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9:40 PM ET, July 9, 2011


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Liz / Gary Johnson 2012:
Gary Johnson Calls Family Leader Pledge “Offensive and Unrepublican”  —  July 9, 2011, Las Vegas, Nevada - Presidential candidate and former New Mexico Governor Gary Johnson charged today in a formal statement through his campaign that the Family Leader “pledge” Republican candidates for President …
Stephen Clark / Fox News:
Bachmann Stands By Marriage Pledge That Links Slavery to Black Family Values  —  Republican presidential candidate Michelle Bachmann is standing firm behind a pledge she signed Thursday that promotes marriage and social conservative values, but includes a passage in the opening statement …
Maggie Haberman / The Politico:
Conservative group backtracks on marriage pledge slavery language  —  A social conservative Iowa group has retracted language regarding slavery from the opening of a presidential candidates' pledge, amid a growing controversy over the document that Michele Bachmann had signed and Rick Santorum committed to.
Judd Legum / ThinkProgress:
FAMiLY LEADER Statement Suggests Pledge, Signed By Bachmann, Requires Her To Prosecute Essentially All Porn  —  New audio of statements by the prominent Iowa social-conservative group THE FAMiLY LEADER suggests the group believes essentially all pornography is illegal.
Wall Street Journal:
Boehner's Obama Gamble  —  A tax increase now for the promise of tax reform later won't fly.  —  President Obama wants Congress to raise the $14.3 trillion national debt limit, which means he needs House Republican votes.  Yet Mr. Obama and the Washington chorus are insisting that in return …
Erik Wasson / The Hill:
Conrad budget cuts $800B from Defense  —  The secret Senate Democratic budget resolution relies heavily on $800 billion in cuts to the Pentagon.  —  The secret Senate Democratic budget resolution drafted by Senate Budget Committee Chairman Kent Conrad (D-N.D.) and shared with the White House relies heavily …
Discussion: Say Anything and Balloon Juice
Mark Halperin / The Page:
The Road (Maybe) Ahead
Discussion: ThinkProgress
Jay Newton-Small / Swampland:
Has Nancy Pelosi Been Marginalized in the Debt Debate?
Philip Ruckerand Felicia Sonmez / Washington Post:
Progressives and tea party lawmakers pressure leaders on debt deal
New York Times:
U.S. Is Deferring Millions in Pakistani Military Aid  —  WASHINGTON — The Obama administration is suspending and, in some cases, canceling hundreds of millions of dollars of aid to the Pakistani military, in a move to chasten Pakistan for expelling American military trainers and to press its army to fight militants more effectively.
Discussion: ThinkProgress
Elisabeth Bumiller / New York Times:
Panetta Says Defeat of Al Qaeda Is ‘Within Reach’  —  KABUL, Afghanistan — Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta, who arrived in Kabul on Saturday, said that the United States was “within reach of strategically defeating Al Qaeda” and that the American focus had narrowed to capturing or killing 10 …
David S. Cloud / Los Angeles Times:
Panetta says U.S. is ‘within reach’ of defeating Al Qaeda
Discussion: Salon and Emptywheel
Ann Althouse / Althouse:
The new oppo research: Spotting the labels on the wine on the politician's restaurant table.  —  Some busybody business professor named Susan Feinberg pulled this trick on Paul Ryan and Talking Points Memo is lapping it up: … So, Feinberg was appalled, stunned, and outraged.  That's got to hurt.
Jeffrey Gettleman / New York Times:
After Years of Struggle, South Sudan Becomes a New Nation  —  JUBA, South Sudan — The celebrations erupted at midnight.  Thousands of revelers poured into Juba's steamy streets in the predawn hours on Saturday, hoisting enormous flags, singing, dancing and leaping on the back of cars.
Associated Press:   US recognizes new nation of South Sudan
Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
A real problem vs. an imaginary one  —  After the release of the June job numbers, there were plenty of worthwhile charts and graphs making the rounds, but this one from Paul Krugman was especially helpful.  —  In case it's a little hard to see, that red line is the unemployment rate …
Paul Krugman:
Charting Our Policy Insanity
New York Post:
Clueless about jobs  —  America's economy grew by a minus cule 18,000 jobs in June, and unem ployment rose to an eye-popping 9.2 percent.  Since April, the economy has produced a mere 43,000 new jobs.  —  Responded President Obama yesterday: “We still have a long way to go and a lot of work …
Discussion: JammieWearingFool
Robert J. Herbold / Wall Street Journal:
China vs. America: Which Is the Developing Country?  —  From new roads to wise leadership, sound financials and five-year plans, Beijing has the winning approach.  —  Recently I flew from Los Angeles to China to attend a corporate board-of-directors meeting in Shanghai, as well as customer and government visits there and in Beijing.
Discussion: Say Anything
Joe Nocera / New York Times:
Sheila Bair's Bank Shot  —  'They should have let Bear Stearns fail," Sheila Bair said.  —  It was midmorning on a crisp June day, and Bair, the 57-year-old outgoing chairwoman of the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation — the federal agency that insures bank deposits and winds down failing banks …
Ian Millhiser / ThinkProgress:
Sixteen Senators Ask DOJ To Investigate Potentially Illegal State Voter Disenfranchisement Laws  —  Sixteen senators led by Sen. Michael Bennet (D-CO) submitted a letter to Attorney General Eric Holder last week asking him to examine whether the Voting Rights Act's prohibitions …
Discussion: Balloon Juice
Michael D. Shear / New York Times:
Trailing G.O.P. With Cameras, Seeking Gaffes  —  AMHERST, N.H. — Aaron Fielding quietly stalks his prey — Republicans — with his video camera, patiently waiting for a political moment worthy of YouTube.  —  At 27, he is a full-time “tracker” for American Bridge 21st Century …
James Taranto / Wall Street Journal:
The Trouble With Approval Ratings  —  They provide only a very fuzzy picture of the electorate's attitudes.  —  Political observers love presidential approval ratings, which seem to make elections predictable, at least in those years when an incumbent is running.
Discussion: Betsy's Page
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Timothy R. Homan / Bloomberg:
Economists Cite Seasonal Variations for Jobs Miss
Lydia DePillis / Housing Complex:
How Much Parking Is There at the Capitol?  —  That's a lot of concrete.
Discussion: ThinkProgress and Say Anything
John Noble Wilford / New York Times:
3, 2, 1, and the Last Shuttle Leaves an Era Behind
Wall Street Journal:
Chávez Is Believed to Have Colon Cancer
Matthew Boyle / The Daily Caller:
Former federal employees still receiving taxpayer credit cards
Walker signs concealed-carry measure into law
Discussion: The Daily Caller
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Ashley Lopez / The American Independent:
Rep. Stearns considering Planned Parenthood investigation
Jim Brunner / Seattle Times:
DSCC blames ‘staff error’ for Murray fund-raising appeal to Koch exec
Discussion: Lippmann's Ghost and Daily Pundit
Donnie Radcliffe / Washington Post:
Betty Ford dies at 93: Former first lady founded iconic clinic
James H. Burnett III / Boston Globe:
Boston gets a nonreality show
Dave Johnson / Seeing the Forest:
False Conventional Wisdom In The UK, Too
Discussion: Corrente