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12:25 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.
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
Think Progress:
Sen. Cornyn: 'I Think A Lot Of People Are Looking Back With More Fondness On President Bush's Administration'  —  When Sen. John Cornyn (R-TX) made an appearance on C-SPAN's “Newsmakers” yesterday, a host asked him whether Republicans plan to embrace the Bush legacy, and Cornyn suggested that they wholeheartedly would.
Andy Barr / The Politico:
Tea party federation boots Williams
Discussion: CNN
Washington Post:
McConnell: GOP supports extending unemployment benefits; Cornyn …
Discussion: Brendan Nyhan and
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 …
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 …
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.
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: Taegan Goddard's …
Ezra Klein:   Republicans blame Democrats for Republican policies
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.
Online NewsHour:
BP Says It Plans to Keep Well Cap Closed; Gulf Leak Ticker Stays Paused
Tim Fernholz / American Prospect:
Warren vs. Geithner, Cont.  —  On Friday, we saw a brewing contretemps between Treasury Secretary Tim Geithner and TARP watchdog Elizabeth Warren.  Warren, the Harvard Law professor who is a central advocate of the financial-reform bill's Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, is seen as a likely nominee to lead the new agency.
Discussion: Matthew Yglesias
The Huffington Post:
The Real Reason Geithner Is Afraid of Elizabeth Warren
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.
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.
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.
Myglesias / Matthew Yglesias:
Shocking True Tales of Austerity: Bleak Growth Outlook Leads to Loss of Investor Confidence in Irish Debt  —  As you can see from Ireland, budget austerity doesn't reassure financial markets if austerity doesn't lead to growth: … To be clear, I don't blame Irish policymakers.
Discussion: Associated Press
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 and The Daley Gator
Robert J. Samuelson / Washington Post:
If you want a preview of President Obama's health-care “reform,” take a look at Massachusetts.  In 2006, it enacted a “reform” that became a model for Obama.  What's happened since isn't encouraging.  The state did the easy part: expanding state-subsidized insurance coverage.
Discussion: Wonk Room and The New Republic
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 …
Eric Zimmermann / The Hill:
NY, NJ senators want meeting with Cameron on Lockerbie bomber  —  Senators from New York and New Jersey are requesting to meet with British Prime Minister David Cameron this week to air concerns about the release of Lockerbie bomber Abdelbaset al-Megrahi.  —  Al-Megrahi, diagnosed with cancer …
Discussion: CNN
Jeremy W. Peters / New York Times:
In a World of Online News, Burnout Starts Younger  —  ARLINGTON, Va. — In most newsrooms, the joke would have been obvious.  —  It was April Fools' Day last year, and Politico's top two editors sent an e-mail message to their staff advising of a new 5 a.m. start time for all reporters.
Howard Kurtz / Washington Post:
GOP candidates stiff mainstream press  —  Some of the most conservative and combative Republicans running for Congress are convinced that the media have it in for them.  —  But these candidates seem to regard it as an affront when reporters challenge them on their past statements and inconsistencies …
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 …
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Alexander Bolton / The Hill:
Spending showdown looms as Reid clears deck for energy reform bill
E.J. Dionne Jr / Washington Post:
What is Obamaism? President must do better in explaining his policies
Discussion: Commentary
Matt Lewis / Politics Daily:
Glenn Beck Tells Audience He Might Be Going Blind
Financial Times:
The great austerity debate
Nick Bunkley / New York Times:
TARP Audit Questions Rush to Close Auto Dealers
Jeanne Sahadi /
Obama's debt panel: Hints of an endgame
Discussion: EconLog
 Earlier Items: 
Walter Shapiro / Politics Daily:
Handicapping the 2010 Election: The Five Biggest Mysteries
Discussion: JustOneMinute
Andrew Malcolm / Top of the Ticket:
Celebrity poll shocker! …
Discussion: Rasmussen Reports and Say Anything
Stan Cox / Los Angeles Times:
AC: It's not as cool as you think
Discussion: Right Wing News
Fred Barnes / Weekly Standard:
Colorado's GOP on a Roll
Stanley Crouch / NY Daily News:
Is NAACP blind to Farrakhan & Co.?  The Nation of Islam is built on racism and lies
Discussion: JammieWearingFool
Paul Wiseman / USA Today:
Will companies dodge financial reform by moving abroad?
Discussion: Pirate's Cove