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10:55 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.
TRENDING: Bristol Palin, Levi Johnston engaged
Discussion: Daily Kos and Hollywood Life
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?
Kansas City Star:
NAACP passes resolution on racism in tea party
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.
Discussion: Washington Post
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.
Ezra Klein:
McConnell: 'No evidence whatsoever that the Bush tax cuts actually …
Paul Krugman:
Invincible Ignorance  —  Just in case you had some lingering notion …
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  —  It seems a lifetime ago that Obama represented hope for a post-racial presidency and in fact a post-racial era in American politics.  Like so much else about Obama, the reality is the opposite of what was promised.  Jake Tapper relates a rather amazing effort …
Discussion: Pundit & Pundette
Allahpundit / Hot Air:   New White House talking point: Al Qaeda is racist
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 …
Stephanie Condon / CBS News:
Poll: Most Want Afghanistan Withdrawal Timeline
Americans in 70% Majority See More Jobless as Deficit Widens
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” …
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
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
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.
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” …
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
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.
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: The Eye and Taegan Goddard's …
Brock Vergakis / Associated Press:
Utah agencies probe alleged illegal immigrant list  —  SALT LAKE CITY - State agencies are investigating whether any of their employees leaked Social Security numbers and other personal information after a list of 1,300 people who an anonymous group claims are illegal immigrants was circulated around Utah.
Jason Dick / Congressional Connection Poll:
Perceptions Of Overhaul Still Divided Along Partisan Lines  —  If President Obama and Democrats were hoping the public would come around on the healthcare overhaul passed in March, they might want to step up their outreach efforts.  Just a few months after passage, perception of the law …
Discussion: Taegan Goddard's …
Scott Wong / The Politico:
Critics slam Harry Reid's immigration remark  —  Immigration reform critics are seizing on Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid's comments this week that seemed to downplay the number of illegal immigrants working construction jobs in Nevada, even though a recent study found that his home state …
Discussion: JammieWearingFool
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.
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Lingling Wei / Wall Street Journal:
Colony, Cogsville Team Up in FDIC Asset Sale
Discussion: Fortune and DailyFinance
New York Times:
Commander in Iraq Warns of Attacks on U.S. Bases
Discussion: Neptunus Lex
Michael M. Phillips / Wall Street Journal:
Financial Overhaul Hits Farmers
Michael Gerson / Washington Post:
Obama's one-man bands threaten Afghanistan prospects
Discussion: Power Line
Caren Bohan / Reuters:
Obama aides say stimulus saved millions of jobs
Discussion: Think Progress
 Earlier Items: 
Molly K. Hooper / The Hill:
GOP predicts greater power for chairmen under would-be Speaker Boehner
Discussion: Prairie Weather
Joe Stephens / Washington Post:
Lessons from Exxon Valdez spill have gone unheeded
Discussion: Prairie Weather and The Page
Sean Trende / Real Clear Politics:
It's Not “Just the Economy, Stupid” This Time
David Weigel / The Daily Dish:
Believing Sarah Palin