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6:05 AM ET, July 17, 2010

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Josh Rogin / Foreign Policy:
State Department warns employees about new website highlighting Top Secret facilities  —  The State Department is bracing for a potentially explosive new feature on the Washington Post website that would publish the names and locations of agencies and firms conducting Top Secret work on behalf …
Discussion: The Daily Caller, Hot Air and Raw Story
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Quin Hillyer / Washington Times:
TWT Exclusive: Is Wash Post harming intelligence work?
Marc Ambinder / The Atlantic Online:
Internal Memo: Intelligence Community Frets About Washington Post Series
American Spectator:
America's Ruling Class — And the Perils of Revolution  —  As over-leveraged investment houses began to fail in September 2008, the leaders of the Republican and Democratic parties, of major corporations, and opinion leaders stretching from the National Review magazine (and the Wall Street Journal) …
Discussion: Left Coast Rebel
Ben Smith / The Politico:
A conservative dismisses right-wing Black Panther ‘fantasies’  —  A scholar whom President George W. Bush appointed vice chairwoman of the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights, Abigail Thernstrom has a reputation as a tough conservative critic of affirmative action and politically correct positions on race.
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Greg Sargent / The Plum Line:
Senator Vitter suggests Rachel Maddow only looked like a woman “a long time ago”  —  UPDATE, 5:16 p.m.: Vitter has now written a note of apology to Maddow.  —  Original post:  —  Oh, what fun!  —  On a right wing radio station this morning, Senator David Vitter appeared to suggest …
Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
THE PROBLEM WITH SHORT MEMORIES.... Given all the public confusion, it's sometimes surprising President Obama's approval rating isn't lower.  Take this tidbit from the latest Pew Research report. … I guess the frequent Republican complaints about “bailouts” led much of the public …
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People-Press.org:
Well Known: Twitter; Little Known: John Roberts
Discussion: The Hill and Politics Daily
Ta-Nehisi Coates / The Atlantic Online:
A Final Thought  —  Here is former head and current spokesperson for the Tea Party Express Mark Williams satirically responding to the NAACP: … Williams has since taken the original down and posted a half-hearted justification.  Mark Williams is the same man who has denounced Barack Obama as …
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Alex Seitz-Wald / Think Progress:
Bigoted Tea Party Leader Mark Williams: 'It's Impossible For There …
Michael Memoli / The Swamp:
Bachmann creates tea party caucus
Discussion: CNN
Annie Lowrey / The Washington Independent:
Obey: White House Suggested Cutting Food Stamps to Pay for Education Program  —  This entire interview with Rep. Dave Obey (D-Wis.), the head of the House Appropriations Committee and a powerful veteran member of Congress, who is retiring this year, is worth a read.  But one passage is particularly striking.
Jonah Goldberg / The Corner on National Review Online:
On Mel Gibson, “Conservative” — By: Jonah Goldberg  —  For starters, I think it's all unseemly.  I don't think this is the kind of thing that should be spilled out for the public no matter who it is.  I think Gibson is clearly troubled and despite his well-documented paranoia, there are many long knives out with his name on them.
Discussion: Julian Sanchez
Ezra Klein:
The incredible obviousness of the Democrats' political fortunes  —  The topic du jour appears to be the Obama paradox.  How, some writers are asking, can the Democrats be both passing a lot of legislation and be headed for a defeat at the polls?  —  But there's no contradiction.  No paradox.
Discussion: AMERICAblog News
Paul Krugman:
What Went Wrong: The Rahm Factor  —  A fascinating and depressing interview with David Obey: … But remember, the Cossacks work for the czar.
Discussion: Ezra Klein
Greg Sargent / The Plum Line:
Boehner: No more new Federal regulations!  —  UPDATE, 2:50 p.m.: DCCC chair Chris Van Hollen responds: … Original post:  —  A day after calling for repeal of the new financial regulatory reform bill, John Boehner is going even further: He's calling for a moratorium on all new Federal regulations — in the name of job creation.
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David Kurtz / Talking Points Memo:
Dumbest Idea Of The Year?
Greg Sargent / The Plum Line:
Only Republicans like Sarah Palin  —  Okay, that headline is an exaggeration, but not by much.  —  The new Gallup poll shows a striking disconnect in public opinion about Sarah Palin: While her favorability ratings are significantly higher among Republicans than all the other 2012 GOP hopefuls …
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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.
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David Kurtz / Talking Points Memo:
Chart Of The Day  —  I'm not sure it's sunk in yet within …
Discussion: Washington Monthly
Dave McNary / Variety:
Aaron Sorkin to direct John Edwards film  —  ‘Social Network’ scribe to adapt ‘The Politician’  —  Aaron Sorkin — best known for creating “The West Wing” — will make his feature directorial debut with a John Edwards biopic.  —  Sorkin's adapting and producing Andrew Young's “The Politician …
Wall Street Journal:
About That Financial Reform ‘Victory’  —  Dodd-Frank may backfire on Democrats.  —  “President Obama Signs Historic Stimulus Bill”—Rocky Mountain News, Feb. 17, 2009  —  “Obama Signs Historic Health Care Legislation”—NPR, March 23, 2010  —  “Senate Poised to Pass Historic Financial Reform”—McClatchy, July 12, 1010
Discussion: Liberty Pundits Blog
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Jennifer Levitz / Wall Street Journal:
To Protest Hiring of Nonunion Help, Union Hires Nonunion Pickets  —  Jobless Recruits Get Minimum Wage ‘To March Around and Sound Off’  —  WASHINGTON—Billy Raye, a 51-year-old unemployed bike courier, is looking for work.  —  Fortunately for him, the Mid-Atlantic Regional Council …
CNN:
McCain challenges Obama in new TV ad  —  Arizona Sheriff Paul Babeu defends McCain in a new TV ad.  —  Washington (CNN) - Sen. John McCain, R-Arizona, the former GOP presidential hopeful running for re-election debuted a new TV ad Friday, but instead of targeting his opponents he focused directly …
Patricia Rondon / Reuters:
Venezuela exhumes hero Bolivar's bones for tests  —  CARACAS (Reuters) - Venezuela exhumed the remains of 19th century independence hero Simon Bolivar on Friday and will test them to see if he was poisoned by enemies in Colombia.  —  Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez rejects the traditional account …
Discussion: Weasel Zippers and Weekly Standard
Karen E. Crummy / Denver Post:
Post poll: McInnis losing support, Republicans like Tancredo  —  Support for GOP gubernatorial candidate Scott McInnis is eroding among Republicans but he remains a viable candidate even after a plagiarism scandal, according to a new Denver Post poll.  —  Twenty percent of registered Republican voters …
 
 
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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
Kevin Drum / Mother Jones:
GOP Fairy Tales
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Annie Groer / Politics Daily:
Chelsea Clinton's A-List Wedding: Few Details, Many Questions
Associated Press:
First lady to make 2nd Gulf trip following spill
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Deseret News:
At least 2 state employees compiled immigrant list, Gov. Gary Herbert says
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Glenn Greenwald / Salon:
Jay Bybee's sociopathic self-absorption
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Iran Suicide Bombing Caught on Camera
Discussion: Gateway Pundit
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blog:
Reid's recovery  —  An amazing Nevada poll shows the man …
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