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9:55 AM ET, July 1, 2011


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New York Times:
Strauss-Kahn Case Seen as Near Collapse  —  The sexual assault case against Dominique Strauss-Kahn is on the verge of collapse as investigators have uncovered major holes in the credibility of the housekeeper who charged that he attacked her in his Manhattan hotel suite in May, according to two well-placed law enforcement officials.
New York Post:
Maid who accused DSK of sexual assault repeatedly lied: sources  —  The maid who accused former IMF boss Dominique Strauss-Kahn of a violent sex attack in his Midtown hotel room has repeatedly lied to prosecutors and is “personally associated” with money launderers and drug dealers …
Discussion: Don Surber
Credibility of IMF chief's accuser reportedly is under scrutiny
Hans Nichols / Bloomberg:
Geithner Said to Consider Leaving Treasury After Debt Debate  —  Treasury Secretary Timothy F. Geithner has signaled to White House officials that he's considering leaving the administration after President Barack Obama reaches an agreement with Congress to raise the national debt limit …
The Huffington Post:
Tim Geithner: 14th Amendment Says Debt ‘Shall Not Be Questioned’ … WASHINGTON — At a briefing with reporters on Wednesday, President Obama was asked whether he believed that the debt ceiling was constitutional or whether the 14th Amendment required the government to meet all of its obligations regardless of the debt-limit statute.
Damian Paletta / Wall Street Journal:
Obama Pushes for a Deficit Deal by July 22
Discussion: Washington Post and Politics
Matt Cover / CNSNews:
Debt Increased More Under Geithner Than Under Any Treasury Secretary in U.S. History
Discussion: Weasel Zippers
Wall Street Journal:
Geithner Toys With Leaving
Jackie Kucinich / USA Today:
Rep. McCotter to launch presidential bid on July 2  —  Rep. Thaddeus McCotter, R-Mich. will launch his presidential campaign on July 2, making him the third sitting member of the House to run for the White House in 2012.  —  McCotter will make his bid official in his home state of Michigan …
The Politico:
Thad McCotter to join W.H. race Friday  —  Thaddeus McCotter will file paperwork on Friday to become the eighth Republican candidate for president, a McCotter adviser told POLITICO.  —  McCotter spent four days in Iowa this week and came away “feeling positive” about his reception, the adviser said.
Discussion: The Note, FrumForum and The Page
New York Times:
White House Sees Date for Budget Deal or Bust  —  WASHINGTON — The White House believes it must strike a budget deal with Congress by July 22 to avoid a risk of defaulting on the national debt, Democratic officials briefed on the negotiations said Thursday, as Senate leaders canceled …
Sam Youngman / The Hill:
Obama's fighting tone could buy room with left for a deal with right  —  With Republicans howling about partisanship, President Obama might have bought himself some wiggle room with Democrats to make a deal with the GOP.  —  The president's aggressive and at times mocking tone during …
Discussion: The Politico and Prairie Weather
First Read /
Romney backtracks on argument that Obama made economy worse  —  Over the last few weeks, Republican presidential hopeful Mitt Romney has argued that President Obama's policies have made the economy worse.  —  Here was Romney in New Hampshire on Monday:
The Politico:
Obama's deadline dollar dash
Discussion: and Associated Press
Nicholas Confessore / New York Times:
Fund-Raising Begins Slowly for G.O.P. Candidates  —  Fund-raising by the Republican presidential candidates appears to be off to a slow start this year, hindered by the struggling economy, the absence of a clear and compelling front-runner, and the desire of many of the party's biggest donors to wait and see how the race develops.
Discussion: CNN, Washington Post and FrumForum
The Note:
Jon Huntsman's Campaign Raises $4.1 Million in Second Quarter
Discussion: CNN
Minneapolis Star Tribune:
Minnesota government begins historic shutdown  —  Dayton renewed his call to tax the rich; GOP pointed to harm of long-term debt.  The governor and legislative leaders worked into the evening in a last-ditch bid for resolution.  —  Talks imploded Thursday between DFL Gov. Mark Dayton …
Byron York / Washington Examiner:
Union curbs rescue a Wisconsin school district  —  “This is a disaster,” said Mark Miller, the Wisconsin Senate Democratic leader, in February after Republican Gov. Scott Walker proposed a budget bill that would curtail the collective bargaining powers of some public employees.
