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11:55 AM ET, July 14, 2010


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Us Weekly:
EXCLUSIVE: Bristol Palin, Levi Johnston Are Engaged!  —  Bristol Palin and Levi Johnston reveal exclusively in the new Us Weekly that they are getting married.  —  And, they tell Us Weekly, former vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin has been kept in the dark about their plans ... until now.
Mike Celizic /
Bristol Palin and Levi Johnston reveal secret engagement
Discussion: Real Clear Politics
TRENDING: Bristol Palin, Levi Johnston engaged
Discussion: Daily Kos and Hollywood Life
Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
WHEN AN ENTIRE POLITICAL PARTY MOVES TO BIZARRO WORLD.... Senate Minority Whip Jon Kyl (R-Ariz.) probably didn't realize the impact his remarks would have.  The right-wing Arizonan was asked on Fox News how his party would pay for $678 billion in tax cuts for the wealthy, which Republicans are currently demanding.
Brian Beutler / TPMDC:
It's Unanimous!  GOP Says No To Unemployment Benefits, Yes To Tax Cuts For The Rich  —  For weeks, Senate Republicans have filibustered an extension of unemployment benefits on the grounds that Democrats aren't willing to cut spending or raise taxes to pay for them.
Paul Krugman:
Invincible Ignorance  —  Just in case you had some lingering notion that anyone in the Republican party was fiscally responsible, Mitch McConnell has weighed in in support of Jon Kyl: … In a way you have to wonder what point there even is in trying to argue here.
Ezra Klein:
McConnell: 'No evidence whatsoever that the Bush tax cuts actually …
Jake Tapper / Political Punch:
President Obama, White House: Al Qaeda Is Racist  —  In an interview earlier today with the South African Broadcasting Corporation to air in a few hours, President Obama disparaged al Qaeda and affiliated groups' willingness to kill Africans in a manner that White House aides say was an argument that the terrorist groups are racist.
Jennifer Rubin / Commentary:
Obama's Race Obsession
Discussion: Pundit & Pundette and The Page
Jules Crittenden:   Obama's Katrina  —  This CBS poll suggests that the Obama …
Allahpundit / Hot Air:   New White House talking point: Al Qaeda is racist
Associated Press:
Iowa billboard compares Obama to Hitler; draws criticism  —  (AP) —A billboard created by an Iowa tea party group comparing President Barack Obama to Adolf Hitler and Vladimir Lenin is being condemned by other tea party activists.  —  The North Iowa Tea Party began displaying the sign in Mason City last week.
Tunku Varadarajan / The Daily Beast:
The Tea Party Isn't Racist  —  At this week's NAACP annual meeting, members voted to censure the Tea Party as “racist.”  But it's the NAACP that's the throwback, argues Tunku Varadarajan.  —  NAACP: Can we all agree that it stands for the National Association for the Advancement of Cynical Politics?
John L. Smith / Las Vegas Review-Journal:
Charlotte zings Reid from beyond the grave  —  Election 2010 has just heard from a member of the Silent Majority.  —  You know, from a deceased person.  —  Chances are good you never met Charlotte McCourt during her 84 years, but I'm willing to bet you'll be hearing about her in the coming days …
Gov. Tim Pawlenty / Reuters:
Time for Obama to make sacrifices  —  Later this week, the White House budget office is due to produce its midyear report on the nation's fiscal health.  —  If history is any guide, the administration will try to paint a rosy picture, but the truth is already obvious: Washington under President Barack Obama …
Discussion: Commentary and The Page
Armstrong Williams / Pundits Blog:
Kagan vote delayed
Discussion: ABCNEWS
Peter Baker / New York Times:
Obama Says Budget Nominee Is Fit for ‘Hall of Fame’
Discussion: New Deal 2.0 and The BLT
The Politico:
Pelosi vents about Gibbs  —  House Speaker Nancy Pelosi bashed White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs Tuesday night, even as the president's top spokesman continued to backpedal from his assertion that Democrats could lose control of the House in the November election.
