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10:15 AM ET, August 1, 2010

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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?
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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Daniel Tencer / Raw Story:
FBI admits probing ‘radical’ historian Zinn for criticizing bureau
Discussion: American Power
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.
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 …
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.
Katharine Q. Seelye / The Caucus:
The Big Day: Chelsea Clinton's Wedding  —  An exterior view of Beekman Arms Inn, where many of Chelsea Clinton's wedding guests are said to be staying.  The prospect of seeing the Clintons and other celebrities has gripped residents of the town.  —  RHINEBECK, N.Y. — We're here in Rhinebeck …
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 …
Lauren Russell / CNN:
Church plans Quran-burning event  —  The Dove World Outreach Center says it is hosting the event to remember 9/11 victims and take a stand against Islam.  With promotions on its website and Facebook page, it invites Christians to burn the Muslim holy book at the church from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Sean Holstege / Chicago Sun Times:
Judge ‘inundated’ with death threats after Arizona ruling  —  U.S. District Judge Susan Bolton received hundreds of threats at her court offices within hours of her ruling last week on Arizona's tough and controversial immigration law.  —  “She has been inundated,” said U.S. Marshal David Gonzales …
Discussion: Raw Story and Daily Kos
Telegraph:
Fury as Israel president claims English are ‘anti-semitic’  —  Israel's president has accused the English of being anti-semitic and claimed that MPs pander to Muslim voters.  —  Shimon Peres said England was “deeply pro-Arab ... and anti-Israeli”, adding: “They always worked against us.”
Evan McMorris-Santoro / TPMDC:
Preview: Today Is Tea Party Diversity Day — Featuring Andrew Breitbart  —  Andrew Breitbart, the man who helped get Shirley Sherrod fired from the Department of Agriculture, will be among the voices tea party leaders rely on to reach out to minorities at a special rally in Philadelphia today.
 
 
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