Seven months in and FDL News continues to spurt roundups on a daily basis. Why can’t we plug this leak? Who’s in charge here?

• I wish I had time for this one today, but 66 Democrats have now signed a letter to the FCC pushed by Rep. Gene Green (D-TX) lamely calling on them not to alter the regulatory framework for broadband Internet services. This is basically an effort by telecom money-besotted corporate Democrats to block net neutrality. Marvin Ammori explains the situation pretty well; Save The Internet has a whip list of other Democrats to keep off that letter.

• Boy, this Jan Brewer doesn’t quit, does she? The federal government tells her that they believe the immigration law she signed violates civil rights, and she responds by asking the Feds for predator drones to police the border. Drones!

• The WSJ writes the correct report – the US just wasn’t ready for an oil spill of this magnitude. And they continue to be unready for taking over the response rather than leave it in the hands of BP, even if they’re under obligation to do so. They aren’t lying about limited options – if they took over the response, they’d probably just contract it right back to BP. And thus we have the original sin – providing the permits for deepwater drilling in the first place, when you know that you don’t have the resources or the expertise to deal with the potential fallout.

• The White House is standing behind South Korea in the Cheonan incident, which looks headed for the UN Security Council.

• I don’t really fear Congress willingly giving up their own power by giving Barack Obama the “Reducing Unnecessary Spending Act”, a modified version of the line-item veto, but the White House sent it over anyway along with a Peter Orszag blog post. Better lawmakers is as good a response to wasteful spending than empowering the executive.

• Looks like Republicans will get their man in Washington state, with Dino Rossi set to announce a run for Senate. He’s staffing up as we speak. Problem is, Rossi’s not that attractive a candidate, and his late entry means that key endorsements have already gone elsewhere, including the coveted Sarah Palin endorsement.

• Chris Van Hollen claims the perception of the troubled economy is hurting Democratic fortunes, but given millions out of work, I’d change the word “perception” to “reality.” The credible signs of a second-half slowdown, and possibly a double-dip W-shaped recession, isn’t helping, either.

• Paul Krugman lashes out at the Interior Department, comes this close to calling for the firing of Ken Salazar.

• The wrangling over the Iraqi Parliamentary elections isn’t over.

• Greg Sargent wonders if Blanche Lincoln will debate Bill Halter again, or just smear him in attack ads. I’m opting for the latter.

• Good news! The CBO did the Fed audit for us! So now we can forget about that other audit. Because surely they provided all necessary data to back up their claims that the Fed’s intervention in the marketplace would make $70 billion for taxpayers. Wait, they didn’t? They didn’t list one name of one bank who received the benefit of the Fed’s largesse? They made a determination based on the limited data already out there? Good enough for me!

• This Tea Party fave Sharron Angle really looks like a piece of work out there in Nevada. A win for her in the GOP Senate primary and Harry Reid’s chances of winning go up exponentially.

• On a related note, this is the state of things in the Republican Party, where candidates who may win the nominations for federal office are called “unfit for public office at any level” by their leadership.

• Senate Dems want an investigation over Transocean’s big shareholder payout in the wake of the oil spill, and whether it was designed to shield the company from further liability.

• I don’t think Chris Christie expected 35,000 New Jerseyites coming out to protest his budget cuts. But where were these guys last November? Did they expect Christie’s policies to be somehow different?

• The cuts are coming to Britain, too. Elections have consequences.

• Ezra and Matt are at the Shanghai World Expo, and they separately report that the US pavilion is a national disgrace, essentially a corporate-run, corporate-funded series of advertisements.

• Against my better judgment, I will report on a Sarah Palin comment only to highlight this passage: “For traditional media to rely on an accusation via some blog entry is almost laughable, but I know the seriousness of it because that’s exactly what my family and colleagues have had to put up with, every single day, for the past couple of years.” This accusation was made via a post on her Facebook page, the same place she made the claim that the health care bill included death panels (which national media picked up).

• I have no response to this Eric Massa profile beyond sadness. From the suicide attempts to the wacked-out conspiracy theories, it’s all quite sad.

• This is awesome – A teabagger in Idaho plagiarizing Barack Obama’s 2004 DNC keynote speech.

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