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4:20 PM ET, July 6, 2011

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Brian Stelter / Media Decoder:
CNN Cancels ‘In the Arena’ With Eliot Spitzer  —  1:30 p.m. |  Updated CNN on Wednesday cancelled Eliot Spitzer's 8 p.m. political talk show, “In The Arena,” and said it would shift Anderson Cooper's 10 p.m. nightly newscast into the time slot.  —  The cable news channel also said that Erin Burnett …
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Keach Hagey / The Politico:
CNN cancels Eliot Spitzer's show  —  CNN has taken Eliot Spitzer's “In the Arena” off the air, replacing it with “Anderson Cooper 360” at 8 p.m. in a shakeup that includes the launch of a new show with former CNBC star Erin Burnett.  —  The move strips the last remnants of the ill-fated …
Discussion: FrumForum
Jill Serjeant / Reuters:
CNN drops Eliot Spitzer TV talk show  —  (Reuters) - CNN has canceled its television talk show hosted by former New York governor Eliot Spitzer, despite a major revamp less than six months ago.  —  Announcing its fall TV schedule on Wednesday, CNN said that starting August 8 …
Tom Jensen / Public Policy Polling:
Bachmann surging, signs of weakness for Romney  —  When PPP polled New Hampshire in April Michele Bachmann was stuck at 4%.  She's gained 14 points over the last three months and now finds herself within single digits of Mitt Romney.  Romney continues to lead the way in the state with 25% …
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Josh Rogin / Foreign Policy:
The 2012 Horse Whisperers  —  Who's giving foreign-policy advice …
Discussion: Ben Smith's Blog and Eunomia
The Huffington Post:
Former Tim Pawlenty Colleagues, Mentors Don't Recognize The Man Running For President
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blog:
Writing off Pawlenty
Discussion: Salon
Matthew Yglesias / ThinkProgress:
Barack Obama's Dangerous Embrace Of Economic Fatalism  —  Even as the Obama administration continues to defend the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act from its critics, the White House appears to have sincerely pivoted away from the idea that a higher level of aggregate demand …
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James Pethokoukis:
Obama really might have made it worse  —  The Republican charge is a body shot aimed right at the belly of President Barack Obama's re-election effort: He made it worse.  —  No, not that White House efforts at boosting the American economy and creating jobs and “winning the future” …
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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The Hill:
Republican spending measure would block EPA climate rules
Discussion: Weasel Zippers
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 …
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Molly K. Hooper / The Hill:
Cantor: GOP willing to talk tax loopholes in debt negotiations  —  House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-Va.) said Wednesday the GOP is willing to talk about tax loopholes in the context of the debt ceiling negotiations.  —  Cantor suggested some flexibility on the biggest sticking point in the talks …
Discussion: Weasel Zippers
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Bob Cusack / The Hill:
McConnell: ‘We look a lot like Greece already’  —  Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell (Ky.) said Wednesday that the financial state of the U.S. is similar to bankrupt Greece.  —  Making the case for major spending reductions a day before congressional leaders will meet with President Obama …
Discussion: Washington Monthly
Michael McAuliff / The Huffington Post:
Jeff Sessions: Saying Millionaires Should Share Pain Is ‘Rather Pathetic’ … WASHINGTON — Having the Senate declare that millionaires should share more of the pain involved in putting America's financial house in order is “rather pathetic,” Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-Ala.) declared Tuesday.
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Marie Diamond / ThinkProgress:
Sen. Sessions: Asking Millionaires To Pay More Is ‘Rather Pathetic’
Discussion: Washington Monthly
Heather Vogell / Atlanta Journal-Constitution:
Investigation into APS cheating finds unethical behavior across every level  —  Across Atlanta Public Schools, staff worked feverishly in secret to transform testing failures into successes.  —  Teachers and principals erased and corrected mistakes on students' answer sheets.
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Kayla Webley / newsfeed.time.com:
Investigation Finds ‘Widespread’ Cheating in Atlanta Schools
Discussion: neo-neocon and The Jawa Report
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 …
Elaine Quijano / CBS News:
Policy shift in presidential condolence letters  —  PLAY CBS NEWS VIDEO  —  NEW YORK - Most families who lose a loved one in the war zones receive a letter of condolence from the President of the United States.  But there are a few who do not receive this honor.
Discussion: Fox News and The Politico
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Julian Pecquet / Healthwatch:
Obama will send condolence letters for military suicides
Discussion: CNN
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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James Delingpole / blogs.telegraph.co.uk:
There has been no global warming since 1998
Jonathan Martin / The Politico:
Mitt Romney's initial fundraising goal: $50 million  —  Mitt Romney disclosed today that he raised $18.25 million in his initial fundraising report, but his goal for the first half of 2011 was $50 million, according to an email sent by a Romney consultant to a potential state finance aide at the end of last year.
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Chris Cillizza / Washington Post:
Mitt Romney raises $18.25 million
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.”
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 …
Discussion: msnbc.com and Watts Up With That?
Darren Samuelsohn / The Politico:
Bill Clinton likens GOP effort to Jim Crow laws  —  Former President Bill Clinton Wednesday compared GOP efforts to limit same-day voter registration and block some convicted felons from voting to Jim Crow laws and poll taxes.  —  In a speech to liberal youth activists Wednesday …
Discussion: Weasel Zippers and FrumForum
Chuck KlostermanPOSTED / Grantland:
Q&A: Bill James on Crime  —  The father of sabermetrics on his new book and what makes a murderer  —  If you're interested in baseball, you're interested in Bill James — he's the inventor of sabermetrics, the ideological engine behind Michael Lewis' best-selling Moneyball …
Discussion: Hit & Run
Binyamin Appelbaum / New York Times:
As Plastic Reigns, the Treasury Slows Its Printing Presses  —  WASHINGTON — The number of dollar bills rolling off the great government presses here and in Fort Worth fell to a modern low last year.  Production of $5 bills also dropped to the lowest level in 30 years.
Discussion: Outside the Beltway and FrumForum
New York Times:
Antitax Extremism in Minnesota  —  How far will Republican lawmakers go to protect millionaires?  Those who think a default on the federal government's credit seems implausible should take a sobering look at the “closed” signs dotting Minnesota.  The Republican Party there readily shut …
Greg Sargent / Washington Post:
Our surreal debate over taxing the rich  —  So it's come to this.  Republican opposition to any kind of revenue increase as part of the deficit deal has grown so implacable that Dems will now hold a Senate vote tomorrow on the basic idea that millionaires and billionaires should help contribute to fixing our deficit.
Lorraine Luk / Wall Street Journal:
Apple Preparing For New iPhone in Third Quarter  —  TAIPEI—Apple Inc. has placed orders for key components used in a next-generation iPhone it is preparing to launch sometime in the third quarter, according to people familiar with the situation.  —  According to some suppliers of components to Apple …
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blog:
The jobs  —  Even the union goons are unhappy with Obama's failed economic strategy!  —  Posted By: RyanT.  This republican congress is too busy breaking up unions and planned parenthoods to worry about job creation.  Obama has some work projects he has offered up, but no one is biting.
Discussion: AmSpecBlog and Weasel Zippers
 
 
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