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2:00 AM ET, July 17, 2010

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Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
THE PROBLEM WITH SHORT MEMORIES.... Given all the public confusion, it's sometimes surprising President Obama's approval rating isn't lower.  Take this tidbit from the latest Pew Research report. … I guess the frequent Republican complaints about “bailouts” led much of the public …
Discussion: New York Magazine
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Greg Sargent / The Plum Line:
Only Republicans like Sarah Palin
People-Press.org:
Well Known: Twitter; Little Known: John Roberts
Discussion: The Hill and Politics Daily
Andy Barr / The Politico:
Palin aide swats Romney team
Josh Rogin / Foreign Policy:
State Department warns employees about new website highlighting Top Secret facilities  —  The State Department is bracing for a potentially explosive new feature on the Washington Post website that would publish the names and locations of agencies and firms conducting Top Secret work on behalf …
Discussion: Hot Air and Raw Story
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Marc Ambinder / The Atlantic Online:
Internal Memo: Intelligence Community Frets About Washington Post Series
Quin Hillyer / Washington Times:
TWT Exclusive: Is Wash Post harming intelligence work?
Ben Smith / The Politico:
A conservative dismisses right-wing Black Panther ‘fantasies’  —  A scholar whom President George W. Bush appointed vice chairwoman of the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights, Abigail Thernstrom has a reputation as a tough conservative critic of affirmative action and politically correct positions on race.
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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 …
American Spectator:
America's Ruling Class — And the Perils of Revolution  —  As over-leveraged investment houses began to fail in September 2008, the leaders of the Republican and Democratic parties, of major corporations, and opinion leaders stretching from the National Review magazine (and the Wall Street Journal) …
Discussion: Left Coast Rebel
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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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 …
Discussion: Washington Monthly
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?
Ezra Klein:
The incredible obviousness of the Democrats' political fortunes  —  The topic du jour appears to be the Obama paradox.  How, some writers are asking, can the Democrats be both passing a lot of legislation and be headed for a defeat at the polls?  —  But there's no contradiction.  No paradox.
Jonah Goldberg / The Corner on National Review Online:
On Mel Gibson, “Conservative” — By: Jonah Goldberg  —  For starters, I think it's all unseemly.  I don't think this is the kind of thing that should be spilled out for the public no matter who it is.  I think Gibson is clearly troubled and despite his well-documented paranoia, there are many long knives out with his name on them.
Discussion: Julian Sanchez
Paul Krugman:
What Went Wrong: The Rahm Factor  —  A fascinating and depressing interview with David Obey: … But remember, the Cossacks work for the czar.
Discussion: Ezra Klein
Annie Lowrey / The Washington Independent:
Obey: White House Suggested Cutting Food Stamps to Pay for Education Program  —  This entire interview with Rep. Dave Obey (D-Wis.), the head of the House Appropriations Committee and a powerful veteran member of Congress, who is retiring this year, is worth a read.  But one passage is particularly striking.
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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Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blog:
Reid's recovery  —  An amazing Nevada poll shows the man …
Discussion: CNN, msnbc.com and The Fix
Dave McNary / Variety:
Aaron Sorkin to direct John Edwards film  —  ‘Social Network’ scribe to adapt ‘The Politician’  —  Aaron Sorkin — best known for creating “The West Wing” — will make his feature directorial debut with a John Edwards biopic.  —  Sorkin's adapting and producing Andrew Young's “The Politician …
Wall Street Journal:
About That Financial Reform ‘Victory’  —  Dodd-Frank may backfire on Democrats.  —  “President Obama Signs Historic Stimulus Bill”—Rocky Mountain News, Feb. 17, 2009  —  “Obama Signs Historic Health Care Legislation”—NPR, March 23, 2010  —  “Senate Poised to Pass Historic Financial Reform”—McClatchy, July 12, 1010
Discussion: Liberty Pundits Blog
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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 …
CNN:
McCain challenges Obama in new TV ad  —  Arizona Sheriff Paul Babeu defends McCain in a new TV ad.  —  Washington (CNN) - Sen. John McCain, R-Arizona, the former GOP presidential hopeful running for re-election debuted a new TV ad Friday, but instead of targeting his opponents he focused directly …
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 …
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 …
 
 
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Richard A. Viguerie / The Politico:
Good riddance to establishment GOP
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Kevin Drum / Mother Jones:
GOP Fairy Tales
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Associated Press:
First lady to make 2nd Gulf trip following spill
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Gene Weingarten column mentions Lady Gaga.
Deseret News:
At least 2 state employees compiled immigrant list, Gov. Gary Herbert says
Jennifer Levitz / Wall Street Journal:
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Iran Suicide Bombing Caught on Camera
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