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10:10 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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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: Weasel Zippers and 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
Daniel Strauss / The Hill:   Sen. Sessions challenges Obama to make debt-ceiling talks public
Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
Dems demand revenue
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.”
New York Times:
N.Y. State Senate to Vote on Same-Sex Marriage  —  ALBANY — The State Senate will vote on same-sex marriage, the Senate majority leader said Friday afternoon, setting the stage for a final decision on the most closely watched issue facing the Legislature as it wraps up its annual session.
John Burger / The Daily Register:
Archbishop Dolan on Same-Sex ‘Marriage’ Vote
Discussion: ThinkProgress and Joe. My. God.
Nick Reisman / Capital Tonight:
When Will Same-Sex Marriage Be Voted On?
Discussion: LGBTQ Nation and AMERICAblog Gay
Reid J. Epstein / The Politico:
Gay marriage bill moves to New York senate floor
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 …
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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 …
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 …
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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
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.
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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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 …
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
The Official Google Blog:
An update on Google Health and Google PowerMeter  —  In the coming months, we're going to retire two products that didn't catch on the way we would have hoped, but did serve as influential models: Google Health (retiring January 1, 2012; data available for download through January 1, 2013) …
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
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!) …
 
 
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Indianapolis Star:
Judge stays abortion law that defunded Planned Parenthood
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
Discussion: The Huffington Post
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Bodega bouquets for Huma
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 Earlier Items: 
Brian Beutler / TPMDC:
CHART OF THE DAY: If Congress Does Nothing, The Deficit Will Disappear
Discussion: Daily Kos and Blue Virginia
New York Review of Books:
The Busts Keep Getting Bigger: Why?
Saeed Kamali Dehghan / Guardian:
Iran giving out condoms for criminals to rape us, say jailed activists