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8:00 PM ET, July 17, 2010

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Andrew Alexander / Washington Post:
Why the silence from The Post on Black Panther Party story?  —  Thursday's Post reported about a growing controversy over the Justice Department's decision to scale down a voter-intimidation case against members of the New Black Panther Party.  The story succinctly summarized the issues …
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Joan Walsh / Salon:
Wash Post gives New Black Panther story new life  —  Just when the peddlers of the phony “corruption” claim are discredited, the paper restores their credibility  —  The always smart Adam Serwer, writing for the American Prospect, called Friday “The Day The Controversy Over The New Black Panther Case Fell Apart.”
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 …
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Telegraph:
Margaret Thatcher's family are ‘appalled’ at Meryl Streep film  —  Film about Margaret Thatcher's life, which is expected to star Meryl Streep, shows the former prime minister as a dementia-sufferer looking back at her life with sadness.  —  Tim Walker.  —  Although the prospect …
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?
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Jim Hoft / Gateway Pundit:   Finally... Manufacturer Introduces Obama Bumper Sticker Removal Kit (Video)
Rebekah Metzler / Morning Sentinel:
White House wanderers tour Acadia  —  BAR HARBOR — Julia Freifeld, of Raleigh, N.C., was absolutely certain she knew where the Obamas would make a stop during their weekend getaway on Mount Desert Island.  —  She staked out Ben & Bill's Chocolate Emporium on Main Street in Bar Harbor.
Ed Morrissey / Hot Air:
Zuckerman: Obamanomics “our economic Katrina”  —  How far out of favor has Barack Obama fallen with the business community?  Self-professed Obama supporter and occasional speechwriter Mort Zuckerman wrote a lengthy indictment of Obama's economic policies in US News & World Report yesterday afternoon …
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Mortimer B. Zuckerman / US News:   Obama's Anti-Business Policies Are Our Economic Katrina
Kenneth P. Vogel / The Politico:
Joe Biden fined $219K for 2008 presidential campaign violations  —  The Federal Election Commission has penalized Vice President Joe Biden's 2008 presidential campaign $219,000 for accepting over-the-limit contributions and a discounted flight on a jet owned by a New York hedge fund.
Discussion: The Page
Stephanie Vallejo / Boston Globe:
Barney Frank defends Scott Brown's daughters  —  WASHINGTON - Representative Barney Frank this afternoon came to Senator Scott Brown's defense, joining the Massachusetts Republican in criticizing comedian Kathy Griffin for comments she made calling Brown's daughters “prostitutes.”
Discussion: Newsalert, Mediaite and NewsBusters.org
Stephen Moore / Wall Street Journal:
Angling for Harry Reid  —  Why the tea party favorite thinks voters will reject the attacks on her views and help her topple the Senate majority leader.  —  Sharron Angle first realized the extent of the brewing revolt against Washington in late March, at a tea party protest in Searchlight …
CNN:
Vitter sorry for Maddow comment  —  Vitter is apologizing for a comment poking run at Rachel Maddow.  —  (Updated with additional context)  —  (CNN) - Republican Sen. David Vitter apologized to MSNBC host Rachel Maddow Friday after jesting on a radio program that she only looked like a woman “a long time ago.”
Discussion: Outside the Beltway
DFrum / The Daily Dish:
The Blegging Bowl 1  —  Yesterday I posted a bleg asking readers of AndrewSullivan.com and FrumForum.com for help writing a one-sentence description of a modernized, reformed conservatism.  We've had a stunning response: almost 200 suggestions, via email from AndrewSullivan readers and in the comments section at FrumForum.
Discussion: Balloon Juice
Henry Fountain / New York Times:
With Well Shut for 2 Days, BP Sees No Signs of Damage  —  Officials on Saturday extended a test of the cap on BP's blown-out well for another 24 hours, after two days of testing showed no signs of damage in the 13,000-foot-deep hole in the Gulf of Mexico.  —  “We continue to see success …
 
 
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Rasmussen Reports:
68% Say Political Class Doesn't Care What Most Americans Think
Jim Lindgren / The Volokh Conspiracy:
Professor Of Military History Weighs in on the Implausibility of Bellesiles's Story
Discussion: Jules Crittenden
Motoko Rich / New York Times:
Wealthy Reduce Buying in a Blow to the Recovery
Discussion: New York Magazine
Mona Charen / National Review:
The NAACP's Descent
Discussion: Power Line
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Simon Johnson / The Baseline Scenario:
Treasury Makes A Mistake - Claiming They Are Not Blocking Elizabeth Warren
Discussion: The Sideshow
Gideon Levy / Haaretz:
Tricky Bibi  —  Israel has had many rightist leaders since …
Discussion: Mondoweiss, TPMCafe and LobeLog.com
Stephen Schwartz / Weekly Standard:
A Mosque Grows Near Brooklyn
Discussion: Jules Crittenden and Power Line
Washington Post:
Mexican drug cartels' newest weapon: Cold War-era grenades made in U.S.
Ben Geman / The Hill:
GOP whacks Berwick appointment, healthcare law in weekly address
Discussion: The Politico and CNN
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
Richard A. Viguerie / The Politico:
Good riddance to establishment GOP
Discussion: Riehl World View