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10:10 AM ET, July 6, 2011


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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 …
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.
Maggie Haberman / The Politico:
WMUR poll shows no bump for Jon Huntsman
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.
Discussion: ThinkProgress
Josiah Ryan / The Hill:
Senate postpones Libya authorization bill to focus on debt  —  Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) canceled a vote on legislation authorizing U.S. military action in Libya after facing pressure from GOP lawmakers, who warned they would vote the measure down in order to focus on budget matters.
Discussion: and FrumForum
New York Times:
Obama Summons G.O.P. and Democratic Leaders for Deficit Reduction Talks  —  WASHINGTON — President Obama stepped up pressure on Congressional Republicans on Tuesday to agree to a broad deficit-cutting deal, pledging to put popular entitlement programs like Medicare on the table in return …
Felicia Sonmez / Washington Post:
Obama calls lawmakers to White House in effort to break debt stalemate
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 …
Alexander Burns / The Politico:
Newt Gingrich raises $2M, reveals significant debt  —  Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich will report raising approximately $2 million in the second fundraising quarter of the year and ending the month of June with $225,000 in the bank, POLITICO has learned.
Michael O'Brien / The Hill:
Romney raised over $18M in second quarter  —  Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney (R) raised $18.25 million by the end of June to support his presidential campaign, it was announced on Wednesday.  —  Romney, the putative frontrunner for the GOP nomination, announced the hefty sum …
Discussion: Ballot Box, FrumForum and Fox Nation
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
Molly K. Hooper / The Hill:
Fast pace in House leads to lawmaker mistakes, confusion on votes  —  The rapid-fire succession of floor votes in the House this year has triggered lawmaker confusion and mistakes.  —  With dozens of votes stacked in a lengthy series on recent bills, a number of House lawmakers have cast the wrong votes.
Jennifer Haberkorn / The Politico:
What became of ‘repeal and replace’?
Discussion: ThinkProgress
Orlando Sentinel:
Casey Anthony not guilty of murder  —  Casey Anthony could be a free woman Thursday after being found not guilty of murder, manslaughter and aggravated child abuse  —  Casey Anthony, center, is overcome with emotion along with her defense team following her acquittal of murder charges …
Fox News:
Casey Anthony Found Not Guilty of Killing 2-Year-Old Daughter
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.
New York Times:
U.S. to Prosecute a Somali Suspect in Civilian Court  —  WASHINGTON — The Obama administration announced Tuesday that it would prosecute in civilian court a Somali accused of ties to two Islamist militant groups.  The decision to fly the man to New York for trial, after interrogating …
Discussion: Lawfare, AmSpecBlog and FrumForum
Greg Miller / Washington Post:
U.S. indicts Somali on terrorism charges
Discussion: The Agonist
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)
Discussion: Pajamas Media and American Glob
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: The Business Insider
Families of 7/7 victims ‘were targets of phone hacking’  —  New revelation deepens crisis at News of the World after it emerges that officers will review child murder cases  —  The phone-hacking crisis enveloping the News of the World intensified on Tuesday night after it emerged …
Directorblue / Doug Ross:
Advice for a Young Blogger: How to get a million or less hits on your blog over some unspecified period of time, maybe  —  Received: … Oh.  I'm sorry.  Wrong email. … C, here are my top 10 rules on the delicate topic of blogging.  —  10. Always link to stories on blogs around …
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
Peter Schroeder / The Hill:
Treasury announces $10 billion in TARP profit from banks  —  The federal government has reaped a $10 billion profit on bank loans made under the controversial Troubled Asset Relief Program (TARP).  —  The Treasury Department announced Tuesday that the government had pulled in another $1.7 billion in proceeds stemming from TARP loans.
Discussion: FrumForum
Michael Cieply / New York Times:
For Film Graduates, an Altered Job Picture  —  LOS ANGELES — One after another, touring groups of prospective students and their parents stopped late last month to pose for pictures around a bronze Douglas Fairbanks, who wields his sword in a courtyard fountain here at the University of Southern California's School of Cinematic Arts.
Discussion: Outside the Beltway and Gawker
New York Times:
Brawl Erupts During Impeachment Talks in Afghan Parliament  —  KABUL, Afghanistan — Members of the Afghan Parliament came to blows Tuesday as a majority for the first time began to discuss impeaching President Hamid Karzai, signaling the near-total breakdown of relations between the Parliament …
Discussion: The Nation and FrumForum
New York Times:
Strauss-Kahn Lawyers and Prosecution Set Meeting to Discuss Dismissal or Plea Deal  —  Manhattan prosecutors are scheduled to meet on Wednesday with the lawyers for Dominique Strauss-Kahn to discuss whether the sexual assault case against him can be resolved through a dismissal or a plea agreement …
Alastair Campbell / The Huffington Post:
On the Perils of Diarywriting; Lessons Learned; and The Opportunities of New Media  —  I sometimes feel like I am living in several different time zones simultaneously, all in the same country, often at the same desk.  —  There is the here and now, always the most pressing, often the most challenging …
Discussion: The Next Web
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Discussion: Outside the Beltway
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Robert K. Lifton / The Huffington Post:
Zionism at Risk  —  I am a Zionist.  Like most Jews living …
Discussion: Elder of Ziyon
Ashby Jones / Wall Street Journal:
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Wall Street Journal:
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Keith Laing / The Hill:
Rep. Paul: Abolish TSA
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Marie Diamond / ThinkProgress:
GRAPH: Contrary To GOP Claims, U.S. Has Second Lowest Corporate Taxes In The Developed World
Tanya Somanader / ThinkProgress:
Ohio GOP Weakens Election Law By Allowing Poll Workers To Refuse To Inform Voters Where They Can Vote
Jeff Dunetz / YID With LID:
Why Gallup's Analysis of Jewish Voters is Dishonest
Discussion: Pajamas Media
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