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4:50 PM ET, June 24, 2011

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The Politico:
Pair of votes shows House divided on Libya  —  The House delivered a surprising split decision on Libya Friday: Voting against authorizing the use of American forces there and then, an hour later, refusing to limit funding for the mission.  —  In essence, the House decided …
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Pete Kasperowicz / The Hill:
President ‘becoming an absolute monarch’ on war powers, Dem says  —  A House Democrat warned Friday that the U.S. president is becoming an “absolute monarch” on matters related to the authority to start a war.  —  Rep. Jerrold Nadler (D-N.Y.) said Congress must act to limit funding …
Jennifer Steinhauer / The Caucus:
House Deals Obama Symbolic Blow With Libya Votes  —  Updated The House of Representatives dealt a symbolic blow to President Obama on Friday by resoundingly failing to approve a bill authorizing the contentious military operations in Libya.  But the House stopped short of a total desertion …
Greg Sargent / Washington Post:
Dems set to deliver big rebuke to Obama on Libya?
Discussion: msnbc.com, Weigel and CNN
Andy Kroll / Mother Jones:
Bombing the Moon  —  Following up on my GOP mind games post, Ezra Klein makes a smart observation in this morning's Wonkbook on how the GOP transformed tax increases from a important, necessary option in the deficit debate into something evil and extremist.  To prove his point …
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Ezra Klein / Washington Post:
Wonkbook: How could taxes blow up debt talks?  —  (Susan Walsh - AP) It is remarkable to watch how Republicans have taken tax increases, which have long been present in deficit-reduction deals and generally considered the equivalent of spending cuts, and turned them into something vastly more extreme and unthinkable.
Brian Beutler / TPMDC:
Top Dems Provide Fresh Detail On High-Income Tax Proposal That Led GOP To Abandon Debt Talks  —  Two of the top Democrats in Congress are calling out their Republican counterparts for abandoning high-stakes debt talks, and have provided new details about the tax proposals that sent the GOP packing.
Discussion: Washington Monthly and Eschaton
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The Politico:
Obama takes lead in debt talks
Discussion: Truthdig
Daniel Strauss / The Hill:
Speaker Boehner: Debt-ceiling deal with tax increases ‘cannot pass’ the House
Discussion: The Note
Molly K. Hooper / The Hill:
Republicans: Walkout from Biden-led negotiations was long planned
Glenn Greenwald / Salon:
Plurality of Americans love Gadaffi  —  Hillary Clinton, yesterday, when asked about those questioning the Libya War: … Gallup, yesterday (click image to enlarge):  —  It's not only a plurality of Americans who are “on Gaddafi's side,” but also the head of the Arab League …
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New York Times:
Politicians Who Fear the Public Light  —  As we wrote this editorial on Thursday evening, we were still waiting for the New York State Senate to do what it should have done long ago — end a basic inequality under the law by allowing same-sex couples the full right to marry.
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Nicholas Confessore / City Room:
Consensus Reached on Religious Exemptions in Gay Marriage Bill
New York Times:
Seized Phone Offers Clues to Bin Laden's Pakistani Links  —  ISLAMABAD, Pakistan — The cellphone of Osama bin Laden's trusted courier, which was recovered in the raid that killed both men in Pakistan last month, contained contacts to a militant group that is a longtime asset …
Jonathan Karl / ABCNEWS:
Fighting Words: DeMint Warns Republicans They May Be ‘Gone’ if They Support Debt Ceiling Increase  —  Conservative firebrand Sen. Jim DeMint has a message to fellow Republicans in Congress: If you support increasing the debt ceiling without first passing a balanced budget amendment …
Richard Pérez-Peña / New York Times:
New Jersey Lawmakers Approve Benefits Rollback for Work Force  —  TRENTON — New Jersey lawmakers on Thursday approved a broad rollback of benefits for 750,000 government workers and retirees, the deepest cut in state and local costs in memory, in a major victory for Gov. Chris Christie …
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Richard Natale / Variety:
‘Columbo’ star Peter Falk dies at 83  —  Veteran actor own five Emmys, four for popular detective role  —  Peter Falk, the Emmy- and Tony-winning stage, screen and TV actor, best known to world audiences as the always-underestimated police detective in the long-running telepic series …
Discussion: The BRAD BLOG and Joe. My. God.
JSOnline:
Walker cancels budget bill-signing at firm run by felon  —  By Daniel Bice of the Journal Sentinel  —  Gov. Scott Walker has called off plans to sign the 2011-'13 budget bill at a private Green Bay-area company run by an executive with six felony convictions, a spokesman announced today.
Discussion: ThinkProgress and TPMDC
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The Politico:
Romney dominates GOP cash dash  —  Everyone knows Mitt Romney is going to outpace the GOP presidential field when next month's fundraising reports come out.  But the scale of his money advantage is finally coming into shape: the rest of the field is going to be eating his dust.
Discussion: CNN, The Note and msnbc.com
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Josh Rogin / Foreign Policy:
Exclusive: Top U.S. admiral admits we are trying to kill Qaddafi  —  The top U.S. admiral involved in the Libya war admitted to a U.S. congressman that NATO forces are trying to kill Libyan leader Muammar al-Qaddafi.  The same admiral also said he anticipated the need for ground troops …
David Weigel / Weigel:
Romney Goes Classic  —  Clicking around on In These Times (!), I noticed this ad directing me to Mitt Romney's campaign site.  —  Those people aren't dressed like Americans in the year 2011, are they?  No. That's because this is copied from (or lovingly designed in tribute to!) …
JSOnline:
Johnson proves to be a big spender - and taker: Firm pays him $10 million  —  After dropping nearly $9 million from his own pocket to win a seat in the U.S. Senate, Ron Johnson didn't have to feel the pain for very long.  —  Johnson's plastics company paid him $10 million in deferred compensation shortly …
Matt Apuzzo / Associated Press:
Osama wanted new name for al-Qaida to repair image  —  WASHINGTON (AP) — As Osama bin Laden watched his terrorist organization get picked apart, he lamented in his final writings that al-Qaida was suffering from a marketing problem.  His group was killing too many Muslims and that was bad for business.
Dana Ritter / White House Wrap:
Commander In Chief Misspeaks About Soldier Killed in Afghanistan  —  During his remarks to troops at Fort Drum today, the President was reminiscing about the times he has spent with the US Army's 10th Mountain Division, when he got something wrong. … The problem is, Jared Monti was killed in action in Afghanistan, on June 21, 2006.
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Saeed Kamali Dehghan / Guardian:
Iran giving out condoms for criminals to rape us, say jailed activists  —  Smuggled letters allege authorities are using mass rape as a weapon inside Iran's most notorious prisons  —  Prison guards in Iran are giving condoms to criminals and encouraging them to systematically rape young …
New York Review of Books:
The Busts Keep Getting Bigger: Why?  —  Paul Krugman and Robin Wells  —  Age of Greed: The Triumph of Finance and the Decline of America, 1970 to the Present  —  Knopf, 464 pp., $30.00  —  Suppose we describe the following situation: major US financial institutions have badly overreached.
Rachel Weiner / Washington Post:
Can liberals start their own tea party?  —  Van Jones is hoping to rival the tea party movement.  (Carlos Osorio - AP Photo)  —  At last weekend's Netroots Nation gathering in Minneapolis, liberal activists expressed frustration that they lacked the political power or media focus given to the conservative tea-party movement.
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Brian Beutler / TPMDC:
CHART OF THE DAY: If Congress Does Nothing, The Deficit Will Disappear
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John Burger / The Daily Register:
Archbishop Dolan on Same-Sex ‘Marriage’ Vote
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The Note:
Members Edge Press In Bottom of the Seventh
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Andrew Stern / Reuters:
Ex-media mogul Conrad Black sent back to prison
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Jonathan Weisman / Washington Wire:
A Baloney Sandwich From Romney Campaign?
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Associated Press:
House vote to defund Libya mission fails
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