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1:30 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.
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 …
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 …
Sam Stein / The Huffington Post:
Obama Aide On Social Security Cut Story: It ‘Overshoots The Runway’ (UPDATED) … Social Security , Debt Ceiling , Debt Limit , Obama Social Security , Social Security Benefits , White House Debt Talks , Debt , Obama Social Security Cuts , Social Security Cuts , White House Debt Ceiling , White House Social Security , Politics News
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 …
John T. Bennett / The Hill:
Defense faces $700B spending cut  —  National security spending could be cut by as much as $700 billion in a deal to raise the debt limit, defense sources said.  —  That's almost twice the amount President Obama originally proposed.  —  Obama directed the Defense Department …
Ezra Klein / Washington Post:
The budget deals of Reagan, Bush, Clinton and Obama, in one chart
Bob Cusack / The Hill:
Obama move on Social Security puts him at odds with Dem leaders Reid, Pelosi
Brian Beutler / TPMDC:
The Big Break? Taxes Remain Major Unknown In Potential Grand Deficit Bargain
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.
Phone hacking: families of war dead ‘targeted’ by News of the World  —  The bereaved relatives of soldiers killed in Iraq and Afghanistan may have had their phones hacked by a private investigator working for the News of the World.  —  The bereaved relatives of soldiers killed in Iraq and Afghanistan may have had their phones hacked
Brand Republic:
News of the World to close, ending 168-year history  —  News International will close the News of the World after this weekend's issue, bringing an end to its 168 year history.  —  Following a week during which the paper, that sells 2.6 million copies every week, lurched from one crisis to another …
News of the World phone hacking: live
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 …
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 …
Paul Broun / National Review:
Thinking Outside the Box: Let's Lower the Debt Ceiling  —  In the midst of our economic emergency, which is beginning to resemble a full-on Greece-style meltdown, every politician in America has taken to the soap box to say the exact same thing: We need to reduce our national debt and cut spending to get America back on track.
Jennifer Epstein / The Politico:
Jim DeMint, Olympia Snowe: Amend Constitution
Discussion: FrumForum
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 …
Michael D. Shear / The Caucus:
White House Paints Doomsday Default Scenario
Discussion: FrumForum
Timothy Williams / New York Times:
Casey Anthony Sentenced to 4 Years  —  Casey Anthony, who earlier this week was found not guilty of killing her daughter, was sentenced on Thursday to four years in jail, not including the nearly three years she has already served.  The precise amount of time she will spend in jail has not yet …
Casey Anthony Juror: ‘Sick to Our Stomachs’ Over Not Guilty Verdict
John Merline / Investor's Business Daily:
EPA Funds Green Groups That Sue The Agency To Expand  —  New EPA rules will force Western coal-fired power plants to install haze-reducing pollution-control equipment at a cost of $1.5 billion a year.... View Enlarged Image  —  When the Environmental Protection Agency said in late June …
Discussion: Weasel Zippers and Hot Air
Erik Wasson / The Hill:
Appropriators move bill sending strong ‘message’ to EPA
Discussion: ThinkProgress
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 …
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 …
James Taranto / Wall Street Journal:
Ruthless People  —  Libs to Ginsburg: Drop dead.  —  Some legal observers would like to be rid of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, the Associated Press reported over the weekend.  These aren't conservatives who find her too activist but liberals who find her too old and worry that if she doesn't get out soon …
Joseph E. Stiglitz / Slate Magazine:
The Great Recession, Part II  —  The world could be headed for another economic disaster if we continue to listen to free-market ideologues.  —  Just a few years ago, a powerful ideology—the belief in free and unfettered markets—brought the world to the brink of ruin.
Caitlin Dickson / The Atlantic Wire:
Richard Dawkins Gets into a Comments War with Feminists  —  Players: Famed evolutionary biologist, Richard Dawkins; Rebecca Watson, female activist.  —  Opening Serve: Richard Dawkins made an unexpected appearance in the comments section of biologist PZ Myers' post at last week.
Andrew Restuccia / The Hill:
GOP bill weakens light bulb efficiency law  —  House Republicans plan to bring to the floor next week legislation that would water down a provision in a 2007 energy law that requires light bulbs to be more energy efficient.  —  House Energy and Commerce Committee Chairman Fred Upton (R-Mich.) …
Discussion: Weasel Zippers and Right Wing News
Christian Heinze / GOP 12:
Pawlenty likes “Bad Romance”  —  Tim Pawlenty, weighing in on his favorite Lady Gaga songs while in Iowa. … T-Paw is often fond of saying he's not as exciting as Lady Gaga, but this is the first time he's gone deeper into Gaga.  —  Comes 2:10 in...  You can watch the Gaga acapella performance here.
Discussion: Gawker
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Plouffe: Americans won't vote on unemployment rate
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Jim Acosta / CNN:
Christian right, Tea Party still wary of front-runner Romney
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Great Falls Tribune:
Exxon claimed failed pipeline was buried deep below Yellowstone River
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Jennifer Epstein / The Politico:
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Michael S. Rosenwald / Washington Post:
Calorie counts don't change most people's dining-out habits, experts say
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