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8:00 PM 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 …
Greg Sargent / Washington Post:
MSNBC's suspension of Mark Halperin is way over the top  —  MSNBC just announced that they have “indefintely” suspended Mark Halperin for claiming that Obama was “kind of a dick” at his presser yesterday.  Here's MSNBC's statement:  —  I'm sorry, but this is crazy.
Alex Pareene / Salon:
Mark Halperin comes up with great excuse to fire Mark Halperin  —  It seems wrong, to me, that in a conversation involving Joe Scarborough and Mark Halperin, a third party was somehow called a “dick,” but that is what happened on “Morning Joe” today, when MSNBC “senior political analyst” …
Greg Sargent / Washington Post:
Axelrod: What Halperin said was ‘stupid and tasteless,’ but ultimately a ‘mistake’
Ann Althouse / Althouse:
Mark Halperin called Obama “a dick” and now he says “I can't explain why I did it.”
Discussion: The New Republic
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 …
Ezra Klein / Washington Post:
Wonkbook: The two parties have just begun to fight
The Huffington Post:
Tim Geithner: 14th Amendment Says Debt ‘Shall Not Be Questioned’
Peter Schroeder / The Hill:
Treasury official: Geithner has made no decision on possible departure
Discussion: Pajamas Media
The Hill:
White House rejects McConnell invitation for Obama to meet Senate GOP  —  The White House has rejected Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell's (R-Ky.) invitation for President Obama to meet Thursday with Senate Republicans about their position on the debt ceiling talks.
Scott Wong / The Politico:
Chuck Schumer unveils jobs plan
Discussion: Weasel Zippers and Taylor Marsh
Mark Landler / New York Times:
In Deficit Plan, Taxes Must Rise, President Warns
Ian Swanson / The Hill:
Battle lines harden between Obama, Senate GOP as time runs short
Discussion: The Politico
Cristina Marcos / Ballot Box:
FEC rules in favor of Stephen Colbert  —  The Federal Election Commission ruled Thursday that comedian Stephen Colbert could form his eponymous political action committee with a media exemption.  —  “I am sorry to say, we won,” Colbert declared to supporters outside the FEC building after the commissioners issued their advisory.
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 …
Maggie Gallagher / Wall Street Journal:
New York's GOP Lets Down the Base
Discussion: NOM Blog
Ezra Klein / Washington Post:
Against the constitutional option, cont'd  —  Jonathan Chait and David Dayen both think that the breakdown of debt-ceiling negotiations strengthens the case for the Obama administration to attempt the “constitutional option,” in which they simply declare the debt limit unconstitutional and hope the Supreme Court agrees.
Jon Walker / Firedoglake:
Social Security Benefits Cuts Are in the Mix in Debt Ceiling Negotiations
Discussion: The Politico and CNN
David Dayen / Firedoglake:
Responding to Ezra Klein on the Constitutional Option
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 …
Paul Bedard / US News:
Harvard: July 4th Parades Are Right-Wing  —  Democratic political candidates can skip this weekend's July 4th parades.  A new Harvard University study finds that July 4th parades energize only Republicans, turn kids into Republicans, and help to boost the GOP turnout of adults on Election Day.
Mark Oppenheimer / New York Times:
Married, With Infidelities  —  Last month, when the New York congressman Anthony Weiner finally admitted that he had lied, that his Twitter account had not been hacked, that he in fact had sent a picture of his thinly clad undercarriage to a stranger in Seattle, I asked my wife of six years …
Discussion: Althouse
Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
How health care rulings are covered  —  Regular readers may recall an item from February, in which I compared coverage of health care court rulings from several major media outlets.  Given yesterday's developments, it's time to revisit the subject.  —  To briefly review …
Jennifer Gould Keil / New York Post:
Huma Abedin taking time off from Weiner, job  —  Anthony Weiner's wife is taking time off from her senior job with the State Department — as well as time off from the randy former representative, The Post has learned.  —  While Weiner, 46, heads to an “intensive” rehab program to recover …
Jake Tapper / ABCNEWS:
Bill Clinton Network Exclusive: Proposes Debt Impasse Deal, but Fears GOP Too Hamstrung by Ideology  —  Former President Bill Clinton sees a possible way past the bipartisan impasse over raising the debt limit: agree to cut spending AND raise taxes, but do neither until later, after the economy improves.
Glenn Kessler / Washington Post:
The missing facts in President Obama's news conference  —  (Carolyn Kaster/AP) “The tax cuts I'm proposing we get rid of are tax breaks for millionaires and billionaires, tax breaks for oil companies and hedge fund managers and corporate jet owners.”  —  A feisty President Obama met …
Thomas Burr / Salt Lake Tribune:
In Utah, Huntsman's son hits Romney rally  —  • Will Huntsman, son of presidential candidate Jon Huntsman, attended a rally on Friday for rival White House hopeful Mitt Romney and posed for a photo with the former Massachusetts governor.  —  In a photo obtained by The Salt Lake Tribune …
Discussion: CNN, Ballot Box and New York Magazine
Jan Norman / Orange County Register:
Amazon ends deal with 25,000 California websites  —  Gov. Jerry Brown has signed into law California's tax on Internet sales through affiliate advertising which will immediately cut small-business website revenue 20% to 30%, experts say.  —  The bill, AB 28X, takes effect immediately.
New York Times:
Ballad of the Long Shot  —  Before you announced your campaign, you said that the liberal establishment is scared that “a real black man might run against Barack Obama.”  Are you suggesting Obama isn't really black?  —  A real black man is not timid about making the right decisions, that's what I meant.
Kate Sheppard / Mother Jones:
Kansas To Shut Down All but One Abortion Clinic Friday  —  It's official.  Every abortion provider in the state of Kansas has been denied a license to continue operating as of July 1.  As we reported last week, strict new state laws put in place this month threatened to close the remaining three abortion clinics in Kansas.
Tanya Somanader / ThinkProgress:
Fmr. GOP Sen. Alan Simpson Calls Republican Refusal To Raise Revenue ‘Absolute Bulls**t’  —  Former GOP Sen. Alan Simpson blasted his intransigent GOP colleagues on the hill today for failing to reach a deal on the deficit.  The expletive-prone co-chairman of President Obama's bipartisan …
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Jim Treacher / The Daily Caller:
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U.S. caught China buying more debt than disclosed
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