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9:00 PM ET, June 24, 2011

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Brian Beutler / TPMDC:
Top Dems Provide Fresh Detail On High-Income Tax Proposal That Led GOP To Abandon Debt Talks  —  Two of the top Democrats in Congress are calling out their Republican counterparts for abandoning high-stakes debt talks, and have provided new details about the tax proposals that sent the GOP packing.
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The Politico:
Libya votes show House divided  —  The House delivered a surprising split decision on Libya Friday: Voting against authorizing the use of American forces there and then, an hour later, refusing to limit funding for the mission.  —  In essence, the House decided that it will neither endorse …
New York Times:
Their Temper Tantrum  —  Congressional Republicans, who played a major role in piling up the government's unsustainable debt in the first place, have thrown a tantrum and walked out of the debt limit talks.  This bit of grandstanding has brought the nation closer to the financial crisis that Republicans have been threatening for weeks.
Pete Kasperowicz / The Hill:
President ‘becoming an absolute monarch’ on war powers, Dem says  —  A House Democrat warned Friday that the U.S. president is becoming an “absolute monarch” on matters related to the authority to start a war.  —  Rep. Jerrold Nadler (D-N.Y.) said Congress must act to limit funding …
Alicia M. Cohn / The Hill:
GOP Rep. McCarthy to Obama: ‘Get off the golf course’ and ‘get engaged’  —  The No. 3 Republican leader in the House took President Obama to task Friday, claiming he should put the golf clubs down and get directly involved in the budget talks with Congress.  —  “He's got to get off …
Discussion: HotAirPundit
Catherine Dodge / Bloomberg:
House's McCarthy Says Obama Must ‘Show Leadership’ in Deficit Negotiations
Discussion: Taegan Goddard's … and The Page
The Huffington Post:
Obama, Boehner Held Secret Debt Ceiling Meeting At White House
The Politico:
Obama takes lead in debt talks
Discussion: Sky Dancing and Truthdig
Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
Dems demand revenue
Molly K. Hooper / The Hill:
Republicans: Walkout from Biden-led negotiations was long planned
Discussion: CNN, The Caucus, Daily Kos and ThinkProgress
Ezra Klein / Washington Post:   Wonkbook: How could taxes blow up debt talks?
City Room:
Consensus Reached on Religious Exemptions in Gay Marriage Bill  —  ALBANY — The Cuomo administration and legislative leaders have reached agreement on language to protect religious institutions from obligations to recognize same-sex marriage, two people involved in the negotiations said on Friday afternoon …
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John McCormack / Weekly Standard:
New York Conservative Party Chairman Predicts Passage of Same Sex Marriage Bill  —  Mike Long, the chairman of the New York Conservative Party and a leading opponent of the bill to institue same sex marriage in New York, tells THE WEEKLY STANDARD that the bill will likely pass “by the end of the night.”
Reid J. Epstein / The Politico:
Gay marriage bill moves to New York senate floor  —  New York's state senate is poised to approve same-sex marriage Friday night, paving the way for the Empire State to become the sixth and by far largest state to allow gays and lesbians to wed.  —  The senate's GOP majority leader …
New York Times:
N.Y. State Senate to Vote on Same-Sex Marriage
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 …
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Matt Apuzzo / Associated Press:
Terror by any other name: Osama eyed name change  —  WASHINGTON - As Osama bin Laden watched his terrorist organization get picked apart, he lamented in his final writings that al-Qaida was suffering from a marketing problem.  His group was killing too many Muslims and that was bad for business.
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Matthew Zeitlin / The New Republic:
The Debt Ceiling: Why Obama Should Just Ignore It
Discussion: Firedoglake and ThinkProgress
Ross Douthat:
The President's Debt-Ceiling Strategy
Josh Rogin / Foreign Policy:
Exclusive: Top U.S. admiral admits we are trying to kill Qaddafi  —  The top U.S. admiral involved in the Libya war admitted to a U.S. congressman that NATO forces are trying to kill Libyan leader Muammar al-Qaddafi.  The same admiral also said he anticipated the need for ground troops …
Zaid Jilani / ThinkProgress:
Scott Walker To Sign Budget Bill At Business Of Convicted Tax Felon  —  This Sunday, Gov. Scott Walker (R-WI) will be signing into law his budget bill at an event at a local Wisconsin business.  The budget radically reshapes Wisconsin's priorities, slashing investments in Main Street Wisconsin …
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JSOnline:
Walker cancels budget bill-signing at firm run by felon
Discussion: ThinkProgress and TPMDC
Richard Natale / Variety:
‘Columbo’ star Peter Falk dies at 83  —  Veteran actor own five Emmys, four for popular detective role  —  Peter Falk, the Emmy- and Tony-winning stage, screen and TV actor, best known to world audiences as the always-underestimated police detective in the long-running telepic series …
Ben White / The Politico:
First look: Fear over Greece grows - New this morning: Bernanke numbers drop - Hot this morning: Oil bounces back - Boehner under pressure  —  MIND MELD: WHY WALL STREET HATES WASHINGTON - Bring up Washington's understanding of financial markets around Wall Street and you get rolled eyes and four-letter words.
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The Politico:
Romney dominates GOP cash dash  —  Everyone knows Mitt Romney is going to outpace the GOP presidential field when next month's fundraising reports come out.  But the scale of his money advantage is finally coming into shape: the rest of the field is going to be eating his dust.
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David Weigel / Weigel:
Romney Goes Classic  —  Clicking around on In These Times (!), I noticed this ad directing me to Mitt Romney's campaign site.  —  Those people aren't dressed like Americans in the year 2011, are they?  No. That's because this is copied from (or lovingly designed in tribute to!) …
Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
Reaping what they've sown  —  Georgia Republicans recently passed a very harsh anti-immigrant measure into law, successfully driving a lot of undocumented workers out of the state.  Republicans who championed the measure said the new law would improve Georgia's economy.
Discussion: ThinkProgress
Andrew Stern / Reuters:
Ex-media mogul Conrad Black sent back to prison  —  (Reuters) - A U.S. judge on Friday ordered former media baron Conrad Black to serve 13 more months in prison for his fraud and obstruction of justice conviction.  —  Judge Amy St. Eve of U.S. District Court, who sentenced Black …
Discussion: New York Magazine and The Wire
 
 
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Kenneth P. Vogel / The Politico:
George Soros gives $75K to House super PAC
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Scott McCartney / The Middle Seat Terminal:
Blame Saudi Arabia, not Delta, for Policy on Jews
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Bodega bouquets for Huma
Discussion: Mediaite and Gothamist
Brian Beutler / TPMDC:
CHART OF THE DAY: If Congress Does Nothing, The Deficit Will Disappear
Discussion: Daily Kos and Blue Virginia
John Burger / The Daily Register:
Archbishop Dolan on Same-Sex ‘Marriage’ Vote
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