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5:25 PM ET, July 13, 2010


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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 …
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 …
Andy Barr / The Politico:
Harry Reid: Barack Obama dodges ‘confrontation’  —  Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid wants President Barack Obama to be “more firm” and stop avoiding “confrontation” with Republicans.  —  “He is a person who doesn't like confrontation.  He's a peacemaker,” Reid said in an interview with Las Vegas television station KSNV.
Darren Samuelsohn / The Politico:
Reid will force action on energy bill  —  Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid will bring a sweeping energy and climate bill to the floor as early as the week of July 26, including a controversial cap on emissions from power plants.  —  The Nevada Democrat told reporters Tuesday following …
Discussion: The Hill, The New Republic and The Page
Jonah Goldberg / Los Angeles Times:
Obama's crisis is GOP's opportunity
Anne E. Kornblut / Washington Post:
Administration's new HIV/AIDS policy focuses on lowering infection rate
Discussion: Joe. My. God. and Advocate
Sara Jerome / The Hill:
Issa wants answers on White House's Google ties
Discussion: Sunlight Foundation
David Rogers / The Politico:
The Democrats' education debacle
Discussion: The Spot
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 …
CBS News:
Obama's Approval Rating on Economy Drops  —  CBS News Poll analysis by the CBS News Polling Unit: Sarah Dutton, Jennifer De Pinto, Fred Backus and Anthony Salvanto.  —  Economists have declared the economic recession over largely over, but most Americans don't share their optimism …
First Read /
First thoughts: Ch-ch-changes  —  We aren't living in ordinary times …
Discussion: The Politico
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.
Daniel Indiviglio / The Atlantic Online:
A Chart That Screams, ‘Extend Unemployment Benefits!’
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.
Fox News:
Tea Party Preempts ‘Racist’ Resolution, Condemns ‘Bigoted’ NAACP
Discussion: Weasel Zippers
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 …
Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
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 …
Adam Serwer / American Prospect:
A Clarification on the NBPP Case.
Tom Maguire / JustOneMinute:
Careful Reading 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 …
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 …
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.
Dave Cook / Christian Science Monitor:
Armed Services Committee's Levin talks 'don't ask, don't tell' poll  —  Senate Armed Services Committee Chairman Carl Levin says he has no objection, in principle, to the Pentagon's current survey of active and reserve personnel about the potential repeal of the military's “don't ask, don't tell” policy toward gays.
Discussion: Politics Daily and Federal Eye
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 …
Judicial Crisis Network:
JCN Letter to Senate Judiciary Com.  On Kagan's Health Care Recusal Questions  —  Chairman, U.S. Senate Committee on the Judiciary  —  Washington.  D.C. 20510  —  Hon. Jefferson B. Sessions  —  Ranking Member, U.S. Senate Committee on the Judiciary  —  335 Russell Senate Office Building
Pew Research Center:
HEALTH CARE LEGISLATION REMAINS UNPOPULAR  —  Almost four months after the passage of major health care legislation, the law remains unpopular with the public.  Nearly half of Americans (47%) disapprove of the health care law while just 35% approve of the measure.
Discussion: Weekly Standard and GayPatriot
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.
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 and The Jawa Report
Rasmussen Reports:
Election 2010: Colorado Senate  —  Colorado Senate: GOP Hopefuls Remain Slightly Ahead  —  The top Republican contenders continue to hold modest leads in the race for the U.S. Senate in the toss-up state of Colorado, with county prosecutor Ken Buck now running slightly stronger …
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 …
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
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blog:
Zuckerman's contribution  —  Real Estate and media mogul Mort Zuckerman raised eyebrows all over yesterday with the claim on Fox that he “helped write one of [Obama's] speeches,” and his subsequent refusal to go into it right now.  —  Among those with reason to be puzzled …
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David Weigel / The Daily Dish:
Believing Sarah Palin
Brian Stelter / Media Decoder:
Appeals Court Strikes Down Indecency Rule
David Weigel / The Daily Dish:
Greetings from Unalaska  —  UNALASKA, AK — When I agreed …
Penny Starr / CNSNews:
Obama Administration Uses New ‘Restore the Gulf’ …
Discussion: and Right Wing News
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blog:
Rush blasts Brown
Discussion: The Politico, The Nation and The Page
Hank Stuever / Washington Post:
Kathy Griffin's ‘My Life on the D-List’ trip to Washington falls flat on humor
 Earlier Items: 
Ezra Klein:
Corporations not hoarding cash
Megan McArdle / The Atlantic Online:
Reader Thoughts: Why Pickup Artists Are Lame
Discussion: Ezra Klein
Yves Smith / naked capitalism:
Strategic Defaulters as the New Welfare Queens
Discussion: Eschaton
Michelle Cottle / The New Republic:
Media Maven  —  The strategic genius of Sarah Palin.
Daniel Pipes / National Review:
Farrakhan Demands Reparations from Jews
Discussion: Moonbattery and Power Line
Bill Madden / NY Daily News:
George Steinbrenner, owner of New York Yankees, has died in Tampa at age of 80
Andrew Martin / New York Times:
Automated Debt-Collection Lawsuits Engulf Courts