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1:40 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.
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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 …
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 …
Austan Goolsbee / White House.gov 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 …
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
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.
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.
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John Hinderaker / Power Line:   Say No To the Dems' July Surprise
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 …
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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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
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.
Discussion: Daily Kos
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CNNMoney.com:
June jobs report: Hiring slows, unemployment rises
Discussion: CNN, Fortune and Pajamas Media
BBC:
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 …
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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.
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The Note:
House Members Spar Over Role of Social Security in Debt Ceiling Negotiation
Discussion: Say Anything
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.
Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
It's not too late to change priorities  —  In a statement this morning, Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus blamed rising unemployment on “out-of-control spending.”  —  Perhaps now would be a good time for reasonable political observers to call this what it is: dangerously stupid.
Discussion: Salon and PR Newswire
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Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:   Private-sector job creation deteriorating, too
Matthew Yglesias / ThinkProgress:
CHART: Over 500,000 Government Jobs Lost Since Obama's Inauguration
Discussion: Rortybomb
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 …
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.
Dave Mosher / Wired Science:
The Last Space Shuttle Launches Safely Into Orbit  —  CAPE CANAVERAL — The last mission in NASA's decades-long space shuttle program is now underway.  —  Atlantis rocketed into orbit today at 11:29 a.m. EDT and is flying at 17,500 mph around the Earth.  The mission, STS-135 …
Confederate Yankee:
It's a Trap!  —  I've seen several claims in the past 24 hours that “prove” that Attorney General Eric Holder, or Congress, or the President, or the Pope, knew about Gunwalker/Fast and Furious because of a speech someone made, or because of legislation being proposed or because of a line item in the Stimulus bill.
Discussion: Fausta's Blog
Rose Garden / The White House:
Remarks by the President on the Monthly Jobs Report  —  THE PRESIDENT: Good morning, everybody.  Obviously, over the last couple of days, the debate here in Washington has been dominated by issues of debt limit, but what matters most to Americans, and what matters most to me as President …
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.
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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Kimberly Schwandt / Fox News:
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The Atlantic Online:
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New York Times:
As Wall St. Polices Itself, Prosecutors Use Softer Approach
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