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12:25 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, The Hill and CNN
Alex Altman / Time:
TIME Poll: Voters Like Obama More Than His Domestic Policies
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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Andy Barr / The Politico:
NAACP: We didn't call tea party ‘racist’
Discussion: Gateway Pundit and Weasel Zippers
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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Wall Street Journal:
Three Million Imaginary Jobs
Discussion: Hit & Run and Commentary
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.
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
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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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: The Politico
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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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 …
Discussion: FiveThirtyEight
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Quinnipiac University:
Democrats Top Republicans In Connecticut Gov Race, Quinnipiac University Poll Finds; Foley Has Almost 4-1 Lead In Republican Primary  —  Democratic contenders Ned Lamont and Dan Malloy top any of the three possible Republican candidates for Governor of Connecticut by margins of 11 percentage points …
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Rasmussen Reports:
Election 2010: Georgia Republican Primary for Governor
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.”
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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: The Page
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.
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.
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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 …
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
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 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: Mediaite, NewsBusters.org and Hot Air
Greg Berlin / DCCC:
The Stakeholder  —  My Prediction  —  Speaker Pelosi just sent this message to DCCC supporters:  —  Friend —  Here is what will happen in November.  Democrats will keep control of the House.  Period.  —  While some Washington pundits are claiming that Republicans have the momentum …
Discussion: Washington Post
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.
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.
 
 
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Lydia Saad / Gallup:
Economic Confidence Heading Further Down in July
Discussion: YID With LID and The Foundry
Jordan Fabian / Ballot Box:
Pawlenty's PAC takes in $724K in second quarter
Discussion: The Daily Caller and The Page
Kim Chipman / Bloomberg:
Americans in 73% Majority Oppose Deepwater Drilling Ban
Sharon Lafraniere / New York Times:
China's Efforts to Tame Growth Are Succeeding
Discussion: Free exchange
Henry Fountain / New York Times:
BP Says Cap Is Repaired and Cutoff Test Can Proceed
Discussion: Daily Kos, Ecocentric and The Page
Chris Geidner / Poliglot:
DC Court of Appeals Upholds Decision Denying Marriage Initiative
Discussion: Ben Smith's Blog and Open Left
Eric Boehlert / The Huffington Post:
When Does Fox News' Ugly Race Baiting Become The Story?
 Earlier Items: 
Kirk Johnson / New York Times:
‘Immigrant’ List Sets Off Fears
Discussion: Making Light, Law Blog and Truthdig
Joe Klein / Time:
An Attack on Iran: Back on the Table
Discussion: Hot Air, Danger Room and Swampland
Mark Hemingway / Beltway Confidential:
Democrats block amendment to ensure press access to oil spill
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