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9:45 PM ET, June 29, 2011


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Ezra Klein / Washington Post:
How you know the negotiations have truly failed  —  (SHAWN THEW VIA BLOOMBERG) The best advice I've gotten for assessing the debt-ceiling negotiations was to “watch for the day when the White House goes public.”  As long as the Obama administration was refusing to attack Republicans publicly …
Ron Fournier /
Obama: It's Kids Versus Corporate Jets on Debt-Ceiling Talks  —  President Obama speaks during a press conference in the East Room of the White House on June 29, 2011.  —  Kids versus corporate jets.  —  If President Obama's news conference accomplished anything on Wednesday afternoon …
Greg Sargent / Washington Post:
Obama picks fight with GOP over tax cuts for the rich  —  The primary goal of President Obama's presser, which just wrapped up, was obvious: He was clearly out to pick a major public fight with Republicans over tax cuts for the rich.  Obama mounted a surprisingly aggressive moral case …
Kevin Sack / New York Times:
Round 1 in Appeals of Health Care Overhaul Goes to Obama  —  The Obama administration prevailed Wednesday in the first appellate review of the 2010 health care law as a three-judge panel from the United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit held that it was constitutional for Congress …
Judd Legum / ThinkProgress:
BREAKING: 6th Circuit Upholds Constitutionality of Affordable Care Act
Ian Millhiser / ThinkProgress:
George W. Bush-Appointed States' Rights Crusader Rejects Lawsuit Challenging Affordable Care Act
Bachmann's Husband Calls Homosexuals ‘Barbarians’ Who ‘Need To Be Educated’ And ‘Disciplined’  —  When trying to figure out where presidential candidate Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-MN) gets her stringent, anti-gay views, you only have to look as far as her husband.
Toronto Sun:
Lennon was a closet Republican: Assistant  —  John Lennon was a closet Republican, who felt a little embarrassed by his former radicalism, at the time of his death - according to the tragic Beatles star's last personal assistant.  —  Fred Seaman worked alongside the music legend from 1979 …
Paul Bond / Hollywood Reporter:
Sarah Palin Blasts Hollywood Stars as ‘Full of Hate’ at Movie Premiere (Exclusive Audio) … PELLA, Iowa — Sarah Palin stared a bit uncomfortably at a movie screen Tuesday night watching a montage of Matt Damon, David Letterman, Madonna, Howard Stern, Bill Maher, Louis C.K. and other celebrities malign her …
Christopher Hitchens / Slate Magazine:
Has Bachmann Met Her Waterloo? … Like This Story  —  Follow Slate's Fighting Words … - Do Gay Bars Make a Lot of Money?  - Extremely Witty Poems by a Poet Who Was Sure He Was Going to Hell- Shafer: Why Patch and Other Hyperlocal Journalism Is a Complete Waste …
Discussion: National Review
Republicans reject president's call to include tax revenues in debt deal  —  (CNN)-Republican congressional leaders Wednesday rejected President Barack Obama's call to include tax revenues as part of a deal to raise the debt ceiling.  —  Obama said at a White House press conference Wednesday …
Discussion: The Politico, The Hill and The Note
Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:   'That's why they're called leaders'
Alex DiPrato / WPRI-TV:
RI Senate OKs civil unions bill  —  Gov. Chaffee says he'll sign it in to law  —  PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) - Rhode Island moved one step closer to allowing same-sex civil unions on Wednesday after the Senate passed a bill to legalize them.  —  The Senate Judiciary committee voted 7-4 to approve the measure.
Abby Goodnough / New York Times:
Rhode Island Lawmakers Approve Civil Unions
Josh Kraushaar /
Nerves Show on Team Obama  —  Recent scrambling by the president's political advisers indicates they're very worried about his reelection chances.  —  Fretful: President on defense.  —  It's been a rough June for the White House.  Instead of being able to run a campaign taking credit …
Kara Swisher / AllThingsD:
Exclusive: Myspace to Be Sold to Specific Media for $35 Million  —  Closing another chapter on one of the Internet's most iconic properties, Myspace has been sold to Specific Media, an advertising network, for $35 million.  —  Sources close to the situation said the deal is being completed today …
Brian Palmer / Slate Magazine:
Bush v. Gore  —  Is it worse for a child to see pornography or graphic violence?  —  The Supreme Court struck down a California law regulating the sale of violent video games to children on Monday.  Writing for the majority, Justice Scalia noted that, unlike sexual content, which can be regulated …
Andrew Ferguson / New York Times:
What Does Newt Gingrich Know?  —  Let's consult the literature — all 21 books by the self-proclaimed ideas man of politics.  (Gingrich cites 23 books on his Web site.  We are not counting the Contract With America or the coffee-table book “Ronald Reagan: Rendezvous With Destiny.")  —  Multimedia
Discussion: Hit & Run, Prairie Weather and GOP 12
Elise Young / Bloomberg:
Christie Loses Support for Second Term as Residents Oppose Cuts  —  More than half of New Jersey residents say they wouldn't back Governor Chris Christie for a second term, disapproving of his choices on a range of policy and personal issues, from killing a commuter tunnel to using …
Scott Baker / Breaking news and opinion on The Blaze:
WOMAN SEATED NEAR BECK AT MOVIE CLAIMS INNOCENCE...BUT WHAT DOES TWITTER TELL US...  (WITH UPDATES!)  —  On Tuesday, Glenn Beck told his radio and TV audiences how he and his family were harassed during an outing to an outdoor movie in New York City's Bryant Park.  —  You can listen to Glenn describe what happened here.
