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8:40 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 …
David Broder / The Fix:
Democrats retake lead in generic ballot  —  1. A week removed from an internecine fight about whether or not control of the House is up for grabs this fall (it is), Democrats got some welcome news this morning as the party re-took the lead in Gallup's generic congressional ballot question.
Discussion: Daily Kos and Detroit News
Andrew Taylor / Associated Press:
Democrats to give jobless benefits another vote
Paddy / The Political Carnival:
Democrats Jump Ahead in Congressional Ballot
Tom Jensen / Public Policy Polling:   The Monthly Generic  —  Barack Obama's approval numbers hit …
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
The Politico:
GOP leery of Tea Party Caucus
Discussion: Guardian and CNN
Shane D'Aprile / Ballot Box:
Rep. Minnick rejects Tea Party backing
Discussion: CNN and The Politico
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.
Andrew Breitbart / Big Government:
JournoList: ...Yes, But the Reporters at Pravda Weren't Such Insufferable A**holes
Discussion: Riehl World View
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
Josh Halliday / Guardian:
Times loses almost 90% of online readership  —  Less than three weeks after the Times paywall went up, data shows a massive decline in web traffic  —  The registration page for - 25.6% of users sign up and proceed to the Times site  —  The Times has lost almost 90% …
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 …
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.
Discussion: Commentary
Walter Alarkon / The Hill:   Obey's axe hovers over Obama's $1.3B education program
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 …
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.
Thom Shanker / New York Times:
Petraeus's Successor Is Known for Impolitic Words  —  WASHINGTON — To those who have served under him, Gen. James N. Mattis is the consummate Marine commander, a warrior who chooses to lead from the front lines and speaks bluntly rather than concerning himself with political correctness.
Discussion: Swampland
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.
Matt J. Browne / The Politico:
Where next for special relationship?  —  The timing of British Prime Minister David Cameron's visit to Washington looks fortuitous.  British Petroleum's stress-tests on the new oil well cap seemed to be proving successful over the weekend.  The oil streaming into the Gulf of Mexico had, at least for the time being, been stemmed.
Discussion: CNN
Alexander Bolton / The Hill:
Schumer bets on Rangel  —  Sen. Charles Schumer (D), the de facto leader of New York's Democratic Party, is throwing his support behind embattled Rep. Charles Rangel (D-N.Y.).  —  Schumer, whose recent success at picking winners among Democrats is well established, made a $10,000 contribution …
Arizona Daily Star:
Approval of Obama drops to 28 percent in new Arizona poll  —  PHOENIX - Most Arizonans no longer think Barack Obama is doing a decent job as president.  —  A new Behavior Research Poll released Sunday shows that nearly four out of every 10 Arizonans now rate Obama's performance as poor or very poor.
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Jeffrey Collins / Associated Press:
In S.C., controversial Senate candidate Greene makes first campaign appearance
Discussion: Power Line and
Michael O'Brien / The Hill:
Dems' video warns of GOP return to Bush era
The Huffington Post:
Unemployment Extension: The GOP's Nearly Unprecedented Deficit Demands
Maayana Miskin / Arutz Sheva:
Eye for Eye? Terrorist Shot Cop after Israel Cared for Daughter
Discussion: Israpundit and Israel Matzav
Nicholas Watt / Guardian:
David Cameron reveals ‘big society’ vision - and denies it is just cost cutting
Discussion: Blogcritics and AMERICAblog News
Obama Sends Berwick Nomination to the Senate
Discussion: Hot Air and Nice Deb
Jim Tankersley / Los Angeles Times:
Obama to launch ocean initiative
Discussion: MyDD
Darren Samuelsohn / The Politico:
Kerry holds closed-door climate talks
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Obey polling expense showing in 2nd quarter FEC reports
Discussion: Weasel Zippers
Shane D'Aprile / Ballot Box:
November special election set for West Virginia Senate seat
Discussion: The Politico
The Huffington Post:
Bob Schieffer Defends Himself Against Fox News On New Black Panthers Story (VIDEO)
Erick Erickson / Human Events:
Republican Senators Must Filibuster Elena Kagan
Discussion: MyDD, RedState and Matthew Yglesias
Ann Scott Tyson / Washington Post:
As Metro congestion grows, so does anger at ‘seat hogs’