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11:10 AM ET, July 16, 2010


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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 …
J. Taylor Rushing / The Hill:   President's ally: Expectations were set too high after 2008
Jordan Fabian / The Hill:
Reid grabs lead over Angle in latest poll
Discussion: Ballot Box and Associated Press
Charles Krauthammer / Washington Post:
Obama's next act
The Huffington Post:
Tim Geithner Opposes Nominating Elizabeth Warren To Lead New Consumer Agency  —  What's Your Reaction: … Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner has expressed opposition to the possible nomination of Elizabeth Warren to head the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, according to a source with knowledge of Geithner's views.
Forbes:   Financial Reform, R.I.P.
Tom Diemer / Politics Daily:
Goldman Sachs Fine in Fraud Case: Wall Street Firm Can Afford It
The Atlantic Online:   Who Will Manchin Choose?
Yves Smith / naked capitalism:   Elizabeth Warren in Treasury Crosshairs Again, Geithner Opposes …
Simon Johnson / The Baseline Scenario:
Tim Geithner's Ninth Political Life
Discussion: Swampland
New York Post:
Attorney who helped terrorist gets 10 years in prison  —  A judge had resentenced a 70-year-old civil rights lawyer to 10 years in prison for letting a jailed Egyptian sheik communicate with his radical followers.  —  Federal Judge John Koeltl sentenced Lynne Stewart in Manhattan after she pleaded …
Rebecca Spitz /
Civil Rights Lawyer Lynne Stewart Receives 10-Year Sentence
Associated Press:
NY lawyer gets 10-year term in terrorism case
Greenspan Says Lawmakers Should Let All Bush's Tax Cuts Lapse  —  Former Federal Reserve Chairman Alan Greenspan, whose endorsement of George W. Bush's 2001 tax cuts helped persuade Congress to pass them, said lawmakers should allow the cuts to expire at the end of the year.
Paul Krugman / New York Times:
Redo That Voodoo  —  Republicans are feeling good about the midterms — so good that they've started saying what they really think.  This week the party's Senate leadership stopped pretending that it cares about deficits, stating explicitly that while we can't afford to aid the unemployed …
Andy Barr / The Politico:
Palin aide swats Romney team  —  In potentially 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's Mark Halperin …
Jonathan Martin / The Politico:
Early signs of 2012 power
Discussion: The Page
Jim Hoft / Gateway Pundit:
Dem Rep Sheila Jackson Lee Tells NAACP: “All Those Who Wore Sheets a Long Time Ago Lifted Them Off to Wear Tea Party Clothing” (Applause!)  —  Representative Sheila Jackson Lee (D-TX) told the NAACP this week that those who wore sheets lifted them off and are now wearing tea party clothing.
Moe Lane:
They all look alike to Sheila Jackson-Lee (D, TX-18).
Discussion: and
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.
Post Now:
Earthquake in Maryland felt across area  —  A 3.6 magnitude earthquake rattled the Washington area early Friday, with thousands of residents reporting that they felt the ground shake as they slept or were waking.  The U.S. Geological Survey said the quake was centered in Montgomery County and struck at 5:04 a.m.
Glenn Reynolds / Instapundit:
AFFIDAVITS: Former DOJ Colleagues Confirm Whistleblower Adams' Accusations.  “Sworn affidavits from Hans A. von Spakovsky and Karl Bowers, who worked with J. Christian Adams in the DOJ's Civil Rights Division, offer broad confirmation of the whistleblower's accusations of bias in enforcing voting rights.”
Discussion: Riehl World View
Mark Williams / News & Commentary:
NAACP Resolution: [National Association for the Advancement of] Colored People change minds about emancipation  —  Thursday 7/15: Scroll down for update video  —  Astonishing.  —  In every one of the dozens of interviews that I have done regarding the anti-Tea Party resolution passed …
New York Times:
Oil Spill Capped for a Second Day, Offering Some Hope  —  NEW ORLEANS — The hemorrhaging well that has spilled millions of gallons of oil into the Gulf of Mexico remained capped for a second day Friday, providing some hope of a long-term solution to the environmental disaster.
