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Quinnipiac University:
DEBT DEAL DOESN'T RESCUE OBAMA FROM FLORIDA CRASH, QUINNIPIAC UNIVERSITY POLL FINDS; ROMNEY CLOSES GAP IN 2012 PRESIDENTIAL RACE  —  The national debt ceiling deal does not rescue President Barack Obama's crashing job approval rating in Florida as he gets a negative 44 …
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Emily Ramshaw / The Texas Tribune:
Perry's Surgery Included Experimental Stem Cell Therapy  —  Keywords:  —  Enlargephoto by: Todd Wiseman / Bob Daemmrich / Bryan Jones  —  When Gov. Rick Perry emerged from back surgery on July 1, he tweeted that his “little procedure” — a spinal fusion and nerve decompression designed …
Karen Tumulty / Washington Post:
Texas Gov. Rick Perry wages an assault on state's university establishment
Hotline On Call:
Democratic Insiders View Romney as Obama's Main Threat
Discussion: The Atlantic Online and GOP 12
Jonathan Martin / The Politico:
Inside the Huntsman ‘drama’  —  A blistering internal feud in the Jon Huntsman presidential campaign is erupting into public view, with dueling camps trading charges and an exodus of campaign officials.  —  And now, a longtime family friend tells POLITICO that Huntsman's wife and father fret …
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Yahoo! News:
US borrowing tops 100% of GDP: Treasury  —  US debt shot up $238 billion to reach 100 percent of gross domestic project after the government's debt ceiling was lifted, Treasury figures showed Wednesday.  —  Treasury borrowing jumped Tuesday, the data showed, immediately after President Barack Obama signed …
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Jackie Calmes / New York Times:
Pressured by White House, Treasury Secretary Is Expected to Stay at Post  —  WASHINGTON — Timothy F. Geithner, the Treasury secretary and dean of President Obama's economic team, is expected to stay through the president's term after intense White House pressure, according to officials familiar with the discussions.
The Politico:
Obama's big drags  —  The politics of the debt fight were a drag for President Barack Obama, yanking his popularity to new lows.  Here's an even bigger drag: Obama emerges from the months-long fracas weaker - and facing much deeper and more durable political obstacles - than his own advisers ever imagined.
Fred Lucas / CNSNews:
Taxpayers Will Pay for Obama Bus Tour of Battleground States, Says White House  —  (CNSNews.com) - President Barack Obama's upcoming bus tour through the Midwest states typically viewed as swing states during presidential election years will be paid for by the taxpayers, the White House says.
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Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blog:
Romney signs marriage pledge  —  Former Gov. Mitt Romney has joined Rep. Michele Bachmann and former Sen. Rick Santorum in signing a pledge to oppose same-sex marriage on a number of specific fronts.  —  The three candidates signed the pledge advanced by the National Organization for Marriage …
Paul Krugman:
Wrong And Right  —  Bruce Bartlett and others send me to this eloquent David Frum piece, which concludes: … The knee-jerk response of commenters is “But the Obama stimulus failed, deficits, yada yada.  Also, Krugman has a beard.”  Or something like that.
Discussion: FrumForum and Prairie Weather
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Stephanie Clifford / New York Times:
Even Marked Up, Luxury Goods Fly Off Shelves  —  Nordstrom has a waiting list for a Chanel sequined tweed coat with a $9,010 price.  Neiman Marcus has sold out in almost every size of Christian Louboutin “Bianca” platform pumps, at $775 a pair.  Mercedes-Benz said it sold more cars last month …
Andrew Malcolm / Top of the Ticket:
Obama's new fundraising speech: 2008 was really bad, so I need a second term  —  After a rough month of enforced presidenting from within the White House, President Obama fled Washington and governing Wednesday, back to Chicago allegedly to celebrate his birthday with home folks.
Discussion: TalkLeft
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Diana Washington Valdez / El Paso Times:
Documents: Feds allegedly allowed Sinaloa cartel to move cocaine into U.S. for information  —  U.S. federal agents allegedly allowed the Sinaloa drug cartel to traffic several tons of cocaine into the United States in exchange for information about rival cartels, according to court documents filed in a U.S. federal court.
Nedra Pickler / Associated Press:
Judge allows American to sue Rumsfeld over torture … WASHINGTON (AP) — A judge is allowing an Army veteran who says he was imprisoned unjustly and tortured by the U.S. military in Iraq to sue former Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld personally for damages.
Rasmussen Reports:
69% Say It's Likely Scientists Have Falsified Global Warming Research  —  The debate over global warming has intensified in recent weeks after a new NASA study was interpreted by skeptics to reveal that global warming is not man-made.  While a majority of Americans nationwide continue …
WorldNetDaily:
Happy birthday?  —  How much don't we know about Barack Obama as he nears the end of his third year of White House occupation?  —  Well, he claims today is his 50th birthday.  —  Yet, incredibly, it is still only an unsubstantiated claim - and, perhaps, more suspect than ever.
Discussion: Right Wing Watch
Reuters:
U.S. incomes fell sharply in 2009  —  (Reuters) - U.S. incomes plummeted again in 2009, with total income down 15.2 percent in real terms since 2007, new tax data showed on Wednesday.  —  The data showed an alarming drop in the number of taxpayers reporting any earnings from a job …
Discussion: New Deal 2.0, TaxProf Blog and The Awl
Sharon Jayson / USA Today:
Citing new research, psychology group supports gay marriage  —  WASHINGTON - The world's largest organization of psychologists took its strongest stand to date supporting full marriage equity, a move that observers say will have a far-reaching impact on the national debate.
Michael Isikoff / msnbc.com:
Firm gives $1 million to pro-Romney group, then dissolves  —  Records offer no clues who was behind mystery company that donated to ‘super PAC’  —  Below:  —  updated 2011-08-04T10:01:38  —  A mystery company that pumped $1 million into a political committee backing Mitt Romney …
Dan Froomkin / The Huffington Post:
Austerity Top Priority As Economy Sputters, Americans Suffer … WASHINGTON — This week's big debt deal has left progressives despairing over a disconnect between Washington and the rest of the country that they say has possibly never been wider.  —  Their concern arises from the fact …
Discussion: Crooks and Liars and PoliticusUSA
Scott Wong / The Politico:
Six GOP senators want deficit committee to meet in public  —  Six Republican senators on Wednesday called on Senate leaders to ensure that a new congressional deficit-reduction committee meets in public and before television cameras.  —  The 12-member super committee, comprised of an equal number …
Discussion: Washington Monthly
Graham Bowley / New York Times:
Stocks Tumble as Signs Point to Weak Global Economy  —  The stock market fell sharply Thursday on intensifying investor fears about a slowdown in global economic growth and worries about Europe's ongoing debt crisis, which is centered now on Italy and Spain.
Rob Portman / Wall Street Journal:
Make the Dollar-for-Dollar Rule Permanent  —  Matching debt increases with spending cuts will balance the budget in a decade without raising taxes.  —  Congress and the president have finally agreed to raise the nation's $14.3 trillion debt limit, along with spending cuts of an equal or greater amount.
 
 
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Deal could endanger health care law
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