Fox News:
NASA Outreach Program ‘Confirmed’ Despite White House Denial, Rep Says
Discussion: Weasel Zippers and Hot Air
The Hill:
Dems pick 3-bill plan
Stephanie Condon / CBS News:
Poll: Support for Arizona Immigration Law Hits 57 Percent  —  CBS News Poll analysis by the CBS News Polling Unit: Sarah Dutton, Jennifer De Pinto, Fred Backus and Anthony Salvanto.  —  Public support for Arizona's controversial new immigration law has increased slightly, a new CBS News poll shows …
Jack M. / Ace of Spades HQ:
Megyn Kelly-Kirsten Powers Cat Fight!  UPDATE: Video Added  —  The 10 Minutes fight between Megyn Kelly and Kirsten Powers on FNC may be the greatest ten minutes of television, ever.  —  I mean it.  —  Somebody please send me this clip.  Not only did Kelly reveal Powers …
John Amato / Crooks and Liars:
Megyn Kelly threatens to cut off Kirsten Powers “mic” …
How Bad is the Job Situation, Really?  —  (cross-posted at and  —  When it comes to economic conditions, I'm generally a glass-three-quarters-full kind of guy.  Take unemployment.  Quick—what was the risk in 2008 that an American worker would experience at least one bout of unemployment?
Lawrence Summers / White Blog Feed:
The Economic Case for Extending Unemployment Insurance  —  The lapse in extended unemployment insurance benefits at the end of May has resulted in 2.5 million jobless Americans exhausting their assistance.  If we do not reinstate benefits by the end of the month, this number will grow to 3.2 million.
Brian Maloney / The Radio Equalizer:
Libtalker Bill Press Blames ‘Spoiled Americans’ For Obama's Poll Collapse  —  IT'S YOUR FAULT  —  Lefty Meltdown Over WaPo Poll, Libtalker Lashes Out  —  Are you ready to accept your share of the blame for Obama's collapsing poll numbers?  If only “spoiled Americans” …
Quinnipiac University:
Sestak Catches Toomey To Tie Pennsylvania Senate Race, Quinnipiac University Poll Finds; More Voters Say Obama Doesn't Deserve Second Term  —  Democratic U.S. Rep. Joe Sestak and Republican Pat Toomey are locked in a 43 - 43 percent tie in their race for the U.S. Senate seat in Pennsylvania …
Discussion: Weekly Standard and The Eye
Shane D'Aprile / Ballot Box:
Sestak pulls even in Pennsylvania Senate race
Discussion: CNN
Daniel Strauss / The Politico:
Does All-Star game predict midterm gains?  —  Forget about the pundits' predictions for the midterm elections.  —  It turns out that one of the best ways to figure out the fate of the Democratic House and Senate majorities is to follow the box score of Tuesday night's Major League Baseball All-Star game.
Discussion: Smart Politics
Eric Ostermeier / Smart Politics:
Congressional Republicans Pulling for National League Victory in All-Star Game
Discussion: The Politico and
Lee C. Bollinger / Wall Street Journal:
Journalism Needs Government Help  —  Media budgets have been decimated as the Internet facilitates a communications revolution.  More public funding for news-gathering is the answer.  —  We have entered a momentous period in the history of the American press.
New York Times:
CNN Nears Deal to Fill King's Slot  —  Piers Morgan, the bad-cop judge on the hit NBC show “America's Got Talent,” is poised to take over Larry King's coveted time slot on CNN, a move smoothed by an imminent deal between the two media giants that own the channels, NBC Universal and Turner Broadcasting.
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Michael O'Brien / The Hill:
Brown will oppose Dems' campaign finance reform bill
Discussion: Ben Smith's Blog
Myglesias / Matthew Yglesias:
Conservatives Don't Care About the Deficit
Discussion: Washington Monthly
Marco Rubio for US Senate:
Rubio Announces “23 Simple Ways To Create Jobs, Grow Our Economy …
Michael Sheridan / NY Daily News:
Sen. David Vitter supports ‘birther’ lawsuits over Obama's birth certificate
Jeffrey M. Jones / Gallup:
VP Favorable Ratings: Gore Down, Cheney Up, Biden Flat
Discussion: TPMDC, CNN and Top of the Ticket
The Politico:
Hill exempts self from veterans' law
Jordan Fabian / The Hill:
DeMint open to seeking leadership spot
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Michael M. Phillips / Wall Street Journal:
Financial Overhaul Hits Farmers
Jason Dick / Congressional Connection Poll:
Perceptions Of Overhaul Still Divided Along Partisan Lines
Discussion: Taegan Goddard's …
Michael Gerson / Washington Post:
Obama's one-man bands threaten Afghanistan prospects
Discussion: Power Line
Brock Vergakis / Associated Press:
Utah agencies probe alleged illegal immigrant list
Michael Kunzelman / Associated Press:
Cops could face death in post-Katrina shootings
Discussion: Firedoglake and Truthdig