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4:30 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
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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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
Molly K. Hooper / The Hill:
Cantor: GOP willing to talk tax loopholes in debt negotiations
Discussion: Weasel Zippers
Marie Diamond / ThinkProgress:
Sen. Sessions: Asking Millionaires To Pay More Is ‘Rather Pathetic’
Discussion: Washington Monthly
Katrina vanden Heuvel / Washington Post:
Invoke the 14th — and end the debt standoff
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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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 …
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.”
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
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?
Jennifer Epstein / The Politico:
TSA warns airlines of ‘human bombs’  —  Transportation security officials are warning airlines on Wednesday that “human bomb” terrorists may try to use surgically implanted explosives to blow up planes.  —  Though there is no intelligence about a specific plot, the Transportation Security Administration …
Discussion: Weasel Zippers
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Mirror.co.uk:
Airports on alert as Al Qaeda plots to implant bombs in fanatics to beat body scanners
Discussion: Atlas Shrugs
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.
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
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
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
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.
Matthew Boyle / The Daily Caller:
ACORN continues to receive taxpayer cash, group says  —  In spite of a law aimed at de-funding the controversial organization, the Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now (ACORN) is still receiving taxpayer money through an offshoot group.  —  Legal watchdog group Judicial Watch discovered …
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 …
 
 
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Nick Schulz / Economics 2.0:
How Effective Was The 2009 Stimulus Program?
Discussion: Hit & Run, Pajamas Media and RedState
Ed Morrissey / Hot Air:
CA legislature passes gay-history mandate as the ship sinks
Benjy Sarlin / TPMDC:
Michele Bachmann's Foster Care Contradiction
Discussion: Big Journalism and Salon
Travis Waldron / ThinkProgress:
Romney Calls Dodd-Frank An Overreach, Then Admits He's Not Sure What's In It
Daniel / USTOGAZA:
July 6th Update from the U.S. Boat to Gaza
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Presidential Candidate Openly Campaigning for Poker Player Vote
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 Earlier Items: 
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blog:
The jobs  —  Even the union goons are unhappy with Obama's failed economic strategy!
Discussion: AmSpecBlog and Weasel Zippers
Binyamin Appelbaum / New York Times:
As Plastic Reigns, the Treasury Slows Its Printing Presses
Discussion: Outside the Beltway and FrumForum
Dick Morris / The Hill:
Obama losing Jewish voters
Discussion: YID With LID and Israel Matzav
James Fallows / The Atlantic Online:
Is Jiang Zemin Dead? Real-time Illustration of News Control in China
Lorraine Luk / Wall Street Journal:
Apple Preparing For New iPhone in Third Quarter
Jonah Goldberg / Los Angeles Times:
'That's racist' as a punch line