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5:15 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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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: Mediaite, TalkLeft, Guardian and Don Surber
Glenn Greenwald / Salon:
Robert Gibbs attacks the fringe losers of the left  —  (updated below - Update II - Update III)  —  You may think that the reason you're dissatisfied with the Obama administration is because of substantive objections to their policies: that they've done so little about crisis-level unemployment …
Discussion: The Plum Line
Greg Sargent / The Plum Line:
Robert Gibbs concedes attack on left was “inartful”  —  Robert Gibbs, under fire for his attack on the “professional left,” sends over a statement walking it back, conceding it was “inartful,” and clarifying that the views he expressed frustration about are not widely held:
Ezra Klein:
Obama and the left  —  I understand why the White House …
Discussion: Da Techguy's Blog and The Awl
Ezra Klein:   Somewhere, Mitch McConnell is smiling
Marc Ambinder / The Atlantic Online:
Gibbs Reflects on ‘Inartful’ Comments
Discussion: Daily Kos and Weigel
John Aravosis / AMERICAblog News:
Gibbs: People who are upset with Obama don't live in real America …
Jane Hamsher / Firedoglake:   Tribalism is the Last Refuge of Political Scoundrels, Including Robert Gibbs
Chris Bowers / Open Left:   Dear swing voters, you suck. Love, The White House
Robert L. Borosage / The Huffington Post:
Gibbs on the Left: Dog Bites the Man
Discussion: Gawker, Mediaite and Weasel Zippers
Myglesias / Matthew Yglesias:
Robert Gibbs and Drug Testing
Discussion: TalkLeft
Nate Silver / FiveThirtyEight:
As Liberals Lose Hope, the White House is Losing Its Cool
KTUU-TV:
Stevens killed in crash near Dillingham  —  Also on KTUU.COM  —  ANCHORAGE, Alaska - Dave Dittman, a former aide and longtime family friend of former Sen. Ted Stevens says Stevens was killed in a plane crash near Dillingham Monday night.  Nine people were on board, including former NASA Chief Sean O'Keefe.
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Liz Robbins / New York Times:
Former Senator Ted Stevens Is Killed in a Plane Crash  —  Former United States Senator Ted Stevens was killed in a plane crash in southwestern Alaska on Monday night.  Five of the nine people on board the small plane headed to a remote fishing lodge were killed in the crash, Gov. Sean Parnell of Alaska said.
Reuters:
Ex-Senator Stevens dies in Alaska plane crash  —  (Reuters) - Former Senator Ted Stevens, who for decades had a leading hand in controlling the nation's purse strings, died in a small plane crash in his home state of Alaska, officials said on Tuesday.  —  Alaska Governor Sean Parnell said five people …
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 …
KTUU-TV:
Plane crashes north of Dillingham; 8 on board  —  ANCHORAGE, Alaska - A plane has crashed near Dillingham according to the Alaska Air National Guard.  Eight or nine people were believed on board, according to the Air Guard.  They said there may be fatalities, but as of midnight rescue crews …
ABCNEWS:
Former Sen. Ted Stevens Dies in Alaska Plane Crash
The Politico:
Ted Stevens, Alaska icon, dead at 86
Discussion: CNN and Guardian
msnbc.com:
Former Sen. Ted Stevens dies in remote Alaska plane crash
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:
TRENDING: ‘No way’ Newt can win, ex-wife says
Andrew Sullivan / The Daily Dish:
The Desperation Of The Palinites  —  You can tell how damaging the half-term former governor's encounter with a teacher yesterday was by the ferocity of the reaction.  So we get a blog post screaming at the top of Memeorandum: … The post is from Gateway pundit, not exactly a blog to rely on for facts.
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Jim Hoft / Gateway Pundit:
THAT WAS NO TEACHER... Unhinged Leftist Who Confronted Palin …
Andrew Sullivan / The Daily Dish:
The Odd Lies Of Sarah Palin XCIV: “They claim I …
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.
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Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blog:
2012ers on the mosque  —  As I noted yesterday, the Republican …
Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System:
For immediate release  —  Information received since the Federal Open Market Committee met in June indicates that the pace of recovery in output and employment has slowed in recent months.  Household spending is increasing gradually, but remains constrained by high unemployment …
theCHIVE:
Girl quits her job on dry erase board, emails entire office (33 Photos)  —  We received the following photos last night from a person who works with this girl.  Her name is Jenny (not confirmed) - we're working our contact for Jenny's last name.  Yesterday morning, Jenny quit her job with a …
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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City Room:
JetBlue Attendant Held on Bail as Lawyer Cites Abuse on Flight
Discussion: Metropolis and BAGnewsNotes
Heather Robinson / The Huffington Post:
I Was an Eyewitness to Flight Attendant Steven Slater's Rant on Jet Blue #1052
Discussion: TMZ.com
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.
Dave Helling / Prime Buzz:
Skaggs, GOP tracker in weekend altercation  —  The Missouri GOP has provided this video clip, shot by a “tracker” of the Robin Carnahan campaign, involving Kansas City councilman Bill Skaggs:  —  The incident took place Saturday at a party campaign headquarters event.
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Jim Hoft / Gateway Pundit:
Lib Meltdown... MOGOP Videographer Assaulted By Top Kansas City …
The Caucus:
On House Floor, Rangel Vows to Stay in Office  —  Facing serious accusations of violating House rules, Representative Charles R. Rangel offered an extended defense of his conduct on the House floor Tuesday.  He demanded a prompt ethics committee hearing and vowed to remain in office.
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Steve Krakauer / Mediaite:
Charlie Rangel's Epic Rant: “If I Was You I May Want Me To Go Away Too”
People-Press.org:
Republicans Faring Better with Men, Whites, Independents and Seniors  —  Four Years Later  —  The Republican Party's prospects for the midterm elections look much better than they did four years ago at this time, while the Democrats' look much worse.  Voter preferences for the upcoming …
Discussion: Politics Daily and The Page
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Dennis Cauchon / USA Today:
Federal workers earning double their private counterparts  —  At a time when workers' pay and benefits have stagnated, federal employees' average compensation has grown to more than double what private sector workers earn, a USA TODAY analysis finds.  —  Federal workers have been awarded …
 
 
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Craig Whitlock / Washington Post:
Pentagon to cut thousands of jobs, defense secretary says
Bob Herbert / New York Times:
The Horror Show  —  The employment situation in the United States …