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9:35 AM ET, July 4, 2011


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New York Post:
Maid ‘laid’ low as DA paid for digs  —  She was turning tricks on the taxpayers' dime!  —  The Sofitel maid who accused Dominique Strauss-Kahn of a sex attack in his suite wasn't just a hotel hooker — she continued to work as a prostitute in a Brooklyn hotel where she was stashed by prosecutors, The Post has learned.
Discussion: Gawker
New York Post:
Dominique Strauss-Kahn ‘refused to pay’ hooker maid for sex  —  She had dollar signs in her eyes.  —  Before she ever walked into Dominique Strauss-Kahn's dazzling suite at the Sofitel, his accuser was well aware of his VIP status — and planning to get her hands in his deep pockets, sources told The Post.
Maureen Dowd / New York Times:
When a Predator Collides With a Fabricator
Discussion: Gothamist
John M. Broder / New York Times:
2 Republicans Open Door to Increases in Revenue  —  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 they warned that there was little time to enact a comprehensive deal.
Mike Allen / The Politico:
What Bill Clinton thinks of GOP 2012ers
Discussion: The Hill and The Atlantic Online
Senator Rand Paul / C-SPAN Recent Events:
WASHINGTON, DC  —  On Newsmakers, Senator Rand Paul (R-KY) said he will hold up the Senate's business next week to force a debate on the debt limit.  The Senate canceled its Fourth of July break to ensure discussions on raising the debt ceiling continues, but most of the discussions are happening behind the scenes.
Amanda Terkel / The Huffington Post:
Rand Paul Plans Senate Filibuster Over Debt Ceiling … WASHINGTON — Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) is planning a Senate filibuster next week in an attempt to force debt ceiling negotiations into the open.  —  “We've had not one minute of debate about the debt ceiling in any committee,” …
Maggie Haberman / The Politico:
‘I want to punch him in his head’
Aleister / American Glob:
Wisconsin Democrat Party Spokesman Calls For Violence Against Republicans, Used To Write For The Washington Post And The Onion  —  And now... a special message about the importance of civility in politics, brought to you by the same people who continually claim the Tea Party is a bunch of violent extremists.
Discussion: Doug Ross and Moe Lane
The Politico:
Herman Cain hits some speed bumps  —  Herman Cain's presidential campaign should be flying high.  —  Last week, the highly anticipated first poll from the Des Moines Register put him in third place, with 10 percent support, ahead of more well-known presidential hopefuls.
Discussion: The Other McCain and Iowa Caucuses
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: Don Surber, Pajamas Media and Gothamist
Associated Press:
3 Senators Voice Worries on Obama's Withdrawal Plan  —  KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — Three American senators visiting Kabul said Sunday they were worried that President Obama's planned withdrawal of 33,000 American troops by September 2012 could undermine Afghan morale, embolden the insurgency and hamper efforts to defeat the Taliban.
Discussion: Washington Monthly
John Hinderaker / Power Line:
A Tale of Two Shutdowns  —  Minnesota's government shutdown has made national news, in part because it foreshadows, in some respects, the battle that will play out in Washington over the next month on the debt ceiling.  What has happened in Minnesota is clearcut: our Republican legislature passed …
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William J. Broad / New York Times:
With the Shuttle Program Ending, Fears of Decline at NASA
Discussion: The Huffington Post and FrumForum
Jonathan H. Adler / The Volokh Conspiracy:
Is the Debt Limit Constitutional? — Part Deux
Discussion: Instapundit and Point of Order
Erik Kirschbaum / Reuters:
Greek sovereignty to be massively limited: Juncker
Roger Cohen / New York Times:
New York and the Planes  —  HERE are a few lines written …
 Earlier Items: 
Associated Press:
GOP maligns teachers, Biden says
Discussion: Weasel Zippers
Nate Silver / FiveThirtyEight:
How Tim Pawlenty Is Like RC Cola
The Atlantic Wire:
Meltdown: What Really Happened at Fukushima?