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9:50 PM ET, July 13, 2010


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Daniel Indiviglio / The Atlantic Online:
A Chart That Screams, ‘Extend Unemployment Benefits!’  —  At the end of May there were 3.2 million job openings, according to a new report from the Bureau of Labor Statistics.  In the face of nearly 15 million unemployed, that's obviously not enough.  And if you add in those other Americans …
Greg Sargent / The Plum Line:
The GOP strategy of obstruction is working beautifully  —  As you know, I've been arguing here that the GOP strategy of obstruction is paying off for Republicans — big time.  The public is blaming Democrats, not Republicans, for the government dysfunction that has resulted …
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 …
Ezra Klein:
‘A Chart That Screams, “Extend Unemployment Benefits!”  ’  —  You'll have to excuse me for simply stealing Daniel Indiviglio's headline for this chart, but it's really the right way to introduce it:  —  “That giant gap consists of Americans who are unemployed, and couldn't get a job even if they wanted to,” Indiviglio writes.
Michael A. Fletcher / Washington Post:
No extension of unemployment benefits in sight for the long-term jobless  —  TOMS RIVER, N.J. — Even before his unemployment checks ended, Dwight Michael Frazee's days were filled with the pursuit of any idea that could earn him a buck.  But few are working out, and now his nights are filled with dread.
Greg Sargent / The Plum Line:
Sharron Angle: Tea Party ousted Robert Bennett because he “outlived his usefulness”  —  The Harry Reid campaign thinks they've found another high-octane Sharron Angle quote that will help them paint her as too harsh and extreme for the Senate: She claimed last night that Senator Robert Bennett …
Kansas City Star:
NAACP passes resolution on racism in tea party  —  Late this afternoon the NAACP passed a resolution calling on all people — including tea party leaders — to condemn racism within the tea party movement.  —  Passed on the fourth day of the National Association for the Advancement …
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.
Bill Hennessy / St. Louis Tea Party:
St. Louis Tea Party Condemns NAACP Slur
Associated Press:
Iowa billboard compares Obama to Hitler; draws criticism
Fox News:
Tea Party Preempts ‘Racist’ Resolution, Condemns ‘Bigoted’ NAACP
Wall Street Journal:
Crash Data Suggest Driver Error in Toyota Accidents  —  The U.S. Department of Transportation has analyzed dozens of data recorders from Toyota Motor Corp. vehicles involved in accidents blamed on sudden acceleration and found that at the time of the crashes, throttles were wide open …
The Politico:
Pelosi rips Gibbs's House prediction  —  House Speaker Nancy Pelosi bashed White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs in absentia Tuesday night, even after the president's top spokesman backpedaled from an earlier assertion that Democrats could lose control of the chamber in the November election.
Walter Alarkon / The Hill:
Dems, AARP want to make IRA enrollment automatic
Brian Riedl / Wall Street Journal:
The Bush Tax Cuts and the Deficit Myth  —  Runaway government spending, not declining tax revenues, is the reason the U.S. faces dramatic budget shortfalls for years to come.  —  President Obama and congressional Democrats are blaming their trillion-dollar budget deficits on the Bush tax cuts of 2001 and 2003.
Brian Beutler / TPMDC:
It's Unanimous!  GOP Says No To Unemployment Benefits, Yes To Tax Cuts For The Rich  —  For weeks, Senate Republicans have filibustered an extension of unemployment benefits on the grounds that Democrats aren't willing to cut spending or raise taxes to pay for them.
David Weigel / The Daily Dish:
Believing Sarah Palin  —  Like I said in my first post, I guest-blogged for the Daily Dish back in 2006.  I don't remember anyone, at the time, challenging the decision.  So I was unprepared for the rat-a-tat of criticism I got for signing up this week.  To quote Baseball Crank …
Fox News:
Lesbian Prison Gangs Waiting to Get Hands on Lindsay Lohan, Report Says  —  Inmates of the jail where Lindsay Lohan is set to spend up to 90 days have warned of gangs out to attack the starlet, saying “everyone will want a piece of her”, The Sun reported Tuesday.
