Joseph Ax / Reuters:
D'Souza pleads guilty to U.S. campaign finance law violation — (Reuters) - The conservative author and filmmaker Dinesh D'Souza pleaded guilty on Tuesday to a campaign finance law violation, averting a trial that had been expected to begin the same day in Manhattan federal court.
Discussion: ThinkProgress, Associated Press, Talking Points Memo, Pat Dollard, The Other McCain, Outside the Beltway and Roger Ailes
ThinkProgress: Anti-Obama Activist Pleads Guilty To Charges Conservatives Widely Dismissed As Political Payback
Infidel Alie / Pat Dollard: Dinesh D'Souza Pleads Guilty In Campaign Finance Case
Robert Stacy McCain / The Other McCain: Dinesh D'Souza Pleads Guilty
Doug Mataconis / Outside the Beltway: Dinesh D'Souza Pleads Guilty To Being A Really Stupid Criminal
Benjamin Weiser / New York Times:
D'Souza Expected to Plead Guilty to Charge — A federal court hearing has been scheduled for Tuesday morning in which the conservative author and filmmaker Dinesh D'Souza is expected to plead guilty to a charge stemming from campaign finance violations, according to a notice sent out by the government.
Discussion: Talking Points Memo, Gothamist and Mediaite
Evan McMurry / Mediaite: Dinesh D'Souza to Plead Guilty to Campaign Finance Charge
Ron Christie / The Daily Beast:
The Scandal at the VA Is Real, and Obama Is Ducking It — Democrats can dismiss Benghazi and the IRS as pseudo-scandals, maybe, but 40 veterans have died, and where has Obama been? Totally absent. — Up to now, President Obama and congressional Democrats had thought “so-called” …
Discussion: Talking Points Memo, Hot Air, National Review, The Moderate Voice and The PJ Tatler
Catherine Thompson / Talking Points Memo: Stewart Gets Heated Over VA Scandal: ‘Fix This F*cking Thing’ (VIDEO)
Allahpundit / Hot Air: Report: Obama transition team was warned about unreliable wait times at VA in 2008
Greg Pollowitz / National Review: Obama Is ‘Madder Than Hell’ at VA Problems
Joe Gandelman / The Moderate Voice: Report: VA Hospitals Scandal Worsens
Bryan Preston / The PJ Tatler: Obama Has Something New to Claim that He's ‘Mad’ About
Rebecca Kaplan / CBS News:
What did Obama know about the VA hospital scandal and when?
What did Obama know about the VA hospital scandal and when?
Discussion: National Review, Washington Post, Hit & Run, The Daily Caller, CNN and Washington Free Beacon
Jonah Goldberg / National Review: The VA and the Limits of Liberalism
J.D. Tuccille / Hit & Run: The Veterans Health Administration Really Does Offer ‘Lessons’ in ‘Socialized Medicine’
Matt K. Lewis / The Daily Caller: The Real Lessons From The V.A. Scandal
Sarah Ellison / Vanity Fair:
Arthur Sulzberger's First Interview About the Turmoil at The New York Times: “I Would Have Done It Differently” — A week after the firing of Jill Abramson as executive editor of The New York Times, the newspaper's publisher, Arthur Sulzberger Jr., sat down with V.F.'s Sarah Ellison for an exclusive interview about the controversy.
Discussion: Smartertimes.com, Talking Points Memo, Capital New York, The Raw Story, Althouse, Politico, Poynter and New York Magazine, more at Mediagazer »
Ann Althouse / Althouse: Sulzberger explains himself with an inexplicable metaphor: “You don't cut off one arm …
Andrew Beaujon / Poynter: Vanity Fair: Baquet's ‘ ultimatum of sorts’ led to Abramson ouster
Katie Van Syckle / New York Magazine: Ira Glass Doesn't Know or Care Who Edits the New York Times
Daniel Strauss / Talking Points Memo:
Break-In Blogger's Wife: McDaniel Told Husband To Take Anti-Cochran Video Down — The wife of political blogger Clayton Kelly said that her husband had been ordered to quickly take down a video clip against Sen. Thad Cochran (R-MS) featuring Cochran's wife by primary challenger state Sen. Chris McDaniel (R-MS).
Geoff Pender / The Clarion-Ledger:
Wife, attorney say blogger was pawn — It's still unclear how a political blogger gained access to the bedridden wife of U.S. Sen. Thad Cochran in her nursing home, but the man's wife and his attorney said he didn't sneak into the facility, and that he appears to be a pawn in a big political game.
