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1:25 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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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 …
The Politico:
At W.H., Pelosi leverages tension
Discussion: The Hill and CNN
Alex Altman / Time:
TIME Poll: Voters Like Obama More Than His Domestic Policies
Discussion: Think Progress
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.
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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:
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.
Eric Zimmermann / The Hill:
Pelosi says she's satisfied with W.H.'s 2010 efforts
Discussion: The Politico, Swampland and The Hill
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Confederate Yankee:   Think Progress Caught Using Liberal-Manufactured Signs From …
Huma Khan / ABCNEWS:
Tea Party Test: Conservative Movement's Strength Unclear in Midterm Elections
Discussion: The Note, The Politico and The Reaction
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 …
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Guardian:   Ground Zero diggers find ship's hull
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.
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 …
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Jordan Fabian / The Hill:
McConnell: GOP ‘got our groove back’
Discussion: ABCNEWS and The Politico
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: Townhall.com
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TheDenverChannel.com:
Researcher Says Scott McInnis Lied  —  Rolly Fischer: I Didn't Know He Was Making Money On Articles  —  Tom Burke and Arthur Kane and John Ferrugia , CALL7 Investigators  —  GLENWOOD SPRINGS — The man Scott McInnis blamed for the plagiarized material in an article on water rights told …
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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.
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
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.
Rick Green / CT Confidential:
Rob Simmons Jumping Back In Senate Race? :  Rick Green |  CT Confidential  —  The former CIA operative and member of the House of Representatives tells me it's looking more and more like he will revive his dormant campaign for Republican nomination for the U.S. Senate.
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 …
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.
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
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.
Arlen Specter / United States Senator Arlen Specter …:
‘Kagan did just enough to win my vote’  —  USA TODAY  —  Washington, D.C.  —  Supreme Court nominee Elena Kagan did little to undo the impression that nominating hearings are little more than a charade in which cautious non-answers take the place of substantive exchanges.
Discussion: CNN, The Swamp, TPMDC and Pennsylvania Ave.
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.”
Chris Geidner / Poliglot:
DC Court of Appeals Upholds Decision Denying Marriage Initiative  —  The D.C. Court of Appeals issued its awaited decision in Bishop Harry Jackson's appeal of the D.C. Board of Elections and Ethics's decision that his proposed marriage initiative was an improper subject of an initiative.
Discussion: Ben Smith's Blog and Open Left
Kim Chipman / Bloomberg:
Americans in 73% Majority Oppose Deepwater Drilling Ban  —  Most Americans oppose President Barack Obama's ban on deepwater oil drilling in response to BP Plc's Gulf of Mexico spill, even as they hold the company primarily responsible for the incident.  —  Almost three-fourths, or 73 percent …
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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Pete Du Pont / Wall Street Journal:
Hillary Clinton for President
Discussion: Mediaite and The War Planner
Celeste Katz / NY Daily News:
Gov. Paterson turns to higher power by wearing red string kabbalah …
Lydia Saad / Gallup:
Economic Confidence Heading Further Down in July
Discussion: YID With LID and The Foundry
Greg Berlin / DCCC:
The Stakeholder  —  My Prediction  —  Speaker Pelosi just sent …
Discussion: Washington Post
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Joe Klein / Time:
An Attack on Iran: Back on the Table
Discussion: Danger Room, Hot Air and Swampland
Mark Hemingway / Beltway Confidential:
Democrats block amendment to ensure press access to oil spill
Washington Times:
Justice: Sanctuary cities safe from law
The Huffington Post:
Reid: Unemployment Benefits Extension Vote On Tuesday
Alejandro Lazo / Los Angeles Times:
U.S. home foreclosures reach record high in second quarter
Washington Post:
Former vice president Dick Cheney has pump implanted in his heart
Discussion: Firedoglake and Politics Daily