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4:45 PM ET, June 29, 2011


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Kevin Sack / New York Times:
Appeals Court Upholds Obama's Health Care Law  —  The Obama administration won the first appellate review of the 2010 health care law on Wednesday as a three-judge panel from the United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit in Cincinnati held that it was constitutional for Congress …
Judd Legum / ThinkProgress:
BREAKING: 6th Circuit Upholds Constitutionality of Affordable Care Act  —  The majority writes: “We find that the minimum coverage provision is a valid exercise of legislative power by Congress under the Commerce Clause and therefore AFFIRM the decision of the district court.”  Key passage:
Ed Morrissey / Hot Air:
Sixth Circuit upholds ObamaCare mandate  —  The decision got overlooked in all of the attention to Barack Obama's press conference, but nonetheless this will make some big news.  The Sixth Circuit has denied an appeal by the Thomas More Law Center and a group of individuals whose challenge …
Adam Serwer:
Sixth Circuit Breaks Partisan Streak On ACA Rulings  —  Decisions on the constitutionality of the Affordable Care Act's individual mandate have fallen along partisan lines, with Republican appointees voting to overturn it and Democratic appointees upholding it.  —  Until today.
Discussion: Washington Monthly
Sam Baker / Healthwatch:
Court rules healthcare reform law is constitutional, upholds mandate
Discussion: The Moderate Voice
Jennifer Haberkorn / The Politico:   6th Circuit panel upholds individual mandate
Gschwarzcnn / CNN:
Appeals court upholds health care law
Discussion: ABCNEWS
The Huffington Post:
14th Amendment: Democratic Senators See Debt Ceiling As Unconstitutional … WASHINGTON — Growing increasingly pessimistic about the prospects for a deal that would raise the debt ceiling, Democratic senators are revisiting a solution to the crisis that rests on a simple proposition: The debt ceiling itself is unconstitutional.
Alexander Bolton / The Hill:
Senate Democrats fault Obama for not using presidential bully pulpit  —  Senate Democrats are accusing President Obama of failing to use his bully pulpit effectively in the debt-ceiling fight.  —  They say most people are confused about the issue and don't understand they'd face …
Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:   'That's why they're called leaders'
Rosalind S. Helderman / Washington Post:
Top Democrats reject new plan to cut Medicare spending
Lauraklairmont / CNN:
TRENDING: Bachmann: Media wants a ‘mud wrestling fight’ with Palin  —  Daniel Island, South Carolina (CNN) - Presidential candidate Michele Bachmann claimed Wednesday that the media is rooting for a catfight between her and Sarah Palin.  —  “They want to see two girls come together …
Discussion: The Politico
Marjorie Connelly / The Caucus:
Republican Voters Lack Enthusiasm for Presidential Contenders, Poll Shows
Michael O'Brien / The Hill:
Poll: Gov. Perry top pick for GOP nominee among Tea Party
Discussion: Weasel Zippers and FrumForum
Tom Jensen / Public Policy Polling:
Texas lukewarm on Perry bid
Discussion: GOP 12 and The Raw Story
The Daily Beast:
Pawlenty's Huge Iowa Gamble
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 …
The Politico:
President Obama meets the press  —  It's clear Obama is more comfortable in one-on-one interviews rather than large press events..  —  The world has whirled in the 15 weeks since President Barack Obama last held a big press conference — and the questions have stacked up to his presidential seal.
Greg Sargent / Washington Post:
Obama picks fight with GOP over tax cuts for the rich
Discussion: Washington Monthly
Washington Post:
Obama calls on Republicans to agree to some tax increases
Discussion: Power Line, TPMDC and The Page
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 …
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, GOP 12 and Prairie Weather
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.
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.
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 …
Richard Wolf / USA Today:
Debt-limit delay would jeopardize Social Security payments  —  WASHINGTON — Social Security payments to millions of retirees and people with disabilities could be threatened if President Obama and Congress can't agree to increase the government's debt limit by Aug. 2, a new analysis shows.
Walter Brandimarte / Reuters:
Exclusive: S&P to deeply cut U.S. ratings if debt payment missed
Jamie Weinstein / The Daily Caller:
North Korea assumes presidency of U.N. arms control conference  —  In the latest 'you've got to be kidding' news from the United Nations, North Korea assumed the presidency of the U.N.'s Conference on Disarmament Tuesday.  —  “Bare months after the U.N. finally suspended Libya's …
Julian Ryall / Telegraph:
North Korea shuts down universities for 10 months
Discussion: Atlas Shrugs and FrumForum
Gschwarzcnn / CNN:
Dem group hits back at Rove  —  (CNN) - The Democratic super PAC Priorities USA launched a television ad Wednesday in states they deem competitive in the next election, directly responding to an ad from the conservative Crossroads GPS, an independent group founded by Karl Rove.
Discussion: The Hill, Washington Wire and Hot Air
Chris Cillizza / Washington Post:
Priorities USA launches ads attacking Republicans on Medicare
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 to Specific Media, an advertising network, for $35 million.  —  Sources close to the situation said the deal is being completed today …
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 …
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 …
Ezra Klein / Washington Post:
Obama needs to create jobs, not fight for them  —  (Mark Wilson - Bloomberg) Ron Klain, former chief of staff to both Al Gore and Joe Biden, thinks President Obama needs to make more of a show of fighting for job-creating policies.  “The greatest risk to the president will be if the American people believe …
Tim Mak / The Politico:
Clinton: Stimulus wasn't big enough  —  Former President Bill Clinton said he likes the economic stimulus - it just wan't big enough.  —  “I think the stimulus did as well as it could have done — there just wasn't enough of it,” Clinton told reporters on Tuesday.
Robby Mook / The Politico:
DCCC raising off Boehner's tears  —  The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee is circulating a fundraising pitch asking donors to “Make John Boehner Cry.”  —  “We all know it doesn't take much to make Speaker Boehner get teary-eyed.  But let's give him something to really cry about …
Discussion: New York Magazine
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Peter Schroeder / The Hill:
DeMint not swayed by Geithner's debt-limit case
Discussion: ThinkProgress
Charles Hoskinson / The Politico:
Report: ‘Neo-Taliban’ are most dangerous terror group
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Michelle Bachmann Supporters Alter Wikipedia To Make John Quincy Adams A Founding Father
Discussion: Crooks and Liars and
Peter Zicari / Plain Dealer:
Parade of SB5 opponents delivers referendum petitions to secretary of state
Discussion: Firedoglake and Daily Kos
Hiram Reisner /
Glenn Beck's Wife Attacked in NYC Park
Discussion: Hot Air and DownWithTyranny!
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
Michael B. Keegan / The Huffington Post:
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 Earlier Items: 
Rachel Monahan / NY Daily News:
Principal at school for writers rips off David Foster Wallace grad speech
Lee Fang / ThinkProgress:
While Fighting To Block SEC Investigation Of Goldman Sachs, Rep. Darrell Issa Bought Goldman Sachs Bonds
Kevin Held / KSDK-TV:
Rep. Todd Akin clarifies ‘liberalism really is a hatred for God’ comments
Rob Shuter / PopEater:
Bristol Palin: Michele Bachmann ‘Dresses a Lot Like My Mom’
Discussion: Mediaite, GOP 12 and The Daily Caller
Pamela Constable / Washington Post:
Kabul hotel siege leaves at least 11 civilians dead