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Dodd: No Recess Appointment For Warren, Who Still May Not Be Confirmable

“Senate Banking Committee Chairman Chris Dodd cast more doubts this afternoon about whether Elizabeth Warren could garner enough votes to head the newly created consumer financial protection bureau, one day after White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs called her “very confirmable.”

“I don’t know, that’s the question, how does he know that?” Dodd said in response to a question from TPMDC on his way in to the Democrats’ weekly policy lunch. “

Dems To Define GOP With ‘Republican-Tea Party Contract With America’ (VIDEO)

“Democratic National Committee Chairman Tim Kaine today will announce a new party initiative aimed at defining the Republicans who want to win control of Congress as tea partiers who want to repeal everything and abolish federal agencies.”

BP Chairman: Tony Hayward Did A ‘Great Job,’ Ouster Was Simply To Help ‘Rebuild’ The BP ‘Brand’

“Over the weekend, news broke that three months after his oil company’s rig set off the largest oil spill in American history, BP CEO Tony Hayward would be stepping down. In his resignation statement, Hayward stressed that, “BP will be a changed company as a result of” its oil spill in the Gulf. “

National Organization For Marriage Activist Sign: The ‘Solution To Gay Marriage’ Is Lynching Same-Sex Couples

“The National Organization For Marriage (NOM) has embarked on a disastrous 23-city “Summer for Marriage Tour 2010,” spreading the gospel of one-man-one-woman marriage to tens of supporters and encountering well organized counter protests in almost every city. Yesterday, the The Bilerico Project’s Bil Browning attended a NOM rally in Indianapolis, Indiana and found that while “over 250 LGBT and allied folks protested the rally,” “only 40 fundies showed up.” Among the small crowd of so-called traditional marriage supporters was a man holding a sign reminiscent of the Jim Crowe era. It showed two yellow nooses and a bible passage suggesting that gay couples should be put to death.”

Gingrich Calls NYC Mosque Supporters ‘Hostile To Our Civilization’

“The idea of a 13-story building set up by a group many of whom, frankly, are very hostile to our civilization — and I’m talking now about the people who organized this, many of whom are apologists for sharia, which is a form of law that I think we cannot allow in this country, period.”

Poll: Public favors Obama’s economic policies over Bush’s by wide margin.

“As congressional Republicans double down on President Bush’s failed economic policies, a new National Journal/Pew Research poll finds that Americans believe President Obama’s “policies offer a better chance at improving the economy over the policies of his predecessor.” Interestingly, more Democrats favor Obama’s policies than Republicans favor Bush’s, while independents overwhelming side with Obama. Overall, despite continued tough economic times, 46 percent of Americans say Obama’s policies will do more to improve the economy, compared to just 29 percent who say the same of Bush’s.”

Is Pakistan’s support for militants backfiring?

“Although U.S. officials accuse Pakistan of secretly supporting the Taliban and other Islamic extremist groups that are attacking Americans in Afghanistan, there also is evidence that some Pakistani militant groups have turned on their own country.”

The Unemployed, Organized Online, Look to the Midterms

“Sometime this spring, Republicans turned against unemployment. In Nevada, Sharron Angle (R), the candidate facing incumbent Sen. Harry Reid (D), told local reporters, “You can make more money on unemployment than you can going down and getting one of those jobs that is an honest job.” (Untrue.) Angle also called the unemployed “spoiled.”
During the eight month battle to extend unemployment insurance, with the unemployment rate peaking over 10 percent, huge online networks of the unemployed came into fruition. Now, coming into the fall and the midterms, King and other grassroots organizers for the unemployed are hooking up with formal organizing groups to add institutional oomph to the effort. They say they do not want to let the long battle for simple extensions go to waste.”

Reid Weighs A “Down Payment” Approach To Immigration Reform

“Immigrant rights groups are trying new “down payment” approach to reform: small bills now, major legislation later. The Washington Post’s Krissah Thompson reports that in lieu of comprehensive immigration reform this year, advocates hope to pass the DREAM Act and AgJOBS, two bills that would help smaller segments of the immigrant population.”

DISCLOSE Act Falls Short But Advocates Vow to Keep Fighting

“The Democrats’ move to invoke cloture on the DISCLOSE Act this afternoon fell short of the necessary 60 votes. The official tally ended up at 57-41, with every Republican voting against the motion. Sen. Joe Lieberman (I-Conn.) was absent, and Sen. Harry Reid (D-Nev.) ended up voting “no” as a procedural move in order to be able to call another vote on the bill in the future.”

Cape Town Journal: Awaiting a Full Embrace of Same-Sex Weddings

“Some fret that South Africa’s same-sex marriage law has bypassed many of the country’s black citizens.”

Hans Blix Offers Harsh View of Iraq Invasion

“Hans Blix, who led a weapons inspection team in the prelude to the Iraq invasion, testified as part of the British inquiry into the war.”

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