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2:05 PM ET, July 3, 2011


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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 …
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 …
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 …
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  —  (Reuters) - Muammar Gaddafi is welcome to live out his retirement inside Libya as long as he gives up all power, Libya's rebel chief told Reuters on Sunday in the clearest concession the rebels have so far offered.
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:
TRENDING: 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 …
My Take: Church is world's most powerful weapon against AIDS  —  Editor's Note: Rick Warren is the founder and pastor at Saddleback Church and the author of The Purpose Driven Life.  —  By Rick Warren, Special to CNN  —  On June 5, 1981, my wife Kay was late into her second pregnancy, just weeks away from giving birth.
Discussion: AMERICAblog News
Tim Arango / New York Times:
Taking Lead, Iraqis Hope U.S. Special Operations Commandos Stay  —  BAGHDAD — In darkness and dressed in black, the American and Iraqi Special Operations commandos navigated the dense urban neighborhood here in the capital and approached a house they believed to be a hide-out for two brothers suspected …
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Jay Solomon / Wall Street Journal:
Iran Funnels New Weapons to Iraq and Afghanistan
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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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Associated Press:
Europe Agrees to Give Billions to Greece
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Mark Steyn / National Review:
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