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9:55 AM ET, July 13, 2010


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Washington Post:
Confidence in Obama reaches new low, Washington Post-ABC News poll finds  —  Public confidence in President Obama has hit a new low, according to the latest Washington Post-ABC News poll.  Four months before midterm elections that will define the second half of his term …
Gary Langer / ABCNEWS:
Poll Shows Clearest Signs Yet of GOP Gains, Democratic Risks in 2010 Elections
Discussion: Top of the Ticket
David Jackson / USA Today:
Obama strategy against Palin, or other GOP foes?  Run against Bush  —  White House spokesman Robert Gibbs didn't talk about Sarah Palin specifically yesterday, but he did address any Republican who is thinking about challenging President Obama in 2012.  —  The bottom line …
Discussion: The Agonist
David Rogers / The Politico:
The Democrats' education debacle
Discussion: The Spot
Los Angeles Times:
Obama's task for midterm elections: recapture 2008 magic
Discussion: Ballot Box and The Swamp
Stephen Collinson / Agence France Presse:
Obama sets campaign mode to attack
Sandhya Somashekhar / Washington Post:
Tea party groups choose to stand mute on same-sex marriage ruling  —  While many conservative organizations immediately decried a federal judge's decision last week to invalidate the federal ban on recognizing gay marriages, tea party groups have been conspicuously silent on the issue.
Los Angeles Times:
NAACP to condemn ‘racist elements’ in ‘tea party’ movement
Discussion: Gateway Pundit
Steve Pardo / Detroit News:
4 missionaries charged in Dearborn festival proselytizing  —  Dearborn — Four Christian missionaries were arraigned today on misdemeanor charges of disturbing the peace following their June 18 arrest at the Arab International Festival.  —  Negeen Mayel, 18, of California; Nabeel Qureshi …
Eric Lichtblau / New York Times:
Beyond Guns: N.R.A. Expands Agenda  —  WASHINGTON — Fresh off a string of victories in the courts and Congress, the National Rifle Association is flexing political muscle outside its normal domain, with both Democrats and Republicans courting its favor and avoiding its wrath on issues that sometimes seem to have little to do with guns.
Michael Casey / Real Time Economics:
Small Businesses Get More Pessimistic  —  Small businesses continue to feel highly pessimistic about the U.S. economic outlook, according to a report Tuesday that showed a monthly indicator of their sentiment turning weaker in June.  —  The National Federation of Independent Businesses …
Discussion: JammieWearingFool
Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System:
Restoring the Flow of Credit to Small Businesses
John M. Broder / New York Times:
Salazar Revises Rules for Deepwater Drilling Ban  —  Interior Secretary Ken Salazar issued revised rules on Monday for a six-month moratorium on deepwater oil drilling in the Gulf of Mexico, replacing an earlier one that had been declared invalid by federal courts.
Discussion: Washington Post and Truthdig
Steven Mufson / Washington Post:   Administration issues revised moratorium on offshore drilling
BP Oil Spill: Containment Cap Installed on Leak, As Anger Surges Over Slow Claims Payouts  —  Adm.Thad Allen Says BP ‘Very Close’ to Stopping Oil From Gushing Into the Gulf of Mexico  —  BP has successfully lowered a new containment cap onto its leaking well, its latest attempt to control …
Discussion: and The Page
Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
JON KYL DOUBLES DOWN.... Over the weekend, Senate Minority Whip Jon Kyl (R-Ariz.) was asked on Fox News how he'd pay for extending the Bush tax cuts for the wealthy, at a cost of $678 billion.  After initially dodging the question, Kyl said what he really believed: “You do need to offset …
Ed Barnes / Fox News:
Felons Voting Illegally May Have Put Franken Over the Top in Minnesota, Study Finds  —  The six-month election recount that turned former “Saturday Night Live” comedian Al Franken into a U.S. senator may have been decided by convicted felons who voted illegally in Minnesota's Twin Cities.
Daniel Friedman / Hotline On Call:
Panel To Delay Kagan Vote  —  The Senate Judiciary Committee will not vote Tuesday on the nomination of Solicitor General Elena Kagan to the Supreme Court, GOP aides said today.  —  GOP senators will use the ability of any committee member under the panel's rules to put off a vote for one week, several aides said.
