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6:40 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 …
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:
The Huffington Post:
Rep. Ellison: ‘Gibbs Crossed The Line’  —  WHAT'S YOUR REACTION?  —  Progressive Democrats fired back at Robert Gibbs on Tuesday, following the White House press secretary's sharp critique of what he called a “professional left” that is perpetually unsatisfied by President Obama.
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
Nate Silver / FiveThirtyEight:
As Liberals Lose Hope, the White House is Losing Its Cool  —  Lord knows I've had my share of disagreements with the “professional left”, as Press Secretary Robert Gibbs derisively referred to them in a rant to The Hill this morning.  And I tend to endorse Jonathan Cohn's view that Obama …
Discussion: Crooks and Liars and Daily Kos
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
Jane Hamsher / Firedoglake:
Tribalism is the Last Refuge of Political Scoundrels, Including Robert Gibbs
Discussion: The Huffington Post and Mediaite
John Aravosis / AMERICAblog News:
Gibbs: People who are upset with Obama don't live in real America …
Discussion: Gateway Pundit
Chris Bowers / Open Left:   Dear swing voters, you suck. Love, The White House
Marc Ambinder / The Atlantic Online:
Gibbs Reflects on ‘Inartful’ Comments
Discussion: Daily Kos and Weigel
Myglesias / Matthew Yglesias:
Robert Gibbs and Drug Testing
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 …
Emma Brown / Washington Post:
Ted Stevens, one of the most powerful congressmen of his generation, dies at 86
Discussion: Weigel
ABCNEWS:
Former Sen. Ted Stevens Dies in Alaska Plane Crash
Becky Bohrer / Associated Press:
Plane, possibly with ex-Alaska senator, , crashes
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 …
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Sewell Chan / New York Times:
Fed, Citing Slowdown, to Buy U.S. Debt
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 …
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 …
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
Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
CORDOBA HOUSE ‘COMPROMISE’ HAS SOME SERIOUS FLAWS.... New York Gov. David Paterson (D), hoping to resolve the political dispute over the proposed Muslim community center in lower Manhattan, is floating a possible compromise.  —  Paterson agreed that there is “no reason” why the Cordoba House …
Discussion: The Plum Line, TPMDC and TPM LiveWire
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Associated Press:
Gov. Paterson offers state help to relocate mosque
Discussion: Politics Daily and Sister Toldjah
Javier C. Hernandez / City Room:
Paterson Would Offer New Site for Mosque Away From Ground Zero
Discussion: Salon
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 …
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.
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 …
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
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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Ben Armbruster / Think Progress:
When Asked How GOP Will Save Teacher Jobs, Pence Responds, ‘I Love Teachers!’
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Notice to Law Students: Get ready for the coming M&A boom
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Rasmussen Reports:
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Bob Herbert / New York Times:
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