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11:25 PM ET, July 18, 2010


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Tea Party Federation kicks out Williams over blog post  —  (CNN) — Tea Party activist Mark Williams says he's done discussing the controversy stirred up by his attack on the NAACP, accusing a fellow movement leader of turning the debate into “a World Wrestling style personality conflict.”
Political Punch:
VP: Tea Party ‘Not a Racist Organization’  —  “Do you think elements of the Tea Party are racist?”  This Week anchor Jake Tapper asked Vice President Joe Biden in an EXCLUSIVE interview.  Biden equivocated at first, but then settled on a pretty firm no.  —  “Well, the truth is that at least elements …
Dan / Riehl World View:
GOP Dumps On Tea Party, Right-Blogs
Discussion: The Sundries Shack and Instapundit
Bridget Johnson / The Hill:
McConnell ‘not interested’ in weighing in on debate over racism in Tea Party
Discussion: CNN and Riehl World View
Matt Bai / New York Times:
Beneath Divides Seemingly About Race Are Generational Fault Lines
Maggie Haberman / The Politico:
Palin triggers NY mosque Twitter fray  —  Sarah Palin, who waded into a New York political fight by endorsing Ann Marie Buerkle in NY-25, is drifting into a decidedly higher-charged battle: The fray over a planned mosque near Ground Zero.  —  “Peace-seeking Muslims, pls understand …
Ben Geman / The Hill:   Palin calls planned mosque near Ground Zero a ‘provocation’
Patrik Jonsson / Christian Science Monitor:
Joe the Plumber (not that one) says he helped stop Gulf oil spill leak  —  A Kansas man says he's the ‘mystery plumber’ who influenced the BP containment cap design that stopped the Gulf oil spill leak.  BP says Joe Caldart's sketch may have been one of many it's used.  —  Atlanta
Discussion: Firedoglake and Reuters
Allen: Seepage detected away from well  —  (CNN) — The federal government's oil spill response director says testing has revealed that there is a “detected seep a distance from the well” and has ordered BP to quickly notify the government if other leaks are found.
David A. Fahrenthold / Washington Post:
BP, federal officials confer on closed gulf oil well cap
Discussion: The Page
Kay Lazar / Boston Globe:
Firms cancel health coverage  —  With cost rising, small companies turning to state  —  The relentlessly rising cost of health insurance is prompting some small Massachusetts companies to drop coverage for their workers and encourage them to sign up for state-subsidized care instead …
Ed Morrissey / Hot Air:
Biden: Failed stimulus all GOP's fault; Update: Obama, 2/5/09: “I think we're in range” Update: 2/9/09, “the right size, the right scope”  —  Jake Tapper interviewed Vice President Joe Biden and challenged him on the administration's new Recovery Summer public-relations sloganeering …
The Huffington Post:
Mike Pence Explains Why America Can Afford Tax Cuts For The Rich But Not Jobless Aid  —  WHAT'S YOUR REACTION?  —  The unsavory task of explaining why America apparently can't afford to help the unemployed but can afford tax cuts for the rich fell to Rep. Mike Pence (R-Ind.) on Sunday.
Laurie Goodstein / New York Times:
Evangelicals Are Joining Obama on Immigration Overhaul  —  At a time when the prospects for immigration overhaul seem most dim, supporters have unleashed a secret weapon: a group of influential evangelical Christian leaders.  —  Normally on the opposite side of political issues backed …
Tom Gross Mideast Media Analysis:
A nice new shopping mall opened today in Gaza: Will the media report on it?  —  [Please link to and credit this website if writing on this.]  —  Will the Western media show these images?  —  All notes below by Tom Gross  —  Please scroll down below for photos of the new shopping mall that opened today in Gaza.
Carol E. Lee / The Politico:
Obama's speed vacation  —  BAR HARBOR, Me.  - President George H.W. Bush did speed golf.  President Barack Obama does speed vacationing.  —  In Maine this past weekend the practice began immediately.  —  While most travelers head from the airport to their hotel, Obama stepped off …
Discussion: The Swamp
John / Power Line:
Union Goons In Action  —  This footage was shot at a pro-Democratic Party union rally in California.  If those shirts were brown instead of pink, the video would have a disturbingly retro feel:  —  It's funny how the political class is always wringing its hands about the potential for violence …
Greene gives first public speech  —  Manning, South Carolina (CNN) — South Carolina Democratic Senatorial candidate Alvin Greene urged voters Sunday to “get South Carolina and America back to work” in his first major public speech since surprising the political world last month by capturing his party's nomination.
Discussion: Mediaite and Hot Air
Doug Powers / Michelle Malkin:
Bob Schieffer: I Didn't Ask Holder About the Black Panther Thing Because I Didn't Know About It  —  Last Sunday, Face the Nation host Bob Schieffer had Attorney General Eric Holder on for an entire half hour, and never once asked him about the Department of Justice dropping the case …
Discussion: and Pajamas Media
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CIA suspects Iranian nuclear defector who returned to Tehran was a double agent
Discussion: NO QUARTER and Israel Matzav
Mark A.R. Kleiman / Los Angeles Times:
California can't legalize marijuana
Thomas L. Friedman / New York Times:
Can We Talk?  —  On July 7, CNN fired its senior editor …
James Slack / Daily Mail:
Female minister insists women must be able to choose their own clothes …
Discussion: protein wisdom and Weasel Zippers
Kevin Bogardus / Ballot Box:
Sessions predicts ‘slightly over 40’ House seats gained by Republicans
Discussion: The Politico
Victor Davis Hanson / The Corner on National …:
Pampered populists — By: Victor Davis Hanson
Discussion: Mediaite and Morning Sentinel
Keith B. Richburg / Washington Post:
For many pregnant Chinese, a U.S. passport for baby remains a powerful lure
Kendra Marr / The Politico:
GOP senators: Obama failing in oil clean-up
 Earlier Items: 
Ben Geman / The Hill:
Hayworth: Obama wants ‘no enforcement of the law’ on immigration
Anita Kumar / Washington Post:
McDonnell wants to show Virginia the way out of liquor business
New Economic Perspectives:
The Myths About Government Debt and Deficit as Told By Carmen Reinhart …
Discussion: Corrente
Laura Donnelly / Telegraph:
Cash crisis in NHS leaves patients lying on operating tables