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July 2nd, 2010
09:20 PM ET
July 2nd, 2010
07:25 PM ET

White House salaries released

As required by law, the administration just reported to Congress who's on the White House staff and how much they make.

Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel made $172,200. It's a far cry from the $16 million he made during his three years in investment banking.

But don't feel too badly for him.

The Chicago Tribune reports his detailed financial disclosure shows investments worth a minimum of $6.7 million, plus incidental income of 25 tickets to a pair of Bruce Springsteen concerts... Given to him by Springsteen himself.

Filed under: Extra
July 2nd, 2010
05:49 PM ET
July 2nd, 2010
02:37 PM ET

Be in the know: Today's political bullet points

RedState.Com Editor Erick-Woods Erickson:

– Michael Steele questions why we are in Afghanistan. Has he forgotten 9/11?

– Orrin Hatch says he will oppose Elena Kagan. Is that about his views on her or his views on Rep. Jason Chaffetz as a potential challenger?

– The jobs numbers are in. They are terrible. The Obama solution? Keep doing what he's been doing and hope for a different result. Blogger/Founder Jane Hamsher:

– Democrats split over how best to cut education to fund Afghan war.

– Economic recovery stalled, but Congress wants to rerun 1937.

– Nancy Pelosi's sneaky last-minute attack on Social Security passes the House.

Filed under: Bullet Points
July 2nd, 2010
02:16 PM ET

Home and Away: Independence Day

It’s our job to watch people and politics. Tuesday morning, General David Petraeus was just down the street from us, testifying on Capitol Hill. Today, he arrived in Afghanistan, beginning his new duty as commander of U.S. forces. Last night, also on Capitol Hill, the House debated and passed bill to keep funding the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq.

Afghanistan produced another important story this week, one that hits closer to home shouldn’t be overlooked: The June death toll for NATO-led forces reached 101 on Wednesday, the highest for any single month since the war began in 2001. Before now, the deadliest month was August, 2009, when 79 soldiers died.

As we head into the 4th of July weekend, take a few minutes to check our interactive map at our Home and Away link. Look for your hometown. We’d like to invite you to leave a tribute to the young men and women who once were your neighbors and died fighting for freedom.

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Filed under: Home and Away
July 2nd, 2010
01:30 PM ET

July 1: John's Playlist

Jay Z, "Empire State of Mind"
Guns N Roses, "Sweet Child O Mine"
Beck, "Devil's Haircut"
Metallica, "St. Anger"

Filed under: Playlist
July 2nd, 2010
11:51 AM ET