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10:30 AM ET, July 9, 2011


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Enid Nemy / New York Times:
Betty Ford, Former First Lady, Dies at 93  —  Betty Ford, the outspoken and much-admired wife of President Gerald R. Ford who overcame alcoholism and an addiction to pills and helped found one of the best-known rehabilitation centers in the nation, died Friday in Palm Springs, Calif. She was 93.
Jake Tapper / ABCNEWS:
Former First Lady Betty Ford Dead at 93  —  Betty Ford, wife of former President Gerald Ford and the founder of the Betty Ford Center for substance abuse and addiction, has died at age 93.  —  In public, she was one of the most visible and outspoken first ladies in history.
Aharding / CNN:
Former first lady Betty Ford dies at the age of 93
Peter Nicholas / Los Angeles Times:
Obama turns to small-scale solutions to a weak economy  —  The White House, threatened by the high unemployment rate, proposes free-trade agreements and more spending on high-speed rail in the absence of more ambitious tools, such as stimulus spending.  —  President Obama delivers a statement …
Greg Sargent / Washington Post:
What did David Plouffe really say about unemployment?
Jake Tapper / Political Punch:
What's the White House Doing Today to Create Jobs? …
Susan Crabtree / TPMDC:
Rep. Ryan Tastes The Grapes Of Wrath  —  Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI), a leading advocate of shrinking entitlement spending and the architect of the plan to privatize Medicare, spent Wednesday evening sipping $350 wine with two like-minded conservative economists at the swanky Capitol Hill eatery Bistro Bis.
Erick Erickson / Erick's blog:
Possibly Drunk Rutgers Economist Susan Feinberg Whines To Susan Crabtree Who Is Hard Up For A Story
Discussion: Cold Fury
Joshua Green / The Atlantic Online:
Paul Ryan's $350 Bottle of Wine
Discussion: Outside the Beltway and Corrente
Eli / Firedoglake:
Worst President Ever, Revisited  —  No, I'm not ready to crown Barack Obama the Worst President Ever just yet, but consider this:  —  Yes, George W. Bush wrecked our economy, destroyed New Orleans, turned a budget surplus into massive deficits, ignored warnings of a major terrorist attack …
Discussion: Balloon Juice
John M. Becker / Truth Wins Out:
I Received ‘Ex-Gay’ Therapy at Marcus Bachmann's Clinic  —  TWO Exclusive Investigative Report by John M. Becker  —  The date was Thursday, June 30, 2011.  I turned on the television and listened half-heartedly to the commercials as I busied about doing other things.
Ian Millhiser / ThinkProgress:
Following Controversy Over Pledge, Family Leader Clarifies Anti-Porn Statement  —  GOP presidential candidates Michele Bachmann and Rick Santorum both signed a candidate pledge by the influential social conservative group THE FAMiLY LEADER which ThinkProgress, ABC, the Washington Post …
The Note:   Bachmann Signs Pledge for Ban on Porn and Same-Sex Marriage
Jamie Klatell / The Hill:
Obama calls for a ‘balanced approach,’ sacrifices in debt deal  —  As the debate intensifies over raising the debt ceiling and kick-starting the economy, President Obama attempted to rise above the fray in his weekend address.  —  “We can meet our fiscal challenge,” the president said.
Bree Tracey / Fox News:
Religion, Rangel and the Debt Ceiling
Aharding / CNN:
Rangel: What would Jesus do on the debt talks?
Discussion: The Politico and Weasel Zippers
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 …
Discussion: Balloon Juice
John Hinderaker / Power Line:
Our Excuser-In-Chief  —  We haven't yet said anything about today's disastrous employment news.  What is to be said?  Unemployment is up to 9.2%, with underemployment much higher.  A mere 18,000 jobs were added in June, less than one-fifth of what economists expected.
Discussion: Associated Press
Associated Press:
Leon Panetta goes to Afghanistan  —  KABUL, Afghanistan — The U.S. and its allies are within reach of defeating al-Qaeda after killing Osama bin Laden and gaining new insights about the terrorist group's other leading figures, new U.S. Defense Secretary Leon Panetta said Saturday.
Discussion: ABCNEWS
Paul Krugman:
Charting Our Policy Insanity  —  Just to say what should be obvious: unemployment is extremely high by historical standards, while interest rates are very low.  Yet unemployment has almost disappeared from policy discussion, which is preoccupied with the need to appease hypothetical bond vigilantes.
Dan Amