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Senator Kyl Drops Out of the Debt Talks, Leaving Zero Republicans at the Table  —  ABC News' Sunlen Miller (@sunlenmiller) reports:  —  Senate Minority Whip Jon Kyl, R-Ariz., will also drop out of the debt talks, a source within his office confirms today.  The Arizona Republican's office will issue a formal statement shortly.
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Ezra Klein / Washington Post:
Why Eric Cantor won't make the budget deal  —  (Brendan Hoffman - Getty Images) Eric Cantor is pulling out of the debt-ceiling talks.  But he's not saying they should end.  In fact, he's saying they've been very successful thus far.  “We have a blueprint to move forward to trillions …
Wall Street Journal:
Cantor Pulls Out of Biden-Led Budget Talks  —  WASHINGTON—House Majority Leader Eric Cantor Thursday said he was pulling out of the bipartisan budget talks headed by Vice President Joe Biden for now because the group has reached an impasse over taxes that only President Barack Obama and Speaker John Boehner (R., Ohio) could resolve.
David Rogers / The Politico:
Deficit talks in danger as Eric Cantor bails  —  Republicans launched a concerted campaign Thursday to draw President Barack Obama more directly into deficit-reduction talks with House Majority Leader Eric Cantor saying that he will no longer participate in White House talks until the president …
BooMan / Booman Tribune:
Republicans Appear Incapable of Compromise
Discussion: TalkLeft
Reuters:
Debt talks collapse, Republicans walk out over taxes
The Hill:
Cantor pulls out of Biden debt talks because Dems demand tax hikes
Discussion: Ballot Box
Shelley Murphy / Boston Globe:
Whitey Bulger arrested  —  Boston gangster surrenders quietly in Calif. after 16 years on run  —  Fugitive South Boston gangster James “Whitey” Bulger, wanted for 19 murders, was captured last night in Southern California, the result of a tip from FBI television spots that began airing this week.
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Robert Lopez / L.A. NOW:
Famed crime boss James ‘Whitey’ Bulger arrested in Santa Monica
James Freeman / Wall Street Journal:
Is Rick Running?  —  A Republican campaign veteran tells us that Texas Governor Rick Perry has decided to run for President, though the official word from Team Perry is still a definite maybe.  —  A Republican campaign veteran tells us that Texas Governor Rick Perry has decided to run for President …
Daniel Strauss / The Hill:
White House threatens to veto Defense bill  —  The White House on Thursday threatened to veto the 2012 defense appropriations bill.  —  “The administration strongly opposes a number of provisions in this bill.  If a bill is presented to the President that undermines his ability as commander …
Discussion: The Politico
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Robin Bravender / The Politico:
Senate Democrats: Long live the ‘czars’
Discussion: Weasel Zippers
Dan Berman / The Politico:
Enviros, celebs plan W.H. protest
Jeffrey Goldberg / The Atlantic Online:
Answering Andrew Sullivan on Allison Benedikt  —  Andrew weighs in on the Benedikt controversy with a thoughtful post, which you should read in full.  He writes, at the end: … The outrage comes form the fact that many of us — I would dare say most American Jews — believe that you just don't get to walk away.
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Judd Legum / ThinkProgress:
EXCLUSIVE — Herman Cain: Jon Stewart Attacked Me 'Because I'm Black'  —  ThinkProgress filed this report from Iowa Falls, Iowa.  —  Earlier this month, ThinkProgress reported that GOP presidential candidate Herman Cain told an audience in Pella, Iowa that he would not sign a bill longer than three pages.
Richard Cohen / Washington Post:
President Obama's Afghanistan speech confirms America's decline  —  The American Century just ended.  This was the phrase coined by Henry Luce, which so aptly described America as the modern-day colossus, more powerful than any nation had ever been.  Wednesday night, President Obama said that power had reached its limit.
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New York Post:
So much for real victory - unless, that is, it's merely a political one
Discussion: msnbc.com and National Review
Dana Milbank / Washington Post:
‘Mission accomplished,’ Obama style
Discussion: New York Times and Weekly Standard
Karl Rove / Wall Street Journal:
Why Obama Is Likely to Lose in 2012  —  Even a small drop in the share of black voters would wipe out his winning margin in North Carolina.  —  President Barack Obama is likely to be defeated in 2012.  The reason is that he faces four serious threats.  The economy is very weak and unlikely …
Reuters:
Dutch populist Geert Wilders acquitted of hate speech  —  (Reuters) - Dutch populist politician Geert Wilders was acquitted of inciting hatred of Muslims in a court ruling on Thursday that may strengthen his political influence and exacerbate tensions over immigration policy.
