On the Radar: July 2, 2010

Democrats shaping battle plan against Republicans for November    
By Dan Balz, The Washington Post   
Architects of President Obama's 2008 victory are braced for potentially sizable Democratic losses in November's midterm elections. But they say voters' unease about a GOP takeover will help their party maintain congressional majorities. Continue reading

Military Is Split on Kagan  
By Naftali Bendavid, The Wall Street Journal 
Republican and Democratic senators on Thursday presented witnesses from the military arena to bolster widely divergent portraits of Elena Kagan's handling of military recruiting while she was dean of Harvard Law School. Continue reading...  

Political rhetoric gets a hearing     
By Doyle McManus, Los Angeles Times      
Elena Kagan's confirmation hearing gave both parties a chance to broadcast their views, with the GOP radical, cohesive and fierce; the Democrats, scattered, diverse and only occasionally fierce.   Continue reading...

Obama Urges Fix to ‘Broken’ Immigration System 
By Peter Baker, The New York Times    
President Obama pressed Congress on Thursday to adopt a sweeping plan to fix a “fundamentally broken” immigration system, taking on a volatile issue that has inflamed passions in a weak economy heading into the fall midterm campaign. Continue reading...

The “mini-stimulus”- A prophet in his own house
By Greg Ip, The Economist    
BARACK OBAMA’S plea to stimulate economic growth now and cut deficits later got a mixed response from world leaders at the G20 summit in Toronto last weekend. And the reception back home was a lot worse. Continue reading...

Conservatives use Pelosi as face of liberalism in campaign ads  
By Karen Tumulty, The Washington Post    
Beware! Nancy Pelosi is a colossal tax-dollar-engorged monster who ravages small towns and must be brought down by Republican ray guns. Or at least that is what a cartoon version of the House speaker looked like in "Attack of the 50-Foot Pelosi," a television ad that a conservative group called Right Change aired in Pennsylvania last month.  Continue reading...

Sen. Robert Byrd's vanished ethic 
By David S. Broder, The Washington Post           
The paradox of Robert C. Byrd's life -- and the reason his death was recognized by his Senate colleagues as so significant a milestone -- is the balance he struck between the parochial and the profound.  Continue reading..

Posted: Fri, 07/02/2010 - 7:50am