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1:00 PM 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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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 …
Chris Cillizza / The Fix:
Americans ready to “look around” in the fall election
Gary Langer / ABCNEWS:
Poll Shows Clearest Signs Yet of GOP Gains, Democratic Risks in 2010 Elections
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 …
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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 …
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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
Sara Jerome / The Hill:
Issa wants answers on White House's Google ties
Discussion: Sunlight Foundation
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 …
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Richard Goldstein / New York Times:
George Steinbrenner, Yankees' Owner, Dies at 80
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.
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.
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Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blog:
Zuckerman's contribution  —  Real Estate and media mogul Mort …
Discussion: Hot Air and Mediaite
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.
First Read / msnbc.com:
First thoughts: Ch-ch-changes  —  We aren't living in ordinary times, and November could reflect that... Since World War I, we have seen only three periods (after WWI, the Great Depression, and during/after WWI)I when the parties picked up 20 or more House seats for at least three-consecutive cycles …
Discussion: The Politico
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The Hill:
Lieberman, Kerry make last-ditch appeal on scaled-back climate bill
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
Brian Beutler / TPMDC:
Ben Nelson Leaves Dems One Vote Shy Of Wall Street Reform  —  Democrats in Washington might want to nudge West Virginia governor Joe Manchin to name a replacement for Sen. Robert Byrd already.  —  The good news for Dems is that tonight, in a statement to reporters, Sen. Olympia Snowe (R-ME) hopped aboard the Wall Street reform train.
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Ben Evans / Associated Press:
Republican senator says he backs birther lawsuits  —  WASHINGTON — Republican Sen. David Vitter of Louisiana says he supports conservative organizations challenging President Barack Obama's citizenship in court.  —  Vitter, who is running for re-election, made the comments at a town hall-style event …
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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
Washington Post:
Profiling's enabler: High court ruling underpins Arizona immigration law  —  In its challenge to Arizona's controversial immigration law last week, the Justice Department argues that the state law conflicts with federal law, intruding on federal power and ability to regulate immigration.
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CNN:
Majority in Pennsylvania like Arizona Immigration law
Discussion: Ben Smith's Blog
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
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 …
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
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
Serge F. Kovaleski / New York Times:
Admirers Give ‘Son of Sam’ Image Makeover  —  During a yearlong string of shootings before his arrest in the summer of 1977, David Berkowitz, known as the Son of Sam, killed six people and wounded seven others in New York City.  —  Multimedia  —  Upon his confession to the shootings …
CNN:
Kagan vote delayed one week  —  The Senate Judiciary Committee on Tuesday delayed its vote on Supreme Court nominee Elena Kagan.  —  Washington (CNN) - The Senate Judiciary Committee on Tuesday delayed its vote on Supreme Court nominee Elena Kagan for a week at the request of the panel's ranking Republican.
Discussion: The Politico
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.
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: Power Line
 
 
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Brian Riedl / Wall Street Journal:
The Bush Tax Cuts and the Deficit Myth
Hank Stuever / Washington Post:
Kathy Griffin's ‘My Life on the D-List’ trip to Washington falls flat on humor
Dani Rodrik / Project Syndicate:
The Market Confidence Bugaboo
Andrew Ross Sorkin / New York Times:
Paulson Likes What He Sees in Overhaul
Wall Street Journal:
Kagan and ObamaCare  —  The Senate should press her to recuse herself …
Dana Goldstein / The Daily Beast:
The Coming Birth Control Battle
Discussion: Matthew Yglesias
Daniel Emery / BBC:
Possible sale of gay teen database sparks privacy fears
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Andrew Martin / New York Times:
Automated Debt-Collection Lawsuits Engulf Courts
 Earlier Items: 
Globe and Mail:
Neil Reynolds  —  Democracies produced Nazi Germany and Fascist Italy …
Discussion: The New Ledger
Nicholas Carr / The Atlantic Online:
Is Google Making Us Stupid?
Discussion: American Prospect
David Catanese / The Politico:
GOP pushes Byrne in Alabama runoff
Discussion: CNN
Bbtv / Breitbart.tv:
Democrat Congressman ‘Unaware’ of the New Black Panther Voter Intimidation Case
Jesse Solomon / CNN:
Did BP play role in bomber's release?
Discussion: Informed Comment and Gawker
ABCNEWS:
BP Oil Spill: Containment Cap Installed on Leak, As Anger Surges …
Discussion: Breitbart.tv and The Page
 

 
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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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