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6:00 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
Ian Millhiser / ThinkProgress:
George W. Bush-Appointed States' Rights Crusader Rejects Lawsuit Challenging Affordable Care Act
Jennifer Haberkorn / The Politico:
6th Circuit panel upholds individual mandate
Discussion: CNN and ABCNEWS
Peter Landers / Wall Street Journal:
Appeals Court in Ohio Upholds Health Law
Discussion: Reuters, Law Blog and ACS Blog
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 …
Discussion: Washington Monthly and The Page
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 …
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.
Ron Fournier /
Obama: It's Kids Versus Corporate Jets on Debt-Ceiling Talks
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 …
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
Michael O'Brien / The Hill:
Poll: Gov. Perry top pick for GOP nominee among Tea Party
Discussion: Weasel Zippers and FrumForum
Marjorie Connelly / The Caucus:
Republican Voters Lack Enthusiasm for Presidential Contenders, Poll Shows
Tom Jensen / Public Policy Polling:
Texas lukewarm on Perry bid
Discussion: GOP 12 and The Raw Story
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, Prairie Weather and GOP 12
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
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 …
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 …
Wall Street Journal:
Specific Media to Buy Myspace
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.
Walter Brandimarte / Reuters:
Exclusive: S&P to deeply cut U.S. ratings if debt payment missed  —  (Reuters) - The United States would immediately have its top-notch credit rating slashed to “selective default” if it misses a debt payment on August 4, Standard & Poor's managing director John Chambers told Reuters.
Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
'That's why they're called leaders'  —  One of the more common Republican criticisms of President Obama, at least in the context of the debt-reduction talks, is that he hasn't shown enough “leadership.”  Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) took to the floor late last week to cry …
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 …
Charles Hoskinson / The Politico:
Report: ‘Neo-Taliban’ are most dangerous terror group  —  Violent Islamist groups in Pakistan have coalesced under the Taliban umbrella to become the world's most significant terrorist threat and are the most capable of obtaining nuclear weapons, according to a report released Wednesday.
Discussion: FrumForum
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 …
Julian Pecquet / Healthwatch:
Rove, Dean spar over healthcare exchanges  —  A controversial new report suggesting millions of American workers will get dumped into the healthcare reform law's insurance exchanges is a “great thing,” former Vermont Gov. Howard Dean said Wednesday.  —  The 2008 Democratic presidential candidate …
Megan McArdle / The Atlantic Online:
Greece Passes Austerity Budget.  Did they Make a Mistake?  —  This morning, Greece passed another austerity budget.  This has been, to put it mildly, unpopular.  The country has been beset by days of riots in protest of the spending cuts, apparently led by self-proclaimed anarchists who seem …
Discussion: CBC News and EconLog
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 …
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
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Alex Weprin /
Q2 2011 Ratings: CNN Sees Double-Digit Growth in Primetime, Total Day
Discussion: The Moderate Voice and The Wire
Peter Schroeder / The Hill:
DeMint not swayed by Geithner's debt-limit case
Discussion: ThinkProgress
Jamie Weinstein / The Daily Caller:
North Korea assumes presidency of U.N. arms control conference
Peter Zicari / Plain Dealer:
Parade of SB5 opponents delivers referendum petitions to secretary of state
Discussion: Firedoglake and Daily Kos
Sam Baker / Healthwatch:
Court rules healthcare reform law is constitutional, upholds mandate
Discussion: The Moderate Voice
Hiram Reisner /
Glenn Beck's Wife Attacked in NYC Park
Discussion: Hot Air and DownWithTyranny!
 Earlier Items: 
Matthew Yglesias / ThinkProgress:
Do Incentives Shape Teacher Behavior Or Don't They?
Discussion: EconLog
Michael B. Keegan / The Huffington Post:
Dear Arnold: New York Victory Made Us Think of You!
Discussion: Hullabaloo
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
Discussion: The Hill, Washington Wire and Hot Air
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