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8:25 AM ET, July 27, 2010


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Andrew Sullivan / The Daily Dish:
The Partisan Tools At Journo-List And Trig  —  Remember all those liberals and lefties huffily denouncing this blog's attempts to make sense of Sarah Palin's bizarre stories about the pregnancy and birth of her alleged fifth child?  I was nuts, crazy, vile, disgusting, etc etc to indulge in what Dave Weigel …
John / Power Line:
JournoList Sinks Lower  —  The Daily Caller has released the latest batch of JournoList messages, and it's a shocker: the journalists and other assorted left-wing intellectuals (!) debating what apparently was the hottest topic of the hour, Sarah Palin's son, Trig.
William A. Jacobson / Le·gal In·sur·rec· tion:
Journolist Trig Emails - All About The Story Line  —  I have posted before about the left-wing blogosphere's obsession with mocking Trig Palin and attacking Sarah Palin for bringing Trig on stage during the campaign.  —  Now, in the latest revelations from the Journolist archives …
The Daily Caller:
Raw Journolist emails on 'Palin's Downs child'
Discussion: The Confluence, Moe Lane and Hot Air
Andrew Exum / New York Times:
Getting Lost in the Fog of War  —  ANYONE who has spent the past two days reading through the 92,000 military field reports and other documents made public by the whistle-blower site WikiLeaks may be forgiven for wondering what all the fuss is about.  I'm a researcher who studies Afghanistan …
New York Times:
Document Leak May Hurt Efforts to Build War Support  —  WASHINGTON — The disclosure of a six-year archive of classified military documents increased pressure on President Obama to defend his military strategy as Congress prepares to deliberate financing of the Afghanistan war.
Washington Post:
Pakistan decries WikiLeaks release of U.S. military documents on Afghan war
Discussion: Firedoglake and The Moderate Voice
Maggie Haberman / The Politico:
Rangel: ‘Trauma,’ ‘more alleged violations’  —  After sounding defiant in his first round with reporters just now, embattled Rep. Charles Rangel sounded sad and seemed downcast and somewhat gaslit as he talked about how “traumatic” he had found the experience.
Brian Beutler / TPMMuckraker:
Rangel Faces Tough Fight In Ethics Committee Trial
House Democrats uneasy about upcoming Rangel allegations
Discussion: The Politico and The Page
Eric Zimmermann / The Hill:
Obama slams GOP on Disclose Act  —  President Obama called out Senate Republicans on Monday for holding up a vote on a contentious piece of campaign finance legislation.  —  Senate Democrats plan to vote on cloture for the Disclose Act on Tuesday, though it remains unclear whether they have the 60 votes necessary to end debate.
The Note:
Senator Collins ‘No’ on Disclose Act
Meredith Shiner / The Politico:
Campaign bill still a few votes shy
Discussion: Tammy Bruce, FrumForum and Don Surber
Stephanie Strom / New York Times:
Lawmakers Question Salaries at Nonprofits  —  State and federal officials are starting to take their knives to the pay of leaders of nonprofit groups they do business with to help share the pain of tighter budgets.  —  A provision in New Jersey's recently passed budget, for example …
Noel Sheppard /
Paul Ryan Schools Chris Matthews on Tax Hikes, Budgets and Economics 101  —  Chris Matthews on Monday got a much-needed lesson from Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wisc.) on how tax hikes impact the budget as well as the economy.  —  “Congressman Ryan, is there any tax role for reducing our $1.4 trillion …
Discussion: The Right Scoop, Moe Lane and Hot Air
Washington Post:
Among House Democrats in Rust Belt, a sense of abandonment over energy bill  —  When Democratic Rep. John Boccieri went home to Ohio early this year to talk with voters in his Canton-based district, he figured he would have to do battle with at least some constituents over his support for health-care reform.
Discussion: Balkinization and National Review
Breitbart to headline RNC fundraiser  —  (CNN) - Conservative activist and blogger Andrew Breitbart will headline a fundraiser this August hosted by Republican National Committee Chairman Michael Steele in Beverly Hills.  —  A Republican National Committee spokesperson confirmed to CNN …
Joe Battenfeld / Breaking Boston News …:
Kerry may need to pay $500k tax on yacht  —  (FOX 25 / - There are new details in the controversy over Sen. John Kerry's brand new boat.  —  Kerry may still be on the hook for a half million dollars in excise taxes because he docked his yacht in Massachusetts less than six months after buying it.
Discussion: Doug Ross and Liberty Pundits Blog
Amanda Carey / The Daily Caller:
Senator Barbara Boxer: serving in the military is like being a member of Congress  —  At a campaign event over the weekend in Inglewood, California, Democratic Sen. Barbara Boxer seemingly equated being a politician to serving in the military — and an Iraq War veteran supporting Boxer's November opponent is calling on her to apologize.
John / Power Line:
Two Cheers for the Administration on Megrahi  —  We noted yesterday the controversy over the Obama administration's reaction to Scotland's proposed release of Lockerbie bomber Abdelbaset Ali Mohment al-Megrahi on compassionate grounds, i.e., the claim that he was about to die.
