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Brian Beutler / TPMDC:
McConnell: I Won't Agree To Raise The Debt Limit Without Medicare Cuts  —  Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) says substantial Medicare cuts must be part of a spending and deficit cut package to get his support to raise the debt limit.  —  In a Capitol briefing with reporters Friday …
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Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
McConnell puts Medicare in the ransom note  —  The Republican debt-ceiling strategy hasn't been subtle: GOP officials are threatening to cause a recession, on purpose, unless Democrats give them the spending cuts they want.  It's Hostage Taking 101.  —  The trick has been identifying the ransom.
Discussion: Balloon Juice
Greg Sargent / Washington Post:
Are Dems drawing hard line on Medicare after all?  —  Is it possible that Democrats participating in the Biden-led deficit reduction talks are drawing a hard line against any cuts to Medicare benefits?  —  Many liberals fear that Dems will cave on this point.
Discussion: Daily Kos
David Kurtz / Talking Points Memo:
A Cornered Animal Is A Dangerous Animal  —  Public polling, the NY-26 outcome, and other objective indicators make it clear Republicans have boxed themselves into a political corner with their plan to end Medicare.  It's a big problem for them politically, and there's no easy way out …
Wall Street Journal:
Mediscare: The Surprising Truth  —  Republicans are being portrayed as Medicare Grinches, but ObamaCare already has seniors' health care slated for draconian cuts.  —  The Obama administration has repeatedly claimed that the health-reform bill it passed last year improved Medicare's finances.
Kevin Hall / The Iowa Republican:
Bachmann's Debacle  —  “This is a disaster,” said one prominent Polk County Republican.  An elected official called it “an embarrassment”.  The embarrassing disaster was the result of Congresswoman Michelle Bachmann's last minute cancellation of her appearance at the Polk County GOP's Robb Kelley Dinner.
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Kenneth P. Vogel / The Politico:
Judge strikes down corporate donations ban  —  A federal court in Alexandria, Va. on Thursday struck down a federal ban on corporate campaign contributions, in a case with potentially dramatic ramifications for a campaign finance regulatory system under siege by legal and regulatory attacks.
Discussion: Moe Lane and Gawker
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Nicholas Confessore / New York Times:
Judge Voids Ban on Campaign Donations by Business
Discussion: Election Law Blog
Gschwarzcnn / CNN:
CNN Poll: GOP 2012 field still up in the air  —  Washington (CNN) - Call it a sign of how unsettled the GOP presidential field remains: Two of the three people at the top of new national poll in the battle for the Republican nomination may not even run for the White House.
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Maggie Haberman / The Politico:
Rudy Giuliani leads new national poll
Reuters:
G8 leaders omit mention of 1967 borders in Middle East statement  —  Diplomats say that Canada objected to a specific mention of the 1967 borders in statement issued by world leaders calling for resumption of Israel-Palestinian peace talks.  —  Group of Eight leaders had to soften …
Discussion: The Lede and Washington Post
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Charles Krauthammer / Washington Post:
What Obama did to Israel  —  Every Arab-Israeli negotiation contains …
Jim Hoft / The Gateway Pundit:
Wow!... Canada Defends Israel From Obama Administration - Blocks 1967 Line From G8 Statement
Discussion: Power Line and Atlas Shrugs
Clay Dillow / Popular Science:
This Time Lapse Video of the Very Large Telescope At Work is the Coolest Thing You'll See Today  —  Your Universe (As Seen From the Home Planet) ESO/Stephane Guisard and Jose Francisco Salgado  —  There's very little we can write to preface the imagery below, so we'll just set the scene and get out of the way.
The Note:
Mitt Romney Supports Ethanol Subsidies, Opposes Tim Pawlenty's ‘Hard Truth’  —  ABC News' Emily Friedman (@emilyabc) & Matthew Jaffe (@jaffematt) report:  —  Mitt Romney and Tim Pawlenty are at odds on one of the biggest issues to voters in Iowa, home of the nation's first presidential caucuses.
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Jonathan Weisman / Washington Wire:
Romney Hearts Ethanol Subsidies
Discussion: RedState
Lymari Morales / Gallup:
U.S. Adults Estimate That 25% of Americans Are Gay or Lesbian  —  Those with lower incomes, the less educated, women, and young people give the highest estimates  —  WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. adults, on average, estimate that 25% of Americans are gay or lesbian.
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Karl Smith / Modeled Behavior:
Asking People About Statistics
Discussion: Mother Jones
Amazon.com:
Amazon.com Reveals the Most Well-Read Cities in America  —  Cambridge, Mass., tops the list with the most books, magazines and newspapers purchased per capita of any city in the United States  —  (NASDAQ: AMZN)—Just in time for the summer reading season, Amazon.com announced its list of the Top 20 Most Well-Read Cities in America.
Matt Taibbi / Rolling Stone:
Wikileaks: Speculators Helped Cause Oil Bubble  —  When oil prices surged to a ridiculous $147 a barrel in the summer of 2008, conventional wisdom held that normal supply and demand issues were the cause.  Both the Bush administration (in the form of the Commodity Futures Trading Commission) …
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Paul Krugman:
No Ideas  —  Ezra Klein points us to the House GOP's rather pitiful jobs manifesto.  Ezra describes it as “now more than ever”: the GOP's response to the employment crisis is to demand exactly the same things it demands when the economy is doing well.  —  Actually, the same is true of the Ryan plan …
Discussion: Jared Bernstein and Daily Kos
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David Brooks / New York Times:
Medicare Survival Guide  —  Sometime this summer, the Democrats and the Republicans will go toe-to-toe over whether to raise the debt ceiling.  At the height of the confrontation, President Obama may well address the country and say that even though he has offered the Republicans …
Jason Embry / Austin American-Statesman:
Perry says he will consider White House run  —  Gov. Rick Perry today gave his strongest indication yet that he may run for president.  —  “I'm going to think about it” after the legislative session ends Monday, Perry said.  —  For years, Perry has said that he would not run for president and that he had no interest.
The Politico:
Spotlight takes toll on first lady's staff  —  Less than three years into the job, first lady Michelle Obama is on her third chief of staff and third social secretary.  She is on her second communications director, the White House chief usher recently departed, and her press secretary's last day is Friday.
Discussion: Weasel Zippers
Ann Althouse / Althouse:
“The bottom line is Sarah Palin is not going to run for president... She's making money, she's moved on...”  —  “... she's kind of an entertainer rather than a politician.  She still has some sway with the grass roots, but she is not going to run.”  —  So says somebody close to Romney, according to Byron York.
The Note:
Rolling Thunder Riders Praise Sarah Palin's Participation in Rally  —  ABC News' Sheila Marikar [@sheilaym] reports: For the riders of Rolling Thunder, the news that Sarah Palin will participate in their national rally on Sunday came as a surprise.  A welcome surprise.
Edward Lewine / New York Times:
Inside Meghan McCain's Bachelorette Pad  —  The famous daughter of the famous senator shows off her 1,100-square-foot bachelorette home in West Hollywood.  —  LEAST-REPUBLICAN PIECE OF CLOTHING: My black studded Christian Louboutin heels.  They are hard-core.  My friend nicknamed them my dominatrix heels.
Stogie / Saberpoint:
Soquel High School Students Suspended for Wearing White T Shirts (They're Signs of “White Supremacy")  —  Soquel, California — on the Central Coast:  —  Several high school seniors wore white t shirts to their class's group picture last Wednesday and were suspended for doing so.
 
 
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