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5:25 PM 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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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 …
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 …
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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Ed Morrissey / Hot Air:
Breitbart hits NAACP with promised video of racism
Discussion: The Daily Caller
Andy Barr / The Politico:
Tea party federation boots Williams
Discussion: CNN and Althouse
Bbtv / Breitbart.tv:
Video Proof: The NAACP Awards Racism
Discussion: Weasel Zippers and Newsalert
Jordan Fabian / The Hill:
Biden calls Speaker Pelosi ‘most powerful person’ in politics  —  Vice President Joe Biden heaped praise upon Speaker Nancy Pelosi at a Monday fundraiser for a House candidate, calling her the “most powerful person in U.S. politics.”  —  Biden credited Pelosi (D-Calif.) …
Discussion: The Swamp
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First Read / msnbc.com:
First thoughts: Bush vs. Obama, by proxy
Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
LIE OF THE DAY.... For all of their many faults, the message discipline …
Washington Post:
McConnell: GOP supports extending unemployment benefits; Cornyn …
Discussion: Hot Air, Brendan Nyhan and msnbc.com
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  —  Via Morning Money, Rep. Dave Camp (R-Mich.), the ranking member on the House Ways and Means Committee, is blasting the majority party for the “Democrat tax hike” coming down the pike.  Here's a screen shot of an email his office sent out this morning:
Discussion: Washington Monthly
Alan S. Blinder / Wall Street Journal:
Obama's Fiscal Priorities Are Right
Stephanie Condon / CBS News:
Palin's “Refudiate” Tweet on Mosque Near Ground Zero Draws Fire (for Substance and Style)  —  Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin weighed in on Sunday on the controversy over a mosque planned near ground zero, but her remarks were met with a wave of criticism over her sentiment and her choice of words.
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Marc Ambinder / The Atlantic Online:   Is Palin Lucky, Good, Or ...  When she writes on her palm …
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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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 …
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The Huffington Post:
The Real Reason Geithner Is Afraid of Elizabeth Warren
Tim Fernholz / American Prospect:
Warren vs. Geithner, Cont.
Discussion: Matthew Yglesias
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
Helene Cooper / New York Times:
Obama Assails G.O.P. for Blocking Benefits Bill  —  WASHINGTON — President Obama called on Congress on Monday to pass an extension of unemployment benefits, and leveled a sharp critique against Republican senators who have stopped passage of a bill that would give some relief to out-of-work Americans.
Discussion: Time, MyDD and New York Magazine
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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
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
Discussion: NewsBusters.org and Gateway Pundit
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 …
Jeffrey M. Jones / Gallup:
Obama's Highest Half-Year Approval Ratings in D.C., Hawaii  —  Wyoming, Idaho, Utah, and West Virginia residents were least likely to approve  —  PRINCETON, NJ — During the first half of 2010, residents of Hawaii and the District of Columbia were most likely to approve of the job Barack Obama is doing as president.
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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John Cassidy / New Yorker:
THE VOLCKER RULE  —  Obama's economic adviser and his battles …
Ann Scott Tyson / Washington Post:
As Metro congestion grows, so does anger at ‘seat hogs’
Discussion: Matthew Yglesias and Guardian
Mark Hornbeck / Detroit News:
News poll: GOP's gov hopefuls locked in 3-way race
Discussion: LegalNewsLine.com
Talk Business:
TALK BUSINESS POLL: BOOZMAN HAS BIG LEAD, BEEBE UP BY 9
Discussion: Arkansas News, TPMDC and HotAirPundit
The Daily Beast:
Reboot America!  —  Fourteen million out of work!
James Salzer / Atlanta Journal-Constitution:
Handel leaps to GOP lead
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The Politico:
Palace intrigue intensifies for GOP
Myglesias / Matthew Yglesias:
Shocking True Tales of Austerity: Bleak Growth Outlook Leads …
Discussion: Associated Press
Robert J. Samuelson / Washington Post:
If you want a preview of President Obama's health-care “reform …
Discussion: Wonk Room and The New Republic
Andrew Malcolm / Top of the Ticket:
Celebrity poll shocker! …
Andy Dolan / Daily Mail:
Muslim bus drivers refuse to let guide dogs on board
Discussion: Weasel Zippers and The Daley Gator