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1:00 AM ET, July 1, 2011


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New York Times:
Strauss-Kahn Case Seen as in Jeopardy  —  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.
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.
Ezra Klein / Washington Post:
Wonkbook: The two parties have just begun to fight
Wall Street Journal:
Geithner Toys With Leaving
Discussion: The Politico and Washington Wire
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.
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 …
Alex Pareene / Salon:
Mark Halperin comes up with great excuse to fire Mark Halperin
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 Page and FrumForum
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:
Kasie Hunt / The Politico:
Mitt Romney, Democrats engage on jobs record
Discussion: Fox Nation and FrumForum
The Note:
Romney Rails Obama During Presser for Leaving Washington While Economy Suffers
Discussion: The Politico
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 …
Discussion: FrumForum
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.
Chris Good / The Atlantic Online:
Colbert's ‘SuperPAC’ Pushes the Limits of Election Law
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” …
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 …
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: Taegan Goddard's … and FrumForum
The Note:
Jon Huntsman's Campaign Raises $4.1 Million in Second Quarter
Discussion: CNN
Chris Strohm /
Holder: Justice to Drop Investigations Into CIA Officials Involved in Torture  —  The Justice Department will end a wide-ranging probe into the CIA's past interrogation, rendition, and detention activities, but it will launch a formal criminal investigation into agency officials involved …
Josh Gerstein / The Politico:
DOJ to probe detainee deaths
Discussion: ABCNEWS, FrumForum and The BLT
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: alicublog and The Politico
Jonathan Chait / The New Republic:
Defusing The Debt Ceiling Bomb
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
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 and Clayton Cramer's Blog
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.
Sean Collins Walsh / New York Times:
House Panel Members Joust Over Border Gun Program  —  WASHINGTON — Republicans and Democrats on the House oversight committee this week intensified their efforts to shape the narrative surrounding Operation Fast and Furious, the border-security strategy that allowed guns to be shipped illegally …
Discussion: FrumForum
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.
Brian Palmer / New York Times:
Fire Up the Grill, Not the Atmosphere  —  FOOD is responsible for 10 to 30 percent of global greenhouse gas emissions.  By many estimates, cooking represents more of a meal's carbon footprint than transport.  For certain vegetables, it accounts for more emissions than agriculture, transport and disposal combined.
Discussion: Weasel Zippers and Moonbattery
The Politico:
Dysfunctional Congress ‘worse’ than ever?  —  Even on an individual level, members of Congress are casting wary glances at each other — as the newly elected bash the institution and veteran lawmakers say they can't fathom what motivates their junior colleagues.
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Discussion: Gothamist and New York Magazine
 Earlier Items: 
Thomas Burr / Salt Lake Tribune:
In Utah, Huntsman's son hits Romney rally
Discussion: CNN, Ballot Box and New York Magazine
Maggie Gallagher / Wall Street Journal:
New York's GOP Lets Down the Base
Discussion: NOM Blog
Jim Treacher / The Daily Caller:
Malia is actually 12.  Oops.  As we've seen over the last few years …
Discussion: Power Line
My Take: Dutch ban is bigotry
Discussion: Hit & Run and FrumForum
Jennifer Gould Keil / New York Post:
Huma Abedin taking time off from Weiner, job