Morning Must Reads: In the Air

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–The Senate heads into the July recess with Kagan’s testimony wrapped, unemployment benefit extensions hopelessly stuck (one vote short) and financial reform still up in the air.

–Obama is set to give a speech on immigration reform this morning at American University. He will urge action and cooperation, but it’s not clear if he’s actually taking concrete steps to set the wheels in motion.

–The weekly jobs report is out and it’s worse than expected, but the more meaningful full June unemployment figures are due out tomorrow.

–The Republican Governors Association reports a massive second quarter haul; 19 million indications of how Haley’s Barbour’s shop has upped its game and filled the void left by a flagging RNC.

–Karl Rove’s independent expenditure group American Crossroads rights the fundraising ship, reporting $8.5 million collected in June.

–The DNC names four finalist cities for its 2012 renomination convention: Charlotte, Cleveland, Minneapolis and St. Louis.

–Mark Halperin calls Obama’s gleeful hammering at John Boehner “a classic Gibbsian move.” The president was in full-blown campaign mode yesterday in Wisconsin:

–The administration has its signals crossed on green home financing programs. Todd Woody reports Fannie and Freddie may reject loan applications from people who have taken advantage of stimulus incentives to retrofit their houses with eco-friendly upgrades.

–They’re launching today.

–Ross Douthat has a thoughtful response to Matthew Continetti’s extensive treatment of the Tea Party.

–And Doug Elmendorf underwent the usual tug of war at Obama’s bipartisan deficit commission.

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