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Pamela Geller / Atlas Shrugs:
Geert Wilders Verdict: Not Guilty All Counts! Eureka! “Today is a victory for freedom of speech”
Discussion: Nice Deb and Jihad Watch
Jack Shafer / Slate Magazine:
Who Is Jose Antonio Vargas?  —  A prominent journalist comes out as an illegal immigrant, raising additional questions about his real identity.  —  A prefatory note before I join the Jose Antonio Vargas commentary: I am an immigration dove, to pluck a pungent phrase from today's Twitter-stream.
Robert Kagan / Washington Post:
Military leaders know Obama's decision is a disaster  —  The press is reporting that the top military leaders have “endorsed” President Obama's Afghan troop withdrawal decision.  With all due respect to the fine reporters, that is not the news.  Under our Constitution …
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New York Times:   Mullen Backs Afghan Pullout Plan but Calls It Riskier
Stephen Moore / Wall Street Journal:
Drafting Rubio  —  The Republican nomination for president is completely up for grabs, but there's a lot of agreement on who the vice presidential pick should be: freshman senator Marco Rubio.  —  The Republican nomination for president is completely up for grabs, but there's a lot of agreement …
Sabato's Crystal Ball:
Democrats Blue as Senate Acquires a Reddish Tinge  —  Larry J. Sabato and Kyle Kondik, U.Va. Center for Politics  —  As we take a fresh look at next year's Senate races, one thing is clear: Barring an unexpected reelection landslide by President Obama, Republicans are at least slightly favored to take the Senate.
James Bovard / Wall Street Journal:
The Food-Stamp Crime Wave  —  The number of food-stamp recipients has soared to 44 million from 26 million in 2007.  Not surprisingly, fraud and abuse are rampant.  —  Millionaires are now legally entitled to collect food stamps as long as they have little or no monthly income.
Dan Berman / Reuters:
W.H. to release 30M barrels of oil  —  The Obama administration will release 30 million barrels of oil from the Strategic Petroleum Reserve in an effort to offset oil supply disruptions in the Middle East, the Energy Department announced Thursday morning.  —  Other International Energy Agency countries …
Tom Jensen / Public Policy Polling:
Romney leads the way in Florida  —  Mitt Romney has a double digit lead for the Republican Presidential nomination in Florida, further cementing his front runner status in the wake of Mike Huckabee's exit from the race.  —  Romney is at 27% to 17% for Sarah Palin and Michele Bachmann …
Ta-Nehisi Coates / New York Times:
The Haunting of Rick Perry  —  Should Gov. Rick Perry of Texas enter the 2012 presidential race, he would enjoy a strange and remarkable escort — the irrepressible ghost of Cameron Todd Willingham.  —  Charged with the horrific crime of intentionally torching his home and leaving …
Heidi Przybyla / Bloomberg:
Ryan Medicare Plan Would Make Americans Worse by 57%-34%, Poll Shows  —  Representative Paul Ryan, the House Budget Committee chairman who has become a star in the Republican Party with his plan to overhaul Medicare, is emerging as a polarizing figure among Americans.
NY Daily News:
Senate Republicans moving closer to saying ‘I do’ to gay marriage in New York State  —  ALBANY - Senate Republicans on Wednesday were close to signing off on a religious protection provision that could boost the chances that gay marriage will pass in New York.
James Fallows / The Atlantic Online:
I Liked the ‘Chinese Professor’ Ad, But This Is Stupid and Offensive  —  (See update below.)  Unlike many people, I admired the panache and artistry of the “Chinese Professor” ad used during last fall's campaign to warn about the self- destructive tendencies of America's borrow-and-spend era.
Discussion: Weigel
Gschwarzcnn / CNN:
TRENDING: Palin Sudan trip a no-go  —  (CNN) - Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin canceled a July trip to Sudan due to “scheduling problems,” a source with knowledge of the trip confirmed to CNN Thursday.  —  Palin was scheduled to travel to the southern part of the war-savaged country with Franklin Graham …
Lauren Ceronie / The Hill:
US not ready for WMD attack, report says  —  The United States is unprepared for an attack involving weapons of mass destruction, according to a report by the Commission on the Prevention of Weapons of Mass Destruction Proliferation and Terrorism.  —  The report, and the commission's prediction that it is …
Discussion: Weasel Zippers
Richard Stengel / Time:
U.S. Constitution Under Siege over Libya, Taxes, Health Care  —  DNA.  Sexting.  Airplanes.  The atom.  Television.  Medicare.  Collateralized debt obligations.  The germ theory of disease.  Miniskirts.  The internal combustion engine.  Computers.  Antibiotics.  Lady Gaga.
Discussion: NewsBusters.org blogs
 
 
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Mystery Candidate Leads to Walk Out at Ames Straw Poll Land Auction
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Brian Beutler / TPMDC:
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Michelle Obama ‘Loves the Job,’ Wants Four More Years
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Marine reservist charged in D.C.-area military shootings
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Discussion: Washington Monthly
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