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7:45 PM ET, July 12, 2010


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Ezra Klein:
Jon Kyl gives away the game on deficits  —  “[Y]ou should never raise taxes in order to cut taxes,” Jon Kyl said on Fox News Sunday.  “Surely Congress has the authority, and it would be right to — if we decide we want to cut taxes to spur the economy, not to have to raise taxes in order to offset those costs.
The Huffington Post:
Jon Kyl: Extend Bush Tax Cuts For Wealthy Even If They Add To Deficit  —  WHAT'S YOUR REACTION?  —  Top Senate Republican Jon Kyl (R-Ariz.) insisted on Sunday that Congress should extend the Bush tax cuts for the wealthiest Americans regardless of their impact on the deficit …
Myglesias / Matthew Yglesias:
Debt Commission Eying Mostly-Cuts Package
Dan Balz / Washington Post:
Obama's debt commission warns of fiscal ‘cancer’
Brian Beutler / TPMDC:
Kyl: Unemployment Benefits A ‘Necessary Evil’
David Dayen / Firedoglake:
Deficit Peacocks Admit Their Own Fraud with Talk on Tax Cuts, Defense
Michael O'Brien / The Hill:
Top Republicans want all tax cuts extended
Discussion: Wonk Room and Washington Monthly
Marc Ambinder / The Atlantic Online:
2012: What Palin Is, and Isn't, Doing  —  Sarah Palin's PAC disclosure release has occasioned a new round of “Will she or won't she?”  If we take the dictum that one's judgment is more easily interrogated than one's motivation, we're left with a simple answer: she's seriously thinking about running for president.
Mike Glover / ABCNEWS:
Gingrich Says He's Considering Presidential Run  —  Gingrich says he's seriously considering White House run and will decide early next year  —  Former U.S. House Speaker Newt Gingrich said Monday he's seriously considering seeking the Republican presidential nomination and will announce his decision early next year.
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.
Discussion: theblogprof and Gateway Pundit
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 …
Huma Khan / ABCNEWS:
Michelle Obama Rouses NAACP Before Vote Condemning ‘Racist’ Elements of Tea Party  —  Tea Party Leaders Say Political Motivation Driving NAACP Agenda  —  First Lady Michelle Obama brought renewed energy to the NAACP today, delivering the keynote speech at the annual convention …
Joanna Connors / Metro:
Harvey Pekar, Cleveland comic-book legend, dies at age 70  —  CLEVELAND HEIGHTS, Ohio — Harvey Pekar's life was not an open book.  It was an open comic book.  —  Pekar chronicled his life and times in the acclaimed autobiographical comic book series, “American Splendor,” …
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 …
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.
Elvie / RADAR:
EXCLUSIVE NEW AUDIO: Mel Gibson Admits Hitting Oksana, Threatens To Kill Her - Listen To It Here  —  WARNING: This audio may not be reproduced or republished.  —  Mel Gibson, under investigation for domestic violence, admits to hitting Oksana Grigorieva and TWICE threatens to kill …
Eric Zimmermann / The Hill:
Brown to support Wall Street reform; Dems edge closer to 60  —  Sen. Scott Brown (R-Mass.) announced Monday he will vote for Wall Street reform when it comes up for a final vote, all but assuring Democrats the 60 votes they need to pass the legislation.  —  Brown voted for the bill …
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blog:
Brown the new McCain, cont'd
Discussion: Salon and FrumForum
Coral Davenport / The Politico:
Drilling ban reissued  —  Interior Secretary Ken Salazar reissued a moratorium on deepwater offshore drilling Monday, after the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals rejected the White House's appeal of a lower court decision to halt the drilling ban.  —  The reinstated ban will " protect communities …
CNN:   Obama administration issuing new deepwater drilling ban
Rowan Scarborough / Washington Times:
Obama at odds with Petraeus doctrine on ‘Islam’  —  The White House's official policy of banning the word “Islam” in describing America's terrorist enemies is in direct conflict with the U.S. military's war-fighting doctrine now guiding commanders in Iraq and Afghanistan.
Jonathan Cohn / The New Republic:
Obama (and Cohn) Wrong on Berwick
Lydia Saad / Gallup:
Americans Unsure About “Progressive” Political Label  —  More than twice as many say label does not describe them as say it does  —  PRINCETON, NJ — Gallup polling reveals widespread public uncertainty about the “progressive” political label — a label recently embraced by no less than Supreme Court nominee Elena Kagan.
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 …
Adam Serwer / American Prospect:
When Was The New Black Panther Case Downgraded?  —  I did an interview with New York Daily News Columnist Errol Louis about the New Black Panther Party case today and realized that there's a specific data point that has been lost in all the breathless coverage of this case and whether …
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 …
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 …
Ben Smith / The Politico:
New conservative group will oppose Obama 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 …
Discussion: Weekly Standard and Salon
Javier Manjarres / The Shark Tank:
Senator LeMieux Endorses Rubio and Discusses Victory Strategies (VIDEO)  —  Regular readers of the Tank know that we have pulled no punches towards soon-to-be Democrat Governor Charlie Crist, which is why we're reposting Senator George LeMieux's endorsement of Marco Rubio.
Washington Post:
Historic oil spill fails to produce gains for U.S. environmentalists  —  For environmentalists, the BP oil spill may be disproving the maxim that great tragedies produce great change.  —  Traditionally, American environmentalism wins its biggest victories after some important piece …
Jake Sherman / The Politico:
GOP ‘Young Guns’ to release book  —  Three top House Republicans are set to release a book this fall about the future of conservative politics, placing a younger set of GOP lawmakers center stage as the party makes its final push to win control of the House.
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Patrick J. Michaels / Wall Street Journal:
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Discussion: Hit & Run
Marc Ambinder / The Atlantic Online:
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Discussion: National Review
Jessica Van Sack / Boston Herald:
On second thought...  Boston city councilors backtrack on Arizona boycott bid
Ezra Klein:
Wasted interviews  —  This New York Times article on Paul …
Laura Myers / Las Vegas Review-Journal:
GOP's Angle rejects political makeover