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9:10 AM ET, June 30, 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 …
Tim Mak / The Politico:
Mark Halperin apologizes for Obama gaffe  —  Mark Halperin, editor-at-large for Time, called President Obama “a dick” on Wednesday on a popular MSNBC morning show and then quickly apologized.  —  “I thought he was a dick yesterday,” Halperin, who also is a senior political analyst for MSNBC …
Discussion: Mediaite
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 …
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The Politico:
Obama frames 2012 campaign
Discussion: New York Times and Washington Post
Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:   'That's why they're called leaders'
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.
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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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Abby Goodnough / New York Times:
Rhode Island Lawmakers Approve Civil Unions  —  PROVIDENCE, R.I. — Less than a week after same-sex marriage was legalized in New York, the Rhode Island State Senate on Wednesday evening approved a bill allowing not marriage, but civil unions for gay couples, despite fierce opposition …
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Alex DiPrato / WPRI-TV:
RI Senate OKs civil unions bill
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.
Jeff Jacoby / Townhall.com:
Townhall Columnists Jeff Jacoby  —  Marriage Cannot Be Redefined  —  SAME-SEX WEDLOCK became lawful in New York last week after the state legislature passed a bill recognizing “otherwise-valid marriages without regard to whether the parties are of the same or different sex.”
Discussion: Firedoglake and New York Times
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Sheryl Gay Stolberg / New York Times:
Obama Moves Near ‘Greater Equality’ on Gay Marriage
Discussion: The Politico and The Page
Lachlan Markay / The Heritage Foundation:
Obama Blasts Private Jet Tax Breaks Created by His Own Stimulus  —  The chief economic culprit of President Obama's Wednesday press conference was undoubtedly “corporate jets.”  He mentioned them on at least six occasions, each time offering their owners as an example of a group that should be paying more in taxes.
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 …
Jeff Bercovici / Mixed Media:
Birthers Sue Esquire Over Parody, Seeking More than $200 Million  —  Joseph Farah and Jerome Corsi have some pretty interesting beliefs.  They believe there's no proof Barack Obama was born in Hawaii.  * They also believe Hearst Corp. and a writer it employs ought to pay them hundreds …
Fiona Roberts / Daily Mail:
To Catch a Predator host who traps sex perverts in TV stings ‘caught cheating on his wife’... by hidden cameras  —  He's made his name with a controversial show that catches would-be internet sex perverts in televised stings.  —  But now Chris Hansen has found himself on the receiving end …
Village Voice:
Real Men Get Their Facts Straight  —  “It's between 100,000 and 300,000 child sex slaves in the United States today,” Ashton Kutcher told CNN's Piers Morgan on April 18.  That, says Kutcher, is how many kids are lost to prostitution in America every single year.
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
The White House:
Press Conference by the President East Room  —  THE PRESIDENT: Good morning, everybody.  Have a seat, please.  I just want to say a few words about the economy before I take your questions.  —  There are a lot of folks out there who are still struggling with the effects of the recession.
Discussion: Healthwatch
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Wall Street Journal:
Prescriptions to Revive Recovery  —  The U.S. economy resembles a patient who survived a heart attack, and tells his doctor: “I took your advice, swallowed the pills and I still don't feel well.”  —  We were warned the post-recession recovery, now marking its second anniversary, would be painfully slow.
Discussion: Grasping Reality …
Michael O'Brien / Ballot Box:
Obama, Romney to go head-to-head in Pennsylvania Thursday  —  Both President Obama and former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney (R) are set to do battle Thursday when both visit the southeast Pennsylvania area.  —  Romney will hold a press conference this afternoon at a factory in Allentown …
Discussion: Philly.com and The Page
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 …
Terence P. Jeffrey / CNSNews:
Durbin: Maybe Illegal Alien Will Become President Someday  —  (CNSNews.com) - Senate Democratic Whip Dick Durbin (Ill.) said in a congressional hearing Tuesday that a young person who is an illegal alien in the United States today may someday become president.
The Atlantic Wire:
S&P Will Slash U.S. Credit Rating if Debt Payment Is Missed  —  Standard & Poor's will drop the U.S.'s credit rating from its current triple-A to a D if the government misses its debt payment on August 4, Reuters' Walter Brandimarte reports.  S&P's managing director John Chambers explained …
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Greg Jaffe / Washington Post:
U.S. drone targets two leaders of Somali group allied with al-Qaeda, official says
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Jason Burke / Guardian:
Saudis ‘will build nuclear warhead if Iran does’
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Mj Lee / The Politico:
Obama says his 12-year-old is 13  —  Malia Obama has a few days …
Discussion: Hot Air and Weasel Zippers
New York Times:
Despite Fears, Owning Home Retains Allure, Poll Shows
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Edward Wyatt / New York Times:
Fed Halves Debit Card Bank Fees
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Neil Reynolds / Globe and Mail:
With its oil treasure, Israel gets a shield from tyranny
Richard E. Cohen / The Politico:
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