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Leary /
Obama's Hip-Hop BBQ Didn't Create Jobs  —  POLITICO EXCLUSIVE — The President's private 50th birthday bash, not listed on his public schedule: His gift to the press corps was a travel/photo lid shortly after 4 p.m., prompting what pooler Julie Mason called “general cheering in WH workspace.”
Lynn Sweet:
Obama's 50th Birthday bash: Stevie Wonder, Chris Rock, Tom Hanks, Whoopi Goldberg, Herbie Hancock, Jay Z  —  li> (Screen grab of Chris Rock's Twitter feed)  —  WASHINGTON—President Obama celebrated his 50th birthday Thursday night with a celebrity-filled bash, as entertainer Chris Rock reported …
Media Matters / Media Matters for America:
Discussion: Crooks and Liars
Tanya Somanader / ThinkProgress:
Fox Nation Reports On Obama's Birthday: 'Obama's Hip-Hop BBQ Didn't Create Jobs'
Paul Krugman / New York Times:
The Wrong Worries  —  In case you had any doubts, Thursday's more than 500-point plunge in the Dow Jones industrial average and the drop in interest rates to near-record lows confirmed it: The economy isn't recovering, and Washington has been worrying about the wrong things.
Floyd Norris / New York Times:
Time to Say It: Double Dip Recession May Be Happening  —  Double dip may be back.  —  It has been three decades since the United States suffered a recession that followed on the heels of the previous one.  But it could be happening again.  The unrelenting negative economic news of the past …
New York Times:
Wall Street Volatile After Big Plunge
Kevin Drum / Mother Jones:
The Story of the Economy
Jason Cherkis / The Huffington Post:
Rick Perry's College Transcript: A Lot Of Cs and Ds … WASHINGTON — As governor of Texas, Rick Perry has pursued a controversial agenda that would gut Texas' vaunted public university system in favor of something that more closely resembles a business.  —  As the Washington Post reported on Thursday …
RealClearPolitics Video Log:
John Kerry: Media Has “Responsibility” To “Not Give Equal Time” To Tea Party  —  Sen. John Kerry (D-MA) told MSNBC's “Morning Joe” on Friday that the media has the responsibility to not give equal time or credence to the Tea Party's views: SEN. JOHN KERRY: “And I have to tell you, I say this to you politely.
Joy Pullman / Washington Examiner:
Teachers union disavows internal memo endorsing deception of parents  —  American Federation of Teachers officials have disavowed an internal report after it was posted on the union's website following its annual conference, embedded on each of its 19 pages with the union's logo and signed by a union official.
Discussion: Pajamas Media and
Wall Street Journal:
Behind a GOP Contender's Iowa Surge  —  MARION, Iowa—To understand why presidential candidate Michele Bachmann has surged in Iowa, watch when she is handed a baby.  On a recent stop here, she took off her bracelet, dangled it before the infant and cradled him while he teethed on the pearls.
Michael O'Brien / The Hill:
Pawlenty's campaign betting turnaround begins at Ames
Jeffrey Goldberg / The Atlantic Online:
Tzipi Livni Praises Obama for Pressuring Netanyahu, Suggests U.S. Should Keep Up the Heat  —  An interview with the leader of Israel's largest opposition party  —  Tzipi Livni, the leader of Israel's Kadima Party, the largest opposition party in the Knesset — and the largest party in the entire Knesset …
Discussion: Ben Smith's Blog
David Hearst / Guardian:
Could Arab staying power ultimately defeat Zionism? | David Hearst
Discussion: Harry's Place and normblog
Matt McGrath / BBC:
Arctic ‘tipping point’ may not be reached  —  The team said they had found an indirect method to give a picture of the ice cover dating back 11,000 years  —  Scientists say current concerns over a tipping point in the disappearance of Arctic sea ice may be misplaced.
A 10,000-Year Record of Arctic Ocean Sea-Ice Variability—View from the Beach
Adam Serwer / Washington Post:
GOP austerity agenda damaging Obama's reelection chances  —  The Republican austerity agenda is continuing to hamper job growth, making Obama's defeat in 2012 all the more likely.  —  Today's jobs numbers were better than expected, but as Matthew Yglesias points out, a fundamental problem remains …
Discussion: ThinkProgress
Yahoo! News:
Nader: ‘Almost 100 percent’ chance of a Democratic primary challenger to Obama  —  Ralph Nader, the consumer advocate and perennial third-party presidential candidate, announced last month that he would work to find a Democrat to challenge President Barack Obama in 2012.
