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10:10 AM ET, August 2, 2010

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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.
Liz Sly / Los Angeles Times:
In Iraq, an impasse as U.S. troops draw down  —  Negotiations for an elected government remain deadlocked; many fear instability with the American combat role set to end Sept. 1.  Conflicting casualty figures for July underscore the uncertainty.  —  Iraqi police stand guard over suspects in Shiite Muslim attacks in Fallouja.
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Carol E. Lee / The Politico:
President Obama heralds end of combat in Iraq
Peter Baker / New York Times:
Obama to Reaffirm Iraq Pullout Amid Afghanistan Debate
Sam Youngman / The Hill:   As combat mission ends, Obama hails sacrifices in Iraq
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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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.
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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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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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Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
KYL KEEPS FIBBING ABOUT CRIME IN ARIZONA.... There's been a fair amount of attention surrounding Senate Minority Whip Jon Kyl's (R-Ariz.) comments yesterday about ending birthright citizenship, as guaranteed by the 14th amendment.  And it's true — the fact that a once-obscure right-wing dream …
Tom Shales / Washington Post:
Tom Shales reviews Christiane Amanpour's lackluster debut on ABC's ‘This Week’  —  With pomp and panoply befitting a visit from a foreign dignitary, ABC raised the curtain on its newly revamped “This Week” program and introduced in a big way the superstar who's taken it over in a big, big way …
Larry O'Connor / Breitbart.tv:
Congressman at Town Hall: ‘The Federal Government Can Do Most Anything in This Country’  —  This website uses IntenseDebate comments, but they are not currently loaded because either your browser doesn't support JavaScript, or they didn't load fast enough.
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 …
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 …
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
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.
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
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 …
 
 
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Walter Alarkon / The Hill:
Self-imposed Republican moratorium leads to drop in 2011 earmark spending
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Gregory Zuckerman / Wall Street Journal:
Big Investors Fear Deflation
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Guardian:
NHS trusts bid for private patients
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Jim Hoft / Gateway Pundit:
Bill Kristol: These Democrats “Would Have Given Up on WWII in 1942″ (Video)
Discussion: theblogprof
New York Times:
U.A.E. Is to Bar BlackBerry E-Mail Over Security Issues
Discussion: Commentary and New York Magazine
Michelle Obama / Washington Post:
A food bill we need
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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
Discussion: TPMDC
Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
BRODER LOOKS AHEAD TO A POSSIBLE 2011.... As David Broder sees it …
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After Stroke Scans, Patients Face Serious Health Risks