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2:05 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: Emptywheel, TalkLeft and Guardian
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
Robert L. Borosage / The Huffington Post:
Gibbs on the Left: Dog Bites the Man
Discussion: The Plum Line and Weasel Zippers
Ezra Klein:
Obama and the left  —  I understand why the White House …
Discussion: The Awl and Da Techguy's Blog
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 …
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:
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.
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.
Report: Former Sen. Ted Stevens Killed in Alaska Plane Crash
Discussion: Talking Points Memo and TPMDC
Ex-NASA chief on Alaska crashed plane
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
Pauline Jelinek / Associated Press:
Official: Stevens believed aboard crashed airplane
Discussion: 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?
Discussion: The Huffington Post
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.
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.
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 …
Brian Stelter / ArtsBeat:
Levi Johnston Pitches Reality Show
Discussion: and Mediaite
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, Top of the Ticket and NRSC
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.
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 …
Bob Herbert / New York Times:
The Horror Show  —  The employment situation in the United States is much worse than even the dismal numbers from last week's jobless report would indicate.  The nation is facing a full-blown employment crisis and policy makers are not responding with anything like the sense of urgency that is needed.
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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
Marist Poll:
8/10: Bloomberg Approval Rating Below 50% for First Time in Five Years
Discussion: TPM LiveWire
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
Craig Whitlock / Washington Post:
Pentagon to cut thousands of jobs, defense secretary says
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?

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Todd Spangler / Variety:
Paris Hilton and her company 11:11 Media sign a partnership with X to create four original video content programs per year to promote X's Live Shopping product

Ellie Rushing / The Philadelphia Inquirer:
Police say freelance journalist Josh Kruger was shot and killed inside his Philadelphia home at age 39; Kruger wrote for The Philadelphia Inquirer and others

Lucas Shaw / Bloomberg:
Jeff Zucker acquires a minority stake in newsletter startup Front Office Sports; source: the deal values the startup at ~$40M, up from $25M at the end of 2021

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