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12:40 PM 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 …
Jordan Fabian / The Hill:
Reid grabs lead over Angle in latest poll
Discussion: Ballot Box and Associated Press
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.
Jonathan Martin / The Politico:
Early signs of 2012 power
Discussion: The Page
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.
Yves Smith / naked capitalism:
Elizabeth Warren in Treasury Crosshairs Again, Geithner Opposes …
Discussion: Firedoglake
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.
Aaron Blake / The Fix:
Joe Manchin to pick Carte Goodwin to replace Byrd  —  The governor's office declined to confirm the pick to replace the late Sen. Robert C. Byrd (D-W.Va.), saying only to stay tuned until a 2 p.m. Eastern news conference.  The AP has also reported that Goodwin is the pick, citing anonymous sources.
Discussion: AmSpecBlog
Shane D'Aprile / Ballot Box:
Report: West Virginia governor picks former counsel for Byrd seat
Discussion: The Politico
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 …
J. Taylor Rushing / The Hill:   President's ally: Expectations were set too high after 2008
Scott / Power Line:
On the road to find out  —  The Obama administration doesn't seem …
Discussion: Flopping Aces and National Review
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 …
Mark Williams / News & Commentary:
NAACP Resolution: [National Association for the Advancement of] …
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
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 …
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
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.
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
Q&A: Argentina gay marriage law  —  Argentina is the 10th country to legalise gay marriage  —  Argentina has become the first country in Latin America to legalise same-sex marriage.  —  The debate over the legislation reflected deep divisions in Argentina, which is a mainly Roman Catholic country.
Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
THE MOST CYNICAL OF CALCULATIONS.... Part of me wondered if, after the Senate overcame a Republican filibuster on Wall Street reform, several GOP senators would go ahead and vote for it.  After all, at that point, everyone knew it would pass, and who wants to take a stand against safeguards …
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 Politico, Jay Bookman and The Page
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
Scott Wong / The Politico:
GOP fights immigration lawsuit  —  As Arizona's controversial immigration law enters the courtroom, Capitol Hill Republicans are trying to intervene in the legal brawl.  —  This week, Sens. Jim DeMint of South Carolina and David Vitter of Louisiana introduced legislation that would block …
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Ambrose Evans-Pritchard / Telegraph:
Fed's volte face sends the dollar tumbling
Discussion: The Moderate Voice and DealBook
Michael Memoli / The Swamp:
Obama cautious about oil leak
Discussion: The Politico
Wall Street Journal:
Youth Has Outlived Its Usefulness
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
 Earlier Items: 
Greg Mankiw / Greg Mankiw's Blog:
Median Duration of Unemployment
Discussion: Say Anything and EconLog
Rachel Rose Hartman / Yahoo! News:
Mysterious ads attacking GOP candidate as ‘liberal’ paid for by ... Democrats?
Discussion: Mediaite, RedState and Balloon Juice
Randal C. Archibold / New York Times:
Arizona Halts Photo Enforcement of Speed Laws
Michael O'Brien / The Hill:
Scott Brown slams Kathy Griffin for calling daughters ‘prostitutes’