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6:25 PM ET, August 1, 2010

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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?
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David Stockman / New York Times:
Four Deformations of the Apocalypse  —  IF there were such a thing as Chapter 11 for politicians, the Republican push to extend the unaffordable Bush tax cuts would amount to a bankruptcy filing.  The nation's public debt — if honestly reckoned to include municipal bonds and the $7 trillion …
Pat G. / Think Progress:
Palin Writes Down Cost Of Extending Bush Tax Cuts On Her Hand, But She Still Gets It Wrong  —  Since he was on the campaign trail, President Obama has proposed renewing the 2001 and 2003 Bush tax cuts for the lower- and middle-class, while allowing them to expire on schedule at the end …
Michael Calderone / Yahoo! News:
Fox News gets front row White House seat  —  The White House Correspondents Association is moving Fox News up to the front row in the briefing room, according to sources familiar with the process.  The WHCA board's decision was unanimous.  [It's now confirmed; see update below]
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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.
Elise Viebeck / The Hill:
Fox News to move to Thomas' front-row briefing room seat  —  The White House Correspondents Association voted unanimously Sunday afternoon to move Fox News to the front row of the White House briefing room.  —  The seating change was prompted by the resignation of veteran UPI reporter Helen Thomas.
Discussion: Hot Air
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.
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
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Alexander Bolton / The Hill:
Levin: Media too focused on negative in Afghanistan; it's a ‘mixed picture’
Discussion: CNN
Directorblue / Doug Ross:
The Wife Was Really P.O.'ed This A.M. — Chelsea's Wedding Extravaganza  —  The wife was on a roll this morning, pointing out some interesting facts about the immense Clinton wedding that took place this weekend.  —  “This damn wedding cost between $2 million and $5 million.”
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Fox News:
Palin Says Brewer Has Something Obama Lacks: ‘Cojones’  —  Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin speaks to the crowd at a P.U.R.E. Ministries event June 29 in Duluth, Ga. (AP Photo)  —  Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin on Sunday praised Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer for defending her state's immigration law …
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Elise Viebeck / The Hill:
Obama on immigration: We can't ‘demagogue’ the issue
Discussion: Sister Toldjah and Weasel Zippers
David Klinghoffer / Los Angeles Times:
From neocons to crazy-cons  —  Once the conservative movement was about finding meaning in private life and public service.  But it has undergone a shift toward demagoguery and hucksterism.  —  Once, the iconic figures on the political right were urbane visionaries and builders of institutions …
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 …
TPMDC:
Diversity Is In The Eye Of The Beholder: A Day At Uni-Tea  —  It was billed as the most diverse tea party rally ever.  For three hours Saturday afternoon, we waited for the diversity to show up.  —  Was Saturday's Uni-Tea rally in Philadelphia a success?  Well, it depends on your definition of “epic fail.”
Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
BRODER LOOKS AHEAD TO A POSSIBLE 2011.... As David Broder sees it, the White House is already preparing itself — mentally, emotionally, strategically, substantively — for expected Republican gains in the midterm elections.  The columnist quoted an insider who told him, “If you asked the president …
Susie Madrak / Crooks and Liars:
Retirement?  You Must Be Kidding.  Workers Are Emptying Retirement Plans To Stay Afloat.  —  This is why we should not only not cut Social Security, we should expand it.  The workers who relied on 401Ks have finally figured out why companies were so happy to have them replace pension plans …
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The Huffington Post:
Dwindling Retirement Savings ‘Undiscussed Explosive Bomb’ Of Recession
Discussion: Pirate's Cove
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?
 
 
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Walt Bogdanich / New York Times:
After Stroke Scans, Patients Face Serious Health Risks
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Adam C. Smith / St. Petersburg Times:
Jeff Greene's path to Senate campaign shows he is uncompromising …
Discussion: The Reid Report, CREW and Discourse.net
Alexander Bolton / The Hill:
Political momentum grows for revoking birthright citizenship
Lisa Lockwood / Antemedius:
Wikileaks posts an Insurance policy
Discussion: LewRockwell.com Blog
Myglesias / Matthew Yglesias:
Dallas Fed Pushing Zero Inflation Agenda
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Elise Viebeck / The Hill:
Gates blasts WikiLeaks, says public should anticipate limited 2011 drawdown
Discussion: Raw Story
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seattlepi.com:
Al Gore Cleared in Sexual Assault Case
Discussion: The Moderate Voice
David Catanese / The Politico:
Palin blames media for unfavorable rating
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