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9:55 PM ET, July 5, 2011


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David Brooks / New York Times:
The Mother of All No-Brainers  —  The Republicans have changed American politics since they took control of the House of Representatives.  They have put spending restraint and debt reduction at the top of the national agenda.  They have sparked a discussion on entitlement reform.
Alex Seitz-Wald / ThinkProgress:
Paul Ryan Responds To David Brooks: We Won't Cut Tax Loopholes To Reduce Deficit, Only To Finance More Tax Cuts  —  As the August debt ceiling deadline looms and Republicans continue refusing to consider revenue increases, conservative New York Times columnist David Brooks excoriated the GOP for its intransigence.
Marie Diamond / ThinkProgress:
GRAPH: Contrary To GOP Claims, U.S. Has Second Lowest Corporate Taxes In The Developed World  —  During negotiations regarding raising the nation's debt limit, congressional Republicans have defended tax loopholes for corporations, claiming that America has a high corporate tax rate that is stifling economic growth and job creation.
Megan McArdle / The Atlantic Online:
Why Can't the GOP Get to Yes?  —  David Brooks does the David Brooks equivalent of losing his temper … Why can't they take the deal?  —  There's one semi-fair reason, which is that the Democrats and the GOP leadership got entirely too cute with the last round of negotiations …
Richard Cohen / Washington Post:
A grand old cult  —  Someone ought to study the Republican Party.  I am not referring to yet another political scientist but to a mental health professional, preferably a specialist in the power of fixations, obsessions and the like.  The GOP needs an intervention.  It has become a cult.
Reid J. Epstein / The Politico:
Bloggers bop New York Times's David Brooks  —  David Brooks, the New York Times scribe known as liberals' favorite conservative, got no love from bloggers on the right Tuesday after penning a column trashing the tea party movement and calling on congressional Republicans to accept a small tax increase.
Robert Pear / New York Times:
Administration Offers Health Care Cuts as Part of Budget Negotiations
Matthew Yglesias / ThinkProgress:
Thatcher: Power With Responsibility
The Daily Beast:
White Supremacist Stampede  —  A startling number of white-power candidates are seeking public office.  Eve Conant reports on their under-the-radar strategy and David Duke's White House flirtation.  —  Add to the growing list of candidates considering a bid for the GOP presidential nomination …
William A. Jacobson / Le·gal In·sur·rec· tion:
Daily Beast Plays The David Duke Card  —  Democrats must be in trouble if The Daily Beast is running a headline White Supremacist Stampede, with this opening line: … Ah yes, the David Duke card gets played.  —  Duke is an anti-Semitic kook who is far more likely in recent years …
Discussion: American Glob and Politics
Romney Holds Sizable Lead In Poll; Bachmann Jumps To 2nd  —  Romney Still Leads In Hypothetical Race With Obama  —  DURHAM, N.H. — Former Mass. Gov. Mitt Romney continues to lead a field of Republican presidential candidates, according to the latest WMUR Granite State Poll conducted by the University of New Hampshire Survey Center.
Michael O'Brien / The Hill:
Chaffetz backs Romney over ex-boss Huntsman
Discussion: CNN and FrumForum
Cameron Joseph / Ballot Box:
Romney leads in NH poll; Bachmann creeping up
Discussion: The Politico and FrumForum
Matea Gold / Los Angeles Times:
Utah Rep. Jason Chaffetz endorses Mitt Romney over former boss Jon Huntsman in 2012 race
Discussion: TPMDC and The Daily Caller
Daniel Strauss / The Hill:
Cornyn: Short-term debt-limit increase might be needed  —  A short-term debt-ceiling extension might be necessary, Sen. John Cornyn (R-Texas) suggested Tuesday, in light of an impasse between Republicans and Democrats over compromising on a long-term extension.
Sara Just / ABCNEWS:
No Deal Yet: President Rejects Short-Term Debt Fix
Discussion: The Politico, The Note and Hit & Run
Marie Diamond / ThinkProgress:
Rand Paul Vows To Filibuster Everything Until Senate Debates Debt Ceiling
Discussion: Daily Kos
Michael McConnell / Advancing a Free Society:
The Debt Ceiling Is Certainly Not “Unconstitutional”
A.Killough / CNN:
Obama invites congressional leaders to White House for debt talks
Discussion: The Politico
Fox News:
Casey Anthony Found Not Guilty of Killing 2-Year-Old Daughter  —  BREAKING: A Florida jury has acquitted Casey Anthony of murdering her 2-year-old daughter Caylee.  —  Anthony, 25, wept after the clerk read the verdict, which jurors reached after less than 11 hours of deliberation over two days.
Anthony cleared of murdering Caylee
Jeff Dunetz / YID With LID:
Why Gallup's Analysis of Jewish Voters is Dishonest  —  There it was in bold Gallup-type headlines. … The problem with the headline is that it is Dishonest.  —  Assuming the overall Jewish American approval numbers are correct, they gave President Barack Obama a 60% job approval rating in June …
Discussion: Pajamas Media
Lydia Saad / Gallup:
Solid Majority of Jewish Americans Still Approve of Obama
Alexander Burns / The Politico:
Newt Gingrich raises $2M, reveals significant debt  —  Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich will report raising approximately $2 million in the second fundraising quarter of the year and ending the month of June with $225,000 in the bank, POLITICO has learned.
