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8:00 PM ET, July 18, 2010


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Tea Party Express leader gets the boot  —  (CNN) — The National Tea Party Federation, an organization that represents the Tea Party political movement around the country, has expelled conservative commentator Mark Williams and his Tea Party Express because of an inflammatory blog post he wrote …
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 …
Bridget Johnson / The Hill:
McConnell ‘not interested’ in weighing in on debate over racism in Tea Party
Discussion: CNN, sisu and Riehl World View
Matt Bai / New York Times:
Beneath Divides Seemingly About Race Are Generational Fault Lines
Discussion: The Caucus
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 …
Discussion: Pirate's Cove and New York Times
Shailagh Murray / Washington Post:
Republican lawmakers gird for rowdy tea party  —  So who wants to join Rand Paul's “tea-party” caucus?  —  “I don't know about that,” Sen. Bob Corker (R-Tenn.) replied with a nervous laugh.  “I'm not sure I should be participating in this story.”  —  Republican lawmakers see plenty …
Kevin Bogardus / Ballot Box:
Sessions predicts ‘slightly over 40’ House seats gained by Republicans
Discussion: The Politico
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 …
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.
Kendra Marr / The Politico:
GOP senators: Obama failing in oil clean-up  —  Just days after BP temporarily plugged the massive oil leak in the Gulf of Mexico, Senate Republicans on Sunday lashed out at the Obama administration for failing to clean up America's soiled shoreline.  —  Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell …
Kevin Bogardus / The Hill:
Vitter: Obama avoiding oil spill
Discussion: Washington Monthly
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
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.
Anita Kumar / Washington Post:
McDonnell wants to show Virginia the way out of liquor business  —  RICHMOND — For months, aides to Virginia Gov. Robert F. McDonnell have been meeting behind closed doors with alcohol retailers and wholesalers, public safety officials and faith-based groups to come up with a way to fulfill …
David Limbaugh / Washington Examiner:
Obama's the “most” racial president  —  While President Obama has touted himself as a post-racial president, he has built a record demonstrating precisely the opposite.  Is it Obama's bitterness, or is the incessant playing of the race card by him and many of his supporters merely calculated political exploitation — or both?
Mark A.R. Kleiman / Los Angeles Times:
California can't legalize marijuana  —  No matter what argument you use, the fact remains that the federal Controlled Substances Act makes it a felony to grow or sell cannabis.  —  Now that California's billion-dollar “ medical marijuana” industry and its affiliated “recommendationists” …
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
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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Thomas L. Friedman / New York Times:
Can We Talk?  —  On July 7, CNN fired its senior editor …
Discussion: Matthew Yglesias and Mediaite
David A. Fahrenthold / Washington Post:
BP, federal officials confer on closed gulf oil well cap
Discussion: Crooks and Liars and The Page
James Slack / Daily Mail:
Female minister insists women must be able to choose their own clothes …
Discussion: protein wisdom and Weasel Zippers
Paul Krugman:
More On Deficit Limits  —  Jamie Galbraith responded to this post …
Discussion: Angry Bear and Economist's View
Victor Davis Hanson / The Corner on National …:
Pampered populists — By: Victor Davis Hanson
Keith B. Richburg / Washington Post:
For many pregnant Chinese, a U.S. passport for baby remains a powerful lure
Lauren Etter / Wall Street Journal:
Roads to Ruin: Towns Rip Up the Pavement
 Earlier Items: 
Ben Geman / The Hill:
Hayworth: Obama wants ‘no enforcement of the law’ on immigration
New Economic Perspectives:
The Myths About Government Debt and Deficit as Told By Carmen Reinhart …
Discussion: Corrente
Steve Krakauer / Mediaite:
Keith Olbermann To Take “Couple Weeks Vacation Off” - Lawrence O'Donnell Fills In
Laura Donnelly / Telegraph:
Cash crisis in NHS leaves patients lying on operating tables
Tamar Lewin / New York Times:
Pleas Evolve for Conscientious Objector Status