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9:30 PM ET, July 18, 2010


 Top Items: 
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 …
David S Morgan / CBS News:
Tea Party Leader: NAACP Is Playing the Race Card  —  Denies Bigots Speak for Movement's Members or Leaders; Civil Rights Figure Calls Remark Disingenuous  —  (CBS) A co-founder of Tea Party 365 today denounced what he called the NAACP's “selective racism,” claiming that the organization …
Bridget Johnson / The Hill:
McConnell ‘not interested’ in weighing in on debate over racism in Tea Party
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
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 …
Kendra Marr / The Politico:
Biden: GOP forced smaller stimulus  —  Vice President Joe Biden said that the Recovery Act was undersized because the White House shrunk the economic stimulus package to win Republican votes in Congress to pass it.  —  “I think it would have been bigger,” he told ABC's Jake Tapper in an interview airing Sunday.
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.
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.
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
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
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
James Slack / Daily Mail:
Female minister insists women must be able to choose their own clothes as ban on burka is ruled out  —  Banning the burka would infringe a woman's right to ‘choose each morning when you wake up what you wear’, Cabinet minister Caroline Spelman said today.  —  The Environment Secretary claimed …
Discussion: protein wisdom and Weasel Zippers
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?
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 …
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Ben Geman / The Hill:
Palin calls planned mosque near Ground Zero a ‘provocation’
Discussion: The Politico
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 …
David A. Fahrenthold / Washington Post:
BP, federal officials confer on closed gulf oil well cap
Discussion: Crooks and Liars and The Page
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
 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