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3:25 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.
Credibility of IMF chief's accuser reportedly is under scrutiny
Discussion: The Huffington Post
Simon Johnson / Economix:
Christine Lagarde and the Demand for Dollars
Discussion: The Baseline Scenario
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.
Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
What matters (and what doesn't) about Halperin
Alex Pareene / Salon:
Mark Halperin comes up with great excuse to fire Mark Halperin
Tim Mak / The Politico:
Mark Halperin suspended over Obama remark on Morning Joe (video)
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
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 …
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  —  ALLENTOWN, Pa. — Mitt Romney skipped past his Republican rivals and brought his campaign right to the general election on Thursday — and the Democrats accepted the fight.  —  Instead of knocking his primary opponents, staging his jobs event …
Discussion: The Note, Fox Nation and FrumForum
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” …
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
Ian Swanson / The Hill:
Battle lines harden between Obama, Senate GOP as time runs short
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
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
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, The BLT and FrumForum
Jon Walker / Firedoglake:
Social Security Benefits Cuts Are in the Mix in Debt Ceiling Negotiations  —  Stealth Social Security benefits cuts are potentially part of the debt ceiling deal currently being negotiated by President Obama and the Congressional Republican leadership, per Politico:
Discussion: alicublog
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
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.
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.
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
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: Daily Kos
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Stephen Colbert / Associated Press:
Texas Gov. Rick Perry urges US attorney general to act against pro-Palestinian protesters
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?
Tanya Somanader / ThinkProgress:
Fmr. GOP Sen. Alan Simpson Calls Republican Refusal To Raise Revenue ‘Absolute Bulls**t’
New York Times:
Ballad of the Long Shot
 Earlier Items: 
Randy Barnett / The Volokh Conspiracy:
Eight Things to Know About Yesterday's Sixth Circuit Decision
Discussion: Online NewsHour
Mary Lynn Smith / Minneapolis Star Tribune:
Two Palins with books, long lines
Discussion: TBogg and Indecision Forever
Tamar Lewin / New York Times:
What's the Most Expensive College? The Least? Education Dept. Puts It All Online
Discussion: Gothamist and New York Magazine
Thomas Burr / Salt Lake Tribune:
In Utah, Huntsman's son hits Romney rally
Discussion: CNN, Ballot Box and New York Magazine
Jim Treacher / The Daily Caller:
Malia is actually 12.  Oops.  As we've seen over the last few years …
Discussion: Power Line
Mark Oppenheimer / New York Times:
Married, With Infidelities
Discussion: Althouse and Clayton Cramer's Blog