James Pethokoukis:
Can Obama's 2012 hopes survive 9%+ unemployment? … The consensus used to be that President Obama might be OK if the jobless rate fell below 8 percent by Election Day.  That seems increasingly unlikely.  The economy is, at best, in slow-growth mode, just churning and churning, creating few jobs.
Discussion: Weasel Zippers
Shushannah Walshe / ABCNEWS:
$30 Million Pouring In to Influence Wisconsin Recall Elections  —  A voter in Glendale, Wis., casts a ballot in a Democratic primary on Thursday, July 12, 2011, as part of recall efforts against Republican state Sen. Alberta Darling.  Darling is one of six Republican state senators being targeted …
Marc Stewart /
TSA Confiscates Pregnant Woman's Insulin, Ice Packs  —  Security Tells Woman Isulin Vial Was An Explosives Risk  —  DENVER — A Denver couple has filed a formal complaint with the Transportation Security Administration after a pregnant woman's insulin and ice packs were confiscated by screeners at Denver International Airport.
Mitchel Maddux / New York Post:
‘Rent is Too Damn High’ candidate facing eviction from rent-controlled apartment  —  The man who ran for governor because the “Rent is Too Damn High” claims he's being kicked out of his Manhattan apartment — because the rent is too damn low!  —  Jimmy McMillan says he pays $872.96 …
The Daily Beast:
The Death of Super Tuesday?  —  The venerable one-day delegate jackpot has been a mainstay of presidential primaries, but all that will change in 2012.  McKay Coppins on what it means for Palin, Romney, and Perry.  —  Pundits have hyped it.  Candidates have built entire campaigns around it.
Discussion: Booman Tribune
Hilary Gowins / Northwest Herald:
Walsh tries to clear air at town hall-style meeting … WAUCONDA - When controversy erupts, public figures can hide or face their critics.  —  U.S. Rep. Joe Walsh seems to have chosen the latter, facing his constituents for the first time after the debt ceiling battle and allegations …
Discussion: The Hill
Tanya Somanader / ThinkProgress:
Cantor Opposes Extending Unemployment Benefits: We Need To Stop ‘Pumping Up’ Jobless Americans  —  The unemployment rate inched downwards to 9.1 percent today, with private sector jobs increasing by 154,000.  While a slight improvement, these better-than-expected figures provide little comfort …
Charles Krauthammer / National Review:
The Solution  —  A three-stage compromise to reduce the debt on a scale never before seen  —  Conventional wisdom holds that the congressional super-committee established by the debt-ceiling deal to propose further deficit reduction will go nowhere.  I'm not so sure.  There is a grand compromise to be had.
Discussion: FrumForum
Carol J. Williams / Los Angeles Times:
Potential jurors shouldn't be dismissed for being gay, court told  —  An appellate panel hears arguments in an assault case against a gay inmate in which a lesbian was dismissed during jury selection.  Defense lawyers want the panel to consider constitutional issues.
Jacob Weisberg / Slate Magazine:
Lessons of the Crisis  —  The debt-ceiling debacle revealed that politics is broken in every possible way and there's no point in explaining complicated matters to the American people.  —  It is hard to remember a more dismal moment in American politics.  The debt-ceiling crisis and the agreement …
Discussion: Hit & Run and AMERICAblog News
Lee Fang / ThinkProgress:
VIDEO: Security Guards At American Legislative Exchange Council Conference Physically Attack ThinkProgress Reporters  —  Scott Keyes' thumb after being attacked by security guards at the American Legislative Exchange Council conference  —  Yesterday, at a conference in New Orleans …
Daniel Strauss / The Hill:
Sen. Kerry: Lawmakers who refuse to negotiate to blame for low approval  —  Sen. John Kerry (D-Mass.) blamed legislators who refused to negotiate on increasing the debt ceiling for Congress's record-low approval ratings.  —  “I resent the fact that a small group of people in the Untied States Congress …
Discussion: Weasel Zippers
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