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3:10 PM ET, July 1, 2011


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New York Times:
Strauss-Kahn Case Faces Test in Hearing  —  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.
John Eligon / New York Times:
Strauss-Kahn Is Released as Case Teeters  —  Dominique Strauss-Kahn was released from house arrest on Friday as the sexual assault case against him moved one step closer to dismissal after prosecutors told a Manhattan judge that they had serious problems with the case.
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 …
Andrew Cohen / The Atlantic Online:
5 Ways to Think About The Times' Strauss-Kahn Story  —  The facts laid out by the paper virtually guarantee that prosecutors would lose the case if they were to proceed to trial  —  The one immutable fact about high-profile cases, especially at the beginning, is that the people …
Associated Press:
Dominique Strauss-Kahn Freed Without Bail By Judge
Discussion: FrumForum
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 …
Tim Mak / The Politico:
Tim Pawlenty: Shutdown could be a good thing  —  In a press conference just hours before the shutdown to defend his record as Minnesota governor, Tim Pawlenty said that he wished the 2005 government shutdown he presided over would have lasted longer, and that the paralysis underway now in the state could be a good thing.
Jordan Fabian / The Hill:
Minnesota government shuts down after tax plan torpedoes budget
Discussion: Indecision Forever
Stephanie Condon / CBS News:
Pawlenty: Minnesota shutdown could be a good thing
Carl Hulse / New York Times:
Two Top Republican Lawmakers Form Unusual Bond  —  WASHINGTON — When Speaker John A. Boehner was pressed on whether he shared Senator Mitch McConnell's view on wringing savings out of Medicare in the continuing debt limit fight, he hardly waited for the questioner to finish.
Discussion: New York Magazine and FrumForum
Sam Youngman / The Hill:
Obama's fighting tone could buy room with left for a deal with right
Discussion: Prairie Weather
The Politico:
GOP's balanced-budget right turn
Discussion: The New Republic
David Rogers / The Politico:
Ghost of Gipper looms over GOP
Abby Phillip / The Politico:
Fact checking a claim on tax breaks  —  'I think it's only fair to ask an oil company .... to give up a tax break,' Obama said.  —  AP Photo  —  President Obama used oil barons and corporate jet owners to anchor his opposition to Republicans' demands on taxes in his press conference on Wednesday.
Discussion: The Other McCain
Matthew Yglesias / ThinkProgress:
Heritage Foundation Refusing To Admit It Made A Mistake On Tax Preference For Corporate Jets
Discussion: TPMDC and The New Republic
David Freddoso / Washington Examiner:
BELTWAY CONFIDENTIAL  —  Heritage: Yes, Obama still owns the tax break for corporate jets
John D. McKinnon / Wall Street Journal:
President Gets Flak for Jet-Tax Idea
Mike Gonzalez / The Heritage Foundation:
White House Wastes Time Attacking Heritage
Carol D. Leonnig / Washington Post:
Employees had been increasingly troubled by Gingrich's Tiffany purchases  —  Employees of presidential candidate Newt Gingrich grew increasingly concerned in recent years about their boss's purchases from luxury jeweler Tiffany & Co., worried that if he followed through on plans to run …
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.
Paul Krugman / New York Times:
To the Limit  —  In about a month, if nothing is done, the federal government will hit its legal debt limit.  There will be dire consequences if this limit isn't raised.  At best, we'll suffer an economic slowdown; at worst we'll plunge back into the depths of the 2008-9 financial crisis.
Jordan Fabian / The Hill:
Senate GOP mocks president with video of Obama on golf course  —  Senate Republicans on Friday said President Obama should look in the mirror before questioning their work ethic.  —  The National Republican Senatorial Committee (NRSC), the Senate GOP's campaign arm, released a Web video …
Gina Pace / NY Daily News:
Glenn Beck to move to Texas; rents $20,000-a-month house  —  New Yorkers better get their heckling in fast, because Glenn Beck is headed for the Lone Star State.  —  The TV host and commentator recently sold his New Canaan, Conn., mansion, to Maura Abeln Smith, recently named general counsel of PepsiCo, for $3.6 million.
Mark Halperin / The Daily Beast:
Why Mark Halperin Is a D—k  —  The political commentator erred in speaking disrespectfully of the president.  His far greater sin: being so cowed by conservatives that he's offended by Obama's mild poke at the GOP.  —  Here's why Mark Halperin is a disgrace.
Damian Paletta / Washington Wire:
Geithner Exit Would Add to Vacancies in Top Economic Posts  —  Even before Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner made noises about stepping down, the number of vacancies in top economic posts within the Obama administration was stunning. … Federal Deposit Insurance Corp. Chairman Sheila Bair is on her way out.
Jonathan Chait / The New Republic:
Section 4 Of The 14th Amendment Was Designed To Stop Boehner  —  Kevin Drum is skeptical that the Obama administration would really be within its rights to ignore the debt ceiling: … Jack Balkin delves into the legislative history and shows why the 14th Amendment has a provision guaranteeing …
Donald Rumsfeld / Wall Street Journal:
The Peril of Deep Defense Cuts  —  Our country has taken an axe to the national security budget after every war of the 20th century.  And every time we later regretted it.  —  Today Leon Panetta will take the oath to become our nation's 23rd secretary of defense.
Tim Mak / The Politico:
Rummy: Up miltary health premiums
Discussion: FrumForum
Firefighters union throws cold water on 9-11 float  —  These days, almost anything can get caught in the blender of Wisconsin's union politics.  —  It can even happen to a Fourth of July parade float honoring firefighters and cops killed on Sept. 11, 2001.
Mark Finkelstein / blogs:
Mika: ‘Morning Joe’ Being Pressured To Invite More Pro-Obama Flacks  —  Jay Carney admits calling MSNBC yesterday to complain about Mark Halperin's crack [that we were first to report] that the President, at his Wednesday press conference, acted like a “d—k.”
Discussion: Hot Air
Radley Balko / The Huffington Post:
Cory Maye To Be Released From Prison … MONTICELLO, Miss. — After 10 years of incarceration, and seven years after a jury sentenced him to die, 30-year-old Cory Maye will soon be going home.  Mississippi Circuit Court Judge Prentiss Harrell signed a plea agreement Friday morning …
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Greg Sargent / Washington Post:
Dems dig in: GOP trying to sabotage economy on purpose
Scott Keyes / ThinkProgress:
Romney Repeatedly Said Obama ‘Made The Recession Worse,’ Now Claims 'I Didn't Say That Things Are Worse'
Brady Dennis / Washington Post:
Foreclosure backlogs taking longer to process
Discussion: Firedoglake and EconLog
Brad Cooper / Kansas City Star:
Overland Park clinic gets last-minute license to provide abortions
Kevin Jolly / POLITICS:
Group opposed to same sex marriage targets Grisanti
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David Brooks / New York Times:
Smells Like School Spirit
Discussion: National Review
Guy Walters:
Does Johann Hari actually meet his interviewees?
Discussion: Tim Blair
The Politico:
Thad McCotter to join W.H. race Friday