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2:10 PM ET, July 6, 2011

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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  —  A fiscal 2012 spending bill unveiled Wednesday by House Republican appropriators includes a policy rider that would prevent the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) from regulating greenhouse gas emissions from power plants and refineries for one year.
Discussion: Weasel Zippers
Ashley Halsey III / Washington Post:
House GOP expected to ax transportation funds
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” …
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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Paul Duggan / Washington Post:
Casey Anthony and the court of public opinion
Discussion: Verum Serum
Orlando Sentinel:
Casey Anthony not guilty of murder
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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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.
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 …
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
The Huffington Post:
Former Tim Pawlenty Colleagues, Mentors Don't Recognize The Man Running For President
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
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
Charles Hoskinson / The Politico:
Accused Fort Hood shooter could face death penalty  —  Army Maj. Nidal Malik Hasan will stand trial by court-martial and face a possible death penalty if convicted in the Nov. 5, 2009, shooting at Fort Hood, Texas, that killed 13 and wounded 30, the Army announced Wednesday.
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Fox News:
Accused Fort Hood Shooter to Have Military Trial, Will Face Death Penalty
Discussion: The Jawa Report and Weasel Zippers
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’
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
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Heather Vogell / Atlanta Journal-Constitution:
Investigation into APS cheating finds unethical behavior across every level
Julian Pecquet / Healthwatch:
Obama will send condolence letters for military suicides  —  President Obama will start sending condolence letters to the families of service members who commit suicide while deployed, a reversal of longstanding but unwritten government policy.  The news was first reported late Tuesday by CBS News.
Discussion: CNN
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Elaine Quijano / CBS News:
Policy shift in presidential condolence letters
Discussion: The Politico
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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.”
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.
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 Eunomia
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 …
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: Weasel Zippers and AmSpecBlog
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 …
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.
 
 
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Jeffrey H. Anderson / Weekly Standard:
Despite White House Protests, Stimulus Still Cost Taxpayers $278,000 Per Job
Dick Morris / The Hill:
Obama losing Jewish voters
Discussion: YID With LID
James Fallows / The Atlantic Online:
Is Jiang Zemin Dead? Real-time Illustration of News Control in China
 Earlier Items: 
Philip Aldrick / Telegraph:
Fiscal stimulus doesn't work, claims Harvard economics professor Robert Barro
Discussion: Vox Popoli
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
Carrie Budoff Brown / The Politico:
Obama plays small ball on policy
Discussion: Pirate's Cove
Molly K. Hooper / The Hill:
Fast pace in House leads to lawmaker mistakes, confusion on votes
Jonah Goldberg / Los Angeles Times:
'That's racist' as a punch line
Alexander Burns / The Politico:
Newt Gingrich raises $2M, reveals significant debt