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2:00 AM ET, August 2, 2010

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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.
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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]
Steve Bainbridge / ProfessorBainbridge.com:
It's getting to be embarrassing to be a conservative  —  These days it's getting increasingly embarrassing to publicly identify oneself as a conservative.  It was bad enough when George Bush 43, the K Street Gang, and the neo-cons were running up spending, fighting an unnecessary war of choice in Iraq …
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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 …
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 …
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The Huffington Post:
Alan Greenspan: Extending Bush Tax Cuts Without Paying For Them Could Be ‘Disastrous’  —  WHAT'S YOUR REACTION?  —  Former Fed Chairman Alan Greenspan said that the push by congressional Republicans to extend the Bush tax cuts without offsetting the costs elsewhere could end up being “disastrous” for the economy.
Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
QUOTE OF THE DAY.... One of the uglier strains of modern conservative thought is pervasive anti-intellectualism.  As Faiz Shakir noted today, House Minority Leader John Boehner (R-Ohio) offered a rather classic example of “Fox News Sunday.”  —  Host Chris Wallace noted that “a number of top economists” …
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Faiz Shakir / Think Progress:
Boehner Spouts Anti-Intellectualism Screed: 'I Don't Need …
Discussion: RADAMISTO
Noel Sheppard / NewsBusters.org:
Dan Rather Says GOP Takes Back House in November, Matthews Painfully Agrees  —  Dan Rather this weekend said the odds are that the Republicans will take back the House in the upcoming midterm elections.  —  Maybe more surprisingly, Chris Matthews, with a look on his face like someone had given …
Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
A SUDDEN CHANGE OF HEART ON THE AMERICAN AUTO INDUSTRY.... As we've been talking about over the last couple of days, President Obama's decision to rescue American auto manufacturers looks awfully good with the benefit of hindsight.  Republicans were apoplectic at the time, but more than a year later …
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
CNN:
RNC cancels Breitbart fundraiser  —  Washington (CNN) - The Republican National Committee has cancelled a fundraiser with conservative blogger Andrew Breitbart, who is under fire for promoting an edited video that falsely portrays former Agriculture Department employee Shirley Sherrod …
Ed Morrissey / Hot Air:
Survey USA: Paul leads by eight in KY  —  Democrats initially hoped to steal a Senate seat back from the GOP in Kentucky, where Rand Paul won the nomination to succeed retiring incumbent Jim Bunning.  Paul rode a post-nomination bounce to a 25-point lead, but soon came under fire …
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 …
William A. Jacobson / Le·gal In·sur·rec· tion:
What Don't You Understand About “It's Not Your Money”  —  Allowing people to keep more of what they earn is a horrible giveaway tantamount to welfare for the rich, rendering anyone who would suggest such a thing evil and greedy.  —  That attitude is the fundamental public policy prescription …
Discussion: Washington Post
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CNN:
Obama gives himself a grade of ‘incomplete’ after 18 months
Elise Viebeck / The Hill:
Gates blasts WikiLeaks, says public should anticipate limited 2011 drawdown
Alexander Bolton / The Hill:
Levin: Media too focused on negative in Afghanistan; it's a ‘mixed picture’
Discussion: CNN
David Catanese / The Politico:
Palin blames media for unfavorable rating