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8:30 PM ET, July 16, 2011

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James Pethokoukis:
Panic at the White House?  Gloomy Goldman Sachs sees high unemployment, possible recession  —  Last night in a new report, Democrat-friendly Goldman Sachs dropped an economic bomb on President Obama's chances for reelection (bold is mine): … Alarms bells must be ringing all over Obamaland today.
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Paul Krugman:
The Political Economy of the Lesser Depression  —  Everyone in the forecasting business is scrambling to mark down both their estimates of second-quarter growth and their forecasts for later in the year.  Goldman Sachs (no link) was pretty optimistic a few months ago; now they've grown quite pessimistic:
Digby / Hullabaloo:
Bizarroworld economics  —  So I'm reading this James Pethokoukis blog post at Reuters about Goldman Sachs' grim new outlook on unemployment.  This is the wrap up: … So what's the recommendation? … He's also for slashing spending, but the real answer to our prayers is tax cuts.  Seriously.
Joe Nocera / New York Times:
The Journal Becomes Fox-ified  —  It's official.  The Wall Street Journal has been Fox-ified.  —  It took Rupert Murdoch only three and a half years to get there, starting with the moment he acquired the paper from the dysfunctional Bancroft family in December 2007, a purchase that was completed …
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myfoxny.com:
Woman Gropes TSA Agent's Breast at Security Checkpoint  —  PHOENIX - We hear a lot of complaints about security screeners groping airline passengers.  —  But now, a Colorado woman is accused of putting her hands on a TSA agent at Sky Harbor International Airport in Phoenix.
Alexander Bolton / The Hill:
GOP leaders ignore Obama's 36-hour deadline for a debt plan  —  House Republican leaders have missed a 36-hour deadline President Obama set during a Thursday meeting for lawmakers to give him a plan to avert a national default.  —  The deadline came and went Saturday morning without a response from House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio).
Discussion: The Political Carnival and CNN
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Los Angeles Times:
House Republicans brace for compromise on debt  —  GOP leaders turn to their most trusted budget expert, Rep. Paul D. Ryan (R-Wis.), to explain to the rank and file what could happen if Congress fails to raise the debt ceiling.  —  Reporting from Washington— Republican leaders in the House …
Alexander Bolton / The Hill:
Reid and McConnell expect to unveil debt-limit ‘Plan B’ next week
Discussion: The Gateway Pundit
Tom Ricks / Foreign Policy:
Was John F. Kennedy the flat-out absolute worst U.S. president of the 20th century?  —  As I studied the Vietnam war over the last 14 months, I began to think that John F. Kennedy probably was the worst American president of the previous century.  —  In retrospect, he spent his 35 months …
David Segal / New York Times:
Law School Economics: Ka-Ching!  —  WITH apologies to show business, there's no business like the business of law school.  —  The basic rules of a market economy — even golden oldies, like a link between supply and demand — just don't apply.  —  Legal diplomas have such allure …
Discussion: Lawyers, Guns & Money and Althouse
Don Van Natta Jr / New York Times:
Stain From Tabloids Rubs Off on a Cozy Scotland Yard  —  LONDON — For nearly four years they lay piled in a Scotland Yard evidence room, six overstuffed plastic bags gathering dust and little else.  —  Inside was a treasure-trove of evidence: 11,000 pages of handwritten notes listing nearly …
Mark Steyn / National Review:
The Great Charade  —  There is something surreal and unnerving about the so-called “debt ceiling” negotiations staggering on in Washington.  In the real world, negotiations on an increase in one's debt limit are conducted between the borrower and the lender.
The White House:
WEEKLY ADDRESS: A Unique Opportunity to Secure our Fiscal Future  —  WASHINGTON - In this week's address, President Obama called on both parties to work together to find a balanced approach to solving our nation's deficit problem.  The President emphasized the importance of compromise …
Discussion: Weasel Zippers
 
 
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Shaya Tayefe Mohajer / Associated Press:
Court: 'don't ask, don't tell' will stay in place
Discussion: Hot Air and Outside the Beltway
Larry Flynt / Washington Post:
Rupert Murdoch went too far
The Huffington Post:
Elizabeth Warren: Government Hasn't Sufficiently Probed Foreclosure Abuses (VIDEO)
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Bill Turque / Washington Post:
More than 200 D.C. teachers fired
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wpr.org:
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Discussion: The Raw Story and TPMDC
Mj Lee / The Politico:
Dalai Lama to visit W.H. on Saturday
Discussion: Right Wing News and FrumForum
Alexander Burns / The Politico:
Mitt Romney's cash advantage
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Bloomberg:
Body Scanners Improperly Added by TSA: Court
Discussion: The BLT, Law Blog and Threat Level
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For First Time, Majority in U.S. Supports Public Smoking Ban