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3:30 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 …
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
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  —  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% …
Discussion: GOP 12, TPMDC and Indecision Forever
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
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
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
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
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 …
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
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
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.”
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
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
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 …
Matthew Kredell / Pokernews:
Presidential Candidate Openly Campaigning for Poker Player Vote  —  For the first time, a presidential candidate is openly campaigning for the poker-player vote.  Former New Mexico Gov. Gary Johnson has set up a Web page targeting poker players.  —  “Support me for President …
Discussion: CNN and GOP 12
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
Dick Morris / The Hill:
Obama losing Jewish voters  —  If the election were held today, President Obama would get only 56 percent of the Jewish vote against a generic Republican candidate, down from the 78 percent he won in 2008 and less than the 74 percent John Kerry received in 2004.
Discussion: YID With LID and Israel Matzav
Molly Hooper / The Hill:
Cantor: Taxes, not loopholes, killed talks  —  House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-Va.) said Wednesday that Republicans did not leave the debt talks over corporate loopholes, as President Obama said, but over taxes.  —  For the first time since President Obama publicly blamed GOP lawmakers …
Discussion: Weasel Zippers
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.
 
 
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