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4:25 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
John L. Smith / Las Vegas Review-Journal:
Charlotte zings Reid from beyond the grave  —  Election 2010 has just heard from a member of the Silent Majority.  —  You know, from a deceased person.  —  Chances are good you never met Charlotte McCourt during her 84 years, but I'm willing to bet you'll be hearing about her in the coming days …
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Eric Zimmermann / The Hill:
Reid: GOP rooting for economy to fail
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.
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:
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 and TPMDC
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Brian Beutler / TPMDC:
Blame Games: Dems Give Up On Economy After Weeks Of GOP Obstruction
Greg Sargent / The Plum Line:
What's really driving tensions between House Dems and White House?
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 …
Discussion: TalkLeft, The Spot and ColoradoPols.com
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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.
Anne E. Kornblut / Washington Post:
Bill Clinton back in the White House, holds economic meeting with Obama  —  Burdened by low approval on the economy, President Obama brought former president Bill Clinton and investor Warren Buffett to the White House on Wednesday to talk about job creation.
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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.
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 …
Robert Costa / National Review:
The Reeducation of Rand Paul  —  Soon after Rand Paul won Kentucky's GOP Senate primary in May, his campaign was rocked — not by an affair or a kamikaze YouTube clip, but by his own textbook libertarianism.  In a series of post-election interviews, Paul criticized parts of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 …
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:
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).
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” …
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
Janet Adamy / Wall Street Journal:
White House to Unveil List of Free Preventative Services  —  WASHINGTON - The Obama administration on Wednesday will unveil new rules specifying which preventive health services will be free to consumers under the new health law.  —  Cancer screenings, including mammograms and colonoscopies …
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.
Bil Browning / The Huffington Post:
This is what a fierce advocate looks like  —  Argentina is the latest country to consider same-sex marriage rights; the legislature is set to debate the issue today.  President Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner supports the legislation and gave this interview to a Chinese news crew while visiting the country on a diplomatic mission.
Josh Funk / Associated Press:
Judge blocks new Neb. abortion screening law  —  OMAHA, Neb. - A federal judge on Wednesday blocked a new Nebraska law requiring mental health screenings for women seeking abortions because the measure could have made it impossible to get an abortion in the state.
Discussion: Firedoglake
Cara Anna / Associated Press:
Beijing starts gating, locking migrant villages  —  BEIJING - The government calls it “sealed management.”  China's capital has started gating and locking some of its lower-income neighborhoods overnight, with police or security checking identification papers around the clock, in a throwback to an older style of control.
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.
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
Michael Barone / AMERICAN.COM:
The Return of the Jeffersonian Vision and the Rejection of Progressivism  —  We are once again—as in the days of the early republic and not in the heyday of the Progressives and the New Dealers—a republic of property owners.  —  “No person shall...be deprived of life, liberty, or property without due process of law.”
Discussion: Maggie's Farm and FiveThirtyEight
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.
 
 
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Stacy Cowley / CNNMoney.com:
Apple plans iPhone 4 announcement on Friday
Discussion: TalkLeft and New York Magazine
Simon Johnson / Project Syndicate:
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Reuters:
Former Vice President Dick Cheney gets new heart device
Discussion: Mediaite and Truthdig
Samuel Goldsmith / NY Daily News:
Cordoba House mosque near Ground Zero slaps new name on itself with Park51
Discussion: Atlas Shrugs and New York Magazine
David Kurtz / Talking Points Memo:
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William Galston / The New Republic:
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