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2:25 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 …
Glenn Greenwald / Salon:
Robert Gibbs attacks the fringe losers of the left  —  (updated below - Update II)  —  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.
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:
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 …
Myglesias / Matthew Yglesias:
Robert Gibbs and Drug Testing
Discussion: TalkLeft and Corrente
Ezra Klein:
Obama and the left  —  I understand why the White House …
Discussion: The Awl and Da Techguy's Blog
Sam Youngman / The Hill:   Gibbs: Comments about left were inartful
Jane Hamsher / Firedoglake:   Tribalism is the Last Refuge of Political Scoundrels, Including Robert Gibbs
Robert L. Borosage / The Huffington Post:
Gibbs on the Left: Dog Bites the Man
Discussion: The Plum Line and Weasel Zippers
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
Ross Colvin / Reuters:
Obama attacks Bush policies in Bush's home state
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 …
Jeremy Pelofsky / Reuters:
EADS chief and former Senator Stevens in plane crash  —  (Reuters) - The fate of former Senator Ted Stevens and the chief executive of EADS North America Sean O'Keefe was unknown on Tuesday after a small plane carrying the two crashed in Alaska, killing up to five people.
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 …
CBS News:
Ex.-Sen. Ted Stevens Killed in Plane Crash  —  NTSB Says 5 of 9 Passengers Believed Killed in Small Plane Crash in Alaska; Ex-NASA Administrator O'Keefe Also Aboard  —  (CBS/AP) Former U.S. Sen. Ted Stevens has died in a plane crash in southwestern Alaska, CBS affiliate KTVA in Anchorage has confirmed.
Fate of Former Sen. Ted Stevens Unknown After Alaska Plane Crash
Discussion: Talking Points Memo and TPMDC
Ex-NASA chief on Alaska crashed plane
Discussion: Talking Points Memo 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 - wait for it - ‘appear to roll my eyes’”  —  Well, you make the call.  Did she roll her eyes at the mention of the word “teacher” in front of her own daughter?  —  Meanwhile, the more profound question: what on earth was she wearing on her feet?
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.
Andrew Sullivan / The Daily Dish:
Name That Bar!  —  Fox News' Mr Gutfeld proposes building …
Greg Gutfeld / Big Hollywood:
Investment Opportunity: My Ground Zero Islamic Gay Bar
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 …
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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Jordan Fabian / The Hill:
House Dem swipes at Obama and Pelosi in campaign ad
Discussion: The Politico and Weasel Zippers
Tom Jensen / Public Policy Polling:
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Carolyn Lochhead / San Francisco Chronicle:
GOP leaders lack concrete plans to reduce debt
Discussion: Hit & Run
Jared Allen / The Hill:
House passes $600M border-security bill
Discussion: The Politico
Jim Hoft / Gateway Pundit:
Lib Meltdown... MOGOP Videographer Assaulted By Top Kansas City …
Discussion: theblogprof
Pam Spaulding / Pam's House Blend:
Top Ten West Point cadet resigns over DADT - unwilling to ‘compromise her Integrity’
Tony Blankley / Washington Times:
‘We socialists’ vs. ‘we the people’
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Eliot Spitzer / Boston Globe:
Back off, critics — TV news benefits from fresher voices
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 …
Michael Schneider / Variety:
Levi Johnston for mayor. . . really