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8:35 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.
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Washington Post:
A hidden world, growing beyond control
Discussion: Raw Story
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 …
Discussion: Prairie Weather
CNN:
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.”
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Political Punch:
VP: Tea Party ‘Not a Racist Organization’
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.
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CNN:
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.
Patrik Jonsson / Christian Science Monitor:
Joe the Plumber (not that one) says he helped stop Gulf oil spill leak
Discussion: Firedoglake and Reuters
David A. Fahrenthold / Washington Post:   BP, federal officials confer on closed gulf oil well cap
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 …
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Ben Geman / The Hill:
Palin calls planned mosque near Ground Zero a ‘provocation’
Discussion: Gateway Pundit
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 …
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.
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 …
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
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.
Discussion: The Atlantic Online
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Kevin Bogardus / Ballot Box:
Sessions predicts ‘slightly over 40’ House seats gained by Republicans
Evelyn Gordon / Commentary:
Frank Luntz on Why American Jewish Students Won't Defend Israel  —  PR guru Frank Luntz gave a lengthy interview last week to the Jerusalem Post's David Horovitz.  Much of it was what one might expect from a PR guru.  But one incident he described was shocking: a session with 35 MIT and Harvard students, 20 non-Jews and 15 Jews:
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
 
 
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Associated Press:
Oakland Pot Growers Fear “Wal-Marting” of Weed
Janet Daley / Telegraph:
American politics has caught the British disease
Discussion: Moe Lane
Wall Street Journal:
Lost in Taxation  —  The IRS's vast new ObamaCare powers.
Discussion: YID With LID
Sabrina Tavernise / New York Times:
Pakistani Taxes Widen Divide Between Rich and Poor
Discussion: Gawker and A Tiny Revolution
Carol E. Lee / The Politico:
Obama's speed vacation
Discussion: The Swamp
CNN:
Greene gives first public speech
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Doug Powers / Michelle Malkin:
Bob Schieffer: I Didn't Ask Holder About the Black Panther Thing …
Thomas L. Friedman / New York Times:
Can We Talk?  —  On July 7, CNN fired its senior editor …
Discussion: Yourish.com and Mediaite
James Slack / Daily Mail:
Female minister insists women must be able to choose their own clothes …
Discussion: Weasel Zippers and protein wisdom
Victor Davis Hanson / The Corner on National …:
Pampered populists — By: Victor Davis Hanson
Discussion: Mediaite
Kendra Marr / The Politico:
GOP senators: Obama failing in oil clean-up
Discussion: Mediaite and Breitbart.tv