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Charlie Rangel's War: Deal Axed At 11th Hour  —  However, A Compromise Is Possible Between Now And When Expected Trial Would Take Place In September  —  Rep. Rangel: I'm Just Glad Nobody Is Calling Me ‘Corrupt’ Or ‘Dishonest’  —  NEW YORK (CBS) ― Deal, no deal ... deal, no deal.
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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 …
Susan Crabtree / The Hill:
Ethics panel brings 13 counts against embattled Rep. Rangel
Washington Post:   Charges against Rangel unveiled after efforts to reach settlement fail
Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:
Rangel Deal  —  All signs suggest that House Ethics Committee sachems …
James Oliphant / Los Angeles Times:
House charges Rep. Charles Rangel with ethics violations
Discussion: CNN
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 …
Sam Youngman / The Hill:
President Obama calls African-Americans a ‘mongrel people’  —  NEW YORK — President Obama waded into the national race debate in an unlikely setting and with an unusual choice of words: telling daytime talk show hosts that African-Americans are “sort of a mongrel people.”
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Julie Pace / Associated Press:
Obama talks race, pop culture on ‘The View’
Discussion: THEROOT.COM and Politics Daily
Jesse Washington / Associated Press:   Ousted USDA employee Sherrod plans to sue blogger
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 …
Discussion: Ezra Klein and Time
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Jack Devine / Wall Street Journal:
The CIA Solution for Afghanistan
Richard Stengel / Time:
The Plight of Afghan Women: A Disturbing Picture
Doug Stanglin / USA Today:
Fired USDA employee Sherrod to sue conservative blogger Andrew Breitbart  —  Ousted USDA employee Shirley Sherrod says she will sue conservative blogger Andrew Breitbart, the Associated Press reports.  —  Sherrod made the announcement Thursday in San Diego at the National Association of Black Journalists annual convention.
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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: The Other McCain and Daily Kos
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Gabi Jaye / The Oakland Press:
Conservative's comments spark Raczkowski protest
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
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
Spencer Wilking / New York Press:
Tea Party Jitters  —  Spencer Wilking Finds That New York's Tea Partiers Aren't The Bigoted White Guys You Fear.  —  “Liberty is on the march,” Dan Halloran yells as he clutches a microphone in front of a gathered crowd inside Webster Hall.  “Not only is it on the march …
Discussion: Left Coast Rebel and Firedoglake
Sewell Chan / New York Times:
Fed Member's Deflation Warning Hints at Policy Shift  —  WASHINGTON — A subtle but significant shift appears to be occurring within the Federal Reserve over the course of monetary policy amid increasing signs that the economic recovery is weakening.  —  On Thursday, James Bullard …
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” …
Zaid Jilani / Think Progress:
As Tennesseans Desperately Search For Work, Wamp Suggests Unemployed Are ‘Just Sitting Back Waiting’  —  This past Tuesday, Rep. Zach Wamp (R-TN), who is also a leading candidate for the GOP nomination for governor, joined a conference call with the right-wing National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB).
Diana Olick / Realty Check with Diana Olick:
Obama Housing Bailout Under Attack  —  Criticism of the Obama Administration's mortgage bailout, the Home Affordable Modification Program, is reaching a fever pitch, and I know this because, among other things, the Administration itself appears to be mounting a defense.
Discussion: Firedoglake and Washington Post
Fox News:
Fox News Poll: Republicans Garner 11-Point Lead in Midterms  —  With less than 100 days until the midterm elections, American voters would give the edge to Republicans by an 11 percentage-point margin if the Congressional election were today.  Yet a majority doesn't think a Republican takeover of Congress would lead to positive change.
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: Donklephant and Firedoglake
Jim McElhatton / Washington Times:
OMB nominee got $900,000 after Citigroup bailout  —  Bonus issued after 2008 report  —  President Obama's choice to be the government's chief budget officer received a bonus of more than $900,000 from Citigroup Inc. last year — after the Wall Street firm for which he worked received a massive taxpayer bailout.
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.
The Daily Caller:
Support for Mexican border fence up to 68%  —  Support for the building of a fence along the Mexican border has reached a new high, and voters are more confident than ever that illegal immigration can be stopped.  —  A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey finds that 68% of U.S. voters …
Washington Post:
Body of Jarod Newlove, second missing U.S. sailor, found in Afghanistan  —  KABUL — A second U.S. sailor who disappeared in eastern Afghanistan last week has been found dead.  —  The discovery Wednesday ended the urgent search that had begun Friday evening when two U.S. Navy service members drove away …
Discussion: Politics Daily
Jon Ralston / Las Vegas Sun Blogs:
Univision video confirms Sandoval said his kids don't look Hispanic  —  I have confirmed that Brian Sandoval, as reported by Univision's news director in a column and revealed in an earlier blog post, did indeed say that his children don't look Hispanic when asked by the Spanish-language station whether …
Discussion: Salon, Daily Kos and Washington Monthly
Charles Fried / Boston Globe:
Obama should give Warren a recess appointment  —  CAPITALISM AND markets depend on the morality, honesty, and good faith of those who participate in them.  Markets function best and deliver prosperity when they are honest and the law enforces that honesty; dishonesty, fraud …
 
 
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Army suicides linked to risky behavior, lax discipline
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Paul Krugman:
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Discussion: Wonk Room and Grasping Reality …
Andy Barr / The Politico:
Jan Brewer files immigration appeal
Discussion: Wake up America
The Politico:
Sen. Richard Shelby steers cash to ex-aides
Discussion: Washington Monthly
Chicago Tribune:
Appeals court removes federal judge from drug case
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The Huffington Post:
Obama Mocks Polls But Spends More On Them ($4.4M) Than Bush Did
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Jonathan Cohn / The New Republic:
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Chris Cillizza / The Fix:
Jim DeMint endorses Dino Rossi in Washington State
Discussion: TPMDC
Tom Jensen / Public Policy Polling:
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Discussion: PPIC and TPMDC
Joe Arnold / WHAS:
Conway won't commit to Reid as Democratic Leader
Clifford D. May / National Review:
Dear Mayor Bloomberg