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12:50 PM ET, July 30, 2010

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Catherine Rampell / New York Times:
U.S. Economic Growth Slowed to 2.4% Rate in 2nd Quarter  —  The United States economy expanded at an annual rate of 2.4 percent in the second quarter, after expanding 3.7 percent in the previous three months, the Commerce Department reported on Friday.  —  Nonresidential fixed investment …
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U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis:
National Income and Product Accounts  —  Gross Domestic Product: Second Quarter 2010 (Advance Estimate)  —  Revised Estimates: 2007 through First Quarter 2010  —  Real gross domestic product — the output of goods and services produced by labor and property located in the United States …
Calculated Risk:
Revisions: Real GDP and PCE far away from previous peak
Discussion: Free exchange and Eschaton
Sara Murray / Wall Street Journal:   Revisions Show Weaker Economy
Christina Bellantoni / TPMDC:
Dems Call On GOPers To Renounce Phyllis Schlafly Over Remarks About ‘Unmarried Women’ (AUDIO)  —  Conservative activist Phyllis Schlafly took aim at “unmarried women” at a recent fundraiser and in an interview with TPM, saying that they overwhelmingly support President Obama and are all on welfare.
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Robert Stacy McCain / The Other McCain:
When Phyllis Schlafly Speaks the Truth, Democrats Call It ‘Extremism’  —  Phyllis Schlafly is one of conservatism's great heroines.  Both Michelle Malkin and Ann Coulter acknowledge Schlafly's influence as a role model.  Forty-six years after her rallying cry for Goldwater, A Choice Not an Echo …
Jillian Rayfield / TPMDC:
Anthony Weiner's Spitting Mad Rant Against Republicans On The House Floor (VIDEO)  —  The House was debating a bill last night that would provide up to $7.4 billion in health care aid to rescue and recovery workers who have faced health problems since their work in the wake of the September 11 attacks.
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The Huffington Post:
Anthony Weiner Goes Ballistic At GOP For Killing 9/11 Responders Health Care Bill (VIDEO)  —  WHAT'S YOUR REACTION?  —  House Republicans late Thursday were able to corral enough votes to defeat a bill that would have provided up to $7.4 billion in aid to those sickened by toxins resulting from the 9/11 attacks.
Paul Krugman / New York Times:
Curbing Your Enthusiasm  —  Why does the Obama administration keep looking for love in all the wrong places?  Why does it go out of its way to alienate its friends, while wooing people who will never waver in their hatred?  —  These questions were inspired by the ongoing suspense …
Quinnipiac University:
Crist On Top In 3-Way Florida Senate Race, Quinnipiac University Poll Finds; Dem Sink Tied With Either Republican In Govenor's Race  —  Florida Gov. Charlie Crist leads the three-way race for the U.S. Senate seat with 37 percent, followed by 32 percent for Republican Marco Rubio and 17 percent …
Robert Winnett / Telegraph:
Wikileaks Afghanistan: Taliban ‘hunting down informants’  —  The Taliban has issued a warning to Afghans whose names might appear on the leaked Afghanistan war logs as informers for the Nato-led coalition.  —  In an interview with Channel 4 News, Zabihullah Mujahid, a Taliban spokesman …
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CNN:
Army private transferred to Virginia amid WikiLeaks probe
Discussion: newsfeed.time.com
Robert H. Reid / Associated Press:
July the deadliest month of Afghan war for US
Ed Morrissey / Hot Air:
Did the government cause the Gulf spill?  —  The generally accepted view of the Deepwater Horizon disaster has focused on the blowout preventer and the non-standard procedures BP conducted just before the explosion and fire.  However, most of the damage and the main source of the spill came …
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Connie Hair / Human Events:
Pelosi Blocks Oil Spill Investigation
Discussion: protein wisdom and Weasel Zippers
Laura Myers / Las Vegas Review-Journal:
U.S. SENATE RACE: Poll: Reid, Angle neck and neck  —  Sixty percent of Nevadans see nation on wrong track  —  Sen. Harry Reid and Sharron Angle are locked in a dead heat, says a new poll for the Las Vegas Review-Journal and KLAS-TV, Channel 8 that shows the GOP challenger regaining ground …
David Freedlander / New York Observer:
McMahon Campaign Hits Grimm For Taking “Jewish Money”  —  Mike Grimm, a G.O.P challenger for Mike McMahon's Congressional seat, took in over $200,000 in his last filing.  —  But in an effort to show that Grimm lacks support among voters in the district, which covers Staten Island and parts of Brooklyn …
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Maggie Haberman / The Politico:
McMahon fires ‘Jewish money’ aide
Discussion: Daily Kos and Hartford Courant
Barney Henderson / Telegraph:
North Korean football team shamed in six-hour public inquiry over World Cup  —  North Korea's football team has been shamed in a six-hour public inquisition and the team's coach has been accused of “betraying” the reclusive leader's heir apparent following their failure at the World Cup, according to reports.
Discussion: FP Passport, Hit & Run and SBNation.com
Jeffrey M. Jones / Gallup:
Americans Look to Wealthy to Help Save Social Security  —  Favor expanding Social Security taxes, limiting benefits for high-income Americans  —  PRINCETON, NJ — Of six possible ways to address concerns with the Social Security system in a recent USA Today/Gallup poll, a majority of Americans favor two …
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Ezra Klein:
What would Republicans do for the economy?  An interview with Rep. Paul Ryan.
Jay Heflin / The Hill:
Pelosi blasts Republican plan to privatize Social Security
Ben Smith / The Politico:
Orszag leaves his mark  —  Peter Orszag may have had the shortest tenure of any member of the Obama Cabinet, but in an administration dominated by a powerful White House staff, he left as deep a mark as almost anyone in it.  —  The 41-year-old economist, whose last day is Friday …
Discussion: The Page
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ABCNEWS:
Obama in Michigan to Tout Auto Recovery
Michael O'Hare / The Reality-Based Community:
Eating the seed corn  —  Spoiler alert: if this post doesn't spoil your week, or worse, you and I don't share the same reality.  —  What makes human life worth living?  Content, obviously: news, art, music, conversation - social intercourse in all media.  What makes it possible?
Discussion: The New Republic
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Jeremy Schwartz / Austin American-Statesman:
Banks won't take Fort Hood shooting suspect's paychecks  —  BELTON — As he sits in the Bell County Jail, accused of the Nov. 5 Fort Hood shooting that left 13 dead, Maj. Nidal Hasan continues to receive his monthly U.S. Army paycheck, which based on his rank and experience is probably more than $6,000.
Discussion: Left Coast Rebel
Michael Whitney / Firedoglake:
Senate Votes to Double Fines, Jail Time for Pot Brownies  —  Dianne Feinstein's Reefer Madness (graphic by twolf1)  —  Last night, the United States Senate voted to double the penalties for the nation's newest existential threat: brownies made with marijuana!
Discussion: Raw Story
Fox News:
GOP Lawmakers Want Explanation of Draft Memo on Amnesty for Thousands  —  A group of Republican senators has written to top immigration officials in the Obama administration asking them to reveal whether large-scale plans are under way to provide a so-called non-legislative version of amnesty.
 
 
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