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12:25 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 …
Discussion: CNN, Hot Air and The Other McCain
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 …
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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
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.
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
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.
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
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
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.
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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
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 …
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
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
Andrew Ross Sorkin / New York Times:
Paulson Likes What He Sees in Overhaul  —  “The one thing you're not going to get me to do is speculate.”  —  That is what Henry M. Paulson Jr., the former secretary of the Treasury, told me when I called him last week and posed this question: If the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform …
Discussion: Matthew Yglesias and AmSpecBlog
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
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 …
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.
Alexander Burns / The Politico:
Huck ramps up S.C. presence - DGA takes blowtorch to Bill Brady - Conservative group on air against Murray - NRCC makes Ganley a ‘Young Gun’ - Poll: Bachmann's race competitive  —  By Alexander Burns (@aburnspolitico, aburns@politico.com)  —  SCORE EXCLUSIVE — HUCK TOUCHES DOWN …
Discussion: The Fix
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
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
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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Dani Rodrik / Project Syndicate:
The Market Confidence Bugaboo
Stephen Kinzer / The Huffington Post:
“I just got back from Iran.”  —  In today's America, that's a conversation-stopper.
Discussion: Swampland
Serge F. Kovaleski / New York Times:
Admirers Give ‘Son of Sam’ Image Makeover
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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Evan Pérez / Wall Street Journal:
U.S. Detains 12th Person in Russian Spy Probe
Discussion: New York Times and Telegraph
Andrew Martin / New York Times:
Automated Debt-Collection Lawsuits Engulf Courts
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Globe and Mail:
Neil Reynolds  —  Democracies produced Nazi Germany and Fascist Italy …
Discussion: The New Ledger
Michael Casey / Real Time Economics:
Small Businesses Get More Pessimistic
Discussion: JammieWearingFool
Bbtv / Breitbart.tv:
Democrat Congressman ‘Unaware’ of the New Black Panther Voter Intimidation Case
Dan Fitzpatrick / Wall Street Journal:
Strapped Florida Banks Ask for Help
Discussion: DailyFinance and DealBook
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