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6:25 AM ET, July 8, 2011


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Letter to Senator Patty Murray, Chair Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee  —  Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee  —  Dear Senator Murray:  —  For many months now, your colleagues in the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee leadership have engaged in a series of disparagements …
Byron Tau / Ben Smith's Blog:
DSCC asking Kochs for cash  —  The Kochs have become a major target of Democratic ire recently — but that hasn't stopped the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee from asking their company for money.  A Koch company executive fires back in a letter to DSCC chairwoman Sen. Patty Murray:
Judd Legum / ThinkProgress:
BREAKING: Bachmann pledges to ban pornography  —  Tonight, Michele Bachmann became the first presidential candidate to sign a pledge created by THE FAMiLY LEADER, an influential social-conservative group in Iowa.  By signing the pledge Bachmann “vows” to “uphold the institution of marriage …
William Petroski / Iowa Caucuses:
Bachmann is first to sign Family Leader's pro-marriage pledge  —  The Family Leader, a prominent Iowa group that promotes Christian conservative social values, said Thursday it is asking all presidential candidates to sign a pledge regarding their personal convictions on traditional marriage.
Discussion: Pam's House Blend
Pew Research Center for the People and the Press:
Public Wants Changes in Entitlements, Not Changes in Benefits  —  GOP Divided Over Benefit Reductions  —  OVERVIEW  —  As policymakers at the state and national level struggle with rising entitlement costs, overwhelming numbers of Americans agree that, over the years, Social Security …
Michael McAuliff / The Huffington Post:
Orrin Hatch: The ‘Poor’ Should Do More To Shrink Debt, Not The Rich (VIDEO) … WASHINGTON — Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) voted against beginning debate on a measure that would have the Senate declare the rich should share the pain of debt reduction Thursday, a day after arguing that it's the poor and middle class who need to do more.
Discussion: ThinkProgress, TPMDC and FrumForum
Adam Liptak / New York Times:
Mexican Citizen Is Executed as Justices Refuse to Step In  —  WASHINGTON — In a 5-to-4 decision that split along ideological lines, the Supreme Court on Thursday evening rebuffed a request from the Obama administration that it stay the execution of a Mexican citizen on death row in Texas.
The Note:
SCOTUS refuses to delay Leal execution; Leal's last hope with Governor of Texas
Discussion: The Politico
Doug Heye / The Politico:
DNC chairwoman a work in progress  —  When President Barack Obama selected Florida Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz to lead the Democratic National Committee, she was hailed as the best pick he could make.  —  Since her election to Congress, Wasserman Schultz has quickly earned a reputation …
Discussion: Weasel Zippers
Jeff Zeleny / New York Times:
Will Republican Race's First In Be the First Out?  —  AMES, Iowa — Tim Pawlenty was first in line to enter the Republican presidential race.  He is now fighting to avoid becoming the earliest major candidate to be shown the door.  —  No contender for the Republican nomination has followed …
Discussion: Iowa Caucuses and AmSpecBlog
Ben Popken / The Consumerist:
Chase Gets Man Thrown In Jail For Fraudulent Check.  Except The Check Is Legit.  —  Ikenna, a 28-year old construction worker, went to deposit a $8,463.21 Chase cashier's check at his local Chase branch, only for the teller to decide that neither he nor his check looked right and he got tossed in jail for forgery, KING5 reports.
Linda Byron / KING-TV:
Jailed for cashing Chase check at Chase bank
Discussion: Gawker and The Raw Story
Amelia Hill / Guardian:
Andy Coulson to be arrested over phone hacking  —  Second former senior News of the World journalist to also be arrested after leaks from NI force police to speed up plans  —  Andy Coulson has been told by police that he will be arrested on Friday morning over suspicions that he knew about …
News of the World to close amid hacking scandal
Nate Silver / FiveThirtyEight:
Why the Republicans Resist Compromise  —  The chart that I'm going to show you is one of the more important ones that we've presented at FiveThirtyEight in some time.  It helps explain a lot of what's going on in American politics today, from the negotiations over the federal debt ceiling to the Republican presidential primaries.
