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9:30 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 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 …
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Peter Baker / New York Times:
Obama to Reaffirm Iraq Withdrawal Strategy Is On Track  —  WASHINGTON - Nearly eight years after he denounced what he called a “dumb war” in Iraq and nearly two years after he won the White House promising to end it, President Obama on Monday plans to mark the formal end of the combat mission there.
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Sam Youngman / The Hill:
As combat mission ends, Obama hails sacrifices in Iraq
Discussion: The Politico
Paul Krugman / New York Times:
Defining Prosperity Down  —  I'm starting to have a sick feeling about prospects for American workers — but not, or not entirely, for the reasons you might think.  —  Yes, growth is slowing, and the odds are that unemployment will rise, not fall, in the months ahead.  That's bad.
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blog:
Two reasons not to care about the Clinton wedding  —  I've been on vacation and out of the country for a week, reading both the U.S. coverage of Chelsea Clinton's wedding and its foreign amplification - “American princess to wed” - with total bewilderment.  —  The tone of much of the coverage …
Discussion: Commentary and Reliable Source
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The Politico:
Ethics cases raise racial questions  —  The politically charged decisions by veteran Democratic Reps. Charles Rangel of New York and Maxine Waters of California to force public trials by the House ethics committee are raising questions about race and whether black lawmakers face more scrutiny …
BBC:
Rockets hit Israeli resort of Eilat and Jordan's Aqaba  —  Israeli police say at least five rockets were fired at the tourist resort of Eilat  —  Police in Israel say at least five rockets have been fired at the southern Israeli tourist resort of Eilat from the Sinai desert in Egypt.
Discussion: The Page and Biased BBC
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 …
Discussion: DaTechguy's Blog
Ricardo Alonso-Zaldivar / Associated Press:
White House report claims $8B in Medicare savings  —  WASHINGTON — The new health overhaul law will start producing savings for Medicare right away, and over time add 12 years of solvency to the program's giant trust fund for inpatient care, the Obama administration says in a report to be released Monday.
Perry Bacon Jr / Washington Post:
Rep. Ryan pushes budget reform, and his party winces  —  Viewing him as a rising star in the party, Republicans in Congress often talk up Rep. Paul Ryan as a potential governor, senator or House leader.  The lanky, youthful-looking congressman from Wisconsin has begged off …
Jim Hoft / Gateway Pundit:
Bill Kristol: These Democrats “Would Have Given Up on WWII in 1942″ (Video)  —  Bill Kristol blasted the cut-and-runners today on FOX News Sunday.  Krstol told the panel that these democrats “would have given up on World War II in 1942″ when things were going rough in North Africa.
Discussion: theblogprof
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 …
Discussion: HotAirPundit and Weasel Zippers
Michelle Obama / Washington Post:
A food bill we need  —  Last spring, a class of fifth-grade students from Bancroft Elementary School in the District descended on the South Lawn of the White House to help us dig, mulch, water and plant our very first kitchen garden.  In the months that followed, those same students came …
Discussion: Lynn Sweet and Colorlines
Tim Geithner / msnbc.com:
Transcripts on  —  MR. DAVID GREGORY: This Sunday, Security breach: The leaking of secret Afghanistan war documents has enraged U.S. military officials who warn of serious consequences for the leaker and the man behind the Web site WikiLeaks.  —  ADM. MIKE MULLEN: Mr. Assange can say whatever …
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 on “Fox News Sunday.”  —  Host Chris Wallace noted that “a number of top economists” …
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Larry O'Connor / Breitbart.tv:
Congressman at Town Hall: 'The Federal Government Can Do Most Anything …
Discussion: theblogprof and Hot Air
Guardian:
NHS trusts bid for private patients
Discussion: Telegraph and Marginal Revolution
New York Times:
U.A.E. Is to Bar BlackBerry E-Mail Over Security Issues
David Barboza / New York Times:
State-Owned Groups Fuel China's Real Estate Boom
Discussion: Calculated Risk
Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
A SUDDEN CHANGE OF HEART ON THE AMERICAN AUTO INDUSTRY. …
Ed Morrissey / Hot Air:
Survey USA: Paul leads by eight in KY
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Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
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Lisa Lockwood / Antemedius:
Wikileaks posts an Insurance policy