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10:55 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 …
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 …
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 …
Daniel Strauss / The Hill:   Sen. Sessions challenges Obama to make debt-ceiling talks public
The Huffington Post:
Obama, Boehner Held Secret Debt Ceiling Meeting At White House
Catherine Dodge / Bloomberg:
House's McCarthy Says Obama Must ‘Show Leadership’ in Deficit Negotiations
Discussion: Taegan Goddard's … and The Page
Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
Dems demand revenue
ABCNEWS:
Coming Up on ‘This Week’: Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell and House Asst. Minority Leader James Clyburn
Discussion: The Politico
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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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 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.”
John Burger / The Daily Register:
Archbishop Dolan on Same-Sex ‘Marriage’ Vote  —  Speaks of David and Goliath fight, Catholic politicians and the ‘heresy’ of ‘personally opposed but,’ and the role of conscience.  —  New York state has been teetering on the edge of redefining marriage.  With just days, and possibly hours …
Discussion: ThinkProgress and Joe. My. God.
Reid J. Epstein / The Politico:
Gay marriage bill moves to New York senate floor
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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Katya Wachtel / CNBC:
Here's What Happened at That Big Dinner With Obama and the Hedge Funders  —  Last night Obama headed to the Upper East Side to wine and dine Wall Street.  —  The DNC fundraiser at tony restaurant Daniel cost attendees $35,800 each, and a source told Ben White at Morning Money that the event netted $2.4 million.
Discussion: Firedoglake, Hullabaloo and DealBook
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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New York Times:
Seized Phone Offers Clues to Bin Laden's Pakistani Links
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 …
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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 …
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
Geoffrey Dickens / NewsBusters.org blogs:
Big Three Networks Ignore Obama's Medal of Honor Screw-Up  —  Barack Obama's confusing one living American war hero with a fallen one he honored in 2009, has been completely ignored by the Big Three Networks shows, including the same NBC Nightly News that threw a fit over Sarah Palin's recent recounting …
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Indianapolis Star:
Judge stays abortion law that defunded Planned Parenthood  —  A federal judge has halted enforcement of a law cutting off funding to Planned Parenthood of Indiana and other entities that provide abortions.  —  The ruling by U.S. District Judge Tanya Walton Pratt on Friday night means Planned Parenthood …
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) …
 
 
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Scott McCartney / The Middle Seat Terminal:
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Brian Beutler / TPMDC:
CHART OF THE DAY: If Congress Does Nothing, The Deficit Will Disappear
Discussion: Daily Kos and Blue Virginia
Andrew Stern / Reuters:
Ex-media mogul Conrad Black sent back to prison
Discussion: New York Magazine and The Wire
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