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1:15 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 …
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: TalkLeft
Glenn Greenwald / New York Times:
Robert Gibbs attacks the fringe losers of the Left  —  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, foreclosures and widespread economic misery.
Discussion: The Plum Line
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 …
Greg Sargent / The Plum Line:
Robert Gibbs concedes attack on left was “inartful”
Discussion: AMERICAblog News
Myglesias / Matthew Yglesias:
Robert Gibbs and Drug Testing
Discussion: TalkLeft, Weasel Zippers and Corrente
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.
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 …
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 …
Jeremy Pelofsky / Reuters:
Ex-Senator Ted Stevens killed in plane crash  —  (Reuters) - Former Senator Ted Stevens died in a plane crash in his home state of Alaska, according to local television news reports on Tuesday, which quoted a friend of the Stevens family.  —  Five people were killed when the small plane crashed …
The Politico:
Former Alaska Sen. Ted Stevens in plane crash
Discussion: Talking Points Memo, CNN and TPMDC
ABCNEWS:   Report: Former Sen. Ted Stevens Killed in Alaska Plane Crash
Debbi Wilgoren / Washington Post:
AP: Former Sen. Stevens aboard downed plane
Discussion: Politics Daily
Pauline Jelinek / Associated Press:
Official: Stevens believed aboard crashed airplane
Discussion: CNN and TPMDC
Ian Swanson / The Hill:
Former Sen. Stevens in Alaska plane crash
Discussion: Ben Smith's Blog and TPMDC
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.
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.
Andrew Sullivan / The Daily Dish:   The Odd Lies Of Sarah Palin XCIV: “They claim I …
Mac Ranger / Macsmind:
Kathleen Gustafson Radio Stunt? …
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.
Fhardingj / CNN:
TRENDING: ‘No way’ Newt can win, ex-wife says
Andy Barr / The Politico:   Newt Gingrich's ex: ‘No way’ he's president
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
Greg Gutfeld / Big Hollywood:
Investment Opportunity: My Ground Zero Islamic Gay Bar
Allahpundit / Hot Air:
Greg Gutfeld: I'm raising money to build a Muslim gay bar next …
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.
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 …
Rosalind S. Helderman / Washington Post:
Virginia stands to feel the most pain from defense cuts
Discussion: Cato @ Liberty and The Politico
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.
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 …
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: NRSC, Hot Air and Top of the Ticket
Alexander Burns / The Politico:
Crossroads poll: Dem Senate in peril
Discussion: Commentary, Hot Air and FrumForum
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 …
Pam Spaulding / Pam's House Blend:
Top Ten West Point cadet resigns over DADT - unwilling to ‘compromise her Integrity’  —  Knights Out, a group of LGBT alumni of the U.S. Military Academy at West Point and their allies announced that Cadet Katherine Miller outed herself to her superiors and has tendered her resignation.
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Marist Poll:
8/10: Bloomberg Approval Rating Below 50% for First Time in Five Years
Discussion: TPM LiveWire
Hilary Leila Krieger / Jerusalem Post:
Congress halts aid to Lebanese army
Discussion: Commentary and Israel Matzav
Tony Blankley / Washington Times:
‘We socialists’ vs. ‘we the people’
Discussion: protein wisdom
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
 Earlier Items: 
Marc A. Thiessen / Washington Post:
WikiLeaks' blow to the surge
Discussion: The Enterprise Blog
Michael Mandelbaum / The New Republic:
The Downsizing of American Foreign Policy
Bob Herbert / New York Times:
The Horror Show  —  The employment situation in the United States …
Discussion: Shakesville and
Paul Farhi / Washington Post:
WJLA-TV's Doug McKelway suspended after clash with station manager, sources say
Discussion:, Romenesko and Gawker
John Fund / Wall Street Journal:
Hillary for Vice President?