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11:05 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 …
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Gary Langer / ABCNEWS:
Poll Shows Clearest Signs Yet of GOP Gains, Democratic Risks in 2010 Elections
Discussion: Top of the Ticket
Chris Cillizza / The Fix:
Americans ready to “look around” in the fall election
Discussion: Hotline On Call, FrumForum and The Eye
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 and Truthdig
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David Rogers / The Politico:
The Democrats' education debacle  —  Education for Democrats these days is an education itself — a lesson in how dysfunctional this White House and Congress can be on domestic policy.  —  Finding $10 billion in a multitrillion-dollar budget to avert threatened teacher layoffs …
Discussion: The Spot
Walter Alarkon / The Hill:
Dems, AARP want to make IRA enrollment automatic  —  The White House and congressional Democrats, with the backing of the AARP, will soon put forth a plan to automatically enroll new private-sector employees in investment retirement accounts (IRAs).  —  The measure will apply to new workers …
Discussion: Liberty Pundits Blog
Michael O'Brien / The Hill:   Obama to huddle with top Senate Dems on legislative plans ahead of recess
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.
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John / Power Line:
A Congressman, Held Accountable  —  If you don't think voters are up in arms about the discriminatory policies of Barack Obama's Department of Justice, check out this video of a town hall meeting held by Democratic Congressman Brad Sherman, CA-27.  A constituent asks him about DOJ's dismissal …
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Adam Serwer / American Prospect:
The NBPP Evidence Review.
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.
Andrew Martin / New York Times:
Automated Debt-Collection Lawsuits Engulf Courts  —  As millions of Americans have fallen behind on paying their bills, debt collection law firms have been clogging courtrooms with lawsuits seeking repayment.  —  Few have been as prolific as Cohen & Slamowitz, a Woodbury, N.Y. …
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Frank Dorman / Federal Trade Commission:
FTC Issues Report on Reforming Debt Collection Litigation …
Discussion: Law Blog
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 …
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
Bill Madden / NY Daily News:
George Steinbrenner, owner of New York Yankees, has died in Tampa at age of 80  —  George Steinbrenner, a towering and intimidating figure who dominated the New York sports scene for 35 years, winning 11 American League pennants and seven world championships as owner of the Yankees …
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
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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: Informed Comment and Gawker
Chris Frates / The Politico:
Castellani next PhRMA president  —  John J. Castellani, head of the Business Roundtable, is the new president and CEO of PhRMA, one of Washington's most influential lobbying organizations.  —  He replaces former Billy Tauzin, the backslapping former Louisiana congressman who stepped down from his post in June.
Discussion: The Swamp
Globe and Mail:
Neil Reynolds  —  Democracies produced Nazi Germany and Fascist Italy, fulfilling the expectation of Socrates and Machiavelli that democracies end in tyranny.  Now democracies are fulfilling the complementary expectation of Nobel laureate economist Milton Friedman that democracies end in bankruptcy.
Discussion: The New Ledger
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.
Michelle Malkin:
Mocking war hero Nick Popaditch: A teachable moment  —  On Sunday night, several readers e-mailed to let me know about a cartoon in the Imperial Valley (CA) Press that upset them immensely.  —  Reader Marty sent the jpeg.  It shows two young skateboarder punks looking up at a campaign poster.
Daniel Emery / BBC:
Possible sale of gay teen database sparks privacy fears  —  A row has erupted in the United States centring on the ownership of a gay teenagers' database.  —  The owner of XY Magazine and its associated website - which catered for young homosexual boys - filed for bankruptcy earlier this year.
Discussion: Advocate and Towleroad News #gay
Evan Pérez / Wall Street Journal:
U.S. Detains 12th Person in Russian Spy Probe  —  WASHINGTON—Authorities are detaining a 12th, previously undisclosed person implicated in the federal probe that busted a Cold War-style Russian spy ring, according to a U.S. official familiar with the matter.
Discussion: New York Times and Telegraph
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.
Bbtv / Breitbart.tv:
Democrat Congressman ‘Unaware’ of the New Black Panther Voter Intimidation Case … This website uses IntenseDebate comments, but they are not currently loaded because either your browser doesn't support JavaScript, or they didn't load fast enough.
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
David Catanese / The Politico:
GOP pushes Byrne in Alabama runoff  —  Top Alabama Republicans are scrambling to rally around gubernatorial candidate Bradley Byrne, concluding that remaining on the sidelines in Tuesday's primary runoff would aid and abet Democratic prospects in the fall — and potentially beyond.
Discussion: CNN
 
 
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Michael O'Brien / The Hill:
Dems kick off $50 million election year spending spree
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Eugene Robinson / Washington Post:
Roman Polanski's freedom — and unmitigated gall
Dan Fitzpatrick / Wall Street Journal:
Strapped Florida Banks Ask for Help
Discussion: DailyFinance and DealBook
Andrew Ferguson / Commentary:
PRESS MAN: Don't Give Readers What They Want
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In BP's Record, a History of Boldness and Costly Blunders
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John / Power Line:
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Eric Kleefeld / TPMDC:
Vitter: I Support Birther Lawsuits (VIDEO)
ABCNEWS:
BP Oil Spill: Containment Cap Installed on Leak, As Anger Surges …
Discussion: Breitbart.tv and The Page
Steven Mufson / Washington Post:
Administration issues revised moratorium on offshore drilling
Daniel Friedman / Hotline On Call:
Panel To Delay Kagan Vote
Discussion: TPMDC, The Other McCain and Big Peace
Greg Sargent / The Plum Line:
Sharron Angle flummoxes local press with “stimulus” non-sequitor
Jordan Fabian / The Hill:
Congressman blames town hall incident on opponent, apologizes
 

 
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Mike Vorkunov / New York Times:
Sources: the WNBA's media rights deals mirror the NBA's, and the league is set to get at least $2.2B over 11 years or $200M/year, up from the current ~$50M/year

Hong Kong Free Press:
Hong Kong-based reporter Selina Cheng says she was fired by The Wall Street Journal for taking up the position of chair of the Hong Kong Journalist Association

Peter White / Deadline:
Emmy nominations numbers: Netflix took top spot with 107; FX, 93; HBO/Max, 91; Apple TV+, 72; ABC and CBS, 38 each; Prime Video, 37; Hulu, 26; and Disney+, 19

 
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