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8:00 PM ET, July 19, 2010

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Andrew Breitbart / Big Government:
Video Proof: The NAACP Awards Racism-2010  —  Context is everything.  —  In this piece you will see video evidence of racism coming from a federal appointee and NAACP award recipient and in another clip from the same event a perfect rationalization for why the Tea Party needs to exist.
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Alex Seitz-Wald / Think Progress:
Racist New Hampshire State House Candidate Advises Tea Party To Be More Open With Its Racism  —  While the tea party movement is desperately trying to fight off charges of “racist elements” from the NAACP, Ryan J. Murdough, a Republican candidate for New Hampshire State House, has no qualms about expressing his views on race.
Discussion: Shakesville and The Hill
Ed Morrissey / Hot Air:
Breitbart hits NAACP with promised video of racism  —  The NAACP is about to learn one of the most basic of all lessons in life — those who live in glass houses should avoid provoking a stone-throwing war.  After the civil-rights organization threatened to issue a condemnation of Tea Party activism …
Shane D'Aprile / Ballot Box:
Rep. Minnick rejects Tea Party backing
Discussion: CNN
Dana Priest / Washington Post:
A short video from PBS's FRONTLINE on The Post's two-year investigation.  An hour-long documentary film will run in October.  Watch the trailer »  —  Investigative reporter Dana Priest has been The Washington Post's intelligence, Pentagon and health-care reporter.
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Washington Post:
A hidden world, growing beyond control  —  The top-secret world the government created in response to the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, has become so large, so unwieldy and so secretive that no one knows how much money it costs, how many people it employs, how many programs exist within …
Glenn Greenwald / Salon:
The Real U.S. Government  —  The Washington Post's Dana Priest demonstrates once again why she's easily one of the best investigative journalists in the nation — if not the best — with the publication of Part I of her series, co-written with William Arkin, detailing the sprawling …
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Marc Ambinder / The Atlantic Online:
Is Palin Lucky, Good, or ...  When she writes on her palm and uses words like refudiate, Sarah Palin is lucky.  That is, all her success, all the adulation, her approval rating with Republican voters — all of these pieces of evidence suggest that she needs more seasoning and is resonating …
Bluegal / Crooks and Liars:
Sarah Palin compares herself to William Shakespeare
Discussion: Rumproast, Shakesville and Gawker
Ezra Klein:
Republicans now blaming Democrats for Bush tax cuts  —  The new Republican line is that there's a “Democrat tax hike” on the way.  And it's a big 'un: “An unprecedented $3.8 trillion increase” that will affect — and this is their bold and underline, not mine — “every American who pays income taxes!”
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Annie Lowrey / The Washington Independent:
The ‘Democrat Ticking Tax Bomb’ Canard
Discussion: Washington Monthly
Chris Cillizza / The Fix:
Republicans=Bush?  —  National Democrats made no secret …
Naftali Bendavid / Wall Street Journal:
GOP Sees Path to Control of Senate  —  WASHINGTON—Democrats for the first time are acknowledging that Republicans could retake the Senate this November if everything falls into place for the GOP, less than two years after Democrats held a daunting 60-seat majority.
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Lydia Saad / Gallup:
Democrats Jump Into Six-Point Lead on Generic Ballot  —  At the same time, Republican enthusiasm for voting in November surges  —  PRINCETON, NJ — In the same week the U.S. Senate passed a major financial reform bill touted as reining in Wall Street, Democrats pulled ahead of Republicans …
Discussion: Taegan Goddard's …
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Tom Jensen / Public Policy Polling:   The Monthly Generic  —  Barack Obama's approval numbers hit …
Jon Ralston / Las Vegas Sun:
How the race has turned sour for Sharron Angle  —  Sharron Angle is dead, one in an occasional series:  —  With Angle's hot air balloon leaking helium about as rapidly as oil left that Gulf well — 45 days and counting and the GOP Senate nominee still has not plugged it — the question is whether she can survive the fall to earth.
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Howard Kurtz / Washington Post:
GOP candidates stiff mainstream press
Ed Morrissey / Hot Air:
TARP audit claims Obama admin destroyed “tens of thousands” of jobs in dealer closures  —  Last year, while the Obama administration seized two of the nation's three main domestic auto manufacturers, it also shut down thousands of dealerships across the country, supposedly to stabilize GM and Chrysler.
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Nick Bunkley / New York Times:
TARP Audit Questions Rush to Close Auto Dealers
John Harwood / The Caucus:
Mystery for White House: Where Did the Jobs Go?  —  Welcome as it is, progress toward finally capping the gulf oil leak hasn't resolved the biggest conundrum facing President Obama before the midterm elections.  —  That conundrum, which reclaims center stage in Washington this week, is this: Why is unemployment so high?
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Dalia Sussman / The Caucus:
Polls Find Wide Support For Jobless Benefit Extension
Helene Cooper / New York Times:
Obama Assails G.O.P. for Blocking Benefits Bill
Discussion: msnbc.com, Time, MyDD and New York Magazine
Wayne Besen / Truth Wins Out:
Breaking News: Major ‘Ex-Gay’ Life Coach Accused of Sexual Misconduct By Former Clients  —  Contact: Wayne Besen, TWO Executive Director  —  Therapist Alan Downing, A Key Figure In JONAH and People Can Change, Allegedly Made Clients Get Naked And Touch Genitals
Matt Taibbi / Rolling Stone:
Another Senate Charade  —  This note comes courtesy of my friend David Sirota out in Colorado.  This is a classic example of how the Senate works.  If the public understood better how rigged this game is, and how few issues are actually left to an honest vote in the legislature …
Discussion: Denver Post
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David Sirota / The Huffington Post:
C-SPAN As Red Pill: Camera Catches Senate Vote-Switching to Protect …
Discussion: ColoradoPols.com
Matt Lewis / Politics Daily:
Glenn Beck Tells Audience He Might Be Going Blind  —  During a tearful and passionate speech at his “American Revival” meeting in Salt Lake City on Saturday, Fox News host Glenn Beck revealed that he may be going blind.  —  During his speech (video below), Beck told the audience, “I can't focus my eyes.”
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Brandon Loomis / Salt Lake Tribune:
Put God back in public life, Glenn Beck says
Discussion: Left Coast Rebel
Nate Silver / FiveThirtyEight:
Senate Forecast, 7/18: Republican Outlook Improves with Focus on Likely Voter Polls  —  Our latest Senate simulation has the chamber convening in 2011 with an average of 53.4 Democrats (counting Joe Lieberman and Bernie Sanders), 46.1 Republicans, and 0.5 Charlie Crists.
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Michael O'Brien / The Hill:
Dodd doubts Warren's confirmability for job of consumer guardian  —  Elizabeth Warren might not have the votes to win confirmation as head of a new Consumer Financial Protection Agency, Sen. Chris Dodd (D-Conn.) suggested Monday.  —  Dodd, the chairman of the Senate Banking Committee …
Andy Barr / The Politico:
Poll: D.C. elites a world apart  —  In their opinions on policy and politicians ranging from President Barack Obama to Sarah Palin, elites in Washington have a strikingly divergent outlook from the rest of the nation, according to a new POLITICO poll released Monday.
 
 
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John McCormack / Weekly Standard:
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Obama's Highest Half-Year Approval Ratings in D.C., Hawaii
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