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1:05 AM ET, July 16, 2010

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The Huffington Post:
Tim Geithner Opposes Nominating Elizabeth Warren To Lead New Consumer Agency  —  What's Your Reaction: … Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner has expressed opposition to the possible nomination of Elizabeth Warren to head the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, according to a source with knowledge of Geithner's views.
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New York Times:
Congress Passes Financial Oversight Reform  —  WASHINGTON — The sweeping expansion of federal financial regulation approved by Congress on Thursday and now headed to President Obama's desk reflects a renewed mistrust of financial markets after decades in which Washington stood back from Wall Street with wide-eyed admiration.
The Atlantic Online:
Who Will Manchin Choose?  —  Good evening.  Tomorrow's most significant story might be the aftermath from two major explosions in southeast Iran that killed at least 20, including members of Iran's elite Revolutionary Guard.  The Jundallah, a Sunni rebel group based in Baluchistan …
Discussion: Taegan Goddard's …
Wall Street Journal:
Law Remakes U.S. Financial Landscape
Sen. Ted Kaufman / The Huffington Post:
The Wall Street Reform Bill: How Much Did We Lose Getting to 60?
Discussion: Daily Kos and CNN
Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
THAT WAS QUICK.... A couple of hours ago, the Senate was able …
Discussion: TPMDC
Washington Post:
Senate passes financial overhaul bill
Political Punch:
An Obama Administration Job for Sen. Specter?  —  Sources tell ABC News that Sen. Arlen Specter, D-Pennsylvania, has informed the White House that he would like to consider remaining in public service after his Senate term ends at the end of this session, and White House officials are keeping …
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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:
Jordan Fabian / The Hill:
DNC circulates memo on Capitol Hill plugging Dem advantage in elections
Discussion: The Politico and Weasel Zippers
The Politico:
Why President Obama loses by winning
Washington Post:
Oil leak stopped for first time since April  —  BP said Thursday that it has stopped oil from leaking out of its blown-out well in the Gulf of Mexico.  The gusher has been throttled for the first time since the April 20 blowout on the drilling rig Deepwater Horizon.
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Chris Cillizza / The Fix:
Gulf Oil spill fades as issue
CNN:
BP: Leak stops for first time in months
DealBook:
Goldman Settles With S.E.C. for $550 Million  —  Updated Updated with confirmation of The New York Times's report about Goldman's $550 million settlement.  —  Goldman Sachs has agreed to pay $550 million to the Securities and Exchange Commission, one of the largest penalties ever paid by a Wall Street firm …
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U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission:
Goldman Sachs to Pay Record $550 Million to Settle SEC Charges Related to Subprime Mortgage CDO  —  Firm Acknowledges CDO Marketing Materials Were Incomplete and Should Have Revealed Paulson's Role  —  FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE  —  2010-123  —  Washington, D.C., July 15, 2010 …
Wall Street Journal:
Goldman Settles Its Battle With SEC
Discussion: Law Blog and TPMCafe
Jreid / The Reid Report:
“Tea partier” Mark Williams writes ‘letter to Abe Lincoln’ ... from the ‘coloreds’  —  If you're feeling pissy that the NAACP condemned your witch doctor signage and you're out to prove that your movement isn't racist, wouldn't it help not to actually say anything that might be construed as racist?
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Patrick Gavin / The Politico:
CARLSON LAUNCHES OLBERMANN SITE  —  You may (or may not) have noticed that there's been a bit of a feud taking place between MSNBC's Keith Olbermann and the Daily Caller, the website run by (former MSNBC'r) Tucker Carlson.  —  The Caller — via its Twitter account, especially …
Discussion: Salon and National Review
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Bbtv / Breitbart.tv:
Breitbart to NAACP Chief: ‘Go to Hell!’  —  “Let me say something a tad newsworthy to the president of the NAACP.  You can go to hell. ...  I have tapes...tape of racism and it's an NAACP dinner.  You want to play with fire?  I have evidence of racism and it's coming from the NAACP.”
Discussion: Say Anything
Trainwrecks / RADAR:
EXCLUSIVE NEW AUDIO: Mel Gibson Completely Loses It: ‘B*tch, C*nt, Wh*re, Gold Digger!’  —  WARNING: This audio may not be reproduced or republished.  —  Screaming, snarling and panting Mel Gibson completely loses it in new audio obtained and released exclusively by RadarOnline.com.