Discussion: TPMDC, The Other McCain and Big Peace
The Hill:
Dems hit 60 on Wall Street bill  —  Democrats appeared on Monday to have won the 60 votes they need to move Wall Street reform through the Senate when Republican Sens. Olympia Snowe (Maine) and Scott Brown (Mass.) announced their support for a conference report.
Discussion: Think Progress, CNN and The Politico
The Hill:
Lieberman, Kerry make last-ditch appeal on scaled-back climate bill  —  The Senate sponsors of a sweeping climate change bill are drafting a scaled-back version focused on electric power plants in a bid to salvage a role for greenhouse gas curbs in the Senate energy debate.
Eugene Robinson / Washington Post:
Roman Polanski's freedom — and unmitigated gall  —  For Roman Polanski, the long, unspeakable nightmare of being confined to his three-story chalet in Gstaad, the luxury resort in the Swiss Alps, is finally over.  The fugitive director is free once again to stroll into town, have a nice meal …
Greg Sargent / The Plum Line:
Sharron Angle flummoxes local press with “stimulus” non-sequitor  —  Here's the latest out of Nevada: Sharron Angle is getting attention for flubbing an answer involving job creation in a manner that raises questions about whether she grasps an enormously important local issue.
Nicholas Carr / The Atlantic Online:
Is Google Making Us Stupid?  —  What the Internet is doing to our brains  —  “Dave, stop.  Stop, will you?  Stop, Dave.  Will you stop, Dave?”  So the supercomputer HAL pleads with the implacable astronaut Dave Bowman in a famous and weirdly poignant scene toward the end of Stanley Kubrick's 2001: A Space Odyssey.
Discussion: American Prospect
Jesse Solomon / CNN:
Did BP play role in bomber's release?  —  (CNN) — A group of U.S. lawmakers have called for an investigation into whether BP may have played a role in lobbying for the release of Abdelbaset al Megrahi to secure an oil contract with the Libyan government.  —  Megrahi, now 58 …
Discussion: Gawker and Informed Comment
Daily Mail:
Taranis: The £143million unmanned stealth jet that will hit targets in another continent  —  Looming ominously like a space ship from Star Wars, this is the future of unmanned flight.  —  Defence firm BAE Systems today officially unveiled its first ever high-tech unmanned stealth jet.
Eric Kleefeld / TPMDC:
Vitter: I Support Birther Lawsuits (VIDEO)  —  Sen. David Vitter (R-LA) has made his views known on the Birther controversy: He supports lawsuits to force President Obama to produce his birth certificate.  —  “I personally don't have standing to bring litigation in court,” Vitter said.
Jackdaws love my big sphinx of quartz:
Stuff  —  As I mentioned in my last entry, I've been watching Babylon 5 lately.  It's not a perfect show, but it has one big advantage: it's consistent and believable.  —  Contrast this with Doctor Who.  Doctor Who is fun to watch, but if you think about it for more than two seconds …
John / Power Line:
Gitmo: Please Let Me Stay!  —  Barack Obama campaigned on a pledge to close the terrorist detention facility at Guantanamo Bay.  Since then, he seems to have backed off; maybe he has listened to the Gitmo prisoners who don't want to leave: … The detainees fear that they might be tortured or killed if they return to Algeria.
Ben Smith / The Politico:
Group to oppose President Obama's Mideast policy  —  Leading conservatives will launch a new pro-Israel group this week with a scathing attack on Rep. Joe Sestak, the Democratic Senate candidate in Pennsylvania, the first shot in what they say will be a confrontational campaign …
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Andrew Martin / New York Times:
Automated Debt-Collection Lawsuits Engulf Courts
Discussion: Law Blog
Globe and Mail:
Neil Reynolds  —  Democracies produced Nazi Germany and Fascist Italy …
Discussion: Pajamas Media and The New Ledger
David Catanese / The Politico:
GOP pushes Byrne in Alabama runoff
Discussion: CNN
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Democrat Congressman ‘Unaware’ of the New Black Panther Voter Intimidation Case
Dan Fitzpatrick / Wall Street Journal:
Strapped Florida Banks Ask for Help
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In BP's Record, a History of Boldness and Costly Blunders
Discussion: DealBook
Cuba's Fidel Castro makes rare state TV appearance
Discussion: Truthdig
Jordan Fabian / The Hill:
Congressman blames town hall incident on opponent, apologizes
Discussion: Big Government and Wonkette
Lee Fang / Think Progress:
Cantor To Host Job Fair With Employers Stimulated By Over $50 Million …
Discussion: Swampland and The Impolitic