Josh Gerstein / The Politico:
DOJ to probe detainee deaths  —  The Justice Department has opened full-scale criminal investigations into the deaths of two prisoners in U.S. custody overseas during the Bush era, Attorney General Eric Holder confirmed Thursday.  —  Holder also announced that he had closed …
Discussion: ABCNEWS, FrumForum and The BLT
John Cook / Gawker:
Roger Ailes' Secret Nixon-Era Blueprint for Fox News  —  Republican media strategist Roger Ailes launched Fox News Channel in 1996, ostensibly as a “fair and balanced” counterpoint to what he regarded as the liberal establishment media.  But according to a remarkable document buried deep within …
Danny Sullivan / Daggle:
An Open Letter To Jeff Bezos On Terminating The Amazon Affiliate Program In California  —  Dear Jeff-  —  Thank you for your letter today, informing me that after seven years of being one of your affiliates — and having earned for you about $150,000 in that time — that you “deeply regret” …
Steven Greenhouse / Economix:
The Wageless, Profitable Recovery  —  Economists at Northeastern University have found that the current economic recovery in the United States has been unusually skewed in favor of corporate profits and against increased wages for workers.  —  In their newly released study …
Discussion: The Atlantic Online and Daily Kos
Ohio governor signs law allowing guns in bars  —  (Reuters) - Ohio Republican Governor John Kasich on Thursday signed into law a bill that allows gun owners in the state to carry concealed weapons into bars and other places where alcohol is served.  —  The measure, which was forwarded …
Guy Walters:
Does Johann Hari actually meet his interviewees?  —  Hari's use of quotes is beyond a joke and much worse than he has made out  —  If you look at the text below, you'll find an interview with the activist and former Afghan politician Malalai Joya carried out by Johann Hari for the Independent in July 2009.
Discussion: Tim Blair
Project Syndicate:
Confessions of a Financial Deregulator  —  print recommend Send link clip secure rights  —  BERKELEY - Back in the late 1990's, in America at least, two schools of thought pushed for more financial deregulation - that is, for repealing the legal separation of investment banking …
Discussion: Hullabaloo
Venezuela army assures calm after Chavez surgery  —  (Reuters) - Venezuela's army chief said on Friday there is no threat to the nation's constitutional order as President Hugo Chavez's revelation of cancer surgery shakes the political system he has dominated since 1999.
Joan Biskupic / USA Today:
Justice Ginsburg reflects on term, leadership role  —  WASHINGTON — In her new position as the most senior member of the Supreme Court's liberal wing, Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg has been carving out a more prominent role among the nine justices and intensifying her efforts to influence colleagues.
A Soldier's Mother:
Hedy Epstein - A Personal Message  —  My message to Hedy Epstein as she sails to Gaza: … Background information on Hedy Epstein  —  According to her website, Hedy Epstein calls herself a “Holocaust survivor and a speaker.”  She was born in 1924 in Germany; she was an only child.
Discussion: The Jawa Report
Andy Birkey / Minnesota Independent:
Campaign board rejects NOM's efforts to shield donors in gay marriage battle  —  The Minnesota Campaign Finance and Public Disclosure Board ruled today that corporate donations to groups advocating for or against a constitutional amendment that would ban same-sex marriage must be disclosed.
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DPA / Haaretz:
Animal rights activists request permission to decorate bin Laden compound
Discussion: Michelle Malkin and Weasel Zippers
David Freddoso / Washington Examiner:
BELTWAY CONFIDENTIAL  —  Heritage: Yes, Obama still owns the tax break for corporate jets
Ed Miliband: ‘These strikes are wrong’
Ian Black / Guardian:
Syria: US presses for opposition dialogue with Assad
Discussion: New York Times and
Former Army Prosecutor: Some Prisoners ‘Asked to Stay in Gitmo’ Rather than Go Home
Discussion: Weasel Zippers
Stephen Colbert / Associated Press:
Texas Gov. Rick Perry urges US attorney general to act against pro-Palestinian protesters
 Earlier Items: 
Sean Collins Walsh / New York Times:
House Panel Members Joust Over Border Gun Program
Discussion: FrumForum
Some States Still Leave Low-Income Students Behind; Others Make Surprising Gains
Brian Palmer / New York Times:
Fire Up the Grill, Not the Atmosphere
Discussion: Weasel Zippers and Moonbattery
The Politico:
Dysfunctional Congress ‘worse’ than ever?
New York Times:
Ballad of the Long Shot