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6:40 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 …
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The Huffington Post:
Alan Greenspan: Extending Bush Tax Cuts Without Paying For Them …
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
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
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
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 …
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 …
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 …
Discussion: Pajamas Media
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 …
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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David Barboza / New York Times:
State-Owned Groups Fuel China's Real Estate Boom
Discussion: Calculated Risk
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Rival Smartphone Attenuation Videos Vanish From Apple's Website
Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
BRODER LOOKS AHEAD TO A POSSIBLE 2011.... As David Broder sees it …
Walt Bogdanich / New York Times:
After Stroke Scans, Patients Face Serious Health Risks
Discussion: The Moderate Voice
Adam C. Smith / St. Petersburg Times:
Jeff Greene's path to Senate campaign shows he is uncompromising …
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 Earlier Items: 
Alexander Bolton / The Hill:
Political momentum grows for revoking birthright citizenship
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Wikileaks posts an Insurance policy
CNN:
Obama gives himself a grade of ‘incomplete’ after 18 months
David Catanese / The Politico:
Palin blames media for unfavorable rating