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10:35 AM ET, July 17, 2010

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Kevin Bogardus / The Hill:
Obama slams GOP for stalling jobless benefits  —  President Obama slammed Senate Republicans Saturday for blocking the extension of unemployment benefits.  —  In his weekly radio address, Obama said keeping those benefits in place would put money in people's pockets, leading to more consumer spending that could boost local economies.
Discussion: CNN and Liberty Pundits Blog
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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 …
Washington Post:
Republicans divided on the importance of an agenda for midterm elections  —  Sometime after Labor Day, House Minority Leader John A. Boehner plans to unveil a blueprint of what Republicans will do if they take back control of the chamber.  He promises it will be a full plate of policy proposals …
Discussion: Balloon Juice
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) …
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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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 …
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Stephen Schwartz / Weekly Standard:
A Mosque Grows Near Brooklyn  —  The dubious financing of ‘Cordoba House’ deserves scrutiny.  —  Since a proposal to construct a 15-story mosque and community center two blocks from Ground Zero was announced last year, the project has been a focus of widening protests.
Discussion: Power Line
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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Michael Memoli / The Swamp:
Bachmann creates tea party caucus
Discussion: Reuters and CNN
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 …
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.
Discussion: The Confluence
Washington Post:
Mexican drug cartels' newest weapon: Cold War-era grenades made in U.S.  —  MEXICO CITY — Grenades made in the United States and sent to Central America during the Cold War have resurfaced as terrifying new weapons in almost weekly attacks by Mexican drug cartels.
Discussion: SWJ Blog
Ben Geman / The Hill:
GOP whacks Berwick appointment, healthcare law in weekly address  —  Sen. Pat Roberts (R-Kan.) used the GOP's weekly address to bash President Barack Obama's recess appointment of Dr. Donald Berwick to run Medicare and Medicaid, alleging it “flies in the face” of administration pledges of transparency.
Discussion: CNN and The Politico
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
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 …
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
Noel Sheppard / NewsBusters.org:
Introducing The Obama Bumper Sticker Removal Kit  —  For your entertainment pleasure this Friday evening, the folks at NewsBusters want to introduce you to “The Obama Bumper Sticker Removal Kit.”  —  Did you buy into Hope and Change a few years ago only to now feel embarrassed by what's adorning your wheels?
Discussion: Michelle Malkin and Gateway Pundit
Simon Johnson / The Baseline Scenario:
Treasury Makes A Mistake - Claiming They Are Not Blocking Elizabeth Warren  —  It's one thing to block Elizabeth Warren from heading the new Consumer Financial Protection Bureau.  —  It's quite another thing to deny in public, for the record, that any such blocking is going on (e.g. …
Discussion: The Sideshow and DealBook
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.
Discussion: AMERICAblog News
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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Gideon Levy / Haaretz:
Tricky Bibi  —  Israel has had many rightist leaders since …
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Guardian:
Austerity drive will hand billions to private sector
Discussion: MyDD and AMERICAblog News
Caroline May / The Daily Caller:
Louis Farrakhan sends letter asking Jews for reparations
Wall Street Journal:
The Uncertainty Principle—II  —  Only 30 times more complicated than Sarbanes-Oxley.
Richard A. Viguerie / The Politico:
Good riddance to establishment GOP
Discussion: Riehl World View
Patricia Rondon / Reuters:
Venezuela exhumes hero Bolivar's bones for tests
Discussion: Weasel Zippers and Weekly Standard
CNN:
McCain challenges Obama in new TV ad
Kevin Drum / Mother Jones:
GOP Fairy Tales
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Associated Press:
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RealClearPolitics Video Log:
Carter's NSA Brzezinski Senses “Malaise” With Obama
Discussion: Hot Air and Riehl World View
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blog:
Reid's recovery  —  An amazing Nevada poll shows the man …
Discussion: PostPartisan, Firedoglake and CNN