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3:05 PM ET, July 13, 2010


 Top Items: 
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 …
Gary Langer / ABCNEWS:
Poll Shows Clearest Signs Yet of GOP Gains, Democratic Risks in 2010 Elections
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 …
Sam Youngman / The Hill:
Obama presses for action on Wall St. reform as Dems plot agenda  —  President Barack Obama called on the Senate to quickly pass Wall Street reform legislation after a critical meeting about the congressional agenda with leading Senate Democrats.  —  Obama praised the “breakthrough” …
Discussion: CNN
David Rogers / The Politico:
The Democrats' education debacle
Discussion: The Spot
Sara Jerome / The Hill:
Issa wants answers on White House's Google ties
Discussion: Sunlight Foundation
First Read /
First thoughts: Ch-ch-changes  —  We aren't living in ordinary times …
Discussion: The Politico
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
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:
The NBPP Evidence Review.
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 …
Discussion: Hot Air,, Mediaite and Salon
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.
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 …
Jordan Fabian / The Hill:
Ben Nelson officially a ‘yes’ on Wall Street vote  —  Centrist Sen. Ben Nelson (D-Neb.) on Tuesday made his support for the Wall Street reform bill official, assuring Democrats will get the 60 votes they need to move the legislation.  —  Nelson had said Monday he was undecided on the conference report …
Discussion: CNN
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 …
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blog:
Rush blasts Brown  —  Scott Brown gets a lecture from Rush Limbaugh for backing the financial regulatory overhaul:  —  The Republicans are only as strong as their weakest link.  Now, here's an illustration, and herein lies the problem with Republican governance because Republican governance is different from conservative governance.
Discussion: The Hill, The Page and The Politico
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.
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 …
Megan McArdle / The Atlantic Online:
Reader Thoughts: Why Pickup Artists Are Lame  —  Reader DavidBN explains some of the sadness of pickup artists: … Incidentally, I'm being accused in the comments of engaging in some sort of conspiracy to keep the Beta Man down.  More on primate theory later, but for now let me point …
Discussion: Ezra Klein
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.
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 …
Michelle Cottle / The New Republic:
Media Maven  —  The strategic genius of Sarah Palin.  —  Like most great women of mystery, Sarah Palin is at once everywhere and nowhere.  On any given evening, you might see the former Alaska governor-turned-conservative- icon on Fox News, chatting up like-minded travelers about the political buzz du jour.
Discussion: Ben Smith's Blog
Daniel Pipes / National Review:
Farrakhan Demands Reparations from Jews  —  Louis Farrakhan recently sent a three-page letter along with two books to the heads of 16 Jewish organizations.  —  Dated June 24, 2010, the letter is resplendent with a crescent-and-moon flag and Farrakhan's impressive-sounding title …
Discussion: Moonbattery and Power Line
Associated Press:
N.Y. Congressman Calls for Inquiry Into Funding of Mosque Near Ground Zero  —  May 25: Community members both for and against the plan to build a mosque and cultural center near Ground Zero in Lower Manhattan speak during board meeting.  —  NEW YORK — The ranking Republican …
Discussion: Atlas Shrugs and Weasel Zippers
Yves Smith / naked capitalism:
Strategic Defaulters as the New Welfare Queens  —  A well placed Washington contact wrote: … Yves here.  What continues to amaze me is how fast the disinformation is being shoveled out: … So why all this hysteria about strategic defaulters?  If I were conspiracy-minded …
Discussion: Eschaton
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.
Christina Bellantoni / TPMDC:
Levin: I Understand Why Gays Are Frustrated By DADT Survey (VIDEO)  —  Armed Services Committee Chairman Sen. Carl Levin told reporters this morning at a breakfast hosted by the Christian Science Monitor that he supports surveying troops about the repeal of the Don't Ask, Don't Tell ban on LGBT people in the military.
Ezra Klein:
Corporations not hoarding cash  —  Over the past couple of weeks, a lot of people have been talking about how corporations are sitting on $1.8 trillion in cash reserves and that if we could just get them to feel more confident, we could unleash a massive private-sector stimulus.
Discussion: The Big Picture
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
Discussion: Mediaite and Hollywood Life
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?
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Bruce Schreiner / Associated Press:
Paul draws backlash to comments about poverty
Hank Stuever / Washington Post:
Kathy Griffin's ‘My Life on the D-List’ trip to Washington falls flat on humor
Ben Evans / Associated Press:
Republican senator says he backs birther lawsuits
Serge F. Kovaleski / New York Times:
Admirers Give ‘Son of Sam’ Image Makeover
 Earlier Items: 
Daniel Emery / BBC:
Possible sale of gay teen database sparks privacy fears
Discussion: Advocate and Towleroad News #gay
Andrew Martin / New York Times:
Automated Debt-Collection Lawsuits Engulf Courts
Nicholas Carr / The Atlantic Online:
Is Google Making Us Stupid?
Discussion: American Prospect
Daily Mail:
Taranis: The £143million unmanned stealth jet that will hit …