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8:45 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.
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
Matthew Yglesias / ThinkProgress:
Thatcher: Power With Responsibility
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
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
Discussion: Politics
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 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
Daniel Strauss / The Hill:
Cornyn: Short-term debt-limit increase might be needed
Discussion: Swampland and The New Republic
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
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:
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 …
Josiah Ryan / The Hill:
Reid: US stands at ‘brink’ of default
Discussion: The Note
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.
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.
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 …
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.
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.
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 …
Walter Russell Mead / Via Meadia:
The Shame of the Cities and the Shade of LBJ  —  President Lyndon Johnson and the “best and the brightest” who staffed his administration led this country into three quagmires.  By far the most famous, but perhaps not the most expensive and dangerous resulted from LBJ's escalation of the Vietnam War.
Discussion: alicublog
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?
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
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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
Tanya Somanader / ThinkProgress:
Ohio GOP Weakens Election Law By Allowing Poll Workers To Refuse To Inform Voters Where They Can Vote
Discussion: Plain Dealer
Julian Pecquet / Healthwatch:
Sources: Republicans tout drug rebates as revenue raisers in debt deal
Discussion: ThinkProgress
Sarah Huckabee / Time:
Specials  — Main - TIME 100 - Person of the Year …
Discussion: USA Today and Iowa Caucuses
Daniel E. Slotnik / City Room:
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Discussion: Runnin' Scared, DealBook, Gawker and The Awl
 Earlier Items: 
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
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
Amy Sullivan / Swampland:
Behind the Scenes, Christian Right Leaders Rally Behind Rick Perry
Michael Hiltzik / Los Angeles Times:
BMW layoffs exemplify the evisceration of the middle class