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9:25 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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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
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.
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: The Greenroom, CNN, Salon and TBogg
People-Press.org:
Well Known: Twitter; Little Known: John Roberts
Discussion: The Hill and Politics Daily
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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Alex Seitz-Wald / Think Progress:
Bigoted Tea Party Leader Mark Williams: 'It's Impossible For There …
Michael Memoli / The Swamp:
Bachmann creates tea party caucus
Discussion: CNN and Think Progress
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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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:
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 …
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.
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Sheryl Gay Stolberg / New York Times:
News Analysis: Obama Pushes an Agenda, Disregarding Polls That Disapprove
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.
Discussion: Weasel Zippers
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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
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David Brooks / New York Times:
The Gospel of Mel Gibson
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.
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Josh Rogin / Foreign Policy:
State Department warns employees about new website highlighting …
Discussion: Hot Air and Raw Story
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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Kevin Drum / Mother Jones:
GOP Fairy Tales
Discussion: Obsidian Wings
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) …
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 …
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
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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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.
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 …
The Fix:
Joe Manchin picks Carte Goodwin to replace Byrd  —  Goodwin, who will be the youngest member of the Senate at 36 years old, replaces the oldest, the late Sen. Robert C. Byrd (D-W.Va.), who died two weeks ago at the age of 92.  He is expected to serve only until West Virginia can hold a special election …
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Shane D'Aprile / The Hill:
W. Va. governor picks ex-counsel to temporarily fill Byrd's Senate seat
 
 
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