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10:00 PM ET, June 23, 2011


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The Note:
Senator Kyl Drops Out of the Debt Talks, Leaving Zero Republicans at the Table  —  ABC News' Sunlen Miller (@sunlenmiller) reports:  —  Senate Minority Whip Jon Kyl, R-Ariz., will also drop out of the debt talks, a source within his office confirms today.  The Arizona Republican's office will issue a formal statement shortly.
Ezra Klein / Washington Post:
Why Eric Cantor won't make the budget deal  —  (Brendan Hoffman - Getty Images) Eric Cantor is pulling out of the debt-ceiling talks.  But he's not saying they should end.  In fact, he's saying they've been very successful thus far.  “We have a blueprint to move forward to trillions …
Wall Street Journal:
Cantor Pulls Out of Biden-Led Budget Talks  —  WASHINGTON—House Majority Leader Eric Cantor Thursday said he was pulling out of the bipartisan budget talks headed by Vice President Joe Biden for now because the group has reached an impasse over taxes that only President Barack Obama and Speaker John Boehner (R., Ohio) could resolve.
Matthew Yglesias / ThinkProgress:
How To (Temporarily) Survive a Debtpocalypse  —  Intra-caucus dynamics on the GOP side seem to be dooming the debt limit talks.  Eric Cantor's preference is for John Boehner to sign a deal he can grumble about, so that when the GOP loses seats in 2012 he can challenge Boehner for the leadership.
Discussion: National Review
John R. Parkinson / ABCNEWS:
Top Republicans Walk Out of VP Biden's Debt Talks
Discussion: The Politico and The Note
Carl Hulse / New York Times:
Budget Talks Near Collapse as G.O.P. Leader Quits
Tanya Somanader / ThinkProgress:
McConnell: GOP Would Not Voice Opposition To Libya Campaign If Obama Was A Republican
Discussion: TPMDC and Los Angeles Times
Jennifer Steinhauer / The Caucus:
Cantor Quits Biden's Debt Ceiling Talks
Discussion: Weigel, Washington Monthly and TalkLeft
Michele Chabin / USA Today:
U.S. Jews not able to fly on Delta flights to Saudi Arabia  —  JERUSALEM — Jews and Israelis, or passengers carrying any non-Islamic article of faith, will not be able to fly Delta Air Lines flights from the U.S. to Saudi Arabia under Delta's new partnership with Saudi Arabian Airlines.
Bob Unruh / WorldNetDaily:
Delta adopts Saudi ‘no-Jew’ fly policy  —  Challenge to discrimination building as Congress, lawyers warned of plan  —  Delta Air Lines' plan to add Saudi Arabian Airlines to its SkyTeam Alliance of partnering companies would require the American carrier to ban Jews and holders of Israeli passports …
The Note:
Mystery Candidate Leads to Walk Out at Ames Straw Poll Land Auction  —  ABC News' Russell Goldman (@GoldmanRussell) and Arlette Saenz (@ArletteSaenz) report:  —  A little bit of intrigue at the Ames straw poll land auction...  Representatives of Republican candidates are meeting today in Ames …
Discussion: USA Today and Ben Smith's Blog
Craig Robinson / The Iowa Republican:
Thaddeus McCotter Creates Chaos At Straw Poll Auction  —  At today's Iowa Straw Poll land auction, participating campaigns were surprised by a mystery participant who would not state which campaign she was representing.  —  Kellie Paschke, a lobbyist whose clients include Iowans for Tax Relief …
Discussion: The Politico and Nice Deb
CNN:   Six GOP campaigns land spots for Ames Straw Poll
James Freeman / Wall Street Journal:
Is Rick Running?  —  A Republican campaign veteran tells us that Texas Governor Rick Perry has decided to run for President, though the official word from Team Perry is still a definite maybe.  —  A Republican campaign veteran tells us that Texas Governor Rick Perry has decided to run for President …
Igor Volsky / ThinkProgress:
Obama Addresses New York Marriage Equality Bill At LGBT Fundraiser: Issue Best Left To States  —  President Obama spoke at an LGBT fundraiser this evening in New York City, just as the New York Senate prepares to take up marriage equality legislation.  Obama addressed the measure directly …
Andrew Harmon / Advocate:
Senators to Obama: Time to Evolve  —  From top right: Senators Jeff Merkley, Kirsten Gillibrand, Al Franken, and Bernie Sanders are among those calling on the president to support marriage equality.  —  Although White House press secretary Jay Carney said earlier this week that he does …
Robert Kagan / Washington Post:
Military leaders know Obama's decision is a disaster  —  The press is reporting that the top military leaders have “endorsed” President Obama's Afghan troop withdrawal decision.  With all due respect to the fine reporters, that is not the news.  Under our Constitution …
New York Times:
Mullen Backs Afghan Pullout Plan but Calls It Riskier
Discussion: CNN and Yahoo! News
Daniel Strauss / The Hill:
White House threatens to veto Defense bill  —  The White House on Thursday threatened to veto the 2012 defense appropriations bill.  —  “The administration strongly opposes a number of provisions in this bill.  If a bill is presented to the President that undermines his ability as commander …
Discussion: The Politico
Adam Clark Estes / The Atlantic Wire:
Confirmed: Obama to Address Same-Sex Marriage Debate Tonight  —  White House Press Secretary Jay Carney expects President Obama to break his recent silence on same-sex marriage at an LGBT fundraiser tonight.  But he doesn't anticipate any surprises, “I'm sure he will mention it,” said Carney to the White House press pool.
