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10:40 AM ET, July 19, 2010


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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.
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 …
Fox News:
Team Obama Braces for Upcoming Story Set to Expose Intelligence Spending
Paul Krugman / New York Times:
The Pundit Delusion  —  The latest hot political topic is the “Obama paradox” — the supposedly mysterious disconnect between the president's achievements and his numbers.  The line goes like this: The administration has had multiple big victories in Congress, most notably on health reform …
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.
The Politico:
Reality gap: U.S. struggles, D.C. booms
Discussion: Liberty Pundits Blog and Hot Air
Maggie Haberman / The Politico:
Palin sparks Twitter fight on mosque  —  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’
Discussion: Gateway Pundit
Andy Barr / The Politico:
Tea party federation boots Williams  —  The National Tea Party Federation has expelled activist Mark Williams over his attacks on the NAACP.  —  A spokesman for the federation, which is seeking to become a national umbrella organization, said Sunday on CBS's “Face the Nation” …
Discussion: CNN
Tea Party Federation kicks out Williams over blog post
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.
Henry Fountain / New York Times:
BP Hopes to Keep Gulf Well Closed, but Seeping Is Detected  —  After three days of encouraging pressure tests, a senior BP official said Sunday that the company's recently capped well in the Gulf of Mexico was holding up and that BP now hoped to keep the well closed until it could be permanently plugged.
Seep detected ‘a distance from’ oil well
Discussion: Ecocentric and
Fred Barnes / Weekly Standard:
Colorado's GOP on a Roll  —  With one prominent exception.  —  Colorado, the vanguard of a Democratic juggernaut for three straight election cycles, has flipped.  To wit:  —  President Obama won Colorado handily in 2008 (54 percent to 45 percent for John McCain), but his popularity dropped precipitously …
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.
Laurie Goodstein / New York Times:
Obama Gains Evangelical Allies on Immigration  —  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 by the Obama White House …
Robert Gibbs /
July 18: Cornyn, Menendez, Sessions, Van Hollen  —  MR. DAVID GREGORY: This Sunday: The balance of power in Washington and the political shockwaves from news made right here last Sunday when the White House conceded Democrats could indeed lose control of the House.
Discussion: Washington Monthly
Alex Seitz-Wald / Think Progress:
Sessions And Cornyn Refuse To Detail GOP Agenda, Offer Zero …
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.
Kendra Marr / The Politico:   President Obama to slam Republicans on jobless relief
Stanley Crouch / NY Daily News:
Is NAACP blind to Farrakhan & Co.?  The Nation of Islam is built on racism and lies  —  I do not think that the NAACP was out of order in asking the Tea Party movement to separate itself from the racists in its midst, but the famous civil rights organization ought to start by following the same suggestion.
Discussion: JammieWearingFool
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 …
Discussion: American Power and Scared Monkeys
Stan Cox / Los Angeles Times:
AC: It's not as cool as you think  —  Artificial cooling has had a profound effect on how, and where, we live and work.  —  When a national group of urban planning historians was asked to rank the most important influences on the American metropolis in the last half of the 20th century …
Discussion: Right Wing News
Andy Dolan / Daily Mail:
Muslim bus drivers refuse to let guide dogs on board  —  Blind passengers are being ordered off buses or refused taxi rides because Muslim drivers or passengers object to their ‘unclean’ guide dogs.  —  One pensioner, a cancer sufferer, told how had twice been confronted by drivers and asked …
Discussion: Weasel Zippers
STATE OF THE UNION WITH CANDY CROWLEY  —  Interview With Mitch McConnell; Interview With Steny Hoyer  —  THIS IS A RUSH TRANSCRIPT.  THIS COPY MAY NOT BE IN ITS FINAL FORM AND MAY BE UPDATED.  —  CANDY CROWLEY, HOST: The president blisters Republicans for blocking an extension of unemployment benefits.
Discussion: Crooks and Liars
Paul Wiseman / USA Today:
Will companies dodge financial reform by moving abroad?  —  U.S. banks, hedge funds and other Wall Street firms are weighing whether to move more of their operations abroad now that Congress has toughened financial regulations at home.  —  “We've talked about it with a number of clients,” …
Discussion: Pirate's Cove
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Andrew Malcolm / Top of the Ticket:
Celebrity poll shocker! …
Discussion: Say Anything
Tamara Audi / Wall Street Journal:
Cities Rent Police, Janitors to Save Cash
Discussion: Don Surber
Joe Raedle / Newsweek:
The Resurrection of Charlie Crist
Susan Crabtree / The Hill:
Chances of campaign finance bill affecting midterms dim
The Huffington Post:
The Real Reason Geithner Is Afraid of Elizabeth Warren
Discussion: Politics Daily
Peter S. Goodman / New York Times:
The New Poor: Job Training Struggles to Keep Pace in an Economy in Flux
Discussion: Wonk Room and Suburban Guerrilla
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Associated Press:
Oakland Pot Growers Fear “Wal-Marting” of Weed
Discussion: Outside the Beltway
Evelyn Gordon / Commentary:
Frank Luntz on Why American Jewish Students Won't Defend Israel
Sabrina Tavernise / New York Times:
Pakistani Taxes Widen Divide Between Rich and Poor
Discussion: Gawker and A Tiny Revolution