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3:15 PM ET, July 3, 2011


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Mike Allen / The Politico:
In surprise Aspen tour de force, Bill Clinton calls for corporate tax cut in debt ‘mega-deal’ - Predicts Obama victory; ‘I kinda like’ Huntsman; Romney is improved - NYT readers want cartoons back  —  Good Sunday morning.  BILL CLINTON agreed to a last-minute appearance at the Aspen Ideas Festival …
Discussion: Man Are We Screwed
Ronald Brownstein / The Atlantic Online:
Clinton Calls on Obama Not to ‘Blink’ on Debt-Ceiling Deal  —  “I hope they will make a mini-deal,” the former president said when asked about Washington's budget negotiations at the Aspen Ideas Festival  —  Aspen, Colo.—Former President Bill Clinton Saturday night urged President Obama not to …
Pradnya Joshi / New York Times:
We Knew They Got Raises.  But This?  —  IT turns out that the good times are even better than we thought for American chief executives.  —  A preliminary examination of executive pay in 2010, based on data available as of April 1, found that the paychecks for top American executives were growing again …
Jeffrey H. Anderson / Weekly Standard:
Obama's Economists: ‘Stimulus’ Has Cost $278,000 per Job  —  The stimulus is now causing the economy to shed jobs.  —  When the Obama administration releases a report on the Friday before a long weekend, it's clearly not trying to draw attention to the report's contents.
Adam Clark Estes / The Atlantic Wire:
American Boots Hit the Ground in Somalia After Drone Attacks  —  Somalia is now the sixth country over which the United States is flying attack drones.  Last month, the same Special Operations Command unit currently operating in Yemen carried out an attack on two leaders of the Somali militant group al-Shabab in a June 23 mission.
Andrew Beatty / Agence France Presse:
Libya rebels ready to push towards Tripoli  —  Buoyed by French arms drops and intensified NATO air strikes on the regime's frontline armour, Libya's rebel army said it is poised for an offensive that could put it within striking distance of Tripoli.  —  The rebels' announcement late …
Discussion: Weasel Zippers
Maria Golovnina / Reuters:
Gaddafi can stay in Libya if he quits: rebel chief
Adam C. Smith / St. Petersburg Times:
Rick Scott: You bet I want a second term  —  Imagine you're Gov. Rick Scott.  After spending $73 million of your own money to win office, you face protesters constantly, you have little privacy and you are America's most unpopular governor.  —  Maybe you'd think of calling it quits after one term?
David Streitfeld / New York Times:
Big Banks Easing Terms on Loans Deemed as Risks  —  As millions of Americans struggle in foreclosure with little hope of relief, big banks are going to borrowers who are not even in default and cutting their debt or easing the mortgage terms, sometimes with no questions asked.
Gschwarzcnn / CNN:
Bachmann: I'll help Obama find a job after I win  —  Des Moines, Iowa (CNN) - Republican presidential candidate Michele Bachmann is getting more creative, and apparently more aggressive, in her political attacks against President Barack Obama.  —  On Saturday, the Minnesota congresswoman took fresh jabs at the president.
Discussion: The Raw Story
Glenn Harlan Reynolds / Washington Examiner:
Sunday Reflection: Three things you can do for liberty  —  Though many call it the “Fourth Of July,” July 4 is properly known as Independence Day.  It celebrates the independence of the United States from Great Britain — or, more accurately, the declaration of that independence …
The Atlantic Wire:
Meltdown: What Really Happened at Fukushima?  —  It's been one of the mysteries of Japan's ongoing nuclear disaster: How much of the damage did the March 11 earthquake inflict on Fukushima Daiichi's reactors in the 40 minutes before the devastating tsunami arrived?
Nate Silver / FiveThirtyEight:
How Tim Pawlenty Is Like RC Cola  —  Regular readers of this blog will know that I've been of mixed minds on the electoral prospects of former Gov. Tim Pawlenty of Minnesota.  I've gone from initial skepticism about his chances to defending him as a “top-tier” candidate while some other analysts downgraded his status.
Discussion: Outside the Beltway
Ashley Hayes / CNN:
Casey Anthony's defense: We still don't know how Caylee died  —  Tune in to HLN's “Nancy Grace” at 8 p.m ET for live reports from Florida on the Casey Anthony trial.  Also follow the action on the Casey Anthony trial page.  —  (CNN) — As Casey Anthony alternately cried, glared and shook her head …
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Josiah Ryan / The Hill:
Senate finishes 25-second session
George F. Will / Washington Post:
Burning down the house  —  “The louder he talked of his honor …
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Europe Agrees to Give Billions to Greece
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Strauss-Kahn Case Adds to Doubts on Prosecutor
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Mark Steyn / National Review:
Obama's Declaration of Dependence
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