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2:40 PM ET, June 24, 2011

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The Politico:
House rejects Obama's Libya policy  —  The House delivered a stinging rejection of President Barack Obama's military intervention in Libya on Friday, voting in bipartisan fashion against authorizing the mission for another year.  The president's supporters still held out hope that they could stop …
Discussion: AmSpecBlog
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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 …
Discussion: Don Surber
Greg Sargent / Washington Post:
Dems set to deliver big rebuke to Obama on Libya?
Discussion: msnbc.com, Weigel and CNN
Jennifer Steinhauer / The Caucus:
House Rejects Resolution Authorizing U.S. Mission in Libya
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 …
Glenn Greenwald / Salon:
Plurality of Americans love Gadaffi  —  Hillary Clinton, yesterday, when asked about those questioning the Libya War: … Gallup, yesterday (click image to enlarge):  —  It's not only a plurality of Americans who are “on Gaddafi's side,” but also the head of the Arab League …
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Andy Kroll / Mother Jones:
Bombing the Moon  —  Following up on my GOP mind games post, Ezra Klein makes a smart observation in this morning's Wonkbook on how the GOP transformed tax increases from a important, necessary option in the deficit debate into something evil and extremist.  To prove his point …
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Ezra Klein / Washington Post:
Wonkbook: How could taxes blow up debt talks?  —  (Susan Walsh - AP) It is remarkable to watch how Republicans have taken tax increases, which have long been present in deficit-reduction deals and generally considered the equivalent of spending cuts, and turned them into something vastly more extreme and unthinkable.
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.
Discussion: Washington Monthly and Eschaton
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Daniel Strauss / The Hill:
Speaker Boehner: Debt-ceiling deal with tax increases ‘cannot pass’ the House
Discussion: The Note
Molly K. Hooper / The Hill:
Republicans: Walkout from Biden-led negotiations was long planned
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.
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Katherine M. Franke / New York Times:   Marriage Is a Mixed Blessing
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 …
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Jonathan Karl / ABCNEWS:
Fighting Words: DeMint Warns Republicans They May Be ‘Gone’ if They Support Debt Ceiling Increase  —  Conservative firebrand Sen. Jim DeMint has a message to fellow Republicans in Congress: If you support increasing the debt ceiling without first passing a balanced budget amendment …
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.
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Amit Singhal / The Official Google Blog:
Supporting choice, ensuring economic opportunity  —  At Google, we've always focused on putting the user first.  We aim to provide relevant answers as quickly as possible—and our product innovation and engineering talent have delivered results that users seem to like, in a world where the competition is only one click away.
JSOnline:
Johnson proves to be a big spender - and taker: Firm pays him $10 million  —  After dropping nearly $9 million from his own pocket to win a seat in the U.S. Senate, Ron Johnson didn't have to feel the pain for very long.  —  Johnson's plastics company paid him $10 million in deferred compensation shortly …
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 …
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!) …
Rachel Weiner / Washington Post:
Can liberals start their own tea party?  —  Van Jones is hoping to rival the tea party movement.  (Carlos Osorio - AP Photo)  —  At last weekend's Netroots Nation gathering in Minneapolis, liberal activists expressed frustration that they lacked the political power or media focus given to the conservative tea-party movement.
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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.
Discussion: The Note and msnbc.com
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 …
William Yardley / New York Times:
Officials Say Two Planned Armed Attack in Seattle  —  SEATTLE — Federal law enforcement officials have arrested two men who they say planned to attack a military processing center here using machine guns and grenades.  —  The men — Abu Khalid Abdul-Latif, also known as Joseph A. Davis …
Terence P. Jeffrey / CNSNews:
Geithner: Taxes on ‘Small Business’ Must Rise So Government Doesn't ‘Shrink’  —  (CNSNews.com) - 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 …
 
 
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Associated Press:
House vote to defund Libya mission fails
Kris Maher / Wall Street Journal:
Unions Fend Off Right-to-Work Bill in New Hampshire
Discussion: ThinkProgress
Patrick O'Connor / Washington Wire:
Lawmakers' Disclosures: A Gold Mine?
Discussion: Hot Air
Elise Foley / The Huffington Post:
Lamar Smith Unveils Plan To Block Obama's Power On Deportations
Discussion: ThinkProgress
Jazz Shaw / Hot Air:
Mr. Kelly goes to Washington
Discussion: The Right Scoop
Jon Terbush / TPMDC:
Poll: Gov. Rick Scott's Unpopularity Handicapping GOP Pres Candidates In Florida
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Lisa Rein / Washington Post:
Issa introduces bill to overhaul U.S. Postal Service, increase regulation
Michael O'Brien / Ballot Box:
Crossroads chairman: 'There's not too much money in politics'
Discussion: CNN
Jordan Fabian / Ballot Box:
Palin film to debut in Iowa next week
Discussion: GOP 12, CNN and The Note
Kelly Cobiella / CBS News:
Sterilization victim “raped by the state of NC”
Mark Tapscott / Washington Examiner:
BELTWAY CONFIDENTIAL  —  Remember the flap over foreign ships …
Vicki Needham / The Hill:
Obama to announce $500M manufacturing investment initiative
Discussion: Right Wing News
Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
Explaining ‘Penny Wise, Pound Foolish’ to Rand Paul
Andrew Malcolm / Top of the Ticket:
Obama, as suspected, disregarded the Afghan troop drawdown recommendation of Gen. Petraeus
Discussion: Scared Monkeys