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5:40 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.
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 …
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 …
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.
Discussion: Washington Monthly and Daily Kos
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.
Julian Pecquet / Healthwatch:
Sources: Republicans tout drug rebates as revenue raisers in debt deal
Discussion: ThinkProgress
Matthew Yglesias / ThinkProgress:
Thatcher: Power With Responsibility
First Read /
First Thoughts: The Hangover
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 …
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
Ronald Brownstein / The Atlantic Online:   Bill Clinton Handicaps the GOP Presidential Candidates
Michael O'Brien / The Hill:
Romney supporters raise $12 million to bolster WH bid
Discussion: CNN, The Atlantic Online and Politics
DSK accuser sues NY Post for “prostitute” report  —  (Reuters) - The hotel maid who accused former IMF chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn of sexual assault sued the New York Post and five of its journalists for libel on Tuesday for reporting that she was a prostitute.
Anthony cleared of murdering Caylee  —  Below:  —  ORLANDO, Fla. — Casey Anthony was found not guilty Tuesday of murdering her daughter, 2-year-old Caylee Anthony, after a trial that riveted the nation with its twists and turns.  —  Only on  —  Anthony, 25, cried and then hugged …
Michael McConnell / Advancing a Free Society:
The Debt Ceiling Is Certainly Not “Unconstitutional”  —  As we approach the debt ceiling sometime in August, with no agreement seemingly in reach, there is wild talk in Washington to the effect that the debt ceiling violates Section Four of the Fourteenth Amendment.  The theory is bunk.
Marie Diamond / ThinkProgress:
Rand Paul Vows To Filibuster Everything Until Senate Debates Debt Ceiling
Discussion: Daily Kos
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 …
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.
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 …
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
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.
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.
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 …
Discussion: The Raw Story, TPMDC and Althouse
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:
Discussion: Alan Colmes' Liberaland and TPMDC
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
Sarah Huckabee / Time:
Specials  — Main - TIME 100 - Person of the Year - Best Blogs - Best Websites - Worst Cars - TIME 100 Roundtable - Best Inventions - Top 10 - All-TIME 100 … Campaign manager, John Boozman for Senate  —  It's been a banner year for the only daughter of Mike Huckabee …
Discussion: USA Today and Iowa Caucuses
Josiah Ryan / The Hill:
Reid: US stands at ‘brink’ of default  —  Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) on Tuesday warned that the U.S. now stands at the brink of default and called on Republicans to join Democrats in brokering a deal to raise the nation's debt ceiling.  —  “For the first time …
Discussion: The Politico and The Note
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.
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 …
Nicholas Riccardi / Los Angeles Times:
Arizona conservatives scramble after campaign finance law's defeat  —  The state's Clean Elections Act had swept a surge of small-government Republicans into power.  —  Arizona Republican state Sen. Steve Smith, right, had never run for public office before last year.
Discussion: Balkinization
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.
Brad DeLong / Bloomberg:
The Sorrow and Pity of Another Liquidity Trap  —  There is only one real law of economics: the law of supply and demand.  If the quantity supplied goes up, the price goes down.  —  Back in the third quarter of 2008, the public held about $5.3 trillion of U.S. Treasury bills, notes and bonds.
Discussion: Paul Krugman
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Daniel E. Slotnik / City Room:
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Discussion: Runnin' Scared, The Awl and Gawker
Wall Street Journal:
Asia Needs a Larger U.S. Defense Budget
Intern / ThinkProgress:
Supporting Dictators is Still Bad Foreign Policy
Hayley Peterson / Washington Examiner:
BELTWAY CONFIDENTIAL  —  Hacked: Obama's campaign website
Discussion: Weasel Zippers, Politics and FrumForum
Agence France Presse:
Portugal drug law show results ten years on, experts say
Juana Summers / The Politico:
Herman Cain loses key Iowa tea party backer
New York Times:
Still Ironing Out the Gay Marital Terminology
Eliza Newlin Carney / Roll Call:
Koch Industries Subsidiary Cited for Illegal Donations
Discussion: ThinkProgress
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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
Danger Room:
5,800 Attacks Are Just The Beginning After Petraeus' Year-Long Air War
Discussion: Attackerman and
William La Jeunesse / Fox News:
U.S. Officials Behind ‘Fast and Furious’ Gun Sales Should Be Tried in Mexico, Lawmaker Says
New York Post:
Washington in denial  —  In the Obama administration's third year …
Discussion: National Review
Adam Goldman / Yahoo! News:
AP Enterprise: The man who hunted Osama bin Laden
Benyamin Korn / JTA:
Op-Ed: Jews becoming commonplace in conservative ‘new media’