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9:55 AM ET, June 24, 2011


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New York Times:
Seized Phone Offers Clues to Bin Laden's Pakistani Links  —  ISLAMABAD, Pakistan — The cellphone of Osama bin Laden's trusted courier, which was recovered in the raid that killed both men in Pakistan last month, contained contacts to a militant group that is a longtime asset …
Dana Milbank / Washington Post:
‘Mission accomplished,’ Obama style
Discussion: New York Times and Weekly Standard
Cathy Lynn Grossman / USA Today:
Airline to Jewish rumor: ‘Delta does not discriminate.’  —  Earlier today some Jewish and Christian readers in the blogosphere were fired up about stories that Delta Airlines, in its new alliance with Saudi Arabian Airlines, might wind up enforcing a Saudi policy of not admitting Iraelis …
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.
Tanya Somanader / ThinkProgress:
McConnell: GOP Would Not Voice Opposition To Libya Campaign If Obama Was A Republican  —  The NATO-led air campaign in Libya is causing a significant rift within the GOP.  House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH), House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-VA), and House Republicans have said the U.S. involvement violates …
Matthew Yglesias / ThinkProgress:
How To (Temporarily) Survive a Debtpocalypse
John R. Parkinson / ABCNEWS:
Top Republicans Walk Out of VP Biden's Debt Talks
Ezra Klein / Washington Post:
Why Eric Cantor won't make the budget deal
Dana Ritter / White House Wrap:
Commander In Chief Misspeaks About Soldier Killed in Afghanistan  —  During his remarks to troops at Fort Drum today, the President was reminiscing about the times he has spent with the US Army's 10th Mountain Division, when he got something wrong. … The problem is, Jared Monti was killed in action in Afghanistan, on June 21, 2006.
Pundit Review Radio / BLACKFIVE:
President Obama's Terrible Mistake
Richard Pérez-Peña / New York Times:
New Jersey Lawmakers Approve Benefits Rollback for Work Force  —  TRENTON — New Jersey lawmakers on Thursday approved a broad rollback of benefits for 750,000 government workers and retirees, the deepest cut in state and local costs in memory, in a major victory for Gov. Chris Christie …
New Jersey Online:
N.J. Assembly passes landmark employee benefits overhaul  —  TRENTON — New Jersey lawmakers tonight voted to enact a sweeping plan to cut public worker benefits after a long day of high-pitched political drama in the streets of Trenton and behind closed doors.
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 …
Six GOP campaigns land spots for Ames Straw Poll
Discussion: The Note and USA Today
The Note:
Mystery Candidate Leads to Walk Out at Ames Straw Poll Land Auction
Michael O'Brien / Ballot Box:
Gingrich: I won't drop out of the presidential race before Iowa caucuses
Discussion: The Politico
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 …
Jackie Calmes / New York Times:
Obama Speech Is Interrupted by Gay Marriage Supporters
Discussion: Capital Tonight and American Power
Andrew Harmon / Advocate:
Senators to Obama: Time to Evolve
New York Times:
Politicians Who Fear the Public Light  —  As we wrote this editorial on Thursday evening, we were still waiting for the New York State Senate to do what it should have done long ago — end a basic inequality under the law by allowing same-sex couples the full right to marry.
Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
Explaining ‘Penny Wise, Pound Foolish’ to Rand Paul  —  A Senate subcommittee held a hearing this week on funding the existing Older Americans Act, including a $2 billion investment to prevent senior hunger.  The panel, led by Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), explored how the government can actually save money through these investments.
Jonathan Karl / ABCNEWS:
Fighting Words: DeMint Warns Republicans They May Be ‘Gone’ if They Support Debt Ceiling Increase  —  Jonathan Karl interviews Sen. Jim DeMint, R-S.C. (ABC News)  —  Conservative firebrand Sen. Jim DeMint has a message to fellow Republicans in Congress: If you support increasing …
Discussion: The Politico
Andrew Malcolm / Top of the Ticket:
Obama, as suspected, disregarded the Afghan troop drawdown recommendation of Gen. Petraeus  —  Testifying before a Senate committee today, the commander of allied forces in Afghanistan confirmed under oath what many had suspected:  —  In his speech Wednesday evening, President Obama disregarded …
President Obama backs rights for gay couples in New York fundraiser  —  (CNN) — President Barack Obama took his act to New York on Thursday as the featured attraction at three back-to-back fundraisers, where he touted his progressive credentials, including support for equal rights for gay couples.
Terence P. Jeffrey / CNSNews:
Geithner: Taxes on ‘Small Business’ Must Rise So Government Doesn't ‘Shrink’  —  ( - Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner told the House Small Business Committee on Wednesday that the Obama administration believes taxes on small business must increase so the administration does not have to …
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 …
Associated Press:
Reps. Barney Frank, Ron Paul want to end federal ban on marijuana, cede enforcement to states  —  WASHINGTON — Two House members introduced a bill Thursday that would remove marijuana from the list of federal controlled substances and cede to the states enforcement of laws governing pot.
LATimes / Top of the Ticket:
Marijuana bill officially introduced to Congress by Ron Paul, Barney Frank
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: 24Ahead and The Daily Caller
Hillary Rodham Clinton / US Department of State:
Remarks With Jamaican Foreign Minister Kenneth Baugh and St. Kitts and Nevis Deputy Prime Minister Sam Condor  —  Remarks  —  Ritz Carlton Hotel Montego Bay, Jamaica  —  MODERATOR: Good evening, ladies and gentlemen, and welcome to a press conference at the end of the high-level meeting between …
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Eric Fidler / Greater Greater Washington:
“Metro sprawl” misses better opportunities in the core
Discussion: ThinkProgress
Greg Stohr / Bloomberg:
Anna Nicole Smith's Estate Loses at High Court on Fortune
Ezra Klein / Washington Post:
What ‘Inside Job’ got wrong
Kate Sheppard / Mother Jones:
Kansas: The First Abortion-Free State?
Discussion: Hullabaloo and The Atlantic Online
Wall Street Journal:
World Oil Reserves Tapped
Discussion: Calculated Risk
Steven Thrasher / Runnin' Scared:
Rubén Díaz Sr. Chats with The Village Voice
Discussion: LGBTQ Nation
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Jennifer Abbasi / Popular Science:
Why Sex With Creatures from the Future Is a Bad Idea
Discussion: Proof Positive
Felix Gillette / Business Week:
The Rise and Inglorious Fall of Myspace
The Rules of the Game  —  The New Yorker's Ryan Lizza joins …
Discussion: ThinkProgress and The Reaction
John Melloy / Fast Money:
Firms Have Record $800 Billion Of Cash But Still Won't Hire
Discussion: The Talking Dog
James Bovard / Wall Street Journal:
The Food-Stamp Crime Wave
Discussion: Right Wing News and Gawker
Richard Stengel / Time:
U.S. Constitution Under Siege over Libya, Taxes, Health Care