Chris Johnson / Washington Blade:
Carney: Obama to ‘mention’ N.Y. marriage bill, but won't endorse it
Discussion: Towleroad News #gay
The Rules of the Game  —  The New Yorker's Ryan Lizza joins a chorus of voices asking political observers not to underestimate Jon Huntsman's chances for winning the Republican nomination.  With his decision to skip the Iowa caucuses, Lizza argues, Mitt Romney has made it easy for Huntsman …
Tom Jensen / Public Policy Polling:
Romney leads the way in Florida
Judd Legum / ThinkProgress:
EXCLUSIVE — Herman Cain: Jon Stewart Attacked Me 'Because I'm Black'  —  ThinkProgress filed this report from Iowa Falls, Iowa.  —  Earlier this month, ThinkProgress reported that GOP presidential candidate Herman Cain told an audience in Pella, Iowa that he would not sign a bill longer than three pages.
Wall Street Journal:
World Oil Reserves Tapped  —  U.S., 27 Countries Intervene and Release 60 Million Barrels to Drive Down Prices  —  The U.S. and 27 other countries agreed Thursday to release 60 million barrels of oil from strategic reserves, temporarily driving down oil prices to a four-month low …
Jeffrey Goldberg / The Atlantic Online:
Answering Andrew Sullivan on Allison Benedikt  —  Andrew weighs in on the Benedikt controversy with a thoughtful post, which you should read in full.  He writes, at the end: … The outrage comes form the fact that many of us — I would dare say most American Jews — believe that you just don't get to walk away.
Dana Milbank / Washington Post:
‘Mission accomplished,’ Obama style  —  There was no banner, no naval cheering section, no aircraft-carrier landing and — thank heavens — no flight suit.  But make no mistake: President Obama gave his own version of a “mission accomplished” speech Wednesday.
Discussion: New York Times and Weekly Standard
Richard Cohen / Washington Post:
President Obama's Afghanistan speech confirms America's decline
Kate Sheppard / Mother Jones:
Kansas: The First Abortion-Free State?  —  If new guidelines from the Kansas health department are enforced, the last three abortion clinics in the state could be forced to shut their doors this summer.  —  Back in April, the state legislature passed a law directing the Kansas Department …
Karl Rove / Wall Street Journal:
Why Obama Is Likely to Lose in 2012  —  Even a small drop in the share of black voters would wipe out his winning margin in North Carolina.  —  President Barack Obama is likely to be defeated in 2012.  The reason is that he faces four serious threats.  The economy is very weak and unlikely …
Sabato's Crystal Ball:
Democrats Blue as Senate Acquires a Reddish Tinge  —  Larry J. Sabato and Kyle Kondik, U.Va. Center for Politics  —  As we take a fresh look at next year's Senate races, one thing is clear: Barring an unexpected reelection landslide by President Obama, Republicans are at least slightly favored to take the Senate.
Chris Tomlinson /
Perry gets tepid response at Latino convention  —  Gov. Rick Perry received a tepid response when he addressed the National Association of Latino Elected and Appointed Officials on Thursday, joking about the pronunciation of a Hispanic appointee's last name and frequently staring blankly …
Discussion: The Daily Caller
Jennifer Abbasi / Popular Science:
Why Sex With Creatures from the Future Is a Bad Idea  —  Researchers test sexual adaptations in time-traveling brine shrimp  —  When time travel finally becomes possible, we might want to think twice about getting it on.  According to a new study on tiny shrimp (Artemia franciscana) …
Discussion: Proof Positive
The United States Department of Justice:
Two Men Charged in Plot to Attack Seattle Military Processing Center … SEATTLE - Two men were arrested late last night and are charged by criminal complaint with terrorism and firearms related charges.  The complaint alleges that Abu Khalid Abdul-Latif, aka Joseph Anthony Davis, 33 …
Ashton Elijah / LGBTQ Nation:
Legislator warns of HIV epidemic in New York if marriage equality becomes law  —  While the debate over marriage equality continues to rage in Albany, one legislator from Clinton County, New York, fears that an HIV epidemic will break out in the Empire State if gay couples are allowed to marry.
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Philip Klein / Washington Examiner:
BELTWAY CONFIDENTIAL  —  CBO report shows debt would be unsustainable …
Associated Press:
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Lauren Ceronie / The Hill:
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Discussion: Weasel Zippers
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Discussion: Fox Nation and Weasel Zippers
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