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3:45 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 …
Meredith Shiner / The Politico:
Reid plans Tuesday jobless vote  —  Finally seeing 60 votes, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) plans to call the first procedural vote Tuesday on a stalled unemployment benefits package that failed the Senate on his first four tries.  —  Reid told reporters Wednesday that West Virginia …
Discussion: Open Congress
David Brody / The Brody File:
Exclusive: Sharron Angle Talks to The Brody File
Discussion: CNN, Talking Points Memo and TPMDC
Eric Zimmermann / The Hill:
Reid: GOP rooting for economy to fail
Discussion: Weasel Zippers
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.
Mike Celizic /
Bristol Palin and Levi Johnston reveal secret engagement
Discussion: Real Clear Politics
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 and ABCNEWS
The Politico:
Pelosi vents about Gibbs
CQ Politics:
Pelosi Slams Gibbs for ‘Politically Inept’ House Forecast
Fox News:
NASA Outreach Program ‘Confirmed’ Despite White House Denial, Rep Says
Discussion: Hot Air and Weasel Zippers
Major Garrett / Fox News:
Pelosi, White House Feud Over Gibbs' House Prediction
Discussion: Washington Wire and Weasel Zippers
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.
Karen E. Crummy / Denver Post:
Storm over possible plagiarism in McInnis writings escalates  —  A new example of possible plagiarism by Scott McInnis surfaced Tuesday as the Republican gubernatorial candidate faced calls to repay $300,000 he received for plagiarized essays on water that he submitted as “original works.”
The Fix:
McInnis's Colorado governor campaign derailed by plagiarism charges
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.
Tunku Varadarajan / The Daily Beast:
The Tea Party Isn't Racist  —  Sarah Palin is attacking the NAACP after the civil-rights group passed a resolution denouncing “racist elements” within the Tea Party movement.  She called the NAACP's resolution “a regressive and diversionary tactic.”  In its resolution, the NAACP cited racist signs …
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
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 …
Rand Paul hopes for ‘Tea Party Caucus’ in Senate
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.
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 …
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 …
How Bad is the Job Situation, Really?  —  (cross-posted at and  —  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?
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” …
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.
David Weigel / The Daily Dish:
Maybe he should have gathered more armies  —  Rick Barber — the man who cut three of the most dizzingly amusing YouTube ads of the cycle — will not be heading to Congress.  He badly lost last night's runoff in his Alabama district, falling by 22 points to Montgomery City Councilwoman Martha Roby …
Tom Jensen / Public Policy Polling:
Obama approval hits record low  —  Barack Obama's hit a record low in PPP's monthly national polling on his approval numbers.  45% of voters approve of the job he's doing while 52% disapprove.  This is the first time he's topped the 50% disapproval mark in our surveys.
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 …
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Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blog:
NBC, CBS refuse Ground Zero mosque ad
Discussion: Commentary and Gawker
Clive Crook / The Atlantic Online:
Climategate and the Big Green Lie
Jordan Fabian / The Hill:
GOP senators float amendment to stop Arizona lawsuit
Thomas L. Friedman / New York Times:
The Spies Who Loved Us
Associated Press:
U. of Ill. to review Catholic instructor's firing
Discussion: Hit & Run and The New Editor
Reuel Marc Gerecht / The New Republic:
Islam: Unmentionable in D.C.
 Earlier Items: 
Paul Krugman:
Nobody Understands The Liquidity Trap (Wonkish)
Byron York / Beltway Confidential:
In special deal, charity gives rationing advocate Berwick health coverage for life
Discussion: Pundit & Pundette and Commentary
Rich Miller / Bloomberg:
Wall Street Fix Seen Ineffectual by Four of Five in U.S.
Michael O'Brien / The Hill:
Brown will oppose Dems' campaign finance reform bill
Myglesias / Matthew Yglesias:
Conservatives Don't Care About the Deficit
Discussion: Washington Monthly
Michael M. Phillips / Wall Street Journal:
Financial Overhaul Hits Farmers
Edward Wyatt / New York Times:
F.C.C. Expletives Policy Ruled Unconstitutional