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8:45 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]
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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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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Sam Youngman / The Hill:
As combat mission ends, Obama hails sacrifices in Iraq  —  President Obama, who was largely propelled into the national spotlight by his opposition to the Iraq War, hailed the sacrifices of troops who served there as the U.S. prepares to end its combat mission in the country at the end of August.
Discussion: The Politico
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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.
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
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
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: Biased BBC and The Page
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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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.
New York Times:
U.A.E. Is to Bar BlackBerry E-Mail Over Security Issues  —  The United Arab Emirates, citing security concerns, said Sunday that it would suspend BlackBerry mobile services like e-mail and text messaging beginning in October, the latest high-stakes clash between governments and communications providers …
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 …
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
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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Faiz Shakir / Think Progress:
Boehner Spouts Anti-Intellectualism Screed: 'I Don't Need …
Discussion: The Daily Hurricane and RADAMISTO
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 …
 
 
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Perry Bacon Jr / Washington Post:
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Jim Hoft / Gateway Pundit:
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The Politico:
Ethics cases raise racial questions
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David Barboza / New York Times:
State-Owned Groups Fuel China's Real Estate Boom
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Ed Morrissey / Hot Air:
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Alexander Bolton / The Hill:
Political momentum grows for revoking birthright citizenship