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3:50 PM ET, July 6, 2011

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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 …
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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” …
Jeffrey H. Anderson / Weekly Standard:
Despite White House Protests, Stimulus Still Cost Taxpayers $278,000 Per Job
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 …
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
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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Tom Jensen / Public Policy Polling:
Bachmann surging, signs of weakness for Romney
Discussion: GOP 12, TPMDC and Indecision Forever
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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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
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 …
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: Watts Up With That?
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Rob Schumacher / msnbc.com:
50-mile wide, mile-high dust storm engulfs Phoenix
Discussion: Outside the Beltway
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 …
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
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
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.
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Greg Sargent / Washington Post:
The Morning Plum  —  My pick for read of the morning …
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.”
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
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
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 …
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
Travis Waldron / ThinkProgress:
Romney Calls Dodd-Frank An Overreach, Then Admits He's Not Sure What's In It  —  ThinkProgress filed this report from a campaign event in Hampton, New Hampshire  —  Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney (R) continued leveling attacks on the Dodd-Frank financial reform law during two campaign stops in New Hampshire yesterday.
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 …
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
 
 
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