Discussion: Talking Points Memo, Washington Post, blog.gulflive.com and The Hill
Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo: Oooh, That Would Be Bad
Philip Bump / Washington Post: A timeline of the arrest that's shaking up the Mississippi Senate primary
blog.gulflive.com: Did someone help Clayton Kelly photograph Thad Cochran's wife in nursing home? Police investigating
Alexandra Jaffe / The Hill: Cochran campaign knew of wife's taping for weeks
David Folkenflik / NPR:
NPR To End ‘Tell Me More,’ Eliminate 28 Positions — NPR announced Wednesday that it would cease broadcast of the weekday program Tell Me More on Aug. 1 and eliminate 28 positions as part of a larger effort to end the company's persistent budget deficits. — “These times require …
Discussion: Politico and Poynter, more at Mediagazer »
Dylan Byers / Politico: NPR to end ‘Tell Me More’, lay off 28
Andrew Beaujon / Poynter: NPR cancels ‘Tell Me More,’ will eliminate 28 positions
Niels Lesniewski / Roll Call:
Reid Hints at ‘Nuclear’ Summer Over Debate Time — On the morning of his Republican counterpart's primary back home in Kentucky, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., said he would not change the chamber's rules in his absence. — But Minority Leader Mitch McConnell might well be advised …
Discussion: Booman Tribune
BooMan / Booman Tribune: Change the Senate Rules Again
Frank Newport / Gallup:
Republicans Have Edge on Top Election Issue: the Economy — Democrats have advantage on Affordable Care Act and economic inequality — PRINCETON, NJ — American voters rate the economy as the most important issue to their vote for Congress this year, and give the Republicans in Congress …
Discussion: The Moderate Voice and Washington Post
Joe Gandelman / The Moderate Voice: Gallup: Republicans Have Edge on Top Election Issue (the Economy)
David Weigel / Slate:
Read What Georgia's Michelle Nunn Actually Said About Obamacare
Read What Georgia's Michelle Nunn Actually Said About Obamacare
Discussion: Mediaite, Hot Air, Washington Monthly, Ed Driscoll, Washington Post, Political Insider blog, Daily Kos, National Review and Weekly Standard
Noah Rothman / Mediaite: Did MSNBC Edit Interview with Dem Candidate to Soften Her Position on Obamacare?
Ed Kilgore / Washington Monthly: Who's Really Dodging Obamacare?
Greg Sargent / Washington Post: Morning Plum: Republicans getting away with utter gibberish on Obamacare
Greg Bluestein / Political Insider blog: The issues and races to watch tonight
Michael Warren / Weekly Standard: Nunn Refuses To Answer How She Would Have Voted On Obamacare
Brian Tashman / Right Wing Watch:
As Candidate For Congress, Ted Yoho Suggested Limiting The Right To Vote To Property Owners — Recently unearthed footage of Rep. Ted Yoho speaking at Berean Baptist Church in Ocala, Florida, during his candidacy for Congress in the 2012 election cycle shows the Republican politician suggesting …
Discussion: Talking Points Memo and The Raw Story
Daniel Strauss / Talking Points Memo: GOPer Suggested Voting Should Be Limited To Property Owners (VIDEO)
Edward-Isaac Dovere / Politico:
Dems desperately seek an Obama midterm strategy — For months, President Barack Obama has been telling donors that there's nothing more important to him than the November elections. — But many Democrats say their biggest worry for the fall is the president himself.
Discussion: The Hill, Taylor Marsh, Hinterland Gazette and Hot Air
Amie Parnes / The Hill: Obama drift frustrates donors
Janet Shan / Hinterland Gazette: Democrats Upset President Obama M.I.A. in Midterm Election Campaigns (Credit: Donkey Hotey)
Ed Morrissey / Hot Air: Gallup poll shows that it's still “the economy, stupid”
Kim Janssen / Chicago Sun Times:
Lawsuit: Chicago cops physically, verbally abuse woman on video — A Chicago police officer hit a handcuffed, kneeling woman in the head, while another shouted racially charged comments at her and threatened she'd be murdered during a raid of a West Side tanning salon.
Discussion: ThinkProgress, Independent Journal Review and Shakesville
Igor Volsky / ThinkProgress: Police Officer Screams At Asian American Suspect: 'I'll Put You In A UPS Box And Send You Back'
Mike Miller / Independent Journal Review: Shocking Security Footage Exposes Cops Smacking Handcuffed Woman, Hurling Racial Slurs
Melissa McEwan / Shakesville: Chicago Cops Sued for Assaulting Woman in Custody
Daniel D'Addario / Salon:
Adam Carolla: The gay mafia is real — The comedian and author sounds off to Salon on political correctness and why Asians prove discrimination is a lie — Adam Carolla, as ever, has a few things to get off his chest. — The comedian and podcaster, whose broadcast career began …
Discussion: Mediaite and Towleroad News #gay
Adam Kredo / Washington Free Beacon:
Dems Kill Key Pro-Israel bill to Appease White House on Iran — The fallout from a rushed, late night decision by a leading Democrat to scuttle key pro-Israel legislation in a bid to appease the Obama administration threatens to complicate efforts by Democrats to hold on to the Senate …
Discussion: Hot Air and Pat Dollard
James Hohmann / Politico:
Primary day: 6 states, 5 things to watch — Today is the closest thing to a Super Tuesday this primary season, and the results of voting in six states will set the stage for some of November's marquee races. — The Democrats' best hopes for Senate pick-ups are in Kentucky …
Discussion: Bloomberg View, Oregonian and New York Times
Ariel Kaminer / New York Times:
N.Y.U. Apologizes to Any Workers Mistreated on Its Abu Dhabi Campus — New York University issued an apology on Monday to any workers on its newly completed Abu Dhabi campus who were “not treated in line with the standards we set,” after The New York Times reported widespread abuses among …
Discussion: JIMROMENESKO.COM, Lawyers, Guns & Money, Capital New York, Gawker, Guardian and Business Insider, more at Mediagazer »
Jim Romenesko: International New York Times isn't printed today in United Arab Emirates because of ‘sensitive’ NYU story
Erik Loomis / Lawyers, Guns & Money: Empty Apologies — New York University expresses its deep apologies …
Pamela Engel / Business Insider: Workers Building The NYU Campus In Abu Dhabi Say They Were Beaten And Underpaid
Megan Garber / The Atlantic Online:
Thomas Piketty and the End of Our Peaceful Coexistence With Inequality — Economic disparities aren't new. But from Piketty to the pope, talking about them is. — Two years ago, I wrote, “Inequality will be the central theme of 2012. It has always existed and is not going away …
Pete Kasperowicz / TheBlaze.com:
Michelle Obama Would Like Students to Monitor Family Members for Racial Insensitivity — First lady Michelle Obama is encouraging students to monitor their older relatives, friends and co-workers for any racially insensitive comments they might make, and to challenge those comments whenever they're made.
