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10:20 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
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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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.
Lee Fang / Think Progress:
VIDEO: Yes, there is racism in the Tea Party movement.
Discussion: Raw Story and Liberal Values
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  —  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.
Discussion: Associated Press and Mediaite
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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Greg Sargent / The Plum Line:
What's really driving tensions between House Dems and White House?
David Weigel / The Daily Dish:
Reflections on the Jim Bunning presidency
Discussion: Balloon Juice and TPMDC
Fox News:
NASA Outreach Program ‘Confirmed’ Despite White House Denial, Rep Says
Discussion: Weasel Zippers and Hot Air
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.
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.
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
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 …
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 …
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.
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.
Janet Adamy / Wall Street Journal:
White House to Unveil List of Free Preventative Services  —  WASHINGTON - The Obama administration on Wednesday will unveil new rules specifying which preventive health services will be free to consumers under the new health law.  —  Cancer screenings, including mammograms and colonoscopies …
Bil Browning / The Huffington Post:
This is what a fierce advocate looks like  —  Argentina is the latest country to consider same-sex marriage rights; the legislature is set to debate the issue today.  President Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner supports the legislation and gave this interview to a Chinese news crew while visiting the country on a diplomatic mission.
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.
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?
Jordan Fabian / The Hill:
GOP senators float amendment to stop Arizona lawsuit  —  Two Republican senators announced Wednesday they will attempt to amend legislation to prevent the Obama administration from suing Arizona over its controversial immigration law.  —  Sens. Jim DeMint (S.C.) and David Vitter (La.) …
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: The Huffington Post and Emptywheel
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.
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 …
Jay Heflin / The Hill:
Bunning: Steinbrenner ‘smart’ for dying in '10  —  Sen. Jim Bunning (R-Ky.) on Wednesday praised New York Yankee owner George Steinbrenner for passing away in 2010 when there is no estate tax.  —  “Because he was smart enough to die in 2010, there is zero tax liability on the estate tax,” he said.
 
 
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Yves Smith / naked capitalism:
58% of Real Income Growth Since 1976 Went to Top 1% (and Why That Matters)
Discussion: MyDD, Emptywheel and Global Guerrillas
Reuters:
Former Vice President Dick Cheney gets new heart device
Discussion: Mediaite and Truthdig
Samuel Goldsmith / NY Daily News:
Cordoba House mosque near Ground Zero slaps new name on itself with Park51
David Kurtz / Talking Points Memo:
Anybody Got A Plan?
ABCNEWS:
MILLIONS FOR ROAD SIGNS?: That's Stimulating?
Discussion: The Daily Caller
Richard Florida / The Daily Beast:
America's 20 Highest Earning Cities
William Galston / The New Republic:
Attention, Democrats! The Senate Is Now in Play.
Discussion: Hot Air and Commentary
 Earlier Items: 
David Weigel / The Daily Dish:
Maybe he should have gathered more armies
Thomas L. Friedman / New York Times:
The Spies Who Loved Us
Reuel Marc Gerecht / The New Republic:
Islam: Unmentionable in D.C.
Tom Jensen / Public Policy Polling:
Obama approval hits record low
Michael O'Brien / The Hill:
Brown will oppose Dems' campaign finance reform bill