Discussion: The Page
Gil Hoffman / Jerusalem Post:
46% say Obama is pro-Palestinian  —  Jpost poll: Only 10% of Israelis think US president is pro-Israel.  —  Talkbacks (47)  —  Make JPOST.COM your Home Page  —  Iranian Threat  —  Jewish World  —  Local Israel  —  Arts & Culture  —  Français  —  Classifieds  —  Israel
Michael O'Brien / The Hill:
Scott Brown slams Kathy Griffin for calling daughters ‘prostitutes’  —  Sen. Scott Brown (R-Mass.) lashed out at comedienne Kathy Griffin on Thursday for describing his daughters as “prostitutes.”  —  Brown strongly condemned remarks Griffin made on CNN in which she mocks Brown's daughters, Ayla and Arianna.
Discussion: Gateway Pundit
Greg Mankiw / Greg Mankiw's Blog:
Median Duration of Unemployment  —  Click on graphic to enlarge.  —  This recession looks very different, and much more troubling, than those in the recent past.  I wonder how this dramatic change in the nature of unemployment will alter traditional macroeconomic relationships, such as Okun's Law and the Phillips curve.
Discussion: Say Anything
A curious unemployment picture gets more curious  —  At first blush, the second quarter statistics from the Job Openings and Labor Turnover Survey (commonly referred to as JOLTS and released Tuesday by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics) suggest little has changed recently in U.S. labor markets:
Discussion: Economist's View and EconLog
Associated Press:
Officials: Manchin to Pick Former General Counsel to Fill Byrd's Seat  —  CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) … Democratic officials say West Virginia Gov. Joe Manchin has tapped his former chief lawyer to fill the late U.S. Sen. Robert C. Byrd's Senate seat.  —  Three officials familiar …
Confederate Yankee:
Think Progress Ripped Content From Tea Party Video To Create Fraudulent Racism Vid  —  You would have thought that the three separate entries I dedicated to exposing the lies yesterday in this article and video by the progressive propagandists at Think Progress, I would have said all there is to say.
Scott / Power Line:
On the road to find out  —  The Obama administration doesn't seem to have a clue about how businesses grow.  Its concerns lie elsehwere, with expanding the size and power of the administrative state.  Yesterday's passage of the gargantuan 2,300 page financial services legislation will contribute …
Discussion: National Review
Rachel Rose Hartman / Yahoo! News:
Mysterious ads attacking GOP candidate as ‘liberal’ paid for by ... Democrats?  —  The group responsible for branding Iowa Republican Terry Branstad a “liberal” who favors “government mandates” and hangs out with liberals like Nancy Pelosi and Barack Obama is none other than ... the Democratic Governors Association?
Discussion: Mediaite, RedState and Balloon Juice
Anne E. Kornblut / Washington Post:
Obama touts stimulus, taking shots at Michigan's Rep. Peter Hoekstra  —  HOLLAND, MICH. — Four months before the midterm elections, President Obama is trying to lock onto an economic message to convince voters that the 2009 government stimulus package was worth it — and is working.
Randal C. Archibold / New York Times:
Arizona Halts Photo Enforcement of Speed Laws  —  PHOENIX — At the first tick of the clock Friday, an array of automated cameras on Arizona freeways aimed at catching speeders were to stop clicking.  —  There is no glitch.  The state, the first to adopt such cameras on its highways in October 2008 …
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David Brooks / New York Times:
The Gospel of Mel Gibson
Discussion: Commentary and Pajamas Media
Christopher Hayes / The Nation:
Deficits of Mass Destruction
Discussion: National Review and Hullabaloo
Eugene Robinson / Washington Post:
It's time for Democrats to give up the funk
Discussion: The Caucus and Weekly Standard
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blog:
Lawyer: Sestak ‘willing to put his life on the line to defend Israel’
Manhattan banker sentenced to 12 years for nearly $300 million fraud
Mark Thoma /
The Dodd-Frank Financial Reform Bill
Discussion: EconLog and Cafe Hayek
 Earlier Items: 
New York Times:
Bush Aide Says Some C.I.A. Methods Unauthorized
Walter Alarkon / The Hill:
Left vows to fight any fiscal panel proposals to cut Social Security
Discussion: The Politico
Bbtv /
Breitbart to NAACP Chief: ‘Go to Hell!’
Discussion: theblogprof and Say Anything
Washington Post:
Oil leak stopped for first time since April