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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 …
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 …
Greg Sargent / Washington Post:
Dems set to deliver big rebuke to Obama on Libya?
Discussion: msnbc.com, Weigel and CNN
David A. Fahrenthold / Washington Post:
House rejects measure to cut funding for Libya mission
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: The Mahablog, The Hill and Eschaton
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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 …
New York Times:
Their Temper Tantrum  —  Congressional Republicans, who played a major role in piling up the government's unsustainable debt in the first place, have thrown a tantrum and walked out of the debt limit talks.  This bit of grandstanding has brought the nation closer to the financial crisis that Republicans have been threatening for weeks.
Ezra Klein / Washington Post:   Wonkbook: How could taxes blow up debt talks?
The Politico:
Obama takes lead in debt talks
Discussion: Truthdig
Molly K. Hooper / The Hill:
Republicans: Walkout from Biden-led negotiations was long planned
Discussion: CNN, The Caucus, Daily Kos and ThinkProgress
The Huffington Post:
Obama, Boehner Held Secret Debt Ceiling Meeting At White House
Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
Dems demand revenue
City Room:
Consensus Reached on Religious Exemptions in Gay Marriage Bill  —  ALBANY — The Cuomo administration and legislative leaders have reached agreement on language to protect religious institutions from obligations to recognize same-sex marriage, two people involved in the negotiations said on Friday afternoon …
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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 …
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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.
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Matthew Zeitlin / The New Republic:
The Debt Ceiling: Why Obama Should Just Ignore It  —  With a Republican-controlled House demanding large cuts in present and future spending in exchange for an increase in the debt ceiling, the possibility that the federal government will have trouble financing and issuing new debt is becoming more frighteningly likely each day.
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: The Note and msnbc.com
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A.Killough / CNN:
GOP candidates talk abortion
Discussion: Hot Air and LifeNews.com
Zaid Jilani / ThinkProgress:
Scott Walker To Sign Budget Bill At Business Of Convicted Tax Felon  —  This Sunday, Gov. Scott Walker (R-WI) will be signing into law his budget bill at an event at a local Wisconsin business.  The budget radically reshapes Wisconsin's priorities, slashing investments in Main Street Wisconsin …
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JSOnline:
Walker cancels budget bill-signing at firm run by felon
Discussion: ThinkProgress and TPMDC
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!) …
New Jersey Online:
N.J. Assembly passes landmark employee benefits overhaul  —  TRENTON — New Jersey lawmakers tonight voted to enact a sweeping plan to cut public worker benefits after a long day of high-pitched political drama in the streets of Trenton and behind closed doors.
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Richard Pérez-Peña / New York Times:
New Jersey Lawmakers Approve Benefits Rollback for Work Force
Glenn Greenwald / Salon:
Plurality of Americans love Gadaffi  —  (updated below)  —  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 …
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.
Brian Beutler / TPMDC:
CHART OF THE DAY: If Congress Does Nothing, The Deficit Will Disappear  —  On Wednesday, the Congressional Budget Office released its updated long-term budget forecast, which looked surprisingly like the previous version of its long-term budget forecast.  —  It showed, as one might expect …
Discussion: Daily Kos and Blue Virginia
Paul Bond / Hollywood Reporter:
Tea Partiers Create Their Own TV Show and Production Company (Exclusive) … Those who belong to the conservative movement known as the Tea Party are acutely aware of the power of popular culture, so they have been cautiously delving into the creation of entertainment that promotes their values.
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John Burger / The Daily Register:
Archbishop Dolan on Same-Sex ‘Marriage’ Vote  —  Speaks of David and Goliath fight, Catholic politicians and the ‘heresy’ of ‘personally opposed but,’ and the role of conscience.  —  New York state has been teetering on the edge of redefining marriage.  With just days, and possibly hours …
Discussion: ThinkProgress and Joe. My. God.
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.
 
 
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