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11:50 AM ET, June 30, 2011

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Tim Mak / The Politico:
Mark Halperin suspended over Obama remark on Morning Joe (video)  —  MSNBC senior political analyst Mark Halperin was suspended on Thursday by the cable network after he called President Obama “a dick” on a popular morning show and then quickly apologized.  —  “I thought he was a dick yesterday …
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Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
Mark Halperin and the Quote of the Day  —  It's hard not to love that “liberal” media.  —  On MSNBC's “Morning Joe,” the three-hour program co-hosted by a conservative Republican former congressman, Time magazine's Mark Halperin was asked for his assessment of President Obama's White House press conference.
Discussion: AMERICAblog News and Balloon Juice
Colby Hall / Mediaite:
MSNBC Suspends Mark Halperin For Calling President Obama A ‘Dick’ On Morning Joe  —  In the event that anyone think that Morning Joe is becoming formulaic and predictable, I present the following clip.  While discussing President Obama's press briefing yesterday (in which he showed a feisty …
msnbc.com:
MSNBC suspends Mark Halperin for Obama comments  —  Statement from MSNBC:  —  Mark Halperin's comments this morning were completely inappropriate and unacceptable.  We apologize to the President, The White House and all of our viewers.  We strive for a high level of discourse and comments like these have no place on our air.
Jeff Jacoby / Boston Globe:
Marriage cannot be redefined  —  SAME-SEX wedlock became lawful in New York last week after the state legislature passed a bill recognizing “otherwise- valid marriages without regard to whether the parties are of the same or different sex.’†™ …
Discussion: normblog
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Kirk Semple / New York Times:
U.S. Drops Deportation Proceedings Against Immigrant in Same-Sex Marriage  —  In a decision that could have far-reaching effects on immigration cases involving same-sex couples, federal officials have canceled the deportation of a Venezuelan man in New Jersey who is married to an American man, the couple's lawyer said Wednesday.
Walter Olson / Wall Street Journal:
An Amen for Albany  —  New York lawmakers drafted appropriate …
CNN:
Bachmann reveals ‘devastating’ miscarriage  —  Rock Hill, South Carolina (CNN) - Republican presidential candidate Michele Bachmann revealed to a town hall audience Wednesday that she once suffered a “devastating” miscarriage.  —  Bachmann, a congresswoman from Minnesota …
Discussion: The Note, National Review and TPMDC
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Jim Geraghty / National Review:
Obama: Still Getting the Hang of Answering Questions  —  Has Obama ever given a bravura performance at a press conference?  No wonder he goes three months or so without doing them.  —  Today he mentioned a tax break for corporate jets six times.  He didn't mention that he signed legislation preserving …
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Bloomberg:
Corporate Jet Benefit Gets Six Obama Mentions, Aids Little in Deficit Cuts  —  President Barack Obama's proposal to end a tax break for corporate jet owners, a repeated refrain in his news conference yesterday, would achieve less than one-tenth of 1 percent of his target for reducing the federal deficit.
Discussion: Weasel Zippers
Arshad Mohammed / Reuters:
U.S. shifts to closer contact with Egypt Islamists  —  BUDAPEST (Reuters) - The United States will resume limited contacts with Egypt's Muslim Brotherhood, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton confirmed on Thursday, saying it was in Washington's interests to deal with parties committed to non-violent politics.
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msnbc.com:
Defense minister says Americans have been asked to vacate remote site
Discussion: Weasel Zippers
Ben Birnbaum / Washington Times:
Clinton: U.S. pursuing ‘limited contacts’ with Egypt's Muslim Brotherhood
Discussion: Ben Smith's Blog and FrumForum
Kenneth P. Vogel / The Politico:
Stephen Colbert's running PAC shtick creates sticky mess  —  Advocates of reducing the power of money in politics thought they had found a champion in the unlikely person of Comedy Central's Stephen Colbert, whose ongoing shtick about forming a political action committee brought more attention …
Discussion: WDBJ-TV, ThinkProgress and Hit & Run
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Dan Eggen / Washington Post:
Stephen Colbert set to testify to FEC on forming his own super PAC
Discussion: Politics and In the Arena
Fiona Roberts / Daily Mail:
To Catch a Predator host who traps sex perverts in TV stings ‘caught cheating on his wife’... by hidden cameras  —  He's made his name with a controversial show that catches would-be internet sex perverts in televised stings.  —  But now Chris Hansen has found himself on the receiving end …
Mark Landler / New York Times:
In Deficit Plan, Taxes Must Rise, President Warns  —  WASHINGTON — President Obama pressured Republicans on Wednesday to accept higher taxes as part of any plan to pare down the federal deficit, bluntly telling lawmakers that they “need to do their job” and strike a deal before the United States risks defaulting on its debt.
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Village Voice:
Real Men Get Their Facts Straight  —  “It's between 100,000 and 300,000 child sex slaves in the United States today,” Ashton Kutcher told CNN's Piers Morgan on April 18.  That, says Kutcher, is how many kids are lost to prostitution in America every single year.
Michael O'Brien / The Hill:
Obama, Romney to go head to head in Pennsylvania Thursday  —  President Obama and former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney (R) are set to do battle Thursday when both visit the southeast Pennsylvania area.  —  Romney will hold a press conference Thursday afternoon at a factory in Allentown …
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Wall Street Journal:
Romney Backers Tout Fund-Raising
Discussion: TPMDC and The Politico
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 …
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The Hill:
Defense cuts appear likely as pressure grows on debt deal
Peter Schroeder / The Hill:
Fed hands banks a win with debit card rule  —  Banks might have lost the broader war over debit-card fees, but they scored a small victory Wednesday when the Federal Reserve proposed a fee less severe than originally intended.  —  The central bank's decision brought to a close a long and contentious lobbying battle on Capitol Hill.
Discussion: The Nation and The Huffington Post
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Edward Wyatt / New York Times:
Fed Halves Debit Card Bank Fees
Discussion: FrumForum
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.
Josiah Ryan / The Hill:
McConnell calls balanced-budget amendment to floor  —  Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) on Wednesday called down a joint resolution to the Senate floor that would alter the Constitution to require Congress to balance its budget every year.  —  Amending the Constitution requires …
Tim Arango / New York Times:
U.S. Monthly Combat Deaths in Iraq at 3-Year High  —  BAGHDAD — The American military announced on Thursday that three more American soldiers had been killed this week, as the combat-related deaths for United States forces in Iraq reached a monthly toll not seen since 2008.
Discussion: Washington Post and FrumForum
Marc Lifsher / Los Angeles Times:
California tells online retailers to start collecting sales taxes from customers  —  Beginning Friday, Amazon.com and other large out-of-state retailers will be required to collect sales taxes on purchases that their California customers make online.  —  Workers push carts full of merchandise …
 
 
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Jennifer Gould Keil / New York Post:
Huma Abedin taking time off from Weiner, job
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John DiStaso / unionleader.com:
John DiStaso's Granite Status: Bachmann, Perry generating plenty of NH buzz
Discussion: Taegan Goddard's … and msnbc.com
Bruce Bartlett / Capital Gains and Games blogs:
Americans Support Higher Taxes. Really.
Phil Reese / Washington Blade:
HRC store vandalized; radical queer group claims responsibility
Mj Lee / The Politico:
Obama says his 12-year-old is 13  —  Malia Obama has a few days …
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