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11:45 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 …
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.
Matt Welch / Hit & Run:
Hillary Clinton, to Libya War Critics: “Whose side are you on?”  —  Are you with us, or with the dictator and the terrorism he supports?  That's the White House formulation that infuriated liberals and Democrats from 2001-2008, and it's the formulation being used right now by the administration …
Wall Street Journal:   U.S. Says Gadhafi Might Flee Tripoli
David A. Fahrenthold / Washington Post:
House Republicans set Libya vote for Friday
Discussion: Weigel
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 …
Maggie Haberman / The Politico:
Obama: Gay equality, not marriage
Discussion: Outside the Beltway and Guardian
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 …
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
Mike Lillis / The Hill:
Pelosi: Lawmakers could bring troops home faster
Discussion: Sweetness & Light
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.
Katherine M. Franke / New York Times:
Marriage Is a Mixed Blessing
Discussion: ThinkProgress
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 …
Jordan Fabian / Ballot Box:
Palin film to debut in Iowa next week  —  A pro-Sarah Palin documentary film will make its premiere in the first in the nation caucus state of Iowa next week, according to sources familiar with the plans.  —  The film, titled “The Undefeated,” had been scheduled to debut in key early primary states …
Discussion: CNN and The Note
Kelly Cobiella / CBS News:
Sterilization victim “raped by the state of NC”  —  PLAY CBS NEWS VIDEO  —  RALEIGH - At 57, Elaine Riddick has a house full of god children, great nieces and nephews, but only one child of her own - a son.  When she was 14, Riddick was raped.  The day she gave birth …
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 …
Michael O'Brien / Ballot Box:
Crossroads chairman: 'There's not too much money in politics'  —  The chairman of the conservative political group American Crossroads disputed the notion that there's too much money in politics, defending the role of outside spending groups in elections.  —  Mike Duncan, the chairman …
Discussion: CNN
Jeffrey M. Jones / Gallup:
Americans Shift to More Negative View of Libya Military Action  —  Now more likely to disapprove than approve  —  PRINCETON, NJ — Americans are more likely to say they disapprove than approve of the U.S. military action in Libya.  That represents a shift from three months ago …
Mark Tapscott / Washington Examiner:
BELTWAY CONFIDENTIAL  —  Remember the flap over foreign ships and the Deepwater Horizon cleanup?  —  Soon after the Deepwater Horizon disaster began, with raw crude pumping out of the seabed into the Gulf of Mexico in the worst oil spill in American history, foreign nations began offering help with the clean up.
Saeed Kamali Dehghan / Guardian:
Iran giving out condoms for criminals to rape us, say jailed activists  —  Smuggled letters allege authorities are using mass rape as a weapon inside Iran's most notorious prisons  —  Prison guards in Iran are giving condoms to criminals and encouraging them to systematically rape young …
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 …
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 …
Discussion: Scared Monkeys
Lori Montgomery / Washington Post:
Republicans pull out of debt talks, demand Obama meet directly with GOP over taxes  —  Congressional Republicans abruptly pulled out of debt-reduction talks with the White House on Thursday and demanded that President Obama meet directly with GOP leaders to resolve an impasse over taxes.
Discussion: Washington Monthly
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Liz Mair / The Daily Caller:
The identity of the GOP nominee matters
Discussion: Hot Air and Guardian
Free exchange:
Serial disappointment  —  THE Fed attracted attention this week …
Discussion: naked capitalism
Carrie Budoff Brown / The Politico:
President Obama struggles with economic message
Discussion: Pajamas Media
Jennifer Agiesta / Associated Press:
AP-GfK Poll: Bachmann, Pawlenty gain in GOP field
Vicki Needham / The Hill:
Obama to announce $500M manufacturing investment initiative
Discussion: Right Wing News
Eric Fidler / Greater Greater Washington:
“Metro sprawl” misses better opportunities in the core
Discussion: ThinkProgress
 Earlier Items: 
Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
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Greg Stohr / Bloomberg:
Anna Nicole Smith's Estate Loses at High Court on Fortune
Ezra Klein / Washington Post:
What ‘Inside Job’ got wrong
Chris Tomlinson /
Perry gets tepid response at Latino convention
Discussion: 24Ahead and The Daily Caller
Kate Sheppard / Mother Jones:
Kansas: The First Abortion-Free State?