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3:50 PM ET, July 15, 2010

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The Politico:
Why President Obama loses by winning  —  The imminent passage of financial reform, just a couple months after the passage of comprehensive health care, should decisively end the narrative that President Obama represents a Jimmy Carter-style case of naïve hope crushed by the inability to master Washington.
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Greg Sargent / The Plum Line:
Politico's theory: Liberal bloggers don't care if Dems sustain large losses this fall  —  I'm probably a sucker for biting on this attack on the liberal blogosphere from Poiltico top-dog editors John Harris and Jim VandeHei, but this is so divorced from reality that it really shouldn't go unanswered:
Jia Lynn Yang / Washington Post:
Companies pile up cash but remain hesitant to add jobs  —  Corporate America is hoarding a massive pile of cash.  It just doesn't want to spend it hiring anyone.  —  Nonfinancial companies are sitting on $1.8 trillion in cash, roughly one-quarter more than at the beginning of the recession.
Paul Kane / Washington Post:
House Democrats hit boiling point over perceived lack of White House support  —  House Democrats are lashing out at the White House, venting long-suppressed anger over what they see as President Obama's lukewarm efforts to help them win reelection — and accusing administration officials …
Wall Street Journal:
Three Million Imaginary Jobs  —  The White House says the stimulus worked beyond even its hopes.  Seriously.  —  It may be that the last people in America who believe that the $862 billion economic stimulus of February 2009 created millions of net new jobs are Vice President Joe Biden and the staff economists in the White House.
Brian Beutler / TPMDC:
Boehner: Wall Street Reform Should Be Repealed  —  They're not campaigning on it in earnest — at least not yet — but Republican leaders say that, given the power, they would like to do away with Wall Street reform much like they have already discussed repealing health care reform.
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David M. Herszenhorn / New York Times:
Financial Overhaul Clears a Final Senate Hurdle
Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
THAT WAS QUICK.... A couple of hours ago, the Senate was able …
Discussion: TPMDC
CNN:
Top House Republican calls for repeal of Wall Street bill
Discussion: Taegan Goddard's …
Conservative Generation / Left Coast Rebel:
(Bumped) Think Progress proves the Tea Party is not racist by posting video of racists not in the Tea Party  —  The claims of racism in the Tea Party movement are so overblown and unsubstantiated that the best Think Progress could do to prove racism was post a video of four supposed racist Tea Partiers.
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David W. Dunlap / City Room:
18th-Century Ship Found at Trade Center Site  —  In the middle of tomorrow, a great ribbed ghost has emerged from a distant yesterday.  —  On Tuesday morning, workers excavating the site of the underground vehicle security center for the future World Trade Center hit a row of sturdy …
Tom Jensen / Public Policy Polling:
Pretty Bad 2012 numbers for Obama  —  With his approval numbers hitting new lows it's no surprise that Barack Obama's numbers in our monthly look ahead to the 2012 Presidential race are their worst ever this month.  He trails Mitt Romney 46-43, Mike Huckabee 47-45, Newt Gingrich 46-45, and is even tied with Sarah Palin at 46.
Peter Hamby / CNN:
Surprise player in Iowa GOP primary revealed  —  (CNN) - Beginning in May, a group called Iowans for Responsible Government spent over three quarters of a million dollars on television ads and mailers lumping Republican gubernatorial candidate Terry Branstad in with “liberal” …
Discussion: Ben Smith's Blog
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Sean J. Miller / Ballot Box:
DGA-funded group called Branstad ‘liberal’ during GOP primary
Discussion: Des Moines Register
Karl Rove / Wall Street Journal:
My Biggest Mistake in the White House  —  Failing to refute charges that Bush lied us into war has hurt our country.  —  Seven years ago today, in a speech on the Iraq war, Sen. Ted Kennedy fired the first shot in an all-out assault on President George W. Bush's integrity.
New York Times:
Fund-Raising Before House Vote Draws Scrutiny  —  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 …
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Rep. Michele Bachmann / The Politico:
Thank you, Sarah Palin
Discussion: FrumForum
Alexei Barrionuevo / New York Times:
Argentina Approves Gay Marriage  —  BUENOS AIRES — Argentina's Senate narrowly approved a measure early on Thursday authorizing same-sex marriages, making Argentina the first country in Latin America to allow gay couples to wed.  —  After 15 hours of debate, the Senate voted 33 to 27 …
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Joshua Green / The Atlantic Online:
How the GOP is Saving Gay Marriage
Discussion: Wonk Room
The Daily Caller:
The Daily Caller acquires KeithOlbermann.com  —  The Daily Caller, one of the fastest-growing online media properties, announced today its acquisition of KeithOlbermann.com, expanding the company's global reach into a new segment of the online political market.
Annie Lowrey / The Washington Independent:
In Dodging a Budget Vote, Dems Take Reconciliation Off the Table  —  Decision Could Preclude a Jobs Bill Next Year … On Tuesday, the Treasury Department announced that the country's deficit had hit the $1 trillion mark just nine months into the fiscal year.
Mark Halperin / Time:
Sarah Palin in '12?  Why She's for Real  —  The music swells and then picks up tempo.  Sarah Palin is talking about how 2010 will be the year that “commonsense conservative women get things done for our country.”  She's worried about “these policies coming out of D.C. right now …
Discussion: Taylor Marsh and The Page
New York Times:
The Google Algorithm  —  Google handles nearly two-thirds of Internet search queries worldwide.  Analysts reckon that most Web sites rely on the search engine for half of their traffic.  When Google engineers tweak its supersecret algorithm — as they do hundreds of times a year …
Nicole Triplett / House Judiciary Committee:
Conyers Releases Committee Interview of Torture Memo Author Bybee and Sends to Justice Department Bybee: “CIA did not have an opinion from OLC” when it exceeded limits in interrogation memos  —  (Washington, D.C.) - House Judiciary Committee Chairman John Conyers, Jr. D-Mich.) …
Discussion: ACLU, TalkLeft, The BLT and TPMMuckraker
Brian Mackey / Off the Clock:
Free Blagojevich ringtones are (bleeping) golden  —  Now you can enjoy the profanity-laced tirades of Illinois' least-favorite son when you're on the go.  Beginning today, The State Journal-Register is offering free Blagojevich ringtones for your (bleeping) phone.
