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Elizabeth Crum / National Review:
Did She Just Say That Out Loud?  —  During yesterday's Fox News Channel's special elections show on primaries and midterms around the country, Sharron Angle had the following exchange with an incredulous Carl Cameron about her media strategy so far: … Angle then goes on to repeat a statement …
Lydia Saad / Gallup:
GOP Resumes Favorable Standing on Generic Ballot  —  Democratic enthusiasm for voting in midterms is the lowest seen this year  —  PRINCETON, NJ — Registered voters favor Republicans by 48% and Democrats by 43% in Gallup's generic congressional ballot for the week of July 26 through Aug. 1.
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Jeffrey M. Jones / Gallup:
In U.S., New High of 43% Call Afghanistan War a “Mistake”  —  Obama's approval rating on Afghanistan at 36%  —  PRINCETON, N.J. — After the Internet publication of tens of thousands of leaked classified documents on the war in Afghanistan, 43% of Americans now say the United States …
Discussion: Politics Daily
Richard Wolf / USA Today:
Poll: Waning support for Obama on wars
Michael Memoli / The Swamp:
GOP surges in generic ballot
Richard Cohen / Washington Post:
Newt Gingrich, pushing prejudice at Ground Zero  —  Newt Gingrich, his doctorate notwithstanding, has offered us an illogical and ahistorical context to the ugly dispute about building an Islamic cultural center and mosque near Manhattan's Ground Zero.  For a while, I thought that Sarah Palin …
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Dan Senor / Wall Street Journal:
An Open Letter on the Ground Zero Mosque  —  The location undermines the goal of interfaith understanding.  —  New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg and State Attorney General Andrew Cuomo are locked into their position on the plan to build a mosque and Muslim community center—the Cordoba House—at Ground Zero.
Discussion: Commentary and Weekly Standard
Peter Beinart / The Daily Beast:
Hateful Ground Zero Hypocrisy
Discussion: First Draft
Michael Goldfarb / Weekly Standard:
Center for American Progress Attacks New York As Un-American
The Hill:
GOP leader McConnell: Fourteenth Amendment is in need of review  —  Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) told The Hill on Monday that Congress “ought to take a look at” changing the 14th Amendment, which gives the children of illegal immigrants a right to U.S. citizenship.
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The Huffington Post:
Mitch McConnell Wants Hearing On 14th Amendment ‘Birthright Citizenship’  —  WHAT'S YOUR REACTION?  —  Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) officially supports a review of the 14th Amendment to the Constitution, which grants children of undocumented immigrants status as U.S. citizens …
Frank Ahrens / Washington Post:
Harman Media buys Newsweek from Washington Post Co. for undisclosed amount  —  Iconic but troubled Newsweek magazine has been sold by one Washington power family to another.  —  Washington philanthropist, education innovator and hi-fidelity stereo pioneer Sidney Harman will buy Newsweek …
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Jeremy W. Peters / Media Decoder:
Updated: Newsweek Deal to Be Announced Today
Ed Morrissey / Hot Air:
Breaking: Federal judge refuses to dismiss Virginia challenge to ObamaCare  —  The federal bench giveth ... and the federal bench taketh away.  Federal judge Henry Hudson has refused to dismiss a challenge from Virginia on the constitutionality of the individual mandate in ObamaCare.
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Stephanie Cutter / White House.gov Blog Feed:
On Today's Ruling in Virginia
Robert B. Reich / Wall Street Journal:
The Obama Agenda and the Enthusiasm Gap  —  In case after case, the administration went far enough to fuel the opposition but not far enough to provide immediate help to the average voter.  —  Whatever the outcome of the upcoming midterm elections, the activist phase of the Obama administration has likely come to a close.
Timothy F. Geithner / New York Times:
Welcome to the Recovery  —  THE devastation wrought by the great recession is still all too real for millions of Americans who lost their jobs, businesses and homes.  The scars of the crisis are fresh, and every new economic report brings another wave of anxiety.
Boston Globe:
Frank warned colleague not to aid troubled bank  —  “I said, 'Look, it's a Boston institution.  You should stay out of it.  It's a legitimate constituency thing for me.' ” — Rep. Barney Frank.  (Gretchen Ertl for The Boston Globe/ File)  —  WASHINGTON — US Representative Barney Frank …
ABCNEWS:
Stimulus Slammed: Republican Senators Release Report Alleging Waste  —  Sens. Coburn, McCain Rip Stimulus Spending ‘Waste’; Defenders Question Report's Details  —  The Obama administration has credited its $862 billion stimulus program with pulling the economy out of the worst recession since the Great Depression.
Discussion: Sweetness & Light
ABCNEWS:
Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner: Unemployment Could Go Up Before It Comes Down  —  Unemployment Could Rise ‘Temporarily’ As More People Enter Labor Force  —  Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner acknowledged that it is still a “tough economy” for most Americans, and warned it's possible …
Washington Post:
Oil spill dumped 4.9 million barrels into Gulf of Mexico, latest measure shows  —  The blown-out well in the Gulf of Mexico gushed 12 times faster than the government and BP estimated in the early weeks of the crisis and has spilled a whopping 4.9 million barrels, or 205.8 million gallons …
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Spencer Platt / Newsweek:
Democratic Party to Keep Controversial Superdelegates  —  A reform effort to take away party bigwigs' presidential-nominating power suffers a setback.  —  A Ringside View of the History of U.S. Political Conventions  —  Before 2008, your average American might not have known what a Democratic Party superdelegate was.
Stuart Clark / New Scientist:
The sun sends a charged cloud hurtling our way  —  An unusually complex magnetic eruption on the sun has flung a large cloud of electrically charged particles towards Earth.  When the cloud hits, which could be anytime now, it could spark aurorae in the skies around the poles and pose a threat …
Discussion: Telegraph
Washington Post:
Virginia legal opinion supports checks of immigration status  —  RICHMOND — Virginia joined the national debate over immigration Monday when Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli II issued a legal opinion that authorizes law enforcement to check the immigration status of anyone stopped by police officers for any reason.
Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
QUOTE OF THE DAY.... Throughout July, Republican leaders were aggressive in touting their belief in the Tax Fairy — there's no need to worry about paying for tax cuts, because they magically pay for themselves.  It was a startling example of “invincible ignorance,” but from the Senate Minority Leader …
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Rajiv Chandrasekaran / Washington Post:
In Kandahar, U.S. tries the lessons of Baghdad  —  KANDAHAR, AFGHANISTAN — This city is starting to feel a lot like Baghdad.  —  Tall concrete blast walls, like those that surround the Green Zone, are seemingly everywhere.  Checkpoints supervised by U.S. soldiers have been erected on all major roads leading into the city.
Discussion: Swampland
Richard Severo / New York Times:
Mitch Miller, Maestro of the Singalong, Dies at 99  —  Mitch Miller, an influential record producer who became a hugely popular recording artist and an unlikely television star a half century ago by leading a choral group in familiar old songs and inviting people to sing along, died on Saturday in Manhattan.
Discussion: Althouse
Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:
Set the Timer?  —  I hate to say it.  But anybody got a guess how long Christiane Amanpour lasts at This Week?  —  To be clear, I think she was an absolutely inspired choice by the ABC brass.  Brilliant.  But with this pushback from the right, do they have the stomach?
Discussion: Balloon Juice
Michael O'Brien / The Hill:
Democrats increase pressure on Senate GOP ahead of critical vote on state aid  —  Democrats sought Monday to pressure Senate Republicans ahead of an expected vote on a state aid bill.  —  Republicans who vote against the legislation, which extends aid to state governments' health and education programs …
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Wall Street Journal:
The Death of Cap and Tax
 
 
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Alexander Bolton / The Hill:
Blue Dogs at risk get help, $200 million
Discussion: Ballot Box
Monica Hesse / Washington Post:
Some call i-dosing a drug substitute, while others say binaural beats fall flat
Discussion: The Atlantic Online and Marbury
Saeed Kamali Dehghan / Guardian:
Music does not chime with Iran
CNN:
Poll shows opinions on Kagan divided along party lines
Sam Youngman / Ballot Box:
Obama: Republicans want to ‘bamboozle’ voters this November
Discussion: Sweetness & Light
Jon Hilsenrath / Wall Street Journal:
Fed Mulls Symbolic Shift
Discussion: Real Time Economics
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The Huffington Post:
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Discussion: Firedoglake, Taylor Marsh and Mediaite