Turkey must join EU, says Cameron  —  David Cameron: UK will do everything it can to help Turkey “pave the road from Ankara to Brussels”  —  David Cameron has promised to “fight” for Turkey's membership of the European Union, saying he is “angry” at the slow pace of negotiations.
Discussion: Harry's Place, Biased BBC and FrumForum
Penny Starr / CNSNews:
Obama Won't Speak In-Person at Boy Scouts' 100th Anniversary Celebration But Will Appear on ABC TV's ‘The View’  —  ( - President Barack Obama, the honorary chairman of the Boy Scouts of America, will not speak in-person before the group on Wednesday at Fort A.P. Hill in Virginia …
Evan McMorris-Santoro / TPMDC:
Tennessee Lt. Gov: Religious Freedom May Not Count For Muslims (VIDEO)  —  Tennessee Lt. Gov. Ron Ramsey, currently running third in the state's Republican gubernatorial primary race, says he's not sure if Constitutional guarantees of freedom of religion apply to the followers of the world's second-largest faith, Islam.
Julia Werdigier / New York Times:
Posting Record Loss, BP Confirms New Chief Executive  —  LONDON — BP named Robert Dudley as its next chief executive Tuesday and reported a record $17 billion loss in the second quarter as the company set aside billions of dollars to deal with the aftermath of the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico.
Abby Phillip / The Politico:
President Obama to defend education plan  —  President Barack Obama and Education Secretary Arne Duncan will deliver major speeches this week on their $4.35 billion Race to the Top school reform program, pushing back against complaints that it promotes unproven methods and ignores long-standing inequities in public education.
Discussion: The Page
Josh Rogin / Josh Rogin's blog:
Tea Party Caucus members endorse Israeli attack on Iran  —  Now that the congressional supporters of the Tea Party movement have formed their own caucus, their policy positions are becoming easier to track.  Expanding their foray into foreign policy, 21 members of the new caucus have now come …
Jeffrey Kofman / ABCNEWS:
BP Day 98: Where Did All the Oil Go?  —  As Size of Slick Shrinks, Experts Say Oil is Breaking Up, Staying Below Surface  —  For 86 days, oil spewed into the Gulf of Mexico from BP's damaged well, dumping some 200 million gallons of crude into sensitive ecosystems.
Tom Jensen / Public Policy Polling:
New Hampshire Poll Preview  —  The New Hampshire Senate numbers we'll have coming out this week (general election Tuesday, primary Wednesday) are a great example of the double edged sword that is a Sarah Palin endorsement.  In the short term Kelly Ayotte has opened a wide lead in the Republican primary.
Discussion: Hot Air and FrumForum
Mark Z. Barabak / Los Angeles Times:
Rory Reid hampered by his last name in race for Nevada governor  —  With Sen. Harry Reid on the ballot, his son Rory is having a hard time in his race for governor persuading Nevada voters to elect two from the family.  —  Reporting from Washoe City, Nev. — Rory Reid would like to be Nevada's next governor, but there's a problem.
The Huffington Post:
Momentum For Senate Filibuster Reform Builds  —  WHAT'S YOUR REACTION?  —  Momentum is building to reform Senate rules that allow silent filibusters and force a 60-vote requirement for virtually any action, interviews with Democratic candidates and sitting senators indicate.
Discussion: Open Left
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Frank Newport / Gallup:
Democrats Maintain Advantage on Generic Ballot, 48% to 44%
Discussion: Daily Kos
Free exchange:
When does fiscal stimulus work?
A. G. Sulzberger / New York Times:
Former Body-Armor Executive on Trial for Fraud
Robert Pear / New York Times:
New Health Official Faces Hostility in Senate
Roger Cohen / New York Times:
The Forgotten American  —  TROY, New York — The Dogans …
Discussion: Commentary and Mondoweiss
Greg Sargent / The Plum Line:
Senate GOP to hold hearings on Black Panther tale?
David / Crooks and Liars:
Bush-era CIA director: Attack on Iran ‘seems inexorable’
Mike Lillis / The Hill:
GOP, Chamber target new tax-reporting rule
 Earlier Items: 
Catherine Saillant / L.A. NOW:
Attorney general issues subpoenas in Bell salary scandal
Eric Lach / TPMDC:
Colorado Republican Ken Buck Caught On Tape (Again!) …
Megan McArdle / The Atlantic Online:
Why Tax Estates Instead of Inheritances?
Discussion: Dean's World
David Leonhardt / Economix:
Armageddon Wars: Overpopulation Vs. Global Warming
Michael Calderone / Yahoo! News:
Media covers Greene most among 2010 candidates
Jeff Greenfield / CBS News:
The (Possible) Mother of All Battles: What If a Conservative …
Denver Post:
Mr. President, where are you?  —  As the country sinks …
Discussion: Commentary and The New Republic