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10:30 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 and Truthdig
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
Fox News:
Muslim Outreach Not the Job of NASA, White House Says  —  White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs speaks at the daily briefing at the White House July 12.  (AP Photo)  —  White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs said Monday that NASA Administrator Charles Bolden must have misspoken …
Michael O'Brien / The Hill:
Obama to huddle with top Senate Dems on legislative plans ahead of recess  —  The Senate's top Democrats will head to the White House on Tuesday to huddle with Obama on remaining legislative priorities.  —  The Senate's top Democrats will head to the White House on Tuesday to huddle …
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 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 …
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.
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 …
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. …
Frank Dorman / Federal Trade Commission:
FTC Issues Report on Reforming Debt Collection Litigation …
Discussion: Law Blog
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
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.
Bbtv /
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.
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.
Michael O'Brien / The Hill:
Dems kick off $50 million election year spending spree  —  The Democratic National Committee (DNC) kicked off its $50 million spending spree to drive voters to the polls for Democrats this fall.  —  The DNC has transferred $2 million to the party's House and Senate campaign committees …
Discussion: CNN
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
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
Dan Fitzpatrick / Wall Street Journal:
Strapped Florida Banks Ask for Help  —  Hobbled by Real-Estate Bust and Oil Spill's Fallout, Lenders Seek Reprieve From Capital Raising  —  Florida banks—already weakened by the real-estate bust and hit again by customers suffering from the BP PLC oil spill—are asking federal regulators …
Discussion: DailyFinance and DealBook
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
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.
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.
Where Do Libertarians Belong?  —  A reason Debate  —  Brink Lindsey, Jonah Goldberg & Matt Kibbe from the August-September 2010 issue  —  For those who cherish the ideals of free minds and free markets, 21st century politics in the United States has not been a particularly welcoming place.
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Globe and Mail:
Neil Reynolds  —  Democracies produced Nazi Germany and Fascist Italy …
Discussion: Pajamas Media and The New Ledger
Eugene Robinson / Washington Post:
Roman Polanski's freedom — and unmitigated gall
Andrew Ferguson / Commentary:
PRESS MAN: Don't Give Readers What They Want
Sarah Lyall / New York Times:
In BP's Record, a History of Boldness and Costly Blunders
Discussion: DealBook
Eric Kleefeld / TPMDC:
Vitter: I Support Birther Lawsuits (VIDEO)
BP Oil Spill: Containment Cap Installed on Leak, As Anger Surges …
Discussion: and The Page
Steven Mufson / Washington Post:
Administration issues revised moratorium on offshore drilling
The Hill:
Dems hit 60 on Wall Street bill
Discussion: Think Progress, CNN and The Politico
 Earlier Items: 
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