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11:25 AM ET, July 6, 2011

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Katrina vanden Heuvel / Washington Post:
Invoke the 14th — and end the debt standoff  —  On its current course, the United States is four weeks away from defaulting on its debt for the first time in its history.  If that happens, businesses will fail.  Financial institutions will fail.  Home values will decline.  Mortgage rates will skyrocket.
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Josiah Ryan / The Hill:
Senate postpones Libya authorization bill to focus on debt
Discussion: americanthinker.com and FrumForum
Jennifer Haberkorn / The Politico:
What became of ‘repeal and replace’?  —  When they took control of the House, Republicans could barely stop talking about their plans to “repeal and replace” the health care reform law.  —  Six months later, they hardly talk publicly about those plans at all.  And they're nowhere close to “replacing” the law.
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Molly K. Hooper / The Hill:   Fast pace in House leads to lawmaker mistakes, confusion on votes
Ashley Halsey III / Washington Post:
House GOP expected to ax transportation funds
Discussion: Washington Monthly, Weigel and Eschaton
Power Line:
WHY CLIMATE CHANGE HAS BECOME THE “DEAD PARROT SKETCH” OF AMERICAN POLITICS  —  For years now the climate campaign and the politicized science community has been complaining that it has a “communications problem,” which can be solved if only they shout louder, or get the human car alarm former …
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Neil King Jr / Wall Street Journal:
Pawlenty's Homespun Tale  —  SOUTH ST. PAUL, Minn.—Former Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty brings a biographical peculiarity to his quest for the White House.  Were he to win, he'd be the first president who had never lived outside his home state.  —  In fact, Mr. Pawlenty has lived …
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Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blog:
Writing off Pawlenty
Discussion: Taegan Goddard's …
The Huffington Post:
Former Tim Pawlenty Colleagues, Mentors Don't Recognize The Man Running For President
Chris Cillizza / Washington Post:
Mitt Romney raises $18.25 million  —  Republican presidential candidate and former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney talks with reporters outside Allentown Metal Works in Allentown, Pa., last week.  (AP Photo/Rich Schultz)Former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney raised $18.25 million …
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Damien Cave / New York Times:
Better Lives for Mexicans Cut Allure of Going North  —  AGUA NEGRA, Mexico — The extraordinary Mexican migration that delivered millions of illegal immigrants to the United States over the past 30 years has sputtered to a trickle, and research points to a surprising cause …
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Catalina Camia / USA Today:
Romney raises $18.25M; Gingrich in debt
Discussion: msnbc.com, The Reaction and FrumForum
Josh Rogin / Foreign Policy:
The 2012 Horse Whisperers  —  Who's giving foreign-policy advice to the crop of GOP front-runners?  —  Michele Bachmann: The Tea Party's new hawk  —  Despite all of Bachmann's Tea Party credentials, she's not looking like an isolationist when it comes to foreign policy.
Discussion: Ben Smith's Blog and GOP 12
Casey Anthony / The Daily Beast:
Worse Than O.J.!  —  While the stunning Casey Anthony acquittal defied logic, O.J. Simpson prosecutor Marcia Clark details how juries often delude themselves—and why this verdict trumps even her case.  —  Sick, shaken, in disbelief.  As I listened to the verdicts in the Casey Anthony case …
Discussion: The Atlantic Online and Mediaite
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Orlando Sentinel:
Casey Anthony not guilty of murder
Jason Horowitz / Washington Post:
Michele Bachmann's husband shares her strong conservative values  —  Lake Elmo, Minn. — In an interview last year with a Christian-  —  radio talk show, Marcus Bachmann, a therapist who runs a faith-infused counseling center here, compared homosexuals to “barbarians” who “need to be educated, need to be disciplined.”
