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8:50 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 …
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.”
Adam Serwer / American Prospect:
The Day The Controversy Over The New Black Panther Case Fell Apart.  —  So, a number of things have happened in the past few hours that should really discredit the entire conservative conspiracy theory behind the New Black Panther Party case.  —  Earlier today, I reported that J. Christian Adams …
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 …
Mortimer B. Zuckerman / US News:
Obama's Anti-Business Policies Are Our Economic Katrina  —  His gratuitous and overstated demonization of business is exactly the wrong approach  —  The growing divide and tension between the Obama administration and the business world is a cause for national concern.
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 …
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 …
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: New York Times and The Page
Noel Sheppard /
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?
Jim Hoft / Gateway Pundit:   Finally... Manufacturer Introduces Obama Bumper Sticker Removal Kit (Video)
Robert Pear / New York Times:
Changing Stance, Administration Now Defends Insurance Mandate as a Tax  —  WASHINGTON — When Congress required most Americans to obtain health insurance or pay a penalty, Democrats denied that they were creating a new tax.  But in court, the Obama administration and its allies now defend …
Reed Abelson / New York Times:
Insurers Push Plans That Limit Choices of Doctors  —  As the Obama administration begins to enact the new national health care law, the country's biggest insurers are promoting affordable plans with reduced premiums that require participants to use a narrower selection of doctors or hospitals.
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.
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
Liel Leibovitz / Tablet Magazine:
Fibi Netanyahu  —  Meeting with Benjamin Netanyahu last week, President Obama could not have been more effusive.  “I believe Prime Minister Netanyahu wants peace,” Obama said.  “I believe he is ready to take risks for peace.”  —  A newly revealed tape of Netanyahu in 2001 …
Gideon Levy / Haaretz:
Tricky Bibi  —  Israel has had many rightist leaders since …
Discussion: Mondoweiss and
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 …
DFrum / The Daily Dish:
The Blegging Bowl 1  —  Yesterday I posted a bleg asking readers of and 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
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Rasmussen Reports:
68% Say Political Class Doesn't Care What Most Americans Think
Henry Fountain / New York Times:
With Well Shut for 2 Days, BP Sees No Signs of Damage
Jim Lindgren / The Volokh Conspiracy:
Professor Of Military History Weighs in on the Implausibility of Bellesiles's Story
Discussion: Jules Crittenden
Vitter sorry for Maddow comment
Discussion: Outside the Beltway
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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
Simon Johnson / The Baseline Scenario:
Treasury Makes A Mistake - Claiming They Are Not Blocking Elizabeth Warren
Discussion: The Sideshow
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
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