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11:55 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 …
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
Jon Ward / The Daily Caller:
War between Chamber of Commerce and White House spills into open
Discussion: Commentary
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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Andy Barr / The Politico:
NAACP: We didn't call tea party ‘racist’
Discussion: Gateway Pundit and Weasel Zippers
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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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 …
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.
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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Associated Press:
Argentina Legalizes Gay Marriage
Discussion: Think Progress and Salon
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 …
Discussion: Gothamist and newsfeed.time.com
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Guardian:   Ground Zero diggers find ship's hull
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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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
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.
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Krissah Thompson / Washington Post:   2008 voter-intimidation case against New Black Panthers a political bombshell
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 …
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: Matthew Yglesias
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
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.
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
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 …
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.
 
 
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Same Whoopi Goldberg Who Condemned Tea Party ‘Racism’ Defends Mel Gibson
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