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8:35 AM ET, July 5, 2011

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Frank Rich / New York Magazine:
Obama's Original Sin  —  The president's failure to demand a reckoning from the moneyed interests who brought the economy down has cursed his first term, and could prevent a second.  —  After 9/11, Rudy Giuliani went on Saturday Night Live to give New Yorkers permission to laugh again.
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.
New York Times:
Pakistan's Spies Tied to Slaying of a Journalist  —  ISLAMABAD, Pakistan — Obama administration officials believe that Pakistan's powerful spy agency ordered the killing of a Pakistani journalist who had written scathing reports about the infiltration of militants in the country's military, according to American officials.
Christopher Hitchens / Slate Magazine:
Boat People  —  Some questions for the “activists” aboard the Gaza flotilla.  —  The tale of the Gaza “flotilla” seems set to become a regular summer feature, bobbing along happily on the inside pages with an occasional update.  A nice sidebar for reporters covering the Greek debt crisis …
Dan Eggen / Washington Post:
New breed of ‘super PACs,’ other independent groups could define 2012 campaign  —  View Photo Gallery — Who's in and who's out?:   Republicans are beginning to announce who will pursue a bid for the presidency.  —  One commercial accuses President Obama of worsening the deficit and says …
Robert Pear / New York Times:
Administration Offers Health Care Cuts as Part of Budget Negotiations  —  WASHINGTON — Obama administration officials are offering to cut tens of billions of dollars from Medicare and Medicaid in negotiations to reduce the federal budget deficit, but the depth of the cuts depends …
Benyamin Korn / JTA:
Op-Ed: Jews becoming commonplace in conservative ‘new media’  —  PHILADELPHIA (JTA) — Many reviews already have appeared of “The Undefeated,” the soon-to-be-released documentary about Sarah Palin's tenure in Alaska.Yet none of them — even in The Los Angeles Times, Huffington Post or The Washington Post …
Discussion: Israel Matzav
Maria Sacchetti / Boston Globe:
Traffic cases settled, but deportations loom  —  Minor offenders snared in immigration program aimed at serious crimes  —  One early evening in May, a Boston police officer arrested Lizandra DeMoura for traffic violations and driving without a license.  In another city, she might have been booked and released for a court hearing.
Alyssa Newcomb / ABCNEWS:
New York Rider Dies Protesting Motorcycle Helmet Law  —  A New York man died Sunday while participating in a ride with 550 other motorcyclists to protest the state's mandatory helmet law.  —  Police said Philip A. Contos, 55, hit his brakes and his motorcycle fishtailed.
David Jolly / New York Times:
S.&P. Warns Bank Plan Would Cause Greek Default  —  PARIS — Greece risks being judged in default on its debt obligations if banks are forced to bear part of the pain, Standard & Poor's said Monday, suggesting that current proposals for rescuing the euro zone's weakest member may have to be reconsidered.
William Wan / Washington Post:
Global race on to match U.S. drone capabilities  —  At the most recent Zhuhai Air Show, the premier event for China's aviation industry, crowds swarmed around a model of an armed, jet-propelled drone and marveled at the accompanying display of its purported martial prowess.
Discussion: The Agonist and FrumForum
Gordon S. Wood / The New Republic:
How the Complete Meaning of July Fourth Is Slipping Away  —  At least one of the Founders thought that Independence Day would become important.  When the Continental Congress voted for independence on July 2, 1776, John Adams, who more than any other single Founder was responsible for that vote, was ecstatic.
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Michael Hiltzik / Los Angeles Times:
BMW layoffs exemplify the evisceration of the middle class  —  Every working American should be dismayed by — and afraid of — what BMW is doing.  —  By all accounts, BMW's parts distribution warehouse in Ontario was one of the jewels of the company's system.
 
 
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John Hayward / Human Events:
A Declaration For Independents
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Danny Hakim / New York Times:
After Backing Gay Marriage, 4 in G.O.P. Face Voters' Verdict
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Jim Rutenberg / The Caucus:
Romney Says Obama Made the Recession Worse
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Maggie Haberman / The Politico:
Newt Gingrich starting over, looks to Greg Ganske
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Brian Beutler / TPMDC:
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Marcus Bachmann, campaign spouse
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Steven Erlanger / New York Times:
Strauss-Kahn to Face New Sex Complaint in France
Discussion: Reuters and Outside the Beltway
Michael White / Guardian:
Ronald Reagan honoured with London statue
Discussion: Weasel Zippers and First Draft
Amy Dudley / White House.gov Blog:
Happy 4th from @VP
Jeff Jacoby / Boston Globe:
Philosophy, faith and the Fourth of July
Discussion: theblogprof