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* Ron Kampeas, who heard the allegedly controversial call with Jewish leaders, tells us what really happened and explains what it really means, which should (but won’t) settle this for good.

* Great line from Jonathan Cohn on the McKinsey mess:

But until we know more about how McKinsey did its research, the firm’s prediction is no more reliable than if Karl Rove or some other conservative operative had invented it out of whole cloth.

* Here’s a PDF of the letter that House Dems sent to McKinsey today with a detailed list of questions about the study’s methodology.

* Joan McCarter: “Until McKinsey comes clean about the methodology behind this survey, it can’t be considered legitimate.”

.* And yet, as Steve Benen notes, if these latest events aren’t enough to get the press to take an interest, then it’s likely that nothing would be enough.

This is particularly odd, since news orgs lavished attention on the report when it first came out, even though there was no way to evaluate the study’s merits.

* Dennis Kucinich credits Bush for seeking (unlike Obama) Congressional authorization of his wars.

* There’s genuine bipartisan agreement here: John McCain, like Kucinich and many other liberals, isn’t buying the claim that the Libya operation doesn’t constitute “hostilites.”

* Must read: Stephen Stromberg illustrates the absurdity of the media’s Weinergate obsession in the simplest way possible.

* Ben Smith, reporting from Weiner’s resignation presser today: “There was more press here than I’ve seen in 10 years of covering New York political events.”

Also worth the click for Smith’s prediction that Weiner will end up on cable or even back in public office.

* Nate Silver runs the numbers and finds that Dems are very likely to hold Weiner’s seat.

* MSNBC says Obama’s approval is holding steady because more than six in 10 say he inherited the bad economy from his predecessor.

* Ross Douthat concedes that lingering blame for Bush gives Obama a built in advantage.

* Mitt Romney tells voters, “I’m also unemployed,” and then chuckles.

* The problem with Mitt’s remark is that he has never experienced the constant stress of genuinely living paycheck to paycheck.

* The real joke is Mitt’s economic vision.

* Bookmark the Post’s new and useful guide to where all 50 states are in the Congressional redistricting process.

* And a GOP candidate for Senate in Missouri distances herself from the GOP’s Medicare plan. In an unforgiveable act of demagoguery, she unabashedly claims it contains “vouchers.”

What else is happening?

Greg Sargent writes The Plum Line blog, a reported opinion blog with a liberal slant -- what you might call “opinionated reporting” from the left.


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