Alan I. Abramowitz / Sabato's Crystal Ball:   Setting the Record Straight: Correcting Myths About Independent Voters
Alicia M. Cohn / The Hill:
DeMint would accept ‘serious disruptions’ to economy in debt debate  —  Sen. Jim DeMint (R-S.C.) said Wednesday night that Republicans should maintain their hardline position in the debt ceiling debate even if it results in “serious disruptions” to the economy.
Andrew Breitbart / Big Government:
Exclusive: ‘The Undefeated’ Trailer - Daughter.  Wife.  Mother.  Warrior.  —  The much anticipated Sarah Palin documentary by filmmaker Steve Bannon comes out in theaters next Friday, July 15th.  People can now see the trailer for the first time.  I've now seen the film three times …
Stephanie Mencimer / MoJo Articles:
Why Jamie Leigh Jones Could Lose Her KBR Rape Case  —  Her story of a brutal attack in Iraq sparked a national outcry—but how much of it is true?  —  Post Comment  —  The allegations were explosive when they first hit in 2007: A 20-year-old woman named Jamie Leigh Jones alleged that four days …
Ed Morrissey / Hot Air:   Another high-profile rape case collapsing?
Ian Swanson / The Hill:
Top Obama adviser says unemployment won't be key in 2012  —  President Obama's senior political adviser David Plouffe said Wednesday that people won't vote in 2012 based on the unemployment rate.  —  Plouffe should probably hope that's the case, since dismal job figures aren't expected …
Discussion: FrumForum
John Hinderaker / Power Line:
Say No To the Dems' July Surprise  —  Many times in the past, Congress has voted to raise the nation's debt ceiling with little or no controversy.  Not so this year.  The Republicans turned the vote on the debt ceiling into a major political issue by threatening to vote No …
Ben Sisario / New York Times:
To Slow Piracy, Internet Providers Ready Penalties  —  Americans who illegally download songs and movies may soon be in for a surprise: They will be warned to stop, and if they don't, they could find their Internet access slowing to a crawl.  —  After years of negotiations with Hollywood …
Caroline May / The Daily Caller:
Child pornography found on Assistant U.S. Attorney's computer  —  Iowa Republican Sen. Chuck Grassley sent a letter to Attorney General Eric Holder Thursday requesting an explanation as to why the Justice Department declined to file charges against a federal prosecutor with child pornography found on his work computer.
Discussion: Wizbang
New York Post:
‘Fast & Furious’ gets hotter for Holder
Abe Sauer / The Awl:
How Republicans and Tea Partiers Alike Used the Heritage Foundation's #AskObama Script  —  Yesterday, President Obama held a live chat session on Twitter.  Billed as a “townhall,” the President spent an hour fielding questions from Twitter users about the state of the nation.
Michael Barbaro / New York Times:
Political Turns Personal: Mayor Will Officiate at Gay Advisers' Wedding  —  Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg summoned his chief policy adviser, John Feinblatt, to his desk at City Hall a few days ago for what seemed like a routine conversation with the boss.  “Let's get a cup of coffee,” the mayor told him, motioning to the office kitchen.
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Kenan Malik / New York Times:
Assimilation's Failure, Terrorism's Rise
Discussion: American Power and Harry's Place
Alan M. Dershowitz / Wall Street Journal:
Casey Anthony: The System Worked
Joshua Foust / The Atlantic Online:
How to Fix USAID  —  A broken aid agency helps no one.
Haslam: Online sales tax legislation may scare off Amazon
Discussion: Moe Lane, Instapundit and Facing South
Jim Epstein / Hit & Run: D.C. Taxi Heist
Discussion: CARPE DIEM
Christopher Lawton / Wall Street Journal:
Apple Plans Fix for iPhone Flaw
Discussion: AllThingsD
Trust for America's Health:
F as in Fat: How Obesity Threatens America's Future 2011
Discussion: Healthwatch and Washington Post
Sabato's Crystal Ball:
What's the Magic Number?
 Earlier Items: 
Sam Roberts / New York Times:
Homes Dark and Lifeless, Kept by Out-of-Towners
Discussion: Runnin' Scared and Gothamist
Karl Smith / Modeled Behavior:
Are there Too Many Homes in America Ctd / There Will Be Inflation / This is the Story of 2012
Discussion: ThinkProgress and Free exchange
Sally Jacobs / Boston Globe:
Father spoke of having Obama adopted