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6:35 PM ET, July 16, 2010

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Andy Barr / The Politico:
Palin aide swats Romney team  —  In possibly the first inter-staff dust-up of the 2012 presidential race, an aide of Sarah Palin is hitting back at Mitt Romney's camp for saying the former Alaska governor is “not a serious human being.”  —  A “Romney intimate” was quoted by “Time” …
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Frank Newport / Gallup:
Palin's 76% Favorable Among Republicans Tops Others in GOP  —  Former Alaska governor's image more mixed among all Americans  —  PRINCETON, NJ — Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin is the best known and most positively rated of five possible contenders for the 2012 Republican presidential nomination.
Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
THE PROBLEM WITH SHORT MEMORIES.... Given all the public confusion …
Discussion: New York Magazine
CNN:
TRENDING: Poll: Palin hot amongst Republicans, others not so much
Discussion: Weasel Zippers and Say Anything
People-Press.org:
Well Known: Twitter; Little Known: John Roberts
Discussion: The Hill and Politics Daily
Greg Sargent / The Plum Line:
Only Republicans like Sarah Palin
Matthew Continetti / Weekly Standard:
Don't Mess with the Barracuda  —  This has been a great couple of weeks for Sarah Palin.
Discussion: Salon, The Greenroom, The Hill and TBogg
Laura Myers / Las Vegas Review-Journal:
U.S. SENATE RACE: Reid takes lead on Angle  —  New poll shows Republican losing support among every voter group  —  U.S. Sen. Harry Reid has opened a strong lead over Republican opponent Sharron Angle after pummeling her in a ubiquitous TV and radio ad campaign that portrays the Tea Party favorite as …
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Ta-Nehisi Coates / The Atlantic Online:
A Final Thought  —  Here is former head and current spokesperson for the Tea Party Express Mark Williams satirically responding to the NAACP: … Williams has since taken the original down and posted a half-hearted justification.  Mark Williams is the same man who has denounced Barack Obama as …
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Ta-Nehisi Coates / The Atlantic Online:
The NAACP Is Right  —  The NAACP on the Tea Party: … The reaction to this announcement has been swift and, in the main, negative.  Next door, Dave Weigel, whose knowledge of the Tea Party is formidable, dismisses the resolution as “silliness” and “a stunt,” and Chris Bodenner bemoans …
Michael Memoli / The Swamp:
Bachmann creates tea party caucus
Discussion: CNN and Think Progress
Ezra Klein:
The scariest jobs graph you've seen yet  —  That's job growth per month on the X axis, and how many months that level of job growth would take to get us back to pre-recession levels on the Y axis.  Notice that adding new jobs at a rate of 200,000 a month would take us 150 months — or 12.5 years — to get back to normalcy.
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David Kurtz / Talking Points Memo:
Chart Of The Day  —  I'm not sure it's sunk in yet within the political class (outside of economists) how horrible the prospects are for bringing the unemployment rate back to pre-Great Recession levels any time soon.  And by soon, I don't mean November 2010.  We're talking more like November 2015 or November 2020.
Discussion: Washington Monthly
Charles Krauthammer / Washington Post:
Obama's next act  —  In the political marketplace, there's now a run on Obama shares.  The left is disappointed with the president.  Independents are abandoning him in droves.  And the right is already dancing on his political grave, salivating about November when, his own press secretary admitted Sunday …
Greg Sargent / The Plum Line:
Boehner: No more new Federal regulations!  —  UPDATE, 2:50 p.m.: DCCC chair Chris Van Hollen responds: … Original post:  —  A day after calling for repeal of the new financial regulatory reform bill, John Boehner is going even further: He's calling for a moratorium on all new Federal regulations — in the name of job creation.
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David Kurtz / Talking Points Memo:
Dumbest Idea Of The Year?
Brian Beutler / TPMDC:
Republicans, K Street Plot Tax Cuts And Deregulation For 2011 (VIDEO)
David Dayen / Firedoglake:
Ass't.  Treasury Sec. Michael Barr: Elizabeth Warren “Extremely Well-Qualified” for CFPB  —  Hmmm... could Warren get the job? (photo: New America Foundation)  —  I'm on a conference call with Michael Barr, the assistant Treasury Secretary for Financial Institutions, about the Wall Street reform bill.
Discussion: Salon
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The Huffington Post:
Tim Geithner Opposes Nominating Elizabeth Warren To Lead New Consumer Agency
New York Times:
Congress Passes Financial Reform
Jon Perr / Crooks and Liars:
Meet the New Republican Alchemists  —  So it comes down to this.  Republicans believe they can turn bulls**t into gold.  Despite the inescapable conclusion of history, theory and empirical evidence to the contrary, Mitch McConnell, Jon Kyl, John Boehner, Tom Coburn, John McCain …
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Greg Sargent / The Plum Line:
Senator Vitter suggests Rachel Maddow only looked like a woman “a long time ago”  —  UPDATE, 5:16 p.m.: Vitter has now written a note of apology to Maddow.  —  Original post:  —  Oh, what fun!  —  On a right wing radio station this morning, Senator David Vitter appeared to suggest …
Sheryl Gay Stolberg / New York Times:
News Analysis: Obama Pushes an Agenda, Disregarding Polls That Disapprove  —  WASHINGTON — If passage of the financial regulatory overhaul on Thursday proves anything about President Obama, it is this: He knows how to push big bills through a balky Congress.
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Ezra Klein:   The incredible obviousness of the Democrats' political fortunes
Associated Press:
Report: Goodwin choice as Byrd's replacement in Senate  —  CHARLESTON, W.Va. — Gov. Joe Manchin is tapping his former chief counsel and a member of a prominent West Virginia family, Carte Goodwin, to succeed the late U.S. Sen. Robert C. Byrd, Democratic officials told The Associated Press on Friday.
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The Fix:
Joe Manchin picks Carte Goodwin to replace Byrd
Peggy Noonan / Telegraph:
David Cameron, don't follow Barack Obama  —  When David Cameron visits America next week he will learn a lot - about how not to run a country, says Peggy Noonan.  —  Dear Mr Cameron, welcome young friend.  Welcome to America.  Bring your bright, dashing self to our shores.
Discussion: Marbury and alicublog
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Marc Ambinder / The Atlantic Online:
Internal Memo: Intelligence Community Frets About Washington Post Series  —  Below, a memorandum sent two weeks ago by Art House, director of communications for the Office of the Director of National Intelligence, to public affairs officers in the intelligence community about the Washington Post's upcoming series on contractors.
Annie Groer / Politics Daily:
Chelsea Clinton's A-List Wedding: Few Details, Many Questions  —  To the roaring, screeching Amtrak trains approaching Rhinecliff station from the north or south, add the occasional thwack-thwack-thwack of helicopter rotors.  —  Do those choppers carry Secret Service agents trying to secure …
Karen E. Crummy / Denver Post:
Post poll: McInnis losing support, Republicans like Tancredo  —  Support for GOP gubernatorial candidate Scott McInnis is eroding among Republicans but he remains a viable candidate even after a plagiarism scandal, according to a new Denver Post poll.  —  Twenty percent of registered Republican voters …
 
 
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