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11:15 AM 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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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 …
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 …
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.
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The Huffington Post:
Mark Williams, Tea Party Express Spokesman: NAACP Is Racist (VIDEO) (TRANSCRIPT)
Discussion: LewRockwell.com Blog
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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Michelle Malkin:   The Dodd-Frank monstrosity  —  With GOP assistance on its drafting …
Jim Kuhnhenn / Associated Press:   After fits and starts, bank bill ready for passage
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.
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.
Mark Halperin / Time:
Does Sarah Palin Really Have a Chance?  —  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: The Page
Susan Jones / CNSNews:
Democrat Bart Stupak Accuses Pro-Life Groups of ‘Politicizing’ Abortion Issue to Undermine Health Care Reform  —  (CNSNews.com) - Several Democrats say pro-life conservatives have it wrong: They say the $160 million taxpayer dollars going to fund Pennsylvania's new high-risk insurance pool …
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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 …
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.
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 …
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
Alejandro Lazo / Los Angeles Times:
U.S. home foreclosures reach record high in second quarter  —  Bank repossessions increased 38% in the second quarter from the same period a year earlier for a record total of 269,952, according to data to be released Thursday by RealtyTrac.  —  Short sales are one way lenders have been striving to avert foreclosures.
Media Matters for America:
Memo to media: Pamela Geller does not belong on national television  —  Numerous mainstream media outlets have recently hosted right-wing “Atlas Shrugs” blogger Pamela Geller to discuss the controversy surrounding a proposed Islamic community center set to be built blocks away from Ground Zero.
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 …
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.
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.
Discussion: Hot Air and Mediaite
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 …
Eric Boehlert / The Huffington Post:
When Does Fox News' Ugly Race Baiting Become The Story?  —  Chasing the phony New Black Panther mirage, the conservative movement is now wallowing in the kind of unapologetic race-baiting that mainstream American politics hasn't seen in decades, if not generations.  —  But the press pretends otherwise.
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.
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.
Scott Wong / The Politico:
Gay rights enter immigration debate  —  Trying to broaden support for immigration reform, key Democratic lawmakers on Thursday will endorse legislation that would grant gay and lesbian Americans the ability to legally bring their foreign partners to the United States.
David W. Dunlap / New York Times:
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 …
The Huffington Post:
Reid: Unemployment Benefits Extension Vote On Tuesday  —  WHAT'S YOUR REACTION?  —  Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) said Wednesday that the Senate would vote move forward with reauthorizing unemployment benefits on Tuesday morning, after the replacement for the late Sen. Robert Byrd (D-W.Va.) has been sworn in.
Kirk Johnson / New York Times:
‘Immigrant’ List Sets Off Fears  —  Correction Appended  —  SALT LAKE CITY — A list of 1,300 Utah residents described as illegal immigrants has sown fear among some Hispanics here, and prompted an investigation into its origins and dissemination.  —  Each page of the list is headed with the words …
Discussion: Making Light, Law Blog and Truthdig
Chris Cillizza / The Fix:
Mitch McConnell previews Republican message for the fall  —  1. In a speech to a group of young Republicans today, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (Ky.) will cast the GOP as the party of change and checks and balances — a preview of the Republican message heading into the fall campaign.
Mark Hemingway / Beltway Confidential:
Democrats block amendment to ensure press access to oil spill  —  Democrats refused to allow a vote today on an amendment introduced today by Rep. Paul Broun, R-Ga., to ensure press access to the gulf oil spill.  Broun's amendment was a response to numerous reports that government authorities …
 
 
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Sasha Issenberg / Boston Globe:
Fund-raising lifts Romney's 2012 prospects
John Nolte / Big Hollywood:
Same Whoopi Goldberg Who Condemned Tea Party ‘Racism’ Defends Mel Gibson
Joe Klein / Time:
An Attack on Iran: Back on the Table
Discussion: Hot Air and Danger Room
Andy Barr / The Politico:
States rally to Arizona's defense
Discussion: Weasel Zippers
Jordan Fabian / The Hill:
Biden, Sen. Graham to huddle Thursday
Fox News:
Obama Departs from Revised Policy, Links ‘Radical Islam’ to Terror Groups
Discussion: Townhall.com and Weasel Zippers
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Rasmussen Reports:
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Stacy Cowley / CNNMoney.com:
Apple plans iPhone 4 announcement on Friday
Discussion: TalkLeft and New York Magazine
Geoffrey Dickens / NewsBusters.org:
Perplexed Matthews: How Can South Carolina GOPers Vote for Indian …
Discussion: Hot Air
RADAR:
EXCLUSIVE AUDIO: Out Of Control Mel Gibson Says He'll Burn …