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12:00 PM ET, July 12, 2010


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Abby Goodnough / New York Times:
Governors Voice Grave Concerns on Immigration  —  BOSTON — In a private meeting with White House officials this weekend, Democratic governors voiced deep anxiety about the Obama administration's suit against Arizona's new immigration law, worrying that it could cost a vulnerable Democratic Party in the fall elections.
Dan Balz / Washington Post:
Obama's debt commission warns of fiscal ‘cancer’  —  BOSTON — The co-chairmen of President Obama's debt and deficit commission offered an ominous assessment of the nation's fiscal future here Sunday, calling current budgetary trends a cancer “that will destroy the country from within” unless checked by tough action in Washington.
Fox News:
Governors: Obama's Immigration Suit Is ‘Toxic’
Discussion: The Reaction
Dave Itzkoff / ArtsBeat:
Polanski Is Free After Swiss Reject U.S. Extradition Request  —  Updated  —  Article: Swiss Reject U.S. Request to Extradite Polanski  —  The justice ministry of Switzerland said on Monday that it had denied a request to extradite the director Roman Polanski to the United States …
Kenneth P. Vogel / The Politico:
SarahPAC steps into the big leagues  —  A new financial report filed Sunday evening showed Sarah Palin's political action committee has taken its fundraising to a higher level - and suggests that she has begun building a more sophisticated political operation in place of a bare-bones organization …
Shane D'Aprile / Ballot Box:
Palin's PAC raises nearly $900,000 in second quarter  —  Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin's political action committee raised $865,815 in the second quarter.  —  The PAC also doled out some $87,500 to Republican candidates over that same period, according to a report filed Sunday with the Federal Election Commission.
Discussion: CNN, Politics Daily and Swampland
Stan Cox / Washington Post:
In the heat wave, the case against air conditioning  —  Washington didn't grind to a sweaty halt last week under triple-digit temperatures.  People didn't even slow down.  Instead, the three-day, 100-plus-degree, record-shattering heat wave prompted Washingtonians to crank …
David M. Herszenhorn / New York Times:
Timing Unclear for Senate Vote on Finance Overhaul  —  WASHINGTON — Final passage of sweeping legislation to overhaul the nation's financial regulatory system is now a question of when — not if — according to Senate Democrats.  Yet, there still seem to be a lot of questions about when.
Jonathan Martin / The Politico:
Joe Manchin holds off on Senate call
Ross Douthat / New York Times:
The Class War We Need  —  The rich are different from you and me.  They know how to game the system.  —  That's one interpretation, at least, of last week's news that Americans with million-dollar mortgages are defaulting at almost twice the rate of the typical homeowner.
Paul Krugman / New York Times:
The Feckless Fed  —  Back in 2002, a professor turned Federal Reserve official by the name of Ben Bernanke gave a widely quoted speech titled “Deflation: Making Sure ‘It’ Doesn't Happen Here.”  Like other economists, myself included, Mr. Bernanke was deeply disturbed by Japan's stubborn …
Michael O'Brien / The Hill:
Cantor predicts GOP takeover of House  —  Republicans will win back a majority of seats in this fall's election, House Minority Whip Eric Cantor (R-Va.) predicted 16 weeks before Election Day.  —  Cantor, the second-ranking House Republican, said he expected his party to win enough seats …
Discussion: The Politico
First Read /
First thoughts: House play
26 Year Old Woman Raped and Murdered by Basij Members for “Bad Hijab”  —  According to sources, this was the last picture Elnaz Babazadeh uploaded as her Facebook profile picture.  —  According to HRANA, Elnaz Babazadeh, a 26 year old woman was raped and murdered by Basij forces in the city of Tabriz (northwestern Iran) last week.
Eileen Aj Connelly / Associated Press:
More Americans' credit scores sink to new lows  —  NEW YORK - The credit scores of millions more Americans are sinking to new lows.  —  Figures provided by FICO Inc. show that 25.5 percent of consumers — nearly 43.4 million people — now have a credit score of 599 or below, marking them as poor risks for lenders.
Discussion: AMERICAblog News
Sudarsan Raghavan / Washington Post:
Twin blasts kill scores of World Cup watchers in Uganda  —  KAMPALA, UGANDA — Powerful explosions tore through two venues in the Ugandan capital where crowds were watching television broadcasts of the World Cup final late Sunday, killing at least 70 people and wounding scores of others, Ugandan police said.
Josh Kron / New York Times:
Bombers Kill More Than 60 in Attacks in Uganda Capital
Discussion: Reuters, FP Passport and The Lede
Directorblue / The Greenroom:
‘We Will Not Be Silenced’: Democrats Produce Documentary Alleging Rampant Vote Fraud by Obama Campaign vs. Hillary in 2008 Primaries  —  Referring to the controversial 2008 Democrat presidential primary, Carolyn Tackett asks, “Was Barack Obama selected rather than elected?.”
Mike Flynn / Big Government:
Democrats Gone Wild: Rep. Ciro Rodriguez Loses It  —  I've often noted that I expect this to be a long, hot summer.  The mid-term elections are inching closer and Democrats are having to finally admit that they are in real political trouble.  For those keeping score at home, let's recap …
Shane D'Aprile / Ballot Box:
Angle says advisers suggested she look ‘more serious’  —  In an interview over the weekend with the Las Vegas Review-Journal, Republican Senate nominee Sharron Angle said some of her political advisers have suggested she look more serious for TV interviews.  —  Angle is trying to unseat Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.).
Paul Krugman:
Lacking All Conviction  —  Atrios: … I have no idea what they're thinking.  It would be one thing if polls suggested a tolerable outcome in November, so that playing it safe could possibly make sense as a political strategy.  But that's not the way it is; and it's hard to see what possible motivation there is for pulling punches.
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E.S. Browning / Wall Street Journal:
Small Investors Flee Stocks, Changing Market Dynamics
Discussion: The Daily Dish
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Exclusive: Fired BP Contractor Talks
Discussion: Wonk Room
Myglesias / Matthew Yglesias:
McCain's Consistency  —  Jacob Weisberg is re-evaluating …
Michael Powell / New York Times:
End of Census, and for Many, End of Job
Discussion: The Atlantic Online
Jill Lawrence / Politics Daily:
Seven Things Republicans Were For Before They Were Against Them
Discussion: The Atlantic Online
Jordan Fabian / The Hill:
Gregg optimistic about Senate's future
Lydia Saad / Gallup:
Americans Unsure About “Progressive” Political Label
Discussion: AmSpecBlog
 Earlier Items: 
Robert Pear / New York Times:
Obama to Outline New Strategy Against AIDS
Discussion: Advocate
Washington Post:
Survey says: Federal workers are glad to have their jobs
Discussion: Federal Eye
Jack Ewing / New York Times:
Crisis Awaits World's Banks as Trillions Come Due
Discussion: Firedoglake
David Axelrod /
Transcripts on  —  MR. DAVID GREGORY: This Sunday …
Discussion: Weekly Standard and Eschaton
The Politico:
Doctors' lobby losing clout on Hill
Washington Post:
Karzai to push for removing up to 50 ex-Taliban officials from U.N. blacklist
Discussion: SWJ Blog and The Page
Joe Keohane / Boston Globe:
How facts backfire  —  Researchers discover a surprising threat to democracy: our brains