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12:55 PM ET, July 8, 2011


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Christine Hauser / New York Times:
Job Growth Falters Badly, Clouding Hope for Recovery  —  The United States economy added a meager 18,000 jobs in June, up from a gain of a revised 25,000 jobs in May, the Department of Labor said on Friday.  The unemployment rate rose to 9.2 percent from 9.1 percent in May, the department said.
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 …
Austan Goolsbee / White Blog:
The Employment Situation in June  —  Today's employment report shows that private sector payrolls increased by 57,000 in June and the unemployment rate ticked up to 9.2 percent.  While the private sector has added 2.2 million jobs over the past 16 months, this month's report reflects …
Shobhana Chandra / Bloomberg:
U.S. Payrolls Rise 18,000; Jobless Rate Climbs to 9.2%  —  U.S. employers added 18,000 workers in June, the fewest in nine months, and the unemployment rate unexpectedly climbed, indicating a struggling labor market.  —  The increase in payrolls followed a 25,000 gain that was less than half …
Jennifer Epstein / The Politico:
Unemployment rises to 9.2 percent  —  In a blow to President Barack Obama's efforts to revive the economy, the unemployment rate rose to 9.2 percent and only a paltry 18,000 jobs were created in June, the Labor Department reported Friday.  —  Analysts had expected the numbers would be far better …
Maggie Haberman / The Politico:
Mitt Romney on jobless numbers: ‘Fire Plouffe’
Discussion: New York Magazine and Bloomberg
Associated Press:
Unemployment rose to 9.2 percent in June as employers add only 18,000 jobs
Wall Street Journal:
Jobs Data Dim Recovery Hopes
Discussion: Washington Wire
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.
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
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 …
John Whitesides / Reuters:
Texas Governor Perry likely to run in 2012
Jennifer Jacobs / Iowa Caucuses:
Pawlenty says he just started earnest campaigning in Iowa this week
Paul Krugman / New York Times:
What Obama Wants  —  On Thursday, President Obama met with Republicans to discuss a debt deal.  We don't know exactly what was proposed, but news reports before the meeting suggested that Mr. Obama is offering huge spending cuts, possibly including cuts to Social Security and an end …
New York Times:
Negotiating on a Knife's Edge  —  Every fresh report of “progress” on the debt-ceiling talks produces new reasons to feel profoundly uneasy.  The talks were misbegotten from the beginning, made necessary only by the irresponsible refusal of Republicans to pay the nation's bills unless …
John Hinderaker / Power Line:   Say No To the Dems' July Surprise
Phone hacking probe: Ex-News of the World editor Coulson arrested  —  David Cameron: “The buck stops right here”  —  Former News of the World editor Andy Coulson has been arrested by police investigating phone hacking and corruption allegations.  —  And ex-NoW royal editor Clive Goodman …
Alex Seitz-Wald / ThinkProgress:
Bachmann: ‘I Hope’ Higher Unemployment Will Help My Campaign  —  Appearing on CNBC this morning, presidential candidate Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-MN) was asked about this morning's dismal jobs report and whether higher unemployment rates might help her chances of winning in 2012.
June jobs report: Hiring slows, unemployment rises
Discussion: CNN, Fortune and Pajamas Media
Matthew Hendley / The Daily Pulp:
TSA Agent Caught With Passenger's iPad in His Pants; Allegedly Took $50,000 in Other Goods, Cops Say  —  While most Transportation Security Administration employees are busy groping people or taking naked pictures of them, the cops say one of those employees was putting fliers' electronics down his pants.
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.
Michael Graczyk / Associated Press:
Texas executes Mexican despite White House plea
Discussion: Hot Air and The Atlantic Online
Brian Beutler / TPMDC:
What's In A Name?  Dems Support Social Security Benefit Cut — By Calling It Something Else  —  Social Security benefit cuts may be a bridge too far for House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA).  But what if Republicans and Democrats alike just agreed to refer to a benefit cut by another name.
Jim Kuhnhenn / Associated Press:
Obama Schedules Rare Sunday Debt Meeting
Discussion: The Politico
Paul Krugman:
Falling Wages  —  Ugh.  That was a seriously ugly jobs report (pdf).  Almost no job creation, with slow private-sector growth offset by falling public-sector employment; a falling employment-population ratio; and (I don't know how many people have picked this up), an actual decline in wages, albeit a small one.
Andrew Frye / Bloomberg:
Buffett Bets ‘Heavily’ Against Double Dip  —  Billionaire Warren Buffett said he is wagering on continued economic expansion and doesn't expect a second recession.  —  “I would bet very heavily against that,” Buffett told Bloomberg Television's Betty Liu on the “In the Loop” program today after data showed slowing U.S. job growth.
Byron York / Washington Examiner:
Wisconsin schools buck union to cut health costs  —  The Hartland-Lakeside School District, about 30 miles west of Milwaukee in tiny Hartland, Wis., had a problem in its collective bargaining contract with the local teachers union.  —  The contract required the school district …
Sam Stein / The Huffington Post:
Obama To Unveil Gun Control Reforms In Near Future … WASHINGTON — Half a year after the shooting of Rep. Gabrielle Giffords (D-Ariz.), the Obama administration is set to release a series of reforms to the current gun law, White House Press Secretary Jay Carney said on Thursday.
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Carl Hulse / New York Times:
Boehner Sees Little Chance of Quick Deficit Deal
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Darren Samuelsohn / The Politico:
Jon Huntsman picks Bush official as policy chief
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Michael O'Brien / Ballot Box:
Crossroads puts $7M into second phase of TV ads targeting Dems
Discussion: CNN
Confederate Yankee:
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Space shuttle Atlantis lifts off
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Matt Cover / CNSNews:
21 GOP Senators Back Bill to Raise Debt Limit—But Only in Exchange For Balanced Budget Amendment
Phone hacking: Police probe suspected deletion of emails by NI executive
 Earlier Items: 
Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
Private-sector job creation deteriorating, too
Discussion: Rortybomb and ThinkProgress
Jennifer Epstein / The Politico:
Pakistan blasts Adm. Mullen
Discussion: FrumForum
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Kimberly Schwandt / Fox News:
President Obama Cancels Montana Vacation Scheduled for this Weekend
Discussion: Weasel Zippers and Don Surber
The Atlantic Online:
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Discussion: Althouse
New York Times:
As Wall St. Polices Itself, Prosecutors Use Softer Approach
Discussion: Daily Kos and Prairie Weather
Andrew Breitbart / Big Government:
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