Discussion: Gothamist, Hot Air, Time, Mediaite and Gawker
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.
Eric Boehlert / Media Matters for America:
When does Fox News' ugly race-baiting become the story?  —  Amazing.  Bernie Goldberg and I actually agreed.  But only for a moment.  —  The conservative media critic appeared on The O'Reilly Factor this week while the host, like every other Fox News host and anchor …
DFrum / The Daily Dish:
What's the Mission?  A Bleg  —  Andrew last week generously linked to an article of mine explaining the evolution of my political thinking.  —  But the thing I'd most like to discuss in this week of cross-posting at Andrew's site is: where do we go from here?  What's the mission?
Discussion: Newsalert
Michael O'Brien / The Hill:
Scott Brown slams Kathy Griffin for calling daughters ‘prostitutes’  —  Sen. Scott Brown (R-Mass.) lashed out at comedienne Kathy Griffin on Thursday for describing his daughters as “prostitutes.”  —  Brown strongly condemned remarks Griffin made on CNN in which she mocks Brown's daughters, Ayla and Arianna.
Jim Hoft / Gateway Pundit:
Dem Rep Sheila Jackson Lee Tells NAACP: “All Those Who Wore Sheets a Long Time Ago Lifted Them Off to Wear Tea Party Clothing” (Applause!)  —  Representative Sheila Jackson Lee (D-TX) told the NAACP this week that those who wore sheets lifted them off and are now wearing tea party clothing.
Alexander Bolton / The Hill:
GOP retaliates for Berwick recess appointment to Medicare leadership post  —  Senate Republicans are still fuming over the recess appointment of Donald Berwick to head the federal agency in charge of Medicare and Medicaid.  —  In retaliation, Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell (Ky.) …
Walter Alarkon / The Hill:
Left vows to fight any fiscal panel proposals to cut Social Security  —  Liberals wary of cuts to Social Security benefits are taking on President Obama's fiscal commission, seeing it as a more serious threat to the entitlement program than President George W. Bush's push to privatize the system five years ago.
Susan Davis / Washington Wire:
GOP Has Money Momentum in Open Senate Races  —  Underscoring the momentum shift behind the GOP in the midterm elections, Republican candidates out-raised Democrats in the second quarter in every competitive race for an open Senate seat.  —  Below is a snapshot of the key races and their money haul for the second quarter.
Discussion: Beltway Confidential
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 …
James Tozer / Daily Mail:
Shopping centre bosses approve ‘Asian squat toilets’ following cultural awareness course  —  For centuries, the great British loo has been a matter of envy to the rest of the world.  —  Thanks to the efforts of pioneers like the legendary Thomas Crapper, we have long since led the world in comfort and hygiene.
Discussion: Weasel Zippers and protein wisdom
John Hooper / Guardian:
Vatican: female ordination a crime  —  Revised Catholic rules put female ordination in same category of crime under church law as clerical sex abuse of minors  —  The Vatican today made the “attempted ordination” of women one of the gravest crimes under church law, putting it in the same category …
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 …
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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Howard Berkes / NPR:
Massey Mine Workers Disabled Safety Monitor
Discussion: Coal Tattoo, Firedoglake and Wonk Room
Myglesias / Matthew Yglesias:
The Underrated FinReg Bill
KDVR:
GOP abandoning McInnis; candidate vows to fight on
Jordy Yager / The Hill:
Pelosi chooses interim House CAO
Discussion: The Politico
Alexander Bolton / The Hill:
Byrd's successor to take oath Tuesday
Discussion: The Note, The Swamp and Ballot Box
David Lightman / McClatchy Washington Bureau:
GOP: No more help for jobless, but rich must keep tax cuts
William A. Jacobson / Le·gal In·sur·rec· tion:
Scott Brown's Financial Regulation Failure
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Julie Bisbee / Daily Oklahoman:
Oklahoma congressional candidate says he will not accept money …
Discussion: Weasel Zippers, Jihad Watch and The Eye
Peter Hamby / CNN:
Surprise player in Iowa GOP primary revealed
Discussion: Des Moines Register and Ballot Box
Joshua Green / The Atlantic Online:
How the GOP is Saving Gay Marriage
Discussion: Wonk Room
Dean Baker / TPMCafe:
Erskine Bowles and the Price of Ignorance: $335,000 a Year
Discussion: American Power