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Alexander Bolton / The Hill:
Filibuster reform is short of needed votes  —  Senate Democrats do not have the votes to lower the 60-vote threshold to cut off filibusters.  —  The lack of support among a handful of Senate Democratic incumbents is a major blow to the effort to change the upper chamber's rules.
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The Huffington Post:
Rendell: Obama Could Face Primary Challenge Over Afghanistan (VIDEO)  —  WHAT'S YOUR REACTION?  —  Pennsylvania Governor Ed Rendell predicted on Tuesday that if the president escalates America's military involvement in Afghanistan he could very well face a primary challenger in 2012.
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ABCNEWS:
House Democrats Buck President Obama on Afghanistan
Dan / Riehl World View:
Clintonista Rendell: Obama May Be Primaried In 2012
Discussion: Vox Popoli
Anna Gorman / Los Angeles Times:
L.A. union members, activists to caravan to Arizona to protest immigration law  —  More than 550 people representing 32 unions plan to travel in 11 buses for a rally at the state Capitol and a vigil with local groups on the day the law is set to take effect.
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Michelle Malkin:
Open-borders/SEIU caravan to Arizona: You read it here first
Discussion: Diggers Realm
Fox News:
Arizona Hotels Thriving Despite Boycotts Over Immigration Law
Discussion: Weasel Zippers and 24Ahead
New York Times:
On the Surface, Gulf Oil Spill Is Vanishing Fast; Concerns Stay  —  The oil slick in the Gulf of Mexico appears to be dissolving far more rapidly than anyone expected, a piece of good news that raises tricky new questions about how fast the government should scale back its response to the Deepwater Horizon disaster.
Martin Finucane / Boston Globe:
Mass. Legislature approves plan to bypass Electoral College  —  The Massachusetts Legislature has approved a new law intended to bypass the Electoral College system and ensure that the winner of the presidential election is determined by the national popular vote.
The Hill:
50 Most Beautiful People 2010  —  Take a look at the most beautiful people on Capitol Hill.
Discussion: CNN
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The Hill:
50 Most Beautiful People 2010 HTML Top 10  —  1. Alexis Latifi: A rare gem … Meet Alexis Latifi: raw foodist, bikram yogi, jewelry maker.  —  Latifi moved to Washington from her native Alabama last fall and has enjoyed taking her unique interests to a higher level.
Discussion: Lynn Sweet
Andy Barr / The Politico:
Lawyer: Blago's not ‘sharpest knife’  —  Rod Blagojevich's own lawyer said Tuesday that his client is “foolish” and not the “sharpest knife in the drawer,” but said that is no reason to convict the former Democratic governor of Illinois of corruption.  —  In his closing argument …
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Monica Davey / New York Times:
From Blagojevich Lawyer, Final Argument With Drama
Discussion: The Page
Wall Street Journal:
Our Divisive President  —  Barack Obama promised a new era of post-partisanship.  In office, he's played racial politics and further split the country along class and party lines.  —  During the election campaign, Barack Obama sought to appeal to the best instincts of the electorate …
Curtis Dubay / The Foundry:
New Calculator Shows How Much More Taxes Will You Pay Next Year  —  We are on the precipice of the largest tax increase in United States history.  On January 1, 2011, the 2001/2003 tax relief will expire.  All Americans who earn income will see their taxes go up as a result …
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WSJ Blogs - WSJ:
Obama, Boehner Argue Over Tax Cuts
GayPatriot:
My Apology to Shirley Sherrod — Withdrawn  —  Last week, I jumped the gun (as did many others) in taking what was a complex story and boiling it down to an video clip without its proper context.  I apologized to my readers and to Shirley Sherrod.  —  I hereby withdraw the apology to Mrs. Sherrod.
Politics Daily:
Should President Obama Appear on ‘The View’?  PD Writers Weigh In  —  Today's question: President Obama sitting down for an interview with the ladies of “The View” — smart, or not?  —  Where a president goes to speak — each venue, each city — is part of the overall effort in every White House …
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Tucker Reals / CBS News:
WikiLeaks Reportedly Outs 100s of Afghan Informants  —  Hundreds of Afghan civilians who worked as informants for the U.S. military have been put at risk by WikiLeaks' publication of more than 90,000 classified intelligence reports which name and in many cases locate the individuals, The Times newspaper reported Wednesday.