Hiram Reisner /
Glenn Beck's Wife Attacked in NYC Park
Discussion: DownWithTyranny! and Hot Air
William A. Jacobson / Le·gal In·sur·rec· tion:
Obama press conference - false choices and demagoguery  —  I watched Obama's press conference today, and he is a wonder to behold.  He is a relentless demagogue who plays Americans against Americans and sets up false choices as part of a class warfare agenda.
Discussion: Viking Pundit and UrbanGrounds
David Seifman / New York Post:
Rudy breaks vows  —  The gay car dealer who opened his home to Rudy Giuliani in 2001 during his humiliating divorce battle says the former mayor offered to preside at his wedding if same-sex marriage were ever legalized — but is now ducking his calls to make good on the offer.
Jonathan Wachtel / Fox News:
North Korea to Chair UN Disarmament Conference  —  Despite numerous breaches of arms embargoes and continued threats to expand its nuclear weapons program, North Korea has assumed the presidency of the United Nations Conference on Disarmament.  In a speech to the 65-nation arms control forum in Geneva …
Discussion: The Jawa Report and Pajamas Media
Jamie Weinstein / The Daily Caller:
North Korea assumes presidency of U.N. arms control conference
The Note:
Obama Breaks Silence About Boeing v. NLRB Labor Dispute  —  ABC News' Amy Bingham reports:  —  President Obama broke his silence today about the dispute between Boeing and the National Labor Relations Board over a proposed plant in South Carolina.  —  The move by the NLRB to block Boeing's plan …
Discussion: CNN and
Ben Smith / The Politico:
Jewish Dems losing faith in Obama  —  David Ainsman really began to get worried about President Barack Obama's standing with his fellow Jewish Democrats when a recent dinner with his wife and two other couples — all Obama voters in 2008 — nearly turned into a screaming match.
Igor Volsky / ThinkProgress:
Obama: Marriage Should Be Left To States; Process Of NY Passing Same-Sex Marriage Law ‘Was A Good Thing’  —  President Obama was asked if he believes that civil marriage is a constitutional right during his press conference this morning.  Rather than answering that question …
Lauraklairmont / CNN:   Emanuel hopes Illinois will follow New York in same-sex marriage legislation
Matthew Yglesias / ThinkProgress:
Taking Action Matters  —  Something I like to ask people who are disgruntled with the performance of the political system is what have you, personally, done about it?  When was the last time you wrote or called your member of Congress?  Can you even name the people who represent …
Edwin Mora / CNSNews:
U.S. Designates Israel as Country That Tends ‘To Promote, Produce, or Protect’ Terrorists; Also Calls Israel Anti-Terror Partner  —  ( - In an implicit admission that Israel is so threatened by terrorism that it is not only surrounded by countries and territories that produce terrorists …
Discussion: YID With LID and Weasel Zippers
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Howard Berkes / NPR:
Officials: W.Va. Mine Operator Kept Two Sets Of Safety Records
Julian Pecquet / Healthwatch:
Rove, Dean spar over healthcare exchanges
Alex Weprin /
Q2 2011 Ratings: CNN Sees Double-Digit Growth in Primetime, Total Day
Discussion: The Moderate Voice and The Wire
Charles Hoskinson / The Politico:
Report: ‘Neo-Taliban’ are most dangerous terror group
Discussion: FrumForum
Tom Jensen / Public Policy Polling:
Texas lukewarm on Perry bid
 Earlier Items: 
Matthew Yglesias / ThinkProgress:
Do Incentives Shape Teacher Behavior Or Don't They?
Discussion: EconLog
Megan McArdle / The Atlantic Online:
Greece Passes Austerity Budget. Did they Make a Mistake?
Discussion: CBC News and EconLog
Robby Mook / The Politico:
DCCC raising off Boehner's tears
Rachel Monahan / NY Daily News:
Principal at school for writers rips off David Foster Wallace grad speech
Gschwarzcnn / CNN:
Dem group hits back at Rove