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8:20 PM ET, July 3, 2011


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John M. Broder / New York Times:
Republicans Say They're Open to ‘Revenue Raisers’  —  WASHINGTON — Two senior Republicans said Sunday that they might be open to raising new government revenue as part of a deal to resolve the dispute over the federal debt ceiling, but the warned that there was little time to enact a comprehensive deal.
Discussion: The Caucus
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 …
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:
Bill Clinton calls for corporate tax cut  —  ASPEN, Colo. — President Bill Clinton says the nation's corporate tax rate is “uncompetitive,” and called for a lower rate as part of a “mega-deal” to raise the debt ceiling.  —  “When I was president, we raised the corporate income-tax rates …
Discussion: The Raw Story and Guardian
Maggie Haberman / The Politico:
‘I want to punch him in his head’  —  The Newark Star-Ledger has some explosive quotes from one of the two Democratic legislative leaders who recently reached a compromise on a pension reform bill with Gov. Chris Christie regarding the overall state budget: … A Christie spokesman didn't immediately respond to an email.
Discussion: Weasel Zippers
Tom Moran:
Sweeney unleashes his fury as N.J. budget battle turns personal  —  TRENTON — Senate President Stephen Sweeney went to bed furious Thursday night after reviewing the governor's line-item veto of the state budget.  —  He woke up Friday morning even angrier.
Rich Schapiro / NY Daily News:
Chaos on Christopher: Iconic Village stretch overrun by drug dealers, prostitutes, violent youths  —  Just past midnight in the heart of the West Village, a burly man in a black T-shirt approached a guy with his hands in his pockets.  —  “I got you.  What do you need?” the beefy man asked …
Discussion: Gothamist
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.
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
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 …
Roger Cohen / New York Times:
New York and the Planes  —  HERE are a few lines written about New York in 1948, when the city was booming, cabs were hard to get and the best tables even harder:  —  “A single flight of planes no bigger than a wedge of geese can quickly end this island fantasy, burn the towers …
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
Erik Kirschbaum / Reuters:
Greek sovereignty to be massively limited: Juncker  —  (Reuters) - Greece faces severe restrictions on its sovereignty and must privatize state assets on a scale similar to the sell off of East German firms in the 1990s after communism fell, Eurogroup chairman Jean-Claude Juncker said.
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Andrew Martin / New York Times:
Budget Needs Let Fireworks Fly Lawfully
Discussion: Runnin' Scared and Gothamist
James Hamilton / Econbrowser:
The effectiveness of quantitative easing
Discussion: Free exchange
Associated Press:
GOP maligns teachers, Biden says
Discussion: Weasel Zippers
Christina D. Romer / New York Times:
The Rock and the Hard Place on the Deficit
Discussion: Economist's View
Kim Severson / New York Times:
South Carolina's Young Governor Has a High Profile and Higher Hopes
Jay Solomon / Wall Street Journal:
Iran Funnels New Weapons to Iraq and Afghanistan
Discussion: Pajamas Media
My Take: Church is world's most powerful weapon against AIDS
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 Earlier Items: 
Gschwarzcnn / CNN:
Bachmann: I'll help Obama find a job after I win
Discussion: The Raw Story and Don Surber
Adam Clark Estes / The Atlantic Wire:
American Boots Hit the Ground in Somalia After Drone Attacks
Josiah Ryan / The Hill:
Senate finishes 25-second session
Glenn Harlan Reynolds / Washington Examiner:
Sunday Reflection: Three things you can do for liberty
David Streitfeld / New York Times:
Big Banks Easing Terms on Loans Deemed as Risks
Tim Arango / New York Times:
Taking Lead, Iraqis Hope U.S. Special Operations Commandos Stay
Discussion: CNN, Attackerman and FrumForum