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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 …
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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 …
Discussion: The Hill
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 …
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 …
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.
Discussion: Political Byline and Daily Kos
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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 …
Discussion: DaTechguy's Blog
Gabi Jaye / The Oakland Press:
Conservative's comments spark Raczkowski protest
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 …
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 …
Edward Wyatt / New York Times:
S.E.C. Charges Brothers With $550 Million Fraud  —  WASHINGTON — Samuel and Charles Wyly, the billionaire brothers from Dallas who are large donors to philanthropies and to conservative causes, were charged Thursday with conducting an extensive securities fraud that the Securities …
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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
David Kocieniewski / New York Times:
Rangel Appears Nearly Certain to Face Trial on Ethics Charges  —  WASHINGTON — In laying out 13 charges of ethical violations committed by Representative Charles B. Rangel, the House ethics committee set the stage for a rare public trial of the Democratic Congressman this fall …
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Joe Conason / Salon:
Fred Barnes not on a team?  Why did GOP pay him?  —  The Weekly Standard editor claimed political purity in bashing Journolist, but he's on the Republican payroll  —  In the pages of the Wall Street Journal, Fred Barnes has lately lamented the betrayal of “traditional journalism” …
Alexander Bolton / The Hill:
Reid plans showdown with GOP on funds for education, Medicaid  —  Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) will force Republicans to vote next week on a $26.1 billion package of education funding and Medicaid assistance to states.  —  It will be a tough vote for centrist Republicans …
Discussion: CNN
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Stephen Ohlemacher / Associated Press:
Republicans block small business lending bill
Elizabeth Williamson / Washington Wire:
Gibbs Takes on Rush Limbaugh  —  At a briefing today to discuss the administration's efforts to rescue the auto industry, White House press secretary Robert Gibbs took on conservative radio host Rush Limbaugh—and every other critic “sitting in the cheap seats” -for criticizing the rescue …
Myglesias / Matthew Yglesias:
Nobody is Helping Aisha  —  It's certainly true as Time's emotionally manipulative new cover image indicates that the Taliban are terrible for women and that the more of Afghanistan they rule the worse things will be for women.  That said, it's extremely disingenuous to act …
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Jack Devine / Wall Street Journal:
The CIA Solution for Afghanistan
CNN:
Army private transferred to Virginia amid WikiLeaks probe  —  (CNN) — An Army private suspected of leaking classified material, including videos and other documents, has been transferred from Kuwait to a Marine Corps brig in Quantico, Virginia.  —  Pfc. Bradley Manning …
Discussion: newsfeed.time.com
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
Gregg Zoroya / USA Today:
Army suicides linked to risky behavior, lax discipline  —  WASHINGTON — After nine years of war, the Army attracts recruits ready for combat but inclined toward risky personal behavior — a volatile mix that led to more deaths from suicide, drug overdoses and drinking and driving than from warfare, an Army review concludes.
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 …
Discussion: Firedoglake and Donklephant
Associated Press:
Ariz. Illegal Immigration Law Judge Threatened  —  Federal Judge Received Messages from People Against Ruling Who “Expressed Their Displeasure in a Perverted Way”  —  (AP) Authorities say a federal judge in Phoenix has been getting some threats since her ruling on Arizona's controversial immigration law.
Walter Alarkon / The Hill:
Lawmakers' concerns about deficit slows passage of annual spending bills  —  Election-year deficit concerns are slowing the annual appropriations process as lawmakers wrestle with how much spending is palatable on everything from healthcare to homeland security.
Ezra Klein:
What would Republicans do for the economy?  An interview with Rep. Paul Ryan.  —  Paul Ryan is the ranking Republican on the House Budget Committee, and one of the party's most influential voices on the economy.  And with Republicans likely to pick up a lot of seats — and maybe even the House …
Discussion: Economist's View
Julie Pace / Associated Press:
Obama talks race, pop culture on ‘The View’  —  NEW YORK - President Barack Obama said Thursday that the racial firestorm that led to the ouster of a black Agriculture Department official was a “phony controversy” generated by the media.  He said his administration overreacted by forcing her out.
Discussion: THEROOT.COM and Politics Daily
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Sam Youngman / The Hill:
President Obama calls African-Americans a ‘mongrel people’
 
 
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Diana Olick / Realty Check with Diana Olick:
Obama Housing Bailout Under Attack
Discussion: Firedoglake and Washington Post
Spencer Wilking / New York Press:
Tea Party Jitters
Discussion: Left Coast Rebel and Firedoglake
Jim McElhatton / Washington Times:
OMB nominee got $900,000 after Citigroup bailout
Fox News:
Fox News Poll: Republicans Garner 11-Point Lead in Midterms
Chicago Tribune:
Appeals court removes federal judge from drug case