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9:55 AM ET, July 8, 2011

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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 …
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CNBC:
Jobs Picture Gets Even Worse as Rate Swells to 9.2%  —  U.S. employment growth ground to a halt in June, with employers hiring the fewest number of workers in nine months, dampening hopes the economy was on the cusp of regaining momentum after stumbling in recent months.
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 …
Associated Press:
Unemployment rose to 9.2 percent in June as employers add only 18,000 jobs  —  WASHINGTON — Hiring slowed to a near-standstill last month.  Employers added the fewest jobs in nine months and the unemployment rate rose to 9.2 percent.  —  The economy generated only 18,000 net jobs in June, the Labor Department said Friday.
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.
Susanna Kim / ABCNEWS:
June Jobs Report: Unemployment Rate Up to 9.2 Percent With Only 18,000 Added Jobs
Discussion: Weasel Zippers and Moe Lane
KochFacts.com:
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 …
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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 …
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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.
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.
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Laurence H. Tribe / New York Times:
A Ceiling We Can't Wish Away  —  ON May 16, the United States hit its legal debt limit of $14.3 trillion.  Unless that limit is raised, the Treasury will, on Aug. 2, be unable to pay its bills.  It will then have to either stop spending money on government programs, or default on paying the nation's creditors.
Discussion: Althouse
Andrew Gilligan / Telegraph:
Phone hacking scandal: enemies of free press are circling  —  The phone hacking scandal may have put paid to the News of the World - but robust journalism must endure.  —  ‘The truth has been dragged kicking and screaming [from News International],’ said Alastair Campbell
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Guardian:
David Cameron's speech on phone hacking - the full text
Amelia Hill / Guardian:
Andy Coulson to be arrested over phone hacking
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 …
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Jennifer Jacobs / Iowa Caucuses:
Pawlenty says he just started earnest campaigning in Iowa this week
Discussion: GOP 12, msnbc.com and Hotline On Call
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 …
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
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New York Times:
As Wall St. Polices Itself, Prosecutors Use Softer Approach
Discussion: Daily Kos and Prairie Weather
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
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The Atlantic Online:
Yellowstone National Park  —  Yellowstone, the first national park in the world, was established by the U.S. Congress in 1872 and has welcomed millions of visitors in the 139 years since.  Last year, Yellowstone recorded its highest number of visitors ever, as some 3.6 million people passed through its gates.
Discussion: Althouse
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 …
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.
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Linda Byron / KING-TV:
Jailed for cashing Chase check at Chase bank
Discussion: Gawker and The Raw Story
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.
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.
Discussion: The Gateway Pundit and FrumForum
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.
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 …
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Ed Morrissey / Hot Air:   Another high-profile rape case collapsing?
 
 
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Kimberly Schwandt / Fox News:
President Obama Cancels Montana Vacation Scheduled for this Weekend
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Tom Coyne / Associated Press:
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Microsoft's Android Shakedown
Associated Press:
Mullen: Pakistan Govt Sanctioned Reporter's Death
Discussion: Outside the Beltway and FrumForum
Jared Bernstein / On the Economy:
Family Budget Not Equal To Gov't Budget: Reposting
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Ben Sisario / New York Times:
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DeMint would accept ‘serious disruptions’ to economy in debt debate
Joshua Foust / The Atlantic Online:
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Christopher Lawton / Wall Street Journal:
Apple Plans Fix for iPhone Flaw
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