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10:30 AM ET, July 5, 2011


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Laura Italiano / New York Post:
DA set to drop charges vs. DSK  —  Pop the champagne, DSK.  —  Prosecutors will agree to drop the charges against Dominique Strauss-Kahn — either on his next court date in two weeks or even sooner, according to a top investigator in the case who called the eventual dismissal “a certainty.”
Jennifer Epstein / The Politico:
Report: Dominique Strauss-Kahn charges to be dropped
Discussion: Weasel Zippers
Michael Rothfeld / Wall Street Journal:
Prosecutors Have Doubts in Strauss-Kahn Case
Discussion: TalkLeft
Steven Erlanger / New York Times:
Strauss-Kahn to Face New Sex Complaint in France
Discussion: Reuters and Outside the Beltway
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 …
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.
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.
Discussion: Balloon Juice
Catherine Herridge / Fox News:
White House's New Anti-Terror Strategy: Kill the Suspects?  —  Usama bin Laden has been killed.  The U.S. is poised to begin withdrawing troops from Afghanistan.  And the Obama administration's shift in counterterrorism strategy from land wars to precision strikes and raids is raising concerns …
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
Jennifer Steinhauer / New York Times:
Time in House Could Be Short for Republican Newcomers  —  WASHINGTON — Just when freshman House Republicans have finally learned their way to the Cannon Caucus Room, how to vote on a motion to proceed and which commissary serves the best tuna sandwiches, someone back home — worse …
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 …
Hoover Institution:
Would We Ever Ground Air Force One?  —  by Richard A. Epstein (Peter and Kirsten Bedford Senior Fellow and member of the Property Rights, Freedom, and Prosperity Task Force)  —  Of course not.  So why the jihad against corporate jets?  —  During his last press conference …
Lydia Saad / Gallup:
Solid Majority of Jewish Americans Still Approve of Obama  —  Changes in approval among Jews continues to reflect broader U.S. patterns  —  PRINCETON, NJ — Jewish Americans gave President Barack Obama a 60% job approval rating in June, down from 68% in May, but statistically unchanged from 64% in April.
Wall Street Journal:
Cisco Poised to Help China Keep an Eye on Its Citizens  —  By LORETTA CHAO in Beijing and DON CLARK in San Francisco  —  Cameras in Beijing's Tiananmen Square.  U.S. firms can sell surveillance gear in China, but not equipment that is used only for crime control.
Discussion: The Next Web and
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 …
Discussion: Outside the Beltway and The Caucus
Jennifer Epstein / The Politico:
Merkley, Udall: Leave Afghanistan  —  Two Senate Democrats, along with Republican Rand Paul, are calling for the removal of all U.S. combat forces from Afghanistan by the end of 2012, arguing that America would be “more secure and stronger economically” with a quicker troop drawdown.
Discussion: New York Times and Weasel Zippers
Robert Smith / NPR:
Breakfast At Libertarian Summer Camp  —  Last weekend, a group of libertarians and anarchists gathered in the woods of northern New Hampshire for the annual Porcupine Freedom Festival, aka PorcFest.  —  I went up for breakfast.  —  Lucky for me, George Mandrik has brought along 150 lbs. of bacon …
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.
Adam Goldman / Yahoo! News:
AP Enterprise: The man who hunted Osama bin Laden  —  WASHINGTON (AP) — After Navy SEALs killed Osama bin Laden, the White House released a photo of President Barack Obama and his Cabinet inside the Situation Room, watching the daring raid unfold.  —  Hidden from view, standing just outside …
Wall Street Journal:
America's Troubling Investment Gap  —  For the first time in decades, America is on net losing, not attracting, growth capital.  —  In June, President Obama celebrated a rare sliver of good economic news: Foreign investment was up 49% last year over 2009.  The president says that this boost …
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 …
Josh Margolin / New York Post:
Bam recruits Corzine to woo back Wall $t.  —  President Obama is desperately putting his Wall Street stock in an unlikely old buddy.  —  The beleaguered president has recruited former Goldman Sachs head honcho Jon Corzine to shore up re-election funds from the banking industry, which is furious over Obama's financial regulations.
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.
Discussion: GOP 12
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Thomas Sowell / Real Clear Politics:
Politics Versus Reality
Discussion: Cold Fury
Mike Lillis / The Hill:
Dem leaders announce support for extended payroll-tax holiday
Michael O'Brien / The Hill:
Pawlenty's new Iowa ad highlights conservative credentials
Discussion: CNN and The Caucus
Paul Krugman / New York Times:
Corporate Cash Con
John Hayward / Human Events:
A Declaration For Independents
Discussion: Cold Fury
Maria Sacchetti / Boston Globe:
Traffic cases settled, but deportations loom
Discussion: Citizen Orange
Maggie Haberman / The Politico:
Newt Gingrich starting over, looks to Greg Ganske
Discussion: Lawyers, Guns & Money
 Earlier Items: 
William Wan / Washington Post:
Global race on to match U.S. drone capabilities
Gordon S. Wood / The New Republic:
How the Complete Meaning of July Fourth Is Slipping Away
Brian Beutler / TPMDC:
CHART OF THE DAY: ‘Out Of Control Spending’ Not Really Out Of Control At All
The Politico:
Marcus Bachmann, campaign spouse
Discussion: The Gateway Pundit
David Jolly / New York Times:
S.&P. Warns Bank Plan Would Cause Greek Default