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1:25 PM ET, August 1, 2010

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Edward Luce / Financial Times:
The crisis of middle-class America  —  Technically speaking, Mark Freeman should count himself among the ­luckiest ­people on the planet.  The 52-year-old lives with his family on a tree-lined street in his own home in the heart of the wealthiest country in the world.  When he is hungry, he eats.
Discussion: Balloon Juice and The Impolitic
William G. Gale / Washington Post:
Five myths about the Bush tax cuts  —  The tax cuts enacted in 2001 and 2003, known as the Bush tax cuts, are set to expire Dec. 31, and the fight over what to do is increasingly heated.  Should the tax cuts expire, as some Democrats have said?  Should they be extended, as most Republicans maintain?
Glenn Harlan Reynolds / Knoxville News-Sentinel:
Controversy proves collusion among liberal journalists  —  Login using your account on any of these websites below.  —  Web Search powered by YAHOO! SEARCH  —  Election 2010 links  — NEWS SENTINEL VOTER GUIDE - COMPARE THE CANDIDATES - GEORGIANA VINES COLUMNS - BLOG: HUMPHREY ON THE HILL
Discussion: The Moderate Voice
Faiz Shakir / Think Progress:
Boehner Spouts Anti-Intellectualism Screed: 'I Don't Need To See GDP Numbers Or Listen To Economists'  —  This morning on Fox News Sunday, House Minority Leader John Boehner (R-OH), who has waffled on the impact of the stimulus, argued against the need for more stimulus funding.
Discussion: Washington Monthly
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Robert J. Shiller / New York Times:
What Would Roosevelt Do?  —  ACROSS the United States …
Jeff Zeleny / New York Times:
Obama Weighs Influence on Democrats' Midterm Races  —  WASHINGTON — As lunch was served in the Roosevelt Room of the White House one day last week, President Obama assured the nine Democratic members of Congress sitting around the table that he would do anything he could to help them survive their fall elections.
Pamela Paul / New York Times:
The Un-Divorced  —  JOHN FROST and his wife had been unhappily married for much of their 25 years together when his company relocated him in 2000.  So when he moved from Virginia to Knoxville, Tenn., he left her behind.  —  At first, it wasn't clear what would happen next.  Would she follow him?
David Catanese / The Politico:
Palin blames media for unfavorable rating  —  Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin blames her upside-down approval rating among independents on one of her favorite foils: the media.  —  Palin, who serves as a paid commentator for Fox News, said on “Fox News Sunday” that “if I believed everything …
Elise Viebeck / The Hill:
Gates blasts WikiLeaks, says public should anticipate limited 2011 drawdown  —  Defense Secretary Robert Gates said he was “mortified” and “appalled” by the recent leak of 75,000 secret war documents, blaming WikiLeaks — the site that published the documents — for its role in endangering US troops …
Discussion: CNN and Raw Story
New York Times:
Targeted Killing Is New U.S. Focus in Afghanistan  —  WASHINGTON — When President Obama announced his new war plan for Afghanistan last year, the centerpiece of the strategy — and a big part of the rationale for sending 30,000 additional troops — was to safeguard the Afghan people …
New York Times:
Town Elbows Its Way Into Clinton Wedding  —  The newlyweds Marc Mezvinsky and Chelsea Clinton.  Ms. Clinton wore a strapless beaded gown designed by Vera Wang.  More Photos »  —  RHINEBECK, N.Y. — Bill and Hillary Clinton have tried to shield their daughter, Chelsea, from the gaze of the public for most of her life.
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CNN:
Obama gives himself a grade of ‘incomplete’ after 18 months  —  (CNN) — It's still too early to judge his administration, President Barack Obama says.  —  In an interview broadcast on the CBS “Sunday Morning” program, Obama gave himself a grade of “incomplete” on the first 18 months of his presidency.
Discussion: Weasel Zippers
Myglesias / Matthew Yglesias:
Dallas Fed Pushing Zero Inflation Agenda  —  Richard Fisher, the president of the Dallas Federal Reserve, spends a bunch of time trying to argue that further monetary easing won't boost growth, but that ultimately turns out not to be his real reason: … As Scott Sumner emphasizes …
Discussion: Eschaton and TheMoneyIllusion
The Huffington Post:
Dwindling Retirement Savings ‘Undiscussed Explosive Bomb’ Of Recession  —  WHAT'S YOUR REACTION?  —  After working in executive management for over ten years with a steadily increasing salary, Rick Stephens, 51, was laid off from his job in June 2008.  Two years of steady unemployment later …
 
 
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Lisa Lockwood / Antemedius:
Wikileaks posts an Insurance policy
Allison Sherry / Denver Post:
Romanoff pulls even with Bennet, poll finds
Discussion: The Huffington Post
seattlepi.com:
Al Gore Cleared in Sexual Assault Case
Discussion: The Moderate Voice and ABCNEWS
Alexander Bolton / The Hill:
Levin: Media too focused on negative in Afghanistan; it's a ‘mixed picture’
Discussion: CNN
Kevin Sack / New York Times:
Missouri to Vote on Health Law
Discussion: The Caucus and Right Wing News
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Sean Holstege / Chicago Sun Times:
Judge ‘inundated’ with death threats after Arizona ruling
Discussion: Raw Story and Daily Kos
Diana Marcum / Los Angeles Times:
Wars take a heavy toll on one California school
Discussion: Flopping Aces and Right Wing News
David Dayen / Firedoglake:
Chris Hayes Highlights the Failed HAMP Program on The Rachel Maddow Show
Discussion: Eschaton
Lauren Russell / CNN:
Church plans Quran-burning event