Karen E. Crummy / Denver Post:
McInnis' articles for foundation lift ideas, words directly from 20-year-old essay  —  Although GOP gubernatorial candidate Scott McInnis presented his “Musings on Water” for publication as original works, portions are identical and nearly identical to an essay on water written 20 years earlier …
Dana Goldstein / The Daily Beast:
The Coming Birth Control Battle  —  Health-care reform raised the possibility that birth control could soon be free for most women.  But not if conservative activists have their way.  Dana Goldstein reports.  —  Could prescription birth control—whether the pill, an IUD, or a diaphragm …
John Whitesides / Reuters:
Crist leads 3-way Senate race in Florida  —  (Reuters) - Florida Governor Charlie Crist holds a narrow edge over Republican Marco Rubio in a three-way Senate race dominated by economic worries, according to a Reuters/Ipsos poll released on Tuesday.  —  Crist, who left the Republican Party …
John Amato / Crooks and Liars:
Megyn Kelly threatens to cut off Kirsten Powers “mic” over heated New Black Panther argument  —  FOX News has been ginning up a story about the hate group the “New Black Panthers” from the election on November 4th as some sort of ‘angry black man’ intimidation tactic that made Obama win the presidency.
Kelli Morgan / Fox News:
No. 1 Nation in Sexy Web Searches?  Call it Pornistan  —  Pakistan has banned content on more than a dozen websites because of offensive and blasphemous material.  The Muslim country, which has laws on dress codes, ranks as the top country to proportionally search for certain sex-related terms.
Discussion: Weasel Zippers
NBC Bay Area:
Suffer These Crimes in Oakland?  Don't Call the Cops  —  Dozens of layoffs effective at midnight, barring last minute deal  —  Oakland's police chief is making some dire claims about what his force will and will not respond to if layoffs go as planned.  —  Chief Anthony Batts listed …
Sean Trende / Real Clear Politics:
It's Not “Just the Economy, Stupid” This Time  —  It's almost certain that the Democrats are heading for a terrible election in the fall - the only real dispute is whether it will be merely a bad election or a truly horrendous one.  And so, the pre-mortems have already begun.
Flowertohide / RADAR:
EXCLUSIVE AUDIO: Another Mel Gibson Slur Caught On Tape In Crazed Rage - Listen To It Here  —  Warning: This audio may not be reproduced or republished.  —  Mel Gibson is caught using yet another ethnic slur while going on a crazed rampage on new audio exclusively obtained and released by
Brian Stelter / Media Decoder:
Appeals Court Strikes Down Indecency Rule  —  A United States appeals court tossed out the indecency policy of the Federal Communications Commission on Tuesday, calling it a violation of the First Amendment.  —  An appeals panel said the F.C.C. policy was “unconstitutionally vague …
Darren Samuelsohn / The Politico:
Reid warms to July climate vote  —  Senate Democratic leaders are set to roll the dice this month on a comprehensive energy and climate bill, including a cap on greenhouse gases from power plants, even though they don't yet have the 60 votes needed to move the controversial plan.
Discussion: The Hill, The New Republic, CNN and The Page
Erika Lovley / The Politico:
Abused staffers net nearly $1M a year  —  Taxpayers have paid out nearly $1 million per year in settlements to congressional employees who have been harassed or otherwise treated badly by their political bosses over the past 14 years, according to records from the Office of Compliance.
Reid Declines Vote on Illegal Worker Plan … LAS VEGAS — In this election season, Senator Harry Reid's campaign events often include claims of how many stimulus funded jobs he's created.  But how many of these construction jobs are going to workers in the country illegally?
The Huffington Post:
Rand Paul Faces Backlash After Suggesting That America's Poor Don't Have It That Bad (VIDEO)  —  WHAT'S YOUR REACTION?  —  AP/Huffington Post - Republican U.S. Senate candidate Rand Paul says the poor in America are “enormously better off than the rest of the world,” citing an old Cold War film …
Andy Barr / The Politico:
Paul campaign chairman leaves  —  Kentucky GOP Senate candidate Rand Paul's campaign chairman has left to work on another race.  —  David Adams announced Tuesday that he is moving from Paul's Senate race to work for a Republican candidate in next year's race for governor.
David Weigel / The Daily Dish:
Greetings from Unalaska  —  UNALASKA, AK — When I agreed to blog here for a week I gave a quick word of warning: I was set to spend a week in Dutch Harbor, the remote fishing town made globally famous by 1) the series “Deadliest Catch” and 2) fish.  —  “Remote” is a word we like to misuse, like “awesome” or “ironic” or “electable.”
Hank Stuever / Washington Post:
Kathy Griffin's ‘My Life on the D-List’ trip to Washington falls flat on humor  —  Kathy Griffin, a relentless publicity seeker who has built her comic persona around seeming less famous than she's actually become, brought her “My Life on the D-List” camera crew to Washington in March to show …
Thomas Joscelyn / Weekly Standard:
British Surrender to Former Gitmo Detainees  —  Last week, British Prime Minister David Cameron announced that his government has agreed to investigate torture allegations made by former Guantanamo detainees.  The inquiry is expected to last one year.  And, according to Cameron …
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