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8:30 AM ET, July 15, 2010

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The Politico:
On being labeled as ‘racist’  —  A clear pattern of behavior has emerged over the last 16 months.  According to liberals, if you disagree with their thinking, and if you disagree with the Obama administration, you are not only wrong, you are a “racist.”  —  The latest strike by the left comes …
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Lee Fang / Think Progress:
VIDEO: Yes, there is racism in the Tea Party movement.  —  After months of racist incidents and rallies filled with hateful signs disparaging President Obama's ethnicity and other minorities, the NAACP has passed a resolution officially condemning racism in the Tea Party movement.
Michael O'Brien / The Hill:
Steele condemns allegations of racism against Tea Party
Discussion: CNN
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Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blog:
NBC, CBS refuse ground zero mosque ad  —  CBS and NBC have refused to air a provocative ad from the confrontational, well-funded National Republican Trust PAC that calls on Americans to oppose the building of a mosque two blocks from the World Trade Center site.
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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Alan Colmes' Liberaland:
Sarah Palin Issues Statement On The Engagement Of Bristol Palin And Levi Johnston  —  Bristol Palin and Levi Johnston say they'll get married in six weeks, which is quite shocking considering they most recently have been fighting about child support and about Johnston's critical comments about Bristol's family.
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David Weigel / The Daily Dish:
Megyn Kelly's minstrel show  —  I don't really get a chance to watch TV in Unalaska, and the one thing I miss is Megyn Kelly of Fox News.  The last week or so of her work — her one woman crusade against the New Black Panther Party — has been truly riveting television.
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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BBC News:
Argentina legalises gay marriage  —  Debate continued until the early hours of Thursday  —  Argentina has become the first country in Latin America to legalise gay marriage after the Senate voted in favour.  —  The country's Chamber of Deputies had already approved the legislation.
Discussion: The Moderate Voice and Truthdig
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.
David Weigel / The Daily Dish:
Reflections on the Jim Bunning presidency  —  Brian Beutler reports and ruminates on the failure of Democrats (at this point I could use a shortcut key to type those three words) to do what seemed like it would be easy — shame the GOP into going along with unemployment insurance extensions or “jobs bills.”
Discussion: Balloon Juice
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New York Times:
Inquiry Looks at Fund-Raisers Before Votes in Congress  —  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 …
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 …
The Huffington Post:
Arizona Violent Crime Down, Except Under Tough Anti-Immigration Sheriff  —  WHAT'S YOUR REACTION?  —  A chart circulated by a leading immigration reform organization makes a basic, but compelling case that the new law passed — though not implemented — in Arizona could cause an increase rather than a drop in crime.
RADAR:
EXCLUSIVE AUDIO: Out Of Control Mel Gibson Says He'll Burn Down House After Demanding Sex  —  WARNING: This audio may not be reproduced or republished.  —  An out of control Mel Gibson demands sex from his girlfriend and tells her he will burn down the house afterwards in one of the most bizarre …
ABCNEWS:
MILLIONS FOR ROAD SIGNS?:  That's Stimulating?  —  Some Call it Transparency, Others Another Example of Government Waste  —  As the midterm election season approaches, new road signs are popping up everywhere - millions of dollars worth of signs touting “The American Reinvestment and Recovery Act” …
Elliott Abrams / NY Daily News:
The two faces of Mahmoud Abbas: He says one thing to the Palestinians, another to Obama  —  “I say in front of you, Mr. President, that we have nothing to do with incitement against Israel, and we're not doing that,” claimed Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas during his visit to the White House in June.
Discussion: Commentary and Israel Matzav
Mike Dennison / Billings Gazette:
Baucus staffer who led health reform drafting moving to Obama administration  —  HELENA — Liz Fowler, a key staffer for U.S. Sen. Max Baucus who helped draft the federal health reform bill enacted in March, is joining the Obama administration to help implement the new law.
Discussion: Open Left
Rasmussen Reports:
Election 2010: New Hampshire Senate  —  New Hampshire Senate: All Four GOP Candidates Now Outpace Hodes  —  Democratic hopeful Paul Hodes has lost ground this month with all four Republican candidates now leading him in the race for the U.S. Senate in New Hampshire.
Yves Smith / naked capitalism:
58% of Real Income Growth Since 1976 Went to Top 1% (and Why That Matters)  —  If you have any doubts about how easy it is for someone who works hard in the US to get ahead, consider this factoid from Martin Wolf's latest comment in the Financial Times, on Raghuram Rajan's new book (see Satyajit Das' review here:
Stacy Cowley / CNNMoney.com:
Apple plans iPhone 4 announcement on Friday  —  NEW YORK (CNNMoney.com) — Two weeks after a “stunned” Apple announced to the world that it had found a major software glitch in the iPhone's signal-strength display, Apple plans to hold a press conference to discuss the iPhone 4.
Discussion: TalkLeft and New York Magazine
defense.gov:
DOD News Briefing with Geoff Morrell from the Pentagon  —  MR. MORRELL: Good afternoon.  Sorry to keep you waiting.  Good to see you all.  —  Let me begin with a brief announcement about the secretary's upcoming trip, and then I'm happy to get to your questions.
Geoffrey Dickens / NewsBusters.org:
Perplexed Matthews: How Can South Carolina GOPers Vote for Indian-American But Not Support a Black President?  —  Chris Matthews, on Wednesday's Hardball, invited on recently defeated Republican Representative Bob Inglis to slam Matthews' favorite targets, namely the Tea Party …
Discussion: Hot Air
Susan Jones / CNSNews:
Obama Administration Approves First Direct Taxpayer Funding of Abortion Through New High-Risk Insurance Pools  —  (CNSNews.com) - If you want proof that President Obama's Executive Order on taxpayer-funded abortion was a sham, look no further than Pennsylvania, says House Republican Leader John Boehner (Ohio).
Gardiner Harris / Prescriptions:
F.D.A. Panel Votes to Restrict Avandia  —  A majority of the advisory panel of the Food and Drug Administration voted today to restrict the sales of Avandia, a controversial diabetes drug, because of its potential risk for causing heart attacks.  The 33-member advisory committee was deeply divided.
 
 
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Michael Barone / AMERICAN.COM:
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Josh Funk / Associated Press:
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Reuters:
Former Vice President Dick Cheney gets new heart device
Discussion: Mediaite and Truthdig
Samuel Goldsmith / NY Daily News:
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