussion: Firedoglake and Romenesko
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Byrd's staff has 2 months to pack up 51 years of history
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Tom Tancredo: Like the Civil War and Soviets and Al Qaeda …
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Jennifer Rubin / Commentary:
No Good News for Democrats
Discussion: RedState
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Petraeus reviews directive meant to limit Afghan civilian deaths
George Talbot / Breaking News from the Press-Register:
Poll: Robert Bentley holds 20-point lead over Bradley Byrne
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Russian sub ‘could stop oil leak’
Paul Krugman / New York Times:
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