Discussion: USA Today and New York Magazine
John R. Emshwiller / Wall Street Journal:
Senate VIP Loans Mount  —  Countrywide Dealt With More Lawmakers and Staffers Than Previously Known  —  Angelo Mozilo, former Countrywide Financial chairman  —  U.S. senators or Senate employees received 30 loans—far more than had previously been known—under a controversial lending program …
Discussion: Michelle Malkin
Julie Bisbee / Daily Oklahoman:
Oklahoma congressional candidate says he will not accept money from an Islamic group.  —  Oklahoma congressional candidate Kevin Calvey says he will not accept money from a state Islamic group.  Group's director said he made the personal donation in hopes of starting a dialogue with Calvey.
Discussion: Weasel Zippers, Jihad Watch and The Eye
Ezra Klein:
Do conservatives care about the deficit?  Do Democrats?  —  Matt Yglesias asks the question and assembles some evidence.  The two modern conservative presidents, George W. Bush and Ronald Reagan, “both presided over massive increases in both present and projected deficits.”
Krissah Thompson / Washington Post:
2008 voter-intimidation case against New Black Panthers a political bombshell  —  A 2008 voter-intimidation case has become a political controversy for the Obama administration as conservative lawyers, politicians and commentators raise concerns that the Department of Justice has failed to protect the civil rights of white voters.
First Read / msnbc.com:
First thoughts: Super freak (out)  —  When the going gets tough, Democrats, well, freak out... But is the freak-out over Gibbs' comment over?... Why the expectations game may be out of control for Republicans... Obama to deliver speech on the economy/stimulus in Michigan at 1:30 pm ET …
Dean Baker / TPMCafe:
Erskine Bowles and the Price of Ignorance: $335,000 a Year  —  Erskine Bowles is one of the co-chairman of President Obama's deficit commission.  He gained notoriety recently by revealing the fact that he had no clue as to the size of the country's deficit problem even after engaging …
Discussion: American Power
Brian Maloney / The Radio Equalizer:
MSNBC Host Calls Reid ‘Ball-less’  —  ANOTHER MELTDOWN  —  Libtalker: ‘Shove Those (GOP) Bastards Into The Dirthole’  —  All week, the big question has been whether Democrats are truly imploding, or simply projecting that image to reduce electoral expectations and create complacent Republicans.
Rasmussen Reports:
Election 2010: Wisconsin Senate  —  Wisconsin Senate: Johnson (R) 47%, Feingold (D) 46%  —  Democratic incumbent Russ Feingold and his chief Republican challenger Ron Johnson remain locked in a neck-and-neck battle for the U.S. Senate in Wisconsin.  —  The latest Rasmussen Reports telephone survey …
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 …
CNBC:
Economic Recovery Showing New Signs of Losing Steam  —  Investors got a strong dose of sobering economic news Thursday as several key manufacturing indexes show that the recovery is losing steam.  —  The few bright spots: New claims for jobless benefits fell to their lowest level in nearly two years …
Discussion: Firedoglake and Matthew Yglesias
Lydia Saad / Gallup:
Economic Confidence Heading Further Down in July  —  Americans' outlook for the economy has grown progressively worse since April  —  PRINCETON, NJ — Gallup Daily tracking finds Americans' confidence in the economy significantly lower so far in July than in June.  And confidence in June was, in turn, down from May.
Reid Wilson / Hotline On Call:
Reid Will Push Wounded DISCLOSE Act  —  Senate Maj. Leader Harry Reid is still planning to bring major campaign finance legislation to the Senate floor before Aug. recess, a sign some observers believe indicates Dems are willing to allow the bill to die at the hands of a GOP filibuster.
Discussion: Beltway Confidential and Hot Air
 
 
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Ben Armbruster / Think Progress:
GOP Rep. Bob Inglis Chastises Vitter's Birtherism, Criticizes …
Discussion: Washington Monthly
Hasbanullh Khan / Agence France Presse:
US missiles kill 10 militants in Pakistan: officials
Discussion: The Jawa Report
Jordan Fabian / The Hill:
Sessions continues to leave open possibility of Kagan filibuster
John Hooper / Guardian:
Vatican: female ordination a crime
Discussion: Shakesville and Politics Daily
Beth Reinhard / Naked Politics:
Jeff Greene raises $3,036, spends $5.8 million
Discussion: The Daily Caller
The Huffington Post:
The Bush Revival: How Jeb, Rove, Gillespie Are Leading The GOP Again
NPR:
Companies In U.S. Reluctant To Spend
Pete Du Pont / Wall Street Journal:
Hillary Clinton for President
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Kim Chipman / Bloomberg:
Americans in 73% Majority Oppose Deepwater Drilling Ban
Chris Geidner / Poliglot:
DC Court of Appeals Upholds Decision Denying Marriage Initiative
Discussion: Open Left and Ben Smith's Blog
Eric Boehlert / The Huffington Post:
When Does Fox News' Ugly Race Baiting Become The Story?
Mark Hemingway / Beltway Confidential:
Democrats block amendment to ensure press access to oil spill