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1:55 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
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’
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.
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 …
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Alexander Bolton / The Hill:
Reid plans showdown with GOP on funds for education, Medicaid
Discussion: CNN
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 …
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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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
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 …
Greg Sargent / The Plum Line:
ADL: Some opponents of Ground Zero mosque are bigots, but we should let them win anyway  —  As you have probably heard, the Anti-Defamation League came out against the Ground Zero mosque today.  I wanted to highlight this extraordinary bit from their statement: … That's just amazing.
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Adam Serwer / American Prospect:
ADL Condemns, Enables, Anti-Muslim Bigotry.  —  The Anti-Defamation League comes out against the proposed Islamic Center near Ground Zero: … Remarkable.  An organization whose stated role is to “counteract hatred, prejudice and bigotry” nonetheless opposes people building where they please simply …
Megan McArdle / The Atlantic Online:
Phytoplankton Panic  —  Phytoplankton, the tiny little ocean creatures that generate a massive amount of the world's oxygen, form the base of the ocean food chain, and otherwise deserve to be nominated Hero of the World Economy, First Class, are apparently dying off.
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Michael O'Hare / The Reality-Based Community:
Eating the seed corn
Discussion: The New Republic
Kevin Drum / Mother Jones:
Phytoplankton Dammerung  —  Today's global warming news is about phytoplankton.
Discussion: Obsidian Wings and bbc.co.uk
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
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 …
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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Jay Heflin / The Hill:
Pelosi blasts Republican plan to privatize Social Security
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
Jordan Fabian / The Hill:
Ethics subcommittee recommends reprimand for Rangel  —  The ethics panel investigating Rep. Charles Rangel (D-N.Y.) is recommending that he be reprimanded for the conduct that resulted in 13 charges against the veteran lawmaker.  —  Rep. Gene Green (D-Texas), chairman of the ethics investigative subcommittee …
Discussion: CNN and The Politico
Brian Montopoli / CBS News:
Tired of “Liberal” Google and AOL?  Michael Reagan Selling @Reagan E-Mail Addresses  —  Conservative talk radio host Michael Reagan, eldest son of former president Ronald Reagan, is selling @Reagan.com e-mail addresses on his website with an appeal to conservatives to stop giving their money to companies he casts as tied to liberalism.
Zaid Jilani / Think Progress:
Pastor Hosting ‘International Burn A Quran Day’: ‘We Have Nothing Against Muslims’  —  On September 11, 2010, the extremist evangelical Dove World Church — whose pastor, Terry Jones, has written a book called “Islam Is Of The Devil” — plans to host “International Burn A Quran Day,” …
Discussion: ChristianPost.com and TPMMuckraker
Michael O'Brien / The Hill:
Gingrich expects Palin to run in 2012  —  Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich (R-Ga.) said Friday that he expects former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin (R) to be among the crowd of GOP presidential candidates in 2012.  —  Gingrich, himself a potential candidate for president, sized up the field …
 
 
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Edward Niedermeyer / New York Times:
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Ben Armbruster / Think Progress:
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Jason Horowitz / Washington Post:
Lisa Murkowski battles for GOP hearts as Palin grows louder in Alaskan expanse
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Fox News:
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Ian Millhiser / Center for American Progress:
Falling Off a Cliff
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David Kopel / The Volokh Conspiracy:
Human Events' ridiculous “Obama the Muslim” article
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Jeremy Schwartz / Austin American-Statesman:
Banks won't take Fort Hood shooting suspect's paychecks
Discussion: Left Coast Rebel
Ben Smith / The Politico:
Orszag leaves his mark
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Gregg Zoroya / USA Today:
Army suicides linked to risky behavior, lax discipline
Associated Press:
Ariz. Illegal Immigration Law Judge Threatened
Discussion: Wonkette and The Impolitic