Carrie Budoff Brown / The Politico:
Feds demand diversity on Wall Street  —  A little-noticed section of the Wall Street reform law grants the federal government broad new powers to compel financial firms to hire more women and minorities — an effort at promoting diversity that's drawing fire from Republicans who say it could lead to de facto hiring quotas.
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Wall Street Journal:
Obama Trip to Test Wall Street Ties
Discussion: The Page
Boston Herald:
Owe it or not, John Kerry's ready to pay  —  Sen. John Kerry lowered the flag and surrendered yesterday, agreeing to pony up some $500,000 in state and local taxes in a bid to end the furious tempest over his decision to dock his new $7 million yacht in Rhode Island.
Discussion: Jules Crittenden and Betsy's Page
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Donovan Slack / Boston Globe:
Sen. Kerry to pay $500K tax on yacht
Sewell Chan / New York Times:
In Study, 2 Economists Say Intervention Helped Avert a 2nd Depression  —  WASHINGTON — Like a mantra, officials from both the Bush and Obama administrations have trumpeted how the government's sweeping interventions to prop up the economy since 2008 helped avert a second Depression.
Joseph Sohm / Newsweek:
Why Some Republicans Want to ‘Restore’ the 13th Amendment  —  No, it's not about slavery; like so much of our politics these days, it's about Barack Obama.  —  If there is an aspect of the human condition that is unaddressed by the platform of the Republican Party of Iowa …
Discussion: Moe Lane and Guardian
Peter Whoriskey / Washington Post:
GM Volt's price induces some sticker shock  —  The long-anticipated Chevrolet Volt, General Motors' electric car, will cost $41,000, the company announced Tuesday, leaving consumers to decide whether its environmental appeal is worth a price far above that of similarly sized conventional autos.
Discussion: Right Wing News and Instapundit
Ian Welsh:
Netroots Schizo  —  I had a good time in Vegas, so I didn't spend a huge amount of time at NN, but I did spend enough time to take in the mood, and it was schizophrenic.  About half the people there are some combination of angry, disappointed and bitter with Democrats in general and Obama in particular.
Discussion: The Confluence and TalkLeft
The Politico:
Two women to face off in Oklahoma  —  Republican Rep. Mary Fallin and Democratic Lt. Gov. Jari Askins won their gubernatorial primaries Tuesday evening, ensuring that Oklahoma will elect its first female governor in November.  —  Fallin enters the fall campaign as the favorite …
Paul Waldman / American Prospect:
Who's the Extremist?  —  As a progressive, I tend to think the Republican Party is much more ideologically extreme than the Democratic Party.  There are many reasons, some of which may be more legitimate than others.  But it turns out that my opinion isn't representative.
Paul Krugman:
How Did We Know The Stimulus Was Too Small?  —  Those of us who say that the stimulus was too small are often accused of after-the-fact rationalization: you said this would work, but now that it hasn't, you're just saying it wasn't big enough.  The quick answer to that accusation is that people …
Discussion: Grasping Reality … and Eschaton
New York Times:
House Approves Money for Wars, but Rift Deepens  —  WASHINGTON — The House of Representatives agreed on Tuesday to provide $59 billion to continue financing America's two wars, but the vote showed deepening divisions and anxiety among Democrats over the course of the nearly nine-year-old conflict in Afghanistan.
 
 
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Jia Lynn Yang / Washington Post:
BP to cut U.S. tax bill by $10 billion because of losses in gulf spill
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John Fund / Wall Street Journal:
Year of the Tea Party Voter
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Jerry Markon / Washington Post:
Criminal probe of oil spill to focus on 3 firms and their ties to regulators
Kevin Drum / Mother Jones:
The Great Interchange Fee Scam
Robbie Gennet / The Huffington Post:
Screw the View: Obama Should Appear on the Glenn Beck Show
Discussion: Salon and NewsBusters.org
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Jared Allen / The Hill:
Hoyer: “Drain the swamp” not my line
Discussion: Weasel Zippers
David Dayen / Firedoglake:
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Jordy Yager / The Hill:
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Jordy Yager / The Hill:
Rep. King calls Wikileaks ‘treason,’ demands prosecution