Discussion: FrumForum
Strauss-Kahn faces hurdle at home as U.S. woes ease  —  (Reuters) - Former IMF chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn was hit with a complaint of attempted rape in France on Tuesday in a new hurdle to any political comeback even as the U.S. sex assault case against him appeared to be falling apart.
Andy Newman / City Room:
Strauss-Kahn Accuser Files Libel Suit Against N.Y. Post
Madison 360: Baldwin likely to forgo safety for her dream of Senate seat  —  She really wants to do it.  —  That's the precise phrase I've heard for weeks from elected officials, political professionals and supporters who know her.  —  While the words are consistent …
Greg Sargent / Washington Post:
Paul Ryan is in total denial  —  If Paul Ryan really believes what he said about his Medicare plan in this interview with a local Wisconsin TV station, then he is in total denial about how unpopular his proposal really is — and how much of a jam it created for his fellow Republicans:
Susan Donaldson James / ABCNEWS:
Post-Traumatic Stress Cure: Writer Stages Her Own Rape  —  Mac McClelland, a civil rights reporter who has seen the impact of sexual violence around the globe, couldn't shake the image of Sybille, a woman who said she had been raped at gunpoint and mutilated in the aftermath of Haiti's catastrophic 2010 earthquake.
Richard Black / BBC:
Global warming lull down to China's coal growth  —  Solar power is coming to China - but coal-burning grew amazingly quickly a few years back  —  The lull in global warming from 1998 to 2008 was mainly caused by a sharp rise in China's coal use, a study suggests.
Tanya Somanader / ThinkProgress:
Ohio GOP Weakens Election Law By Allowing Poll Workers To Refuse To Inform Voters Where They Can Vote  —  Last week, the GOP-led House passed an election law overhaul without the highly restrictive voter ID provision.  However, the House tweaked the bill to weaken a law mandating poll workers …
Discussion: Plain Dealer and Hullabaloo
Center for American Progress:
The Fiscal Impact of States' Anti-Immigrant Legislation  —  Jason Azurmendi, left, is joined by Will Pesante, center, and Kristen Everett, right, all of Atlanta, as they protest a proposed controversial state immigration bill outside the state capitol on April 14, 2011 in Atlanta.
Serena Solomon /
Drunk Puppy Buying Banned by West Village Pet Stores  —  Drunk puppy buying customers are a challenge for Greenwich Village pet stores surrounded by bars and clubs.  —  DNAinfo Reporter/Producer  —  WEST VILLAGE — You've heard of drunk dialing and drunk Facebooking, but drunk puppy buying?
Joe Murphy / This Is London:
The riddle of the missing US ambassador as London toasts Ronald Reagan centenary  —  It was one of the most glittering events of the year, attracting some of the greatest names in American and British politics.  —  But as the British roasted lamb and the sunny Californian chardonnay were cleared away …
Keith Laing / The Hill:
Rep. Paul: Abolish TSA  —  The Transportation Security Administration should be abolished, Republican presidential candidate Rep. Ron Paul (Texas) said over the weekend.  —  Speaking on his weekly “Texas Straight Talk” audio address, Paul said that recent reports alleging a 95-year-old woman …
Amy Sullivan / Swampland:
Behind the Scenes, Christian Right Leaders Rally Behind Rick Perry  —  In early June, TIME has learned, a group of prominent figures on the Christian Right held a conference call to discuss their dissatisfaction with the current GOP presidential field, and agreed that Rick Perry would be their preferred candidate if he entered the race.
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Michael Cieply / New York Times:
For Film Graduates, an Altered Job Picture
Discussion: Gawker
Randy Kennedy / ArtsBeat:
Cy Twombly, Idiosyncratic Painter, Dies at 83
Lee Fang / ThinkProgress:
Rep. Duncan Hunter: Ronald Reagan ‘Would Never Be Elected Today’ Because He's A ‘Moderate/Former Liberal’
Discussion: Outside the Beltway
Minneapolis Star Tribune:
Former political powers seek ‘third way’ budget solution
Discussion: Power Line and Iowa Caucuses
Sam Stein / The Huffington Post:
Freshman Republicans Lobby Federal Agencies For Millions Amid Spending Critiques
Discussion: ThinkProgress
Seung Min Kim / The Politico:
Harry Reid yanks Libya resolution
Discussion: The Hill and The Note
Sarah Huckabee / Time:
Specials  — Main - TIME 100 - Person of the Year …
Discussion: USA Today and Iowa Caucuses
 Earlier Items: 
Daniel E. Slotnik / City Room:
At Duane Reade's Newest Outpost, Sushi and Hairstyling
Discussion: Runnin' Scared, Gawker, The Awl and DealBook
Wall Street Journal:
Asia Needs a Larger U.S. Defense Budget
Hayley Peterson / Washington Examiner:
BELTWAY CONFIDENTIAL  —  Hacked: Obama's campaign website
Juana Summers / The Politico:
Herman Cain loses key Iowa tea party backer
Chris McGreal / Guardian:
Obama tries to stop execution in Texas of Mexican killer
Walter Russell Mead / Via Meadia:
The Shame of the Cities and the Shade of LBJ
Discussion: alicublog
New York Times:
Perry Breaks With a Fellow Texan: Bush
Discussion: Salon and Prairie Weather
Michael Hiltzik / Los Angeles Times:
BMW layoffs exemplify the evisceration of the middle class