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5:45 PM ET, July 7, 2011


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Lori Montgomery / Washington Post:
In debt talks, Obama offers Social Security cuts  —  President Obama is pressing congressional leaders to consider a far-reaching debt-reduction plan that would force Democrats to accept major changes to Social Security and Medicare in exchange for Republican support for fresh tax revenue.
Billy House /
Boehner: ‘Maybe 50-50’ Chance of a Debt Deal Reached Within 48 Hours  —  House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, speaks with reporters after a meeting with House Republicans on Capitol Hill on Thursday.  —  House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, informed fellow House Republicans on Thursday …
Ezra Klein / Washington Post:
The budget deals of Reagan, Bush, Clinton and Obama, in one chart  —  There are two ways to read the current stalemate in the debt-ceiling negotiations.  There's David Brooks's take, which is that watching Republicans pass up “the deal of the century” should leave conservatives convinced there's something wrong with the GOP.
New York Times:
Obama to Push for Wider Deal With G.O.P. on Deficit Cuts  —  WASHINGTON — Heading into a crucial negotiating session on a budget deal on Thursday, President Obama has raised his sights and wants to strike a far-reaching agreement on cutting the federal deficit as Speaker John A. Boehner …
Alexander Bolton / The Hill:
Senate Democrats fuming over Obama's apparent move on Social Security  —  Senate Democrats reacted angrily Thursday to a report that President Obama has proposed significant cuts to Medicare and Social Security in closed-door talks with GOP leaders.  —  Democratic lawmakers said they were dismayed …
Discussion: Firedoglake and Sky Dancing
Mike Lillis / The Hill:
Pelosi not informed in advance of Obama's broader reform plans
Mike Lillis / The Hill:   Pelosi, Obama to meet privately on debt limit
John T. Bennett / The Hill:
Defense faces $700B spending cut
Bob Cusack / The Hill:
Obama move on Social Security puts him at odds with Dem leaders Reid, Pelosi
News of the World to close amid hacking scandal  —  Police are investigating allegations of phone hacking by the News of the World  —  This Sunday's issue of the News of the World will be the last edition of the paper, News International chairman James Murdoch has said.
Amelia Hill / Guardian:
Andy Coulson to be arrested over phone hacking tomorrow  —  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 …
Sally Jacobs / Boston Globe:
Father spoke of having Obama adopted  —  US immigration files from '61 reveal Kenyan student's plan  —  President Obama as a young boy, with his father, who left when his son was 2.  (Obama for America via Associated Press)  —  In the spring of 1961, President Obama's father revealed …
The Daily Beast:
Elizabeth Smart, Network Pundit?  —  Amid the Casey Anthony frenzy, ABC News is close to unveiling its latest contributor.  Howard Kurtz reports exclusively on the kidnap victim's new career.  —  Elizabeth Smart first came into our consciousness nearly a decade ago as a 14-year-old girl kidnapped from her Salt Lake City bedroom.
Ashleigh Banfield / ABCNEWS:
Casey Anthony Ordered Back to Jail and Fined $4,000
Discussion: Guardian and This Just In
Exclusive: Treasury secretly weighs options to avert default  —  (Reuters) - A small team of Treasury officials is discussing options to stave off default if Congress fails to raise the debt limit by the August 2 deadline, sources familiar with the matter said on Wednesday.
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
David Brody / The Brody File:
Brody File Exclusive: GOP Presidential Candidates Will be Asked to Sign a Marriage Vow  —  The Brody File has learned that The Family Leader, an influential pro-family group in Iowa will ask each of the 2012 presidential candidates to sign a marriage pledge that professes everything …
Igor Volsky / ThinkProgress:
Iowa Group Asks Republican Candidates To Agree That Homosexuality Is A Choice, Pornography Should Be Banned
Discussion: Towleroad News #gay
New York Post:
‘Fast & Furious’ gets hotter for Holder  —  Don't look now, but the real action in Washington this week isn't the parti san wrangling over the debt ceiling but something — literally — even more incendiary: Operation Fast and Furious, which seems about to explode right in the face …
Scott Keyes / ThinkProgress:
GOP Congressman: House Republicans Have Privately Discussed Impeaching Obama Over Debt Ceiling  —  Last month, Treasury Secretary Tim Geithner suggested that the debt ceiling is unconstitutional because of Section 4 of the 14th Amendment, which states that “the validity of the public debt of the United States...shall not be questioned.”
Maggie Haberman / The Politico:
Michele Bachmann on Iowa TV: ‘Waterloo’  —  Michele Bachmann is going up in Iowa with the first television ad of her presidential campaign, a 30-second spot titled “Waterloo” that Bachmann's team says will start running statewide today.  —  The bio spot, produced by Strategy Group Media …
Tim Rogers / Christian Science Monitor:
Could Donald Trump reenter the presidential race?  —  During a visit to Panama to inaugurate the first Trump hotel and tower outside the US, real estate mogul Donald Trump called President Ricardo Martinelli an example for Washington.  —  Panama City, Panama
The Politico:
Romney cash haul sparks GOP fears  —  The Republican presidential fundraising reports are still coming in, but a clear winner has already emerged: Barack Obama.  —  Whoever claims the GOP nomination is going to find it close to impossible to keep pace with the president's fundraising juggernaut.
Karl Smith / Modeled Behavior:
Are there Too Many Homes in America Ctd / There Will Be Inflation / This is the Story of 2012  —  A chart on rental vacancies from Ries via Calculated Risk  —  So what do we see directly: Rental vacancies are falling.  The rental market is tightening up.  We should expect higher rents and thus higher inflation in the near future.
Discussion: ThinkProgress and Free exchange
Wall Street Journal:
The Only Reform That Will Restrain Spending  —  All 47 Senate Republicans now support changing the Constitution to balance the federal budget.  —  Whatever happens when President Obama meets with congressional leaders of both parties at the White House today, no long-term solution is on the table …
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 …
Josef Adalian / New York Magazine:
MSNBC Nixes Chris Matthews's Cameo in Aaron Sorkin's Pilot About Cable News [UPDATED]  —  While he was writing the pilot script for his new HBO project More As This Story Develops, Aaron Sorkin reportedly spent some time on the set of Hardball With Chris Matthews.
Chris Johnson / Washington Blade:
Senate to hear testimony on DOMA ‘in the next few weeks’  —  Sen. Patrick Leahy plans to hold a hearing on DOMA (Blade file photo by Michael Key).A Senate committee is set in the next few weeks to hear testimony on repeal the Defense of Marriage Act, although details about the planned hearing were scant as of Thursday.
Andrew Restuccia / The Hill:
House to vote on repealing light bulb efficiency standards  —  House Republicans introduced legislation that would repeal a light bulb efficiency law.  —  House Republicans introduced legislation Wednesday they hope to bring to the floor next week that would repeal a light bulb efficiency law.
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Pawlenty likes “Bad Romance”
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