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6:20 PM ET, July 14, 2010

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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 …
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David Brody / The Brody File:
Exclusive: Sharron Angle Talks to The Brody File  —  In a wide-ranging exclusive interview with The Brody File, U.S. Senate candidate Sharron Angle speaks candidly and boldly about her faith, her critics, her top legislative priorities, the mainstream media, defunding the Department of Education and oh yes …
Eric Zimmermann / The Hill:
Reid: GOP rooting for economy to fail
Meredith Shiner / The Politico:
Reid plans Tuesday jobless vote
Discussion: Open Congress
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.
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Alan Colmes' Liberaland:
Sarah Palin Issues Statement On The Engagement Of Bristol Palin And Levi Johnston
Discussion: Mediaite
Associated Press:   Bristol Palin, Levi Johnston say they're engaged
Russell Berman / The Hill:
House Dems to vent frustrations over midterm strategy to Obama  —  House Democrats will vent their frustrations with the White House's political strategy during a Wednesday meeting with President Obama.  —  The session comes amid an uproar in the House over comments made by White House press …
Discussion: The Politico, The Hill, The Note and ABCNEWS
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Anne E. Kornblut / Washington Post:
Bill Clinton back in the White House, holds economic meeting with Obama
Discussion: iOwnTheWorld.com
Michael Memoli / The Swamp:
Gibbs: Democrats will retain majority
Discussion: D.C. Now and Riehl World View
Fox News:
NASA Outreach Program ‘Confirmed’ Despite White House Denial, Rep Says
Discussion: Weasel Zippers and Hot Air
O. Kay Henderson / Radio Iowa:
Tea Party billboard covered up in Mason City  —  Billboard featuring President Obama being covered up today in Mason City.  —  A billboard in Mason City that pictured President Obama flanked by Nazi leader Adolph Hitler and communist leader Vladimir Lenin has been papered over this morning.
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Michael O'Brien / The Hill:
Steele condemns allegations of racism against Tea Party
Discussion: The Politico and CNN
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 …
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ABCNEWS:
Signs of the Stimulus
Discussion: The Daily Caller
The Fix:
McInnis's Colo. gubernatorial bid derailed by plagiarism charges  —  Former Rep. Scott McInnis's (R-Colo.) gubernatorial campaign is in a fight for its life as charges of plagiarism have led to questions of whether McInnis can stay in the race.  —  Republicans in Colorado say he's a dead man walking …
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Karen E. Crummy / Denver Post:
Storm over possible plagiarism in McInnis writings escalates
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.
David Weigel / The Daily Dish:
Megyn Kelly's minstrel show  —  I don't really get a chance to watch TV in Unalaska, and the one thing I miss is Megyn Kelly of Fox News.  The last week or so of her work — her one woman crusade against the New Black Panther Party — has been truly riveting television.
Discussion: Hit & Run and FrumForum
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ScottWinshipWeb:
How Bad is the Job Situation, Really?  —  (cross-posted at ProgressiveFix.com and FrumForum.com)  —  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?
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Lawrence Summers / White House.gov Blog Feed:
The Economic Case for Extending Unemployment Insurance
Discussion: Daily Kos
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.
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Jennifer Rubin / Commentary:
Obama's Race Obsession
Jeffrey M. Jones / Gallup:
VP Favorable Ratings: Gore Down, Cheney Up, Biden Flat  —  Americans more negative than positive toward Gore, Cheney  —  PRINCETON, NJ — Americans' current views of former Vice President Al Gore have become significantly more negative compared with three years ago, and are among the worst for him in more than a decade.
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blog:
NBC, CBS refuse ground zero mosque ad  —  CBS and NBC have refused to air a provocative ad from the confrontational, well-funded National Republican Trust PAC that calls on Americans to oppose the building of a mosque two blocks from the World Trade Center site.
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.
Robert Costa / National Review:
The Reeducation of Rand Paul  —  Soon after Rand Paul won Kentucky's GOP Senate primary in May, his campaign was rocked — not by an affair or a kamikaze YouTube clip, but by his own textbook libertarianism.  In a series of post-election interviews, Paul criticized parts of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 …
Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System:
Developments in Financial Markets and the Federal Reserve's Balance Sheet  —  The Manager of the System Open Market Account (SOMA) reported on developments in domestic and foreign financial markets during the period since the Committee met on April 27-28, 2010.
Paul Krugman:
Nobody Understands The Liquidity Trap (Wonkish)  —  Sigh.  In an otherwise useful article about divisions in the Fed, Jon Hilsenrath says this: … Sorry, but that's totally wrong.  The question is whether, at the zero bound, the Fed has the ability to increase aggregate demand — full stop.
Clive Crook / The Atlantic Online:
Climategate and the Big Green Lie  —  By way of preamble, let me remind you where I stand on climate change.  I think climate science points to a risk that the world needs to take seriously.  I think energy policy should be intelligently directed towards mitigating this risk.  I am for a carbon tax.
David Kurtz / Talking Points Memo:
Anybody Got A Plan?  —  Democrats in Congress wield the power of the majority and the advantages of incumbency but they're also facing a potential trouncing at the polls in November.  —  So how are congressional Democrats planning to use the tools still at their disposal to hold on to their majorities?
 
 
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Richard Florida / The Daily Beast:
America's 20 Highest Earning Cities
Bruce Bartlett / The Fiscal Times:
Do Tax Cuts Starve the Beast?
William Galston / The New Republic:
Attention, Democrats! The Senate Is Now in Play.
Discussion: Hot Air and Commentary
Karl Smith / Modeled Behavior:
The Myth of Structural Unemployment
David Weigel / The Daily Dish:
Maybe he should have gathered more armies
Jordan Fabian / The Hill:
GOP senators float amendment to stop Arizona lawsuit
Discussion: Weasel Zippers
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Associated Press:
U. of Ill. to review Catholic instructor's firing
Discussion: Hot Air, Hit & Run and The New Editor
Reuel Marc Gerecht / The New Republic:
Islam: Unmentionable in D.C.
Salt Lake Tribune:
List of alleged undocumented immigrants sparks state review
Tom Jensen / Public Policy Polling:
Obama approval hits record low
Michael O'Brien / The Hill:
Brown will oppose Dems' campaign finance reform bill