Steve M. / No More Mister Nice Blog: RIGHT-WINGERS HAVE A PROBLEM IF YOU TELL YOUR UNCLE THAT HIS RACIST JOKE IS RACIST
Warner Todd Huston / Right Wing News: Michelle Obama Says Kids Should Monitor Parents for Racism
Jim Treacher / The Daily Caller: There can be no aspect of your daily life that's removed from politics.
Keith Koffler / White House Dossier: Michelle to Students: Police Grandpa's Speech
Dana Milbank / Washington Post:
Indiana's Gov. Pence taking the Obamacare money and running with it — For the first time since Obamacare split the country in two, the conditions for a cease-fire have begun to appear. — An architect of this detente — although he denies any such intent — is Mike Pence …
Discussion: Shakesville, Liberaland and Prairie Weather
Melissa McEwan / Shakesville: In the News — Here is some stuff in the news today...
Joseph Shapiro / NPR:
As Court Fees Rise, The Poor Are Paying The Price … In Augusta, Ga., a judge sentenced Tom Barrett to 12 months after he stole a can of beer worth less than $2. — In Ionia, Mich., 19-year-old Kyle Dewitt caught a fish out of season; then a judge sentenced him to three days in jail.
Discussion: Liberaland, Hullabaloo and Crooked Timber
Mark Quincy Adams / Liberaland: Doing Time But Not Because Of The Crime
Thereisnospoon / Hullabaloo: NPR puts America to shame with report on court fees and poor defendants, by @DavidOAtkins
Corey Robin / Crooked Timber: Stalinism on the Installment Plan
Catherine Thompson / Talking Points Memo:
Chipotle To Customers: Please Don't Carry Your Gun Into Our Restaurants — Chipotle is asking its customers to leave their firearms at home after it says some gun advocates staged an “open-carry” demonstration in one of its Texas restaurants. — “Recently participants from an “open carry” …
Discussion: CBS Dallas, Gawker and The Raw Story
Ktvtdeborah / CBS Dallas: Chipotle: Don't Bring Guns In Our Stores
Adam Weinstein / Gawker: Why Does Chipotle Hate Freedom?
Sarah Palin / Facebook:
Hillary's Brain; Hillary's Brain on Drudge — An article linked today on Drudge: — http://on.wsj.com/1jOqOJR — Hey! Hillary's brain is off-limits! Leave her health records alone! Democrats are right - scouring records of a female candidate is just politics of personal destruction …
Discussion: Talking Points Memo, Mediaite, The Daily Caller, The Other McCain, Taylor Marsh, The Dish, Washington Post and Politico
Catherine Thompson / Talking Points Memo: Palin: 'Hillary's Brain Is Off-Limits' To Dems, But My Son Wasn't
Jim Treacher / The Daily Caller: Sarah Palin Laughs At The Media's Newfound Reticence About Political Candidates' Medical Privacy
Robert Stacy McCain / The Other McCain: Sweet Revenge: @SarahPalinUSA on the Media's Hillary Double Standard
Chris Bodenner / The Dish: The Best Of The Dish Today
Sean Sullivan / Washington Post: Sarah Palin mocks media, liberals over Hillary Clinton health questions
Lucy McCalmont / Politico: Sarah Palin dissects Hillary Clinton's brain
OBAMA GROUP OFA SCALES BACK STAFFING, FUNDRAISING — You are here — Home » AP Party » Obama group OFA scales back staffing, fundraising … WASHINGTON (AP) — Organizing for Action, the advocacy group supporting President Barack Obama's agenda, is scaling back its fundraising efforts …
Discussion: Washington Post, National Review and RedState
Andrew Johnson / National Review: OFA Scales Back Operations, Cuts Staff in Half
Dan McLaughlin / RedState: The Latest Bogus Obamacare Spin: The Ad Gap