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9:10 AM ET, July 14, 2010


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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.
Kansas City Star:
NAACP passes resolution on racism in tea party
Tunku Varadarajan / The Daily Beast:
The Tea Party Isn't Racist
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.
Allahpundit / Hot Air:
New White House talking point: Al Qaeda is racist  —  First come the drone attacks, then comes the surge in Afghanistan, and now — the big one drops. … I like the idea behind it.  It's a cheap, hopefully effective way of combating jihadi recruitment in Africa by elevating racial pride above religious identity.
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.
The Hill:
Dems pick 3-bill plan
Discussion: The Atlantic Online and The Hill
Robert Hendin / CBS News:
On Economy, White House Message Not Sticking
Brian Montopoli / CBS News:
Poll: Americans Say Bad Economy Will Linger  —  CBS News Poll analysis by the CBS News Polling Unit: Sarah Dutton, Jennifer De Pinto, Fred Backus and Anthony Salvanto.  —  A majority of Americans have a negative impression of the economy and expect the effects of the recession to linger for years, according to a new CBS News poll.
Americans in 70% Majority See More Jobless as Deficit Widens  —  More than 7 out of 10 Americans say the economy is mired in recession, and the country is conflicted over how to balance concerns over joblessness and the federal budget deficit, according to a Bloomberg National Poll.
John Amato / Crooks and Liars:
Megyn Kelly threatens to cut off Kirsten Powers “mic” over heated New Black Panther argument  —  FOX News has been ginning up a story about the hate group the “New Black Panthers” from the election on November 4th as some sort of ‘angry black man’ intimidation tactic that made Obama win the presidency.
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.
Wall Street Journal:
Crash Data Suggest Driver Error in Toyota Accidents  —  The U.S. Department of Transportation has analyzed dozens of data recorders from Toyota Motor Corp. vehicles involved in accidents blamed on sudden acceleration and found that at the time of the crashes, throttles were wide open …
Greg Sargent / The Plum Line:
The GOP strategy of obstruction is working beautifully  —  As you know, I've been arguing here that the GOP strategy of obstruction is paying off for Republicans — big time.  The public is blaming Democrats, not Republicans, for the government dysfunction that has resulted …
Can Obama Persuade Voters to Stay the Course?
Discussion: National Review
Michael Kunzelman / Associated Press:
Cops could face death in post-Katrina shootings  —  NEW ORLEANS — Four New Orleans police officers could face the death penalty after being accused of gunning down two unarmed people in the chaotic aftermath of Hurricane Katrina in the latest twist for a corruption-plagued department that already faces several federal investigations.
Discussion: Firedoglake and Truthdig
Daniel Indiviglio / The Atlantic Online:
A Chart That Screams, ‘Extend Unemployment Benefits!’  —  At the end of May there were 3.2 million job openings, according to a new report from the Bureau of Labor Statistics.  In the face of nearly 15 million unemployed, that's obviously not enough.  And if you add in those other Americans …
Ezra Klein:   ‘A Chart That Screams, “Extend Unemployment Benefits!” ’
David Weigel / The Daily Dish:
Believing Sarah Palin  —  Like I said in my first post, I guest-blogged for the Daily Dish back in 2006.  I don't remember anyone, at the time, challenging the decision.  So I was unprepared for the rat-a-tat of criticism I got for signing up this week.  To quote Baseball Crank …
Edward Wyatt / New York Times:
F.C.C. Expletives Policy Ruled Unconstitutional  —  A federal appeals court struck down a Federal Communications Commission policy on indecency Tuesday, saying that regulations barring the use of “fleeting expletives” on radio and television violated the First Amendment because they were vague and could inhibit free speech.
Discussion: The Caucus and Eschaton
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.
Molly K. Hooper / The Hill:
GOP predicts greater power for chairmen under would-be Speaker Boehner  —  Committee chairmen would receive a boost in autonomy under a House led by a Speaker John Boehner, according to GOP lawmakers and aides looking past the November elections.  —  They also said Boehner (R-Ohio) …
Discussion: Prairie Weather
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” …
Discussion: Shot in the Dark
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.
Bob Johnson / Associated Press:
Tea Party Favorite Loses GOP Runoff in Alabama  —  Mainstream GOP candidate beats tea party activist in runoff for Ala House seat held by Dems  —  A mainstream Republican has rolled past a tea party activist in the GOP runoff for a southeast Alabama congressional seat that Republicans hope to reclaim.
Fox News:
Lesbian Prison Gangs Waiting to Get Hands on Lindsay Lohan, Report Says  —  Inmates of the jail where Lindsay Lohan is set to spend up to 90 days have warned of gangs out to attack the starlet, saying “everyone will want a piece of her”, The Sun reported Tuesday.
Discussion: Mediaite, The Jawa Report and Gawker
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Joe Stephens / Washington Post:
Lessons from Exxon Valdez spill have gone unheeded
Discussion: Prairie Weather and The Page
Jon Hilsenrath / Wall Street Journal:
Fed Sees Slower Growth
Discussion: Ezra Klein and The Page
Henry Fountain / New York Times:
Oil Still Spilling as Well Test Is Delayed
Discussion: Dot Earth and Truthdig
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Manchin to make Senate appointment by Friday
Barry Eichengreen / Project Syndicate:
Fiscal Fibs and Follies
Discussion: Economist's View
Leonard Greene / New York Post:
Jihad monkey!  —  Monkey see, monkey kill.  —  Taliban …
Sean Trende / Real Clear Politics:
It's Not “Just the Economy, Stupid” This Time
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