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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.
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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.
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.
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 …
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  —  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 …
Julian Pecquet / Healthwatch:
Sources: Republicans tout drug rebates as revenue raisers in debt deal
Discussion: ThinkProgress
Matthew Yglesias / ThinkProgress:
Thatcher: Power With Responsibility
Sara Just / ABCNEWS:
No Deal Yet: President Rejects Short-Term Debt Fix  —  President Obama made an unscheduled appearance today before reporters to say that some progress has been made in the deeply divided negotiations over the nation's debt ceiling, and “greater progress is in sight.”
Discussion: The Note and Hit & Run
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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
Marie Diamond / ThinkProgress:
Rand Paul Vows To Filibuster Everything Until Senate Debates Debt Ceiling
Discussion: Daily Kos
Daniel Strauss / The Hill:
Cornyn: Short-term debt-limit increase might be needed
Discussion: Swampland and The New Republic
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 …
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.
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msnbc.com:
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 and RubinReports
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Lydia Saad / Gallup:
Solid Majority of Jewish Americans Still Approve of Obama
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 …
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Seung Min Kim / The Politico:
Harry Reid yanks Libya resolution  —  Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid cancelled a vote on a Libya resolution Tuesday, following a torrent of criticism from Senate Republicans who say they are in town to talk about debt, not foreign policy.  —  Reid said he decided against holding …
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Josiah Ryan / The Hill:
Reid: US stands at ‘brink’ of default
Discussion: The Note
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:
host.madison.com:
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 …
Michael O'Brien / The Hill:
Chaffetz backs Romney over ex-boss Huntsman  —  Utah Rep. Jason Chaffetz (R) endorsed former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney (R) on Tuesday for president over his onetime boss, former Utah Gov. Jon Huntsman (R).  —  Chaffetz, the conservative congressman who's considering a Senate run …
Discussion: FrumForum
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Ronald Brownstein / The Atlantic Online:   Bill Clinton Handicaps the GOP Presidential Candidates
Reuters:
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.
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.
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.
Seema Mehta / Los Angeles Times:
Newt Gingrich offers bleak view of campaign finances  —  Presidential candidate Newt Gingrich talks with residents of Clear Lake, Iowa during the town's Independence Day parade Monday.  (Charlie Neibergall/AP)  —  Newt Gingrich, whose presidential bid has been beset by problems including …
New York Times:
Perry Breaks With a Fellow Texan: Bush  —  AUSTIN, Tex. — Gov. Rick Perry, a Republican contemplating a presidential run, shares many attributes with the last man who ran for president from here, his predecessor and onetime patron, George W. Bush.  He has the same straight-legged Texas swagger …
Discussion: Salon and Prairie Weather
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.
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
Pat Garofalo / ThinkProgress:
Rick Santorum's Math Fail: Blasts Obama For Creating ‘Only 240 Million Jobs’  —  2012 GOP presidential hopeful Rick Santorum continued his long-shot campaign this morning with an appearance on CNN.  During the interview, Santorum attempted to criticize the Obama administration's record on jobs …
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 …
Discussion: The Galloping Beaver
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.
 
 
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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
Serena Solomon / DNAinfo.com:
Drunk Puppy Buying Banned by West Village Pet Stores
Sarah Huckabee / Time:
Specials  — Main - TIME 100 - Person of the Year …
Discussion: USA Today and Iowa Caucuses
Wall Street Journal:
Asia Needs a Larger U.S. Defense Budget
Hayley Peterson / Washington Examiner:
BELTWAY CONFIDENTIAL  —  Hacked: Obama's campaign website
 Earlier Items: 
Juana Summers / The Politico:
Herman Cain loses key Iowa tea party backer
Eliza Newlin Carney / Roll Call:
Koch Industries Subsidiary Cited for Illegal Donations
Discussion: ThinkProgress
Chris McGreal / Guardian:
Obama tries to stop execution in Texas of Mexican killer
Matthew Yglesias / ThinkProgress:
Population Density Fact Of The Day: The Netherlands Is An Agricultural Exporter
William La Jeunesse / Fox News:
U.S. Officials Behind ‘Fast and Furious’ Gun Sales Should Be Tried in Mexico, Lawmaker Says
Discussion: The Raw Story
Walter Russell Mead / Via Meadia:
The Shame of the Cities and the Shade of LBJ
Nicholas Riccardi / Los Angeles Times:
Arizona conservatives scramble after campaign finance law's defeat
Discussion: Balkinization
Brad DeLong / Bloomberg:
The Sorrow and Pity of Another Liquidity Trap
Discussion: Paul Krugman