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4:40 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 …
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.
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
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 …
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.
Sarah Huckabee Sanders joins Pawlenty's presidential campaign  —  (CNN)-It's almost like the first day at a new school for Sarah Huckabee Sanders, who officially joined the presidential campaign of former Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty Tuesday.  —  The daughter of former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee …
Michael O'Brien / The Hill:
Huckabee's daughter signs on with Pawlenty to lead Iowa push
Discussion: GOP 12
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 …
The Missing US Ambassador at the feast for Ronald Reagan
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 …
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.
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.
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.
Intern / ThinkProgress:
Supporting Dictators is Still Bad Foreign Policy  —  What with the recent news about the Pakistani military's relationship with militant organizations and its apparent role in the assassination of journalists who investigate that relationship, it's not surprising that commentators and policymakers …
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.
Juana Summers / The Politico:
Herman Cain loses key Iowa tea party backer  —  The wave of staff departures from Herman Cain's campaign have now cost the tea party favorite a key Iowa tea party supporter.  —  Charlie Gruschow, founder of the Des Moines tea party and an emphatic Cain supporter, submitted his resignation …
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 …
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.
Eliza Newlin Carney / Roll Call:
Koch Industries Subsidiary Cited for Illegal Donations  —  The Federal Election Commission has fined a Luxembourg subsidiary of Kansas-based Koch Industries Inc. $4,700 for making illegal foreign campaign contributions.  —  A limited liability company organized in Luxembourg, INVISTA …
Discussion: ThinkProgress
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
Hayley Peterson / Washington Examiner:
BELTWAY CONFIDENTIAL  —  Hacked: Obama's campaign website  —  The Obama campaign website was hacked on Tuesday and invited supporters to two fake anti-government events hosted by an unnamed “Commy Obama.”  —  The campaign's application for mobile devices, such as iPhones and iPads …
Discussion: Weasel Zippers, Politics and FrumForum
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
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
Chris McGreal / Guardian:
Obama tries to stop execution in Texas of Mexican killer  —  US president warns Texan authorities that execution would put America in breach of international legal obligations  —  President Barack Obama is attempting to block the execution in Texas on Thursday of a Mexican man because it would breach …
Wall Street Journal:
Asia Needs a Larger U.S. Defense Budget  —  American naval power maintains the stability and free navigation that allow trade to flourish.  —  In Washington the season of budget cuts is in full blossom.  Unfortunately, leaders of both political parties may soon agree to further slash the defense budget.
Casey Anthony found not guilty of murdering daughter  —  12 jurors deliberated over 10 hours — and after 33 days of testimony  —  Below:  — staff and news service reports  —  ORLANDO, Fla. — After a trial that riveted the nation with its twists and turns …
Michael O'Brien / The Hill:
Romney supporters raise $12 million to bolster WH bid  —  A super-PAC run by supporters of former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney (R) announced a $12 million haul during the first half of this year.  —  Restore Our Future, the outside spending group founded by supporters of Romney's presidential campaign …
Discussion: CNN, The Atlantic Online and Politics
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Daniel E. Slotnik / City Room:
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Discussion: Runnin' Scared, The Awl and Gawker
Daniel Strauss / The Hill:
Cornyn: Short-term debt-limit increase might be needed
Discussion: The New Republic
Agence France Presse:
Portugal drug law show results ten years on, experts say
New York Times:
Still Ironing Out the Gay Marital Terminology
Marie Diamond / ThinkProgress:
Rand Paul Vows To Filibuster Everything Until Senate Debates Debt Ceiling
Discussion: Daily Kos
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
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 Earlier Items: 
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
Ronald Brownstein / The Atlantic Online:
Bill Clinton Handicaps the GOP Presidential Candidates
New York Times:
Perry Breaks With a Fellow Texan: Bush
Discussion: Prairie Weather
James Fallows / The Atlantic Online:
Google+: So Far, So Good  —  Recent posts having been so long …
Discussion: Crooked Timber and Isidor's Fugue
The Politico:
Nikki Haley's rise raises tensions back home
Adam Goldman / Yahoo! News:
AP Enterprise: The man who hunted Osama bin Laden
Discussion: The Politico
Benyamin Korn / JTA:
Op-Ed: Jews becoming commonplace in conservative ‘new media’