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1:35 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: TalkLeft and Emptywheel
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.
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
Robert L. Borosage / The Huffington Post:
Gibbs on the Left: Dog Bites the Man
Discussion: Weasel Zippers and The Plum Line
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
Ross Colvin / Reuters:
Obama attacks Bush policies in Bush's home state
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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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 …
Liz Robbins / New York Times:
Former Senator Ted Stevens Is in a Plane Crash in Alaska  —  Former United States Senator Ted Stevens was aboard a plane that crashed in southern Alaska on Monday night, a former member of Mr. Stevens's Congressional staff said on Tuesday.  —  Five of the nine people onboard were believed …
Jeremy Pelofsky / Reuters:
EADS official, ex-Senator Stevens in plane crash  —  (Reuters) - A family friend of former Alaska Senator Ted Stevens said he has not received confirmation that the lawmaker had died in a plane crash overnight, despite previous television reports that quoted the friend as saying that he had perished.
ABCNEWS:
Report: Former Sen. Ted Stevens Killed in Alaska Plane Crash
Discussion: TPMDC
Debbi Wilgoren / Washington Post:   AP: Former Sen. Stevens aboard downed plane
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.
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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 …
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.
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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
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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.
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 …
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Brian Stelter / ArtsBeat:
Levi Johnston Pitches Reality Show
Discussion: NewsBusters.org and Mediaite
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 …
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Rosalind S. Helderman / Washington Post:
Virginia stands to feel the most pain from defense cuts
Discussion: Cato @ Liberty and The Politico
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
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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 …
 
 
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The Horror Show  —  The employment situation in the United States …
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Paul Farhi / Washington Post:
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John Fund / Wall Street Journal:
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