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7:30 AM ET, July 20, 2010


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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 …
Carl Hulse / New York Times:
Senate Set to End Stalemate and Extend Jobless Aid  —  WASHINGTON — Senate Democrats are poised to break a partisan stalemate on Tuesday over extending unemployment benefits for millions of Americans who have been jobless for six months or more, but the fight seems certain to continue playing …
Paddy / The Political Carnival:
Democrats Jump Ahead in Congressional Ballot  —  Maybe getting things done for the average voter is a good thing?  Just asking...  Image by Oliver and it rocks.
Andrew Taylor / Associated Press:
Democrats to give jobless benefits another vote
Tom Jensen / Public Policy Polling:   The Monthly Generic  —  Barack Obama's approval numbers hit …
Wall Street Journal:
Senate Set to Extend Jobless Benefits
Discussion: Ezra Klein and Calculated Risk
Sam Youngman / The Hill:
Obama hammers GOP on stalling unemployment benefits for jobless
Discussion: CNN
Dalia Sussman / The Caucus:
Polls Find Wide Support For Jobless Benefit Extension
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.
Jim Hoft / Gateway Pundit:
Racist Latino Group Harasses Tea Party: “You're Too White.  Go Back to Europe.”  (Video)  —  A racist latino group harassed tea party patriots this week in Anaheim, California.  The racists told the tea party patriots to-  —  “Go back to Europe!”  —  Don't expect the state-run media to touch this story.
Discussion: Left Coast Rebel
Kenneth P. Vogel / The Politico:
Tea party wrestles with infighting  —  When a group called the National Tea Party Federation took it upon itself to read California radio host Mark Williams and the Tea Party Express out of the insurgent movement because of Williams's mocking and racially tinged attack on the NAACP …
Discussion: Say Anything
Shane D'Aprile / Ballot Box:
Rep. Minnick rejects Tea Party backing
Discussion: The Politico and CNN
Fox News:
Video Shows USDA Official Saying She Didn't Give ‘Full Force’ of Help to White Farmer  —  Shown here is USDA Georgia official Shirley Sherrod.  (YouTube)  —  Days after the NAACP clashed with Tea Party members over allegations of racism, a video has surfaced showing an Agriculture Department …
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.
Ed Morrissey / Hot Air:
Breitbart hits NAACP with promised video of racism
Discussion: RedState and The Daily Caller
Jonathan Strong / The Daily Caller:
It was the moment of greatest peril for then-Sen. Barack Obama's political career.  In the heat of the presidential campaign, videos surfaced of Obama's pastor, the Rev. Jeremiah Wright, angrily denouncing whites, the U.S. government and America itself.  Obama had once bragged of his closeness to Wright.
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 …
Stephanie Condon / CBS News:
Palin's “Refudiate” Tweet on Mosque Near Ground Zero Draws Fire …
Michael D. Shear / Washington Post:
Republican immigration position likely to alienate Latinos, Obama officials say  —  President Obama and his political aides privately acknowledge that the government's decision to sue Arizona over its new immigration law is helping to fuel an anti-immigration fervor that could benefit some Republicans in elections this fall.
Walter Alarkon / The Hill:
Obey's axe hovers over Obama's $1.3B education program  —  House Appropriations Committee Chairman David Obey is taking on the White House over President Obama's Race to the Top education program.  —  Obey has proposed a 40 percent cut to the White House's $1.35 billion 2011 request for Race to the Top …
Tom Jensen / Public Policy Polling:
Nevada Senate Poll Preview  —  We're going to have Nevada Senate numbers tomorrow.  What I found most amazing in comparing where Harry Reid is now and when we last polled in January and found him down 51-41 to Sue Lowden is the numbers among moderates:  —  Sharron Angle is getting 9% …
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 …
David Sirota / The Huffington Post:
C-SPAN As Red Pill: Camera Catches Senate Vote-Switching to Protect …
Weekly Standard:
Spy Swap  —  The latest in a long line.  —  With the just completed exchange of spies between the United States and Russia, the media storm will undoubtedly soon disappear.  Amid all the accounts of such arcana as steganography, brush passes, and dead drops, the fascination with Internet photos …
Discussion: Power Line
Peter Wallsten / Wall Street Journal:
Crist Uses His Old Party as a New Foil  —  Senate Push Gains as Florida Governor Sets Himself Off Against State's GOP, With Some Firepower From Obama Camp  —  Gov. Crist has shored up some conservative positions, such as his support for gun rights, while shifting to the left on core issues like abortion, education and gay rights.
London ‘Times’ Sees 66% Traffic Drop, Post-Paywall  —  NEW YORK  —  Depending on its spin, News International could report its latest paywall experiment as retaining one-third of its traffic, or losing two-thirds of it.  —  According to data from Experian Hitwise, which charts Internet traffic …
Andrew Sullivan / The Daily Dish:
Back From A Breather II  —  I love Dave Weigel and enjoyed all his posts in my absence and was delighted he took on the Trig question.  The aim of the Dish has been to air this debate on all sides in order to get as close as we can to the readily available evidence Sarah Palin insists on keeping from us.
Discussion: Sister Toldjah and AmSpecBlog
The Huffington Post:
Bob Schieffer Defends Himself Against Fox News On New Black Panthers Story (VIDEO)  —  WHAT'S YOUR REACTION?  —  CBS News' Bob Schieffer defended himself against Fox News Sunday on CNN's “Reliable Sources.”  —  Schieffer, who interviewed Attorney General Eric Holder last weekend on …
Darren Samuelsohn / The Politico:
Kerry holds closed-door climate talks  —  Sen. John Kerry led more closed-door talks on Monday with top electric utility and environmental officials in the search for a sweet spot on a bill capping greenhouse-gas emissions from power plants.  —  Edison Electric Institute President Tom Kuhn …
Discussion: The Page
Nicholas Watt / Guardian:
David Cameron reveals ‘big society’ vision - and denies it is just cost cutting  —  • PM: central control led to a ‘passive, soulless’ Britain  —  • Labour warns of return to Victorian philanthropy  —  David Cameron today pledged to create communities with “oomph” …
Discussion: Blogcritics and AMERICAblog News
Obama Sends Berwick Nomination to the Senate  —  President Barack Obama “sent the Senate his nomination of Donald Berwick as administrator of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services on Monday — a move that comes two weeks after Obama bypassed Congress to put his stalled nominee …
Discussion: Hot Air and Nice Deb
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November special election set for West Virginia Senate seat
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Erick Erickson / Human Events:
Republican Senators Must Filibuster Elena Kagan
Discussion: MyDD, RedState and Matthew Yglesias
Rachel Slajda / TPMMuckraker:
International Gay Rights Group, Opposed By GOPers, Wins UN Status
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Associated Press:
Cap on oil well kept shut despite leaks, seepage
John McCormack / Weekly Standard:
Paul Ryan Rules Out 2012 Presidential Run, Talks Up Mitch Daniels
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