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10:25 AM ET, July 14, 2010


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Us Weekly:
EXCLUSIVE: Bristol Palin, Levi Johnston Are Engaged!  —  Bristol Palin and Levi Johnston reveal exclusively in the new Us Weekly that they are getting married.  —  And, they tell Us Weekly, former vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin has been kept in the dark about their plans ... until now.
TRENDING: Bristol Palin, Levi Johnston engaged
Discussion: Daily Kos and Hollywood Life
Associated Press:
Iowa billboard compares Obama to Hitler; draws criticism  —  (AP) —A billboard created by an Iowa tea party group comparing President Barack Obama to Adolf Hitler and Vladimir Lenin is being condemned by other tea party activists.  —  The North Iowa Tea Party began displaying the sign in Mason City last week.
Tunku Varadarajan / The Daily Beast:
The Tea Party Isn't Racist  —  At this week's NAACP annual meeting, members voted to censure the Tea Party as “racist.”  But it's the NAACP that's the throwback, argues Tunku Varadarajan.  —  NAACP: Can we all agree that it stands for the National Association for the Advancement of Cynical Politics?
Jake Tapper / Political Punch:
President Obama, White House: Al Qaeda Is Racist  —  In an interview earlier today with the South African Broadcasting Corporation to air in a few hours, President Obama disparaged al Qaeda and affiliated groups' willingness to kill Africans in a manner that White House aides say was an argument that the terrorist groups are racist.
Allahpundit / Hot Air:   New White House talking point: Al Qaeda is racist
Jennifer Rubin / Commentary:
Obama's Race Obsession
Discussion: Pundit & Pundette
Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
WHEN AN ENTIRE POLITICAL PARTY MOVES TO BIZARRO WORLD.... Senate Minority Whip Jon Kyl (R-Ariz.) probably didn't realize the impact his remarks would have.  The right-wing Arizonan was asked on Fox News how his party would pay for $678 billion in tax cuts for the wealthy, which Republicans are currently demanding.
Discussion: Paul Krugman and Washington Post
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.
Ezra Klein:
McConnell: 'No evidence whatsoever that the Bush tax cuts actually …
Discussion: The Mahablog
Brian Montopoli / CBS News:
Poll: Americans Say Bad Economy Will Linger  —  CBS News Poll analysis by the CBS News Polling Unit: Sarah Dutton, Jennifer De Pinto, Fred Backus and Anthony Salvanto.  —  A majority of Americans have a negative impression of the economy and expect the effects of the recession to linger for years, according to a new CBS News poll.
Americans in 70% Majority See More Jobless as Deficit Widens
Stephanie Condon / CBS News:
Poll: Support for Arizona Immigration Law Hits 57 Percent
Robert Hendin / CBS News:
On Economy, White House Message Not Sticking
Jack M. / Ace of Spades HQ:
Megyn Kelly-Kirsten Powers Cat Fight!  UPDATE: Video Added  —  The 10 Minutes fight between Megyn Kelly and Kirsten Powers on FNC may be the greatest ten minutes of television, ever.  —  I mean it.  —  Somebody please send me this clip.  Not only did Kelly reveal Powers …
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.
Edward Wyatt / New York Times:
F.C.C. Expletives Policy Ruled Unconstitutional  —  A federal appeals court struck down a Federal Communications Commission policy on indecency Tuesday, saying that regulations barring the use of “fleeting expletives” on radio and television violated the First Amendment because they were vague and could inhibit free speech.
Larry Neumeister / The Huffington Post:
FCC Swear Word Censorship Policy Tossed By Federal Court
The Hill:
Dems pick 3-bill plan  —  President Obama and Senate Democrats agreed on Tuesday to a three-bill agenda that they believe will strengthen their party for November's midterm elections.  —  Democrats agreed to send the Wall Street reform conference report, an extension of unemployment benefits …
Discussion: The Atlantic Online and The Hill
The Politico:
Pelosi vents about Gibbs
Brian Maloney / The Radio Equalizer:
Libtalker Bill Press Blames ‘Spoiled Americans’ For Obama's Poll Collapse  —  IT'S YOUR FAULT  —  Lefty Meltdown Over WaPo Poll, Libtalker Lashes Out  —  Are you ready to accept your share of the blame for Obama's collapsing poll numbers?  If only “spoiled Americans” …
Michael Kunzelman / Associated Press:
Cops could face death in post-Katrina shootings  —  NEW ORLEANS — Four New Orleans police officers could face the death penalty after being accused of gunning down two unarmed people in the chaotic aftermath of Hurricane Katrina in the latest twist for a corruption-plagued department that already faces several federal investigations.
Discussion: Firedoglake and Truthdig
Lee C. Bollinger / Wall Street Journal:
Journalism Needs Government Help  —  Media budgets have been decimated as the Internet facilitates a communications revolution.  More public funding for news-gathering is the answer.  —  We have entered a momentous period in the history of the American press.
Bob Johnson / Associated Press:
Tea Party Favorite Loses GOP Runoff in Alabama  —  Mainstream GOP candidate beats tea party activist in runoff for Ala House seat held by Dems  —  A mainstream Republican has rolled past a tea party activist in the GOP runoff for a southeast Alabama congressional seat that Republicans hope to reclaim.
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 …
Can Obama Persuade Voters to Stay the Course?
Discussion: National Review
Quinnipiac University:
Sestak Catches Toomey To Tie Pennsylvania Senate Race, Quinnipiac University Poll Finds; More Voters Say Obama Doesn't Deserve Second Term  —  Democratic U.S. Rep. Joe Sestak and Republican Pat Toomey are locked in a 43 - 43 percent tie in their race for the U.S. Senate seat in Pennsylvania …
Discussion: The Eye and Taegan Goddard's …
Jason Dick / Congressional Connection Poll:
Perceptions Of Overhaul Still Divided Along Partisan Lines  —  If President Obama and Democrats were hoping the public would come around on the healthcare overhaul passed in March, they might want to step up their outreach efforts.  Just a few months after passage, perception of the law …
Discussion: Taegan Goddard's …
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Michael Gerson / Washington Post:
Obama's one-man bands threaten Afghanistan prospects
Discussion: Power Line
Brock Vergakis / Associated Press:
Utah agencies probe alleged illegal immigrant list
Caren Bohan / Reuters:
Obama aides say stimulus saved millions of jobs
Discussion: Think Progress
Gov. Tim Pawlenty / Reuters:
Time for Obama to make sacrifices
Molly K. Hooper / The Hill:
GOP predicts greater power for chairmen under would-be Speaker Boehner
Discussion: Prairie Weather
 Earlier Items: 
Joe Stephens / Washington Post:
Lessons from Exxon Valdez spill have gone unheeded
Discussion: Prairie Weather and The Page
Jon Hilsenrath / Wall Street Journal:
Fed Sees Slower Growth
Discussion: Paul Krugman, Ezra Klein and The Page
First Read /
Manchin to make Senate appointment by Friday
Sean Trende / Real Clear Politics:
It's Not “Just the Economy, Stupid” This Time
Fox News:
Lesbian Prison Gangs Waiting to Get Hands on Lindsay Lohan, Report Says
Discussion: Mediaite, The Jawa Report and Gawker
David Weigel / The Daily Dish:
Believing Sarah Palin