Discussion: Ben Smith's Blog and The Awl
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Igor Volsky / ThinkProgress:   Bachmann Endorsed ‘Ex-Gay’ Group In 2004, Said They ‘Will Present The Truth About Homosexuality’
Adam Clark Estes / The Atlantic Wire:
Watch a 50-Mile Wide Dust Storm Devour Phoenix  —  Now, we have a new reason to compare the Great Recession to the Great Depression: Steinbeck-style dust storms.  Tuesday evening, a massive cloud of darkness known as a “habub” overtook Phoenix.  The National Weather Service reports that the wall …
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Rob Schumacher / msnbc.com:
50-mile wide, mile-high dust storm engulfs Phoenix
Discussion: Outside the Beltway
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New York Times:
Cameron Calls for Hacking Inquiry as Scandal Grows
Carrie Budoff Brown / The Politico:
Obama plays small ball on policy  —  President Barack Obama swept into office as the anti-Bill Clinton, even saying at one point that he wasn't sent to Washington to “do school uniforms” — political shorthand for the former president's downsized ambitions against a Republican Congress.
Discussion: Pirate's Cove
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Ed O'Keefe / Washington Post:
Weapons prove Iranian role in Iraq, U.S. says  —  BAGHDAD — Iranian-backed militias in Iraq are using more sophisticated weapons than in the past to target U.S. troops and military installations in Iraq, according to senior U.S. officials.  —  James F. Jeffrey, the U.S. ambassador to Iraq …
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Jennifer Epstein / The Politico:
N.Y.C. civil terror trial for Somali  —  In a move that has angered some congressional Republicans, a Somali man accused of having ties to two terrorist groups — who was secretly interrogated for months aboard a U.S. Navy ship — will be prosecuted in civilian court in New York by the Justice Department, the Obama administration said.
Discussion: Weasel Zippers
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Jonah Goldberg / Los Angeles Times:
'That's racist' as a punch line  —  A phrase once considered one of the most serious accusations possible has become a gag line.  —  A scene from “30 Rock.”  Hannibal Buress, a comedian and writer for NBC's television program says “That's racist” works in comedy because it pushes buttons.  (NBC)
Kayla Webley / newsfeed.time.com:
Investigation Finds ‘Widespread’ Cheating in Atlanta Schools  —  At least 178 teachers and principals at nearly four dozen schools in Atlanta have been implicated in what is likely the largest cheating scandal in U.S. history to date.  —  The report found that teachers …
Discussion: The Jawa Report
Reid J. Epstein / Reuters:
Supreme Court to decide on Mexican's execution  —  The U.S. Supreme Court has until Thursday to intervene before Texas is scheduled to put to death a convicted murderer and rapist from Mexico whose execution could place the U.S. in violation of a 38-year international treaty.
Mike Lillis / The Hill:
DNC boss, president at odds on Cuba policy  —  Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz (Fla.), tapped by President Obama to head the Democratic National Committee, is a hard-liner on Cuba, which means the chairwoman of the organization intent on reelecting the president disagrees with Obama …
Discussion: JammieWearingFool
 
 
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Sam Baker / Healthwatch:
States slow in setting up central piece of Obama healthcare law
Discussion: ThinkProgress
Philip Aldrick / Telegraph:
Fiscal stimulus doesn't work, claims Harvard economics professor Robert Barro
Discussion: Hot Air and Vox Popoli
Michael O'Brien / The Hill:
RNC launches ad campaign attacking Obama on economy
Discussion: CNN
Lorraine Luk / Wall Street Journal:
Apple Preparing For New iPhone in Third Quarter
Kevin Bogardus / The Hill:
GOP Rep. McCotter's union ties to be tested
David Leonhardt / New York Times:
Big Business Leaves Deficit to Politicians
Discussion: ThinkProgress and Prairie Weather
New York Times:
Brawl Erupts During Impeachment Talks in Afghan Parliament
Discussion: The Nation and FrumForum
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Matt Buedel / Journal Star:
Police, firefighters shot with fireworks at Taft Homes ‘riot’
Discussion: Fox Nation
Inside Higher Ed:
Oral History, Unprotected
Discussion: Outside the Beltway
Guardian:
Activists' plan to break Gaza blockade with aid flotilla is sunk
Peter Schroeder / The Hill:
Treasury announces $10 billion in TARP profit from banks
Discussion: FrumForum
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Inside the Disappointing Comeback
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