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10:00 PM ET, July 6, 2011

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Mike Lillis / The Hill:
Dem leader says he'll help GOP on debt-ceiling vote, but at a price  —  House Minority Whip Steny Hoyer (D-Md.) on Wednesday said he's willing to help Republicans secure the votes they need to pass an increase in the debt ceiling, but not without conditions.
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Felicia Sonmez / Washington Post:
Cantor says GOP open to cutting tax loopholes in debt deal, but Senate Republicans balk
Discussion: Hullabaloo and FrumForum
Washington Wire:
Obama Skirts Question on 14th Amendment's Place in Debt Talks
Discussion: Hit & Run and TPMDC
Bob Cusack / The Hill:
McConnell: ‘We look a lot like Greece already’
Rob Bluey / The Daily Caller:
White House uses Twitter to bully critics  —  President Obama's director of progressive media is obsessed with one particular conservative provocateur.  Jesse Lee's duties at the White House include “online response” — and there has been no shortage of responses to one person who routinely communicates with him on Twitter.
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Chris Cillizza / Washington Post:
Obama's Twitter townhall: A win-win for the White House
Paul Krugman:
The Obama-Keynes Mystery  —  I'm not alone in marveling at the extent to which Obama has thrown his rhetorical weight behind anti-Keynesian economics; Ryan Avent is equally amazed, as are many others.  And now he's endorsing the structural unemployment story too.
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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 …
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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Michael O'Brien / The Hill:
Pawlenty co-chairman: Bachmann will be ‘very hard to beat’ in Iowa  —  Rep. Michele Bachmann (Minn.) is going to be “very hard to beat” in Iowa's Republican caucuses, a co-chairman of former Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty's campaign said Wednesday.  —  Vin Weber, a former GOP congressman …
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
Discussion: FrumForum
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
Bob Egelko / San Francisco Chronicle:
Court bars enforcement of 'don't ask, don't tell'  —  (07-06) 13:16 PDT SAN FRANCISCO — A federal appeals court ordered a halt today to the armed forces' discharge of openly gay service members, citing the Obama administration's disavowal of laws that discriminate based on sexual orientation.
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Katie Pavlich / Townhall.com:
Katie Pavlich Scandal Grows: FBI, DEA Involved With Operation Fast and Furious  —  Yesterday, Acting ATF Director Kenneth Melson answered questions from Rep. Darrell Issa and Senator Charles Grassley surrounding Operation Fast and Furious.  Melson voluntarily participated in the interview …
Discussion: The Daily Caller and Hot Air
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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: The Politico, Fox News and Shakesville
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Alex Seitz-Wald / ThinkProgress:
Union Workers Replaced With Prison Labor Under Scott Walker's Collective Bargaining Law  —  While Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker's (R) law dismantling collective bargaining rights has harmed teachers, nurses, and other civil servants, it's helping a different group in Wisconsinites — inmates.
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
Christi Parsons / Los Angeles Times:
TSA warns of possible airline threat involving implanted bombs  —  A traveler is inspected at a TSA checkpoint at LAX this year.  (Mark Boster)  —  The government has warned airlines that terrorists are considering surgically implanting explosives into people in an attempt …
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Merrill Matthews / Human Events:
Gov. Rick Perry: The Candidate Obama Would Fear the Most  —  More than any other potential GOP presidential candidate, President Obama fears Texas Gov. Rick Perry.  That's because Perry is the only one who can devastate virtually any Obama claim.  —  Take the whine we hear most often from the President …
Discussion: Opinion L.A.
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.”
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 …
Amanda Terkel / The Huffington Post:
Rep. Tim Scott Floats Impeachment If Obama Invokes 14th Amendment On Debt Limit (VIDEO) … WASHINGTON — While some have asserted that the debt limit might be unconstitutional under the 14th Amendment, and therefore President Obama does not need congressional approval to raise it …
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 …
Amnesty International:
REPORT REVEALS CRIMES AGAINST HUMANITY IN SYRIAN TOWN  —  The brutal methods used in a devastating Syrian security operation in the western town of Tell Kalakh may constitute crimes against humanity, Amnesty International said today in a new report.  —  Crackdown in Syria …
Discussion: ThinkProgress and The Daily Dish
Ezra Klein / Washington Post:
The GOP's evolving case against taxes  —  There are two ways to increase taxes.  One is you just raise rates, particularly the top rates.  Economists in general — and Republican economists in particular — don't much like this approach because it raises taxes on the last dollars you've earned.
John Stossel / Real Clear Politics:
The College Scam  —  What do Michael Dell, Mark Zuckerberg, Bill Gates and Mark Cuban have in common?  —  They're all college dropouts.  —  Richard Branson, Simon Cowell and Peter Jennings have in common?  —  They never went to college at all.  —  But today all kids are told: To succeed, you must go to college.
Discussion: American Glob and National Review
Nick Schulz / Economics 2.0:
How Effective Was The 2009 Stimulus Program?  —  So the stimulus — the so-called American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 or ARRA — is starting to wind down.  What are the results?  —  Depends on whom you ask, of course.  Conservatives will say unemployment is near double-digits and growth is slow, so clearly it didn't work.
 
 
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Ron Kampeas / JTA:
U.S. says Israel's inclusion on terrorist watch list was a mistake
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The White House:
Remarks by the President on the Status of Efforts to Find a Balanced Approach to Deficit Reduction …
Discussion: Washington Monthly
Grace Ferrell / Washington Examiner:
BELTWAY CONFIDENTIAL  —  Ron Paul to introduce the American Traveler Dignity Act
Discussion: Weasel Zippers
Brian Beutler / TPMDC:
CHART OF THE DAY: The Stealth Social Security Cut In Debt Talks
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Nick Gillespie / Hit & Run:
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Benjy Sarlin / TPMDC:
Michele Bachmann's Foster Care Contradiction
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Dick Morris / The Hill:
Obama losing Jewish voters
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