MIDDAY ROUNDUP

FROM THE BLOGS:

Cold record in the Antarctic - John Rosenthal, The Weekly Standard
The phony big government debate - Open Left
Breitbart offers a 'correction' - Barbara Morrill, Daily Kos
United Nations defends North Korean healthcare system - Brett Schaefer, The Foundry
Why Israel serves America's interests, ctd. - Andrew Sullivan, The Daily Dish
Apologist-in-chief aims for another Nobel Peace prize - Michelle Malkin
Wallace to Helms to Ailes - David Kurtz, TPM
House passes jobless aid extension - Michael Memoli, The Swamp
Are critics of cops driving a spike in cop killing? - Radley Balko, Hit & Run
Angle runs from questions - Charlie Eisenhood, Think Progress
Gallup: confidence in presidency takes a fall in past year - Ed Morrissey, Hot Air
A new papa grizzly - Alex Altman, Swampland
Bush lawyers escape justice. Again. - Jon Perr, Crooks & Liars
The perils of epistemic closure - Rick Moran, The Moderate Voice
Opposition in search of a rationale - Ryan McNeely, Matthew Yglesias

OTHER NEWS SOURCES:

Reid to advance limited oil spill and energy bill - The Hill
Obama calls to express regret to Sherrod - The Hill
Storm threat in gulf halts work at oil spill site - New York Times
After firing, finger-pointing at Fox - Washington Post