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12:20 PM ET, August 10, 2010

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Sam Youngman / The Hill:
White House unloads anger over criticism by ‘professional left’  —  The White House is simmering with anger at criticism from liberals who say President Obama is more concerned with deal-making than ideological purity.  —  During an interview with The Hill in his West Wing office …
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Ezra Klein:
Somewhere, Mitch McConnell is smiling  —  Adam Serwer tweets a good point on the contretemps between Robert Gibbs and “the Professional Left.”  Whatever the two sides' feelings for each other, “they're not the ones filibustering jobs bills.”  —  This is the beauty of obstruction, of course …
The Huffington Post:
Robert Gibbs Clarifies “Professional Left” Criticism, Calls Initial Comments Inartful  —  WHAT'S YOUR REACTION?  —  In a statement to the Huffington Post, White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs acknowledged that his recent broadside against the “professional left” was inartful …
Discussion: Weasel Zippers
Glenn Greenwald / New York Times:
Robert Gibbs attacks the fringe losers of the Left
Discussion: The Plum Line and Corrente
Anchorage Daily News:
Plane with 8 on board crashes off Dillingham  —  5 good Samaritans reportedly on scene as weather hampers rescue  —  Severe weather has hampered the rescue operation for eight people believed to be on board a GCI-owned aircraft that crashed near Dillingham on Monday night with possible fatalities …
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Jeremy Pelofsky / Reuters:
Ex-Senator Ted Stevens in plane crash  —  (Reuters) - The head of aircraft manufacturer EADS's North American unit, Sean O'Keefe, and former Republican Senator Ted Stevens were aboard a small plane that crashed in Alaska, and it was not known if they survived, EADS and a congressional source said on Tuesday.
The Politico:
Former Alaska Sen. Ted Stevens in plane crash  —  The former Alaska senator may have been aboard a plane that crashed in Alaska on Monday.  AP  —  Former Alaska Sen. Ted Stevens was on a small airplane that crashed in a remote part of southwestern Alaska, but it is not known whether he survived the crash.
Ian Swanson / The Hill:
Former Sen. Stevens reportedly in Alaska plane crash
Discussion: Ben Smith's Blog and TPMDC
Pauline Jelinek / Associated Press:
Official: Stevens believed aboard crashed airplane
Discussion: CNN
Jim Hoft / Gateway Pundit:
THAT WAS NO TEACHER... Unhinged Leftist Who Confronted Palin Is a Singer in a Drag Queen Band (Photo)  —  The poor little unhinged leftists had their panties in a bunch today after Sarah Palin confronted a far left loon for her rude and aggressive sign in Homer, Alaska.
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Andrew Sullivan / The Daily Dish:
The Desperation Of The Palinites
Discussion: Balloon Juice
Mac Ranger / Macsmind:   Kathleen Gustafson Radio Stunt? …
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There you go again, LSM  —  While filming the Alaska documentary …
Megan McArdle / The Atlantic Online:
Gay Bar at Ground Zero  —  This is kind of a jerk move.  But it's a brilliant jerk move.  I am hoping that at least one person will attempt to explain why we should support the mosque near Ground Zero, but not the gay bar next to the mosque near Ground Zero.  I would find that very entertaining.
Discussion: The Daily Dish and Althouse
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Greg Gutfeld / Big Hollywood:
Investment Opportunity: My Ground Zero Islamic Gay Bar
New York Post:
MTA approves bus ads opposing Ground Zero mosque
John H. Richardson / Esquire:
Newt Gingrich: The Indispensable Republican  —  In the twelve years since he resigned in defeat and disgrace, he has been carefully plotting his return to power.  As 2012 approaches, he has raised as much money as all of his potential rivals combined and sits atop the polls for the Republican presidential nomination.
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Fhardingj / CNN:
‘No way’ Newt can win, ex-wife says
Andy Barr / The Politico:   Newt Gingrich's ex: ‘No way’ he's president
New York Times:
Fed-Up Flight Attendant Makes Sliding Exit  —  It has been a long time since flight attendant was a glamorous job title.  The hours are long.  Passengers with feelings of entitlement bump up against new no-frills policies.  Babies scream.  Security precautions grate but must be enforced.
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Washington Post:
From Google and Verizon, a path to an open Internet  —  We have spent much of the past year trying to resolve our differences over the thorny issue of “network neutrality.”  This hasn't been an easy process, and Google and Verizon are neither regulators nor legislators.
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Matthew Lasar / Ars Technica:
Google-Verizon NN pact riddled with gaping loopholes
Discussion: Lean Left and Balloon Juice
Craig Aaron / The Huffington Post:
Google-Verizon Pact: It Gets Worse
Frank Newport / Gallup:
GOP Maintains Lead on Generic Ballot for Congress  —  Second week in a row favorable to Republicans  —  PRINCETON, NJ — Republicans have a 49% to 43% lead over Democrats among registered voters in Gallup's generic ballot for Congress for the week of Aug. 2-8, the second straight week …
Discussion: Hot Air, NRSC and Top of the Ticket
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Alexander Burns / The Politico:
Crossroads poll: Dem Senate in peril
Discussion: Hot Air and FrumForum
Todd Starnes / Fox News:
Students at Lincoln Memorial Told to Stop Singing National Anthem  —  A group of students were taking a monument tour of the nation's capital when they made a spur-of-the-moment decision to sing the national anthem at the Lincoln Memorial, but were told to stop by U.S. Park Police.
Megan Carpentier / TPMMuckraker:
Conservapedia: E=mc2 Is A Liberal Conspiracy  —  To many conservatives, almost everything is a secret liberal plot: from fluoride in the water to medicare reimbursements for end-of-life planning with your doctor to efforts to teach evolution in schools.  But Conservapedia founder …
Michael Schneider / Variety:
Levi Johnston for mayor. . . really  —  Reality show follows Palin player's bid for office  —  Levi Johnston is setting his sights on the dysfunctional family business.  —  Johnston will run for mayor of Wasilla, Alaska — yes, the same job that propelled Sarah Palin to governor of that state …
Craig Whitlock / Washington Post:
Pentagon to cut thousands of jobs, defense secretary says  —  Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates said Monday that the Pentagon will cut thousands of jobs, including a substantial chunk of its private contractors and a major military command based in Norfolk, as part of an ongoing effort …
Marc A. Thiessen / Washington Post:
WikiLeaks' blow to the surge  —  WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange has made clear that his objective in releasing tens of thousands of classified documents was to “end the war in Afghanistan” and “oppose an unjust [war] plan before it reaches implementation.”  He may well achieve his goal.
Discussion: The Enterprise Blog
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Jeanne Whalen / Wall Street Journal:
Rights Groups Join Criticism of WikiLeaks
David Weigel / Weigel:
Rand Paul Considering “Legal Options” Over GQ Story  —  Rand Paul's campaign manager Jesse Benton revises and extends his response to reporter Jason Zengerle's story about Paul's occasionally-wild college days. … Benton has not denied the substance of the story; the part garnering …
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Wall Street Journal:
Are Americans Bigots?  —  Attacking the motives of those who disagree with elite opinion has become all too common.  —  When in 1983 Ronald Reagan characterized the Soviet Union as an “evil empire,” the reaction from his betters was swift.  Writing in the New York Times, Anthony Lewis called it …
 
 
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Christine Stuart / CT News Junkie:
Lieberman Mum About Primary Vote, Undecided About Re-election
Discussion: Daily Kos
Eliot Spitzer / Boston Globe:
Back off, critics — TV news benefits from fresher voices
Scott / Power Line:
A note on MA-5  —  Massachusetts doesn't hold its primary for another month.
Discussion: Weekly Standard
Bureau of Labor Statistics:
Productivity and Costs, Second Quarter 2010, Preliminary
Michael Mandelbaum / The New Republic:
The Downsizing of American Foreign Policy
 Earlier Items: 
Bob Herbert / New York Times:
The Horror Show  —  The employment situation in the United States …
Discussion: Philly.com
Paul Farhi / Washington Post:
WJLA-TV's Doug McKelway suspended after clash with station manager, sources say
Discussion: NewsBusters.org, Romenesko and Gawker
John Fund / Wall Street Journal:
Hillary for Vice President?