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10:05 PM ET, June 29, 2011

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Ezra Klein / Washington Post:
How you know the negotiations have truly failed  —  (SHAWN THEW VIA BLOOMBERG) The best advice I've gotten for assessing the debt-ceiling negotiations was to “watch for the day when the White House goes public.”  As long as the Obama administration was refusing to attack Republicans publicly …
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Ron Fournier / NationalJournal.com:
Obama: It's Kids Versus Corporate Jets on Debt-Ceiling Talks  —  President Obama speaks during a press conference in the East Room of the White House on June 29, 2011.  —  Kids versus corporate jets.  —  If President Obama's news conference accomplished anything on Wednesday afternoon …
Greg Sargent / Washington Post:
Obama picks fight with GOP over tax cuts for the rich  —  The primary goal of President Obama's presser, which just wrapped up, was obvious: He was clearly out to pick a major public fight with Republicans over tax cuts for the rich.  Obama mounted a surprisingly aggressive moral case …
Kevin Sack / New York Times:
Round 1 in Appeals of Health Care Overhaul Goes to Obama  —  The Obama administration prevailed Wednesday in the first appellate review of the 2010 health care law as a three-judge panel from the United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit held that it was constitutional for Congress …
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Judd Legum / ThinkProgress:
BREAKING: 6th Circuit Upholds Constitutionality of Affordable Care Act
Ian Millhiser / ThinkProgress:
George W. Bush-Appointed States' Rights Crusader Rejects Lawsuit Challenging Affordable Care Act
The Note:
Obama Breaks Silence About Boeing v. NLRB Labor Dispute  —  ABC News' Amy Bingham reports:  —  President Obama broke his silence today about the dispute between Boeing and the National Labor Relations Board over a proposed plant in South Carolina.  —  The move by the NLRB to block Boeing's plan …
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CNN:
Republicans reject president's call to include tax revenues in debt deal  —  (CNN)-Republican congressional leaders Wednesday rejected President Barack Obama's call to include tax revenues as part of a deal to raise the debt ceiling.  —  Obama said at a White House press conference Wednesday …
Discussion: The Politico, The Hill and The Note
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Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:   'That's why they're called leaders'
Paul Bond / Hollywood Reporter:
Sarah Palin Blasts Hollywood Stars as ‘Full of Hate’ at Movie Premiere (Exclusive Audio) … PELLA, Iowa — Sarah Palin stared a bit uncomfortably at a movie screen Tuesday night watching a montage of Matt Damon, David Letterman, Madonna, Howard Stern, Bill Maher, Louis C.K. and other celebrities malign her …
Toronto Sun:
Lennon was a closet Republican: Assistant  —  John Lennon was a closet Republican, who felt a little embarrassed by his former radicalism, at the time of his death - according to the tragic Beatles star's last personal assistant.  —  Fred Seaman worked alongside the music legend from 1979 …
ThinkProgress:
Bachmann's Husband Calls Homosexuals ‘Barbarians’ Who ‘Need To Be Educated’ And ‘Disciplined’  —  When trying to figure out where presidential candidate Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-MN) gets her stringent, anti-gay views, you only have to look as far as her husband.
Christopher Hitchens / Slate Magazine:
Has Bachmann Met Her Waterloo? … Like This Story  —  Follow Slate's Fighting Words … - Do Gay Bars Make a Lot of Money?  - Extremely Witty Poems by a Poet Who Was Sure He Was Going to Hell- Shafer: Why Patch and Other Hyperlocal Journalism Is a Complete Waste …
Discussion: National Review
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Alex DiPrato / WPRI-TV:
RI Senate OKs civil unions bill  —  Gov. Chaffee says he'll sign it in to law  —  PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) - Rhode Island moved one step closer to allowing same-sex civil unions on Wednesday after the Senate passed a bill to legalize them.  —  The Senate Judiciary committee voted 7-4 to approve the measure.
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Abby Goodnough / New York Times:
Rhode Island Lawmakers Approve Civil Unions
Josh Kraushaar / NationalJournal.com:
Nerves Show on Team Obama  —  Recent scrambling by the president's political advisers indicates they're very worried about his reelection chances.  —  Fretful: President on defense.  —  It's been a rough June for the White House.  Instead of being able to run a campaign taking credit …
Edwin Mora / CNSNews:
U.S. Designates Israel as Country That Tends ‘To Promote, Produce, or Protect’ Terrorists; Also Calls Israel Anti-Terror Partner  —  (CNSNews.com) - In an implicit admission that Israel is so threatened by terrorism that it is not only surrounded by countries and territories that produce terrorists …
Discussion: YID With LID and Weasel Zippers
Brian Palmer / Slate Magazine:
Bush v. Gore  —  Is it worse for a child to see pornography or graphic violence?  —  The Supreme Court struck down a California law regulating the sale of violent video games to children on Monday.  Writing for the majority, Justice Scalia noted that, unlike sexual content, which can be regulated …
Kara Swisher / AllThingsD:
Exclusive: Myspace to Be Sold to Specific Media for $35 Million  —  Closing another chapter on one of the Internet's most iconic properties, Myspace has been sold to Specific Media, an advertising network, for $35 million.  —  Sources close to the situation said the deal is being completed today …
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Elise Young / Bloomberg:
Christie Loses Support for Second Term as Residents Oppose Cuts  —  More than half of New Jersey residents say they wouldn't back Governor Chris Christie for a second term, disapproving of his choices on a range of policy and personal issues, from killing a commuter tunnel to using …
Andrew Ferguson / New York Times:
What Does Newt Gingrich Know?  —  Let's consult the literature — all 21 books by the self-proclaimed ideas man of politics.  (Gingrich cites 23 books on his Web site.  We are not counting the Contract With America or the coffee-table book “Ronald Reagan: Rendezvous With Destiny.")  —  Multimedia
Discussion: Hit & Run, Prairie Weather and GOP 12
Scott Baker / Breaking news and opinion on The Blaze:
WOMAN SEATED NEAR BECK AT MOVIE CLAIMS INNOCENCE...BUT WHAT DOES TWITTER TELL US...  (WITH UPDATES!)  —  On Tuesday, Glenn Beck told his radio and TV audiences how he and his family were harassed during an outing to an outdoor movie in New York City's Bryant Park.  —  You can listen to Glenn describe what happened here.
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Hiram Reisner / NewsMax.com:
Glenn Beck's Wife Attacked in NYC Park
Discussion: DownWithTyranny! and Hot Air
William A. Jacobson / Le·gal In·sur·rec· tion:
Obama press conference - false choices and demagoguery  —  I watched Obama's press conference today, and he is a wonder to behold.  He is a relentless demagogue who plays Americans against Americans and sets up false choices as part of a class warfare agenda.
Discussion: Viking Pundit and UrbanGrounds
David Seifman / New York Post:
Rudy breaks vows  —  The gay car dealer who opened his home to Rudy Giuliani in 2001 during his humiliating divorce battle says the former mayor offered to preside at his wedding if same-sex marriage were ever legalized — but is now ducking his calls to make good on the offer.
Jonathan Wachtel / Fox News:
North Korea to Chair UN Disarmament Conference  —  Despite numerous breaches of arms embargoes and continued threats to expand its nuclear weapons program, North Korea has assumed the presidency of the United Nations Conference on Disarmament.  In a speech to the 65-nation arms control forum in Geneva …
Discussion: The Jawa Report and Pajamas Media
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Jamie Weinstein / The Daily Caller:
North Korea assumes presidency of U.N. arms control conference
Ben Smith / The Politico:
Jewish Dems losing faith in Obama  —  David Ainsman really began to get worried about President Barack Obama's standing with his fellow Jewish Democrats when a recent dinner with his wife and two other couples — all Obama voters in 2008 — nearly turned into a screaming match.
Igor Volsky / ThinkProgress:
Obama: Marriage Should Be Left To States; Process Of NY Passing Same-Sex Marriage Law ‘Was A Good Thing’  —  President Obama was asked if he believes that civil marriage is a constitutional right during his press conference this morning.  Rather than answering that question …
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Lauraklairmont / CNN:   Emanuel hopes Illinois will follow New York in same-sex marriage legislation
 
 
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Howard Berkes / NPR:
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Julian Pecquet / Healthwatch:
Rove, Dean spar over healthcare exchanges
Alex Weprin / mediabistro.com:
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Discussion: The Moderate Voice and The Wire
Charles Hoskinson / The Politico:
Report: ‘Neo-Taliban’ are most dangerous terror group
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Megan McArdle / The Atlantic Online:
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Robby Mook / The Politico:
DCCC raising off Boehner's tears
Rachel Monahan / NY Daily News:
Principal at school for writers rips off David Foster Wallace grad speech
Gschwarzcnn / CNN:
Dem group hits back at Rove
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