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6:30 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 …
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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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.
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.
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 deeply discounted flight on a private jet owned by an embattled New York hedge fund …
Discussion: CNN and 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: Mediaite, Newsalert and NewsBusters.org
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
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 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 …
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.
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
Motoko Rich / New York Times:
Wealthy Reduce Buying in a Blow to the Recovery  —  The economic recovery has been helped in large part by the spending of the most affluent.  Now, even the rich appear to be tightening their belts.  —  Late last year, the highest-income households started spending more confidently, while other consumers held back.
Discussion: New York Magazine
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: Jules Crittenden and Power Line
 
 
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Jim Lindgren / The Volokh Conspiracy:
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Mona Charen / National Review:
The NAACP's Descent
Discussion: Power Line
Gideon Levy / Haaretz:
Tricky Bibi  —  Israel has had many rightist leaders since …
Discussion: Mondoweiss, TPMCafe and LobeLog.com
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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
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
Wall Street Journal:
About That Financial Reform ‘Victory’
Annie Lowrey / The Washington Independent:
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Patricia Rondon / Reuters:
Venezuela exhumes hero Bolivar's bones for tests