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7:40 AM ET, July 15, 2010

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The Politico:
On being labeled as ‘racist’  —  A clear pattern of behavior has emerged over the last 16 months.  According to liberals, if you disagree with their thinking, and if you disagree with the Obama administration, you are not only wrong, you are a “racist.”  —  The latest strike by the left comes …
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Lee Fang / Think Progress:
VIDEO: Yes, there is racism in the Tea Party movement.  —  After months of racist incidents and rallies filled with hateful signs disparaging President Obama's ethnicity and other minorities, the NAACP has passed a resolution officially condemning racism in the Tea Party movement.
Michael O'Brien / The Hill:
Steele condemns allegations of racism against Tea Party
Discussion: CNN
Alan Colmes' Liberaland:
Sarah Palin Issues Statement On The Engagement Of Bristol Palin And Levi Johnston  —  Bristol Palin and Levi Johnston say they'll get married in six weeks, which is quite shocking considering they most recently have been fighting about child support and about Johnston's critical comments about Bristol's family.
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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.
David Weigel / The Daily Dish:
Reflections on the Jim Bunning presidency  —  Brian Beutler reports and ruminates on the failure of Democrats (at this point I could use a shortcut key to type those three words) to do what seemed like it would be easy — shame the GOP into going along with unemployment insurance extensions or “jobs bills.”
Discussion: Balloon Juice
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Media Matters for America:
Memo to media: Pamela Geller does not belong on national television  —  Numerous mainstream media outlets have recently hosted right-wing “Atlas Shrugs” blogger Pamela Geller to discuss the controversy surrounding a proposed Islamic community center set to be built blocks away from Ground Zero.
TheDenverChannel.com:
Researcher Says Scott McInnis Lied  —  Rolly Fischer: I Didn't Know He Was Making Money On Articles  —  Tom Burke and Arthur Kane and John Ferrugia , CALL7 Investigators  —  GLENWOOD SPRINGS — The man Scott McInnis blamed for the plagiarized material in an article on water rights told …
Discussion: TalkLeft, The Spot and ColoradoPols.com
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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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Eric Zimmermann / The Hill:
Reid: GOP rooting for economy to fail
New York Times:
Economics Behaving Badly  —  IT seems that every week a new book or major newspaper article appears showing that irrational decision-making helped cause the housing bubble or the rise in health care costs.  —  Such insights draw on behavioral economics, an increasingly popular field …
Anne E. Kornblut / Washington Post:
Bill Clinton back in the White House, holds economic meeting with Obama  —  Burdened by low approval on the economy, President Obama brought former president Bill Clinton and investor Warren Buffett to the White House on Wednesday to talk about job creation.
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The Huffington Post:
Arizona Violent Crime Down, Except Under Tough Anti-Immigration Sheriff  —  WHAT'S YOUR REACTION?  —  A chart circulated by a leading immigration reform organization makes a basic, but compelling case that the new law passed — though not implemented — in Arizona could cause an increase rather than a drop in crime.
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.
ABCNEWS:
MILLIONS FOR ROAD SIGNS?:  That's Stimulating?  —  Some Call it Transparency, Others Another Example of Government Waste  —  As the midterm election season approaches, new road signs are popping up everywhere - millions of dollars worth of signs touting “The American Reinvestment and Recovery Act” …
RADAR:
EXCLUSIVE AUDIO: Out Of Control Mel Gibson Says He'll Burn Down House After Demanding Sex  —  WARNING: This audio may not be reproduced or republished.  —  An out of control Mel Gibson demands sex from his girlfriend and tells her he will burn down the house afterwards in one of the most bizarre …
Elliott Abrams / NY Daily News:
The two faces of Mahmoud Abbas: He says one thing to the Palestinians, another to Obama  —  “I say in front of you, Mr. President, that we have nothing to do with incitement against Israel, and we're not doing that,” claimed Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas during his visit to the White House in June.
Discussion: Commentary and Israel Matzav
New York Times:
Inquiry Looks at Fund-Raisers Before Votes in Congress  —  WASHINGTON — Lawmakers take contributions every day from corporate executives and lobbyists hoping for their votes.  The question of whether that represents business as usual in Washington or an ethics breach is at the heart …
Discussion: Prairie Weather
Mike Dennison / Billings Gazette:
Baucus staffer who led health reform drafting moving to Obama administration  —  HELENA — Liz Fowler, a key staffer for U.S. Sen. Max Baucus who helped draft the federal health reform bill enacted in March, is joining the Obama administration to help implement the new law.
Discussion: Open Left
Yves Smith / naked capitalism:
58% of Real Income Growth Since 1976 Went to Top 1% (and Why That Matters)  —  If you have any doubts about how easy it is for someone who works hard in the US to get ahead, consider this factoid from Martin Wolf's latest comment in the Financial Times, on Raghuram Rajan's new book (see Satyajit Das' review here:
defense.gov:
DOD News Briefing with Geoff Morrell from the Pentagon  —  MR. MORRELL: Good afternoon.  Sorry to keep you waiting.  Good to see you all.  —  Let me begin with a brief announcement about the secretary's upcoming trip, and then I'm happy to get to your questions.
Susan Jones / CNSNews:
Obama Administration Approves First Direct Taxpayer Funding of Abortion Through New High-Risk Insurance Pools  —  (CNSNews.com) - If you want proof that President Obama's Executive Order on taxpayer-funded abortion was a sham, look no further than Pennsylvania, says House Republican Leader John Boehner (Ohio).
Stacy Cowley / CNNMoney.com:
Apple plans iPhone 4 announcement on Friday  —  NEW YORK (CNNMoney.com) — Two weeks after a “stunned” Apple announced to the world that it had found a major software glitch in the iPhone's signal-strength display, Apple plans to hold a press conference to discuss the iPhone 4.
Discussion: TalkLeft and New York Magazine
Geoffrey Dickens / NewsBusters.org:
Perplexed Matthews: How Can South Carolina GOPers Vote for Indian-American But Not Support a Black President?  —  Chris Matthews, on Wednesday's Hardball, invited on recently defeated Republican Representative Bob Inglis to slam Matthews' favorite targets, namely the Tea Party …
Discussion: Hot Air
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 …
Gardiner Harris / Prescriptions:
F.D.A. Panel Votes to Restrict Avandia  —  A majority of the advisory panel of the Food and Drug Administration voted today to restrict the sales of Avandia, a controversial diabetes drug, because of its potential risk for causing heart attacks.  The 33-member advisory committee was deeply divided.
 
 
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Michael Barone / AMERICAN.COM:
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Josh Funk / Associated Press:
Judge blocks new Neb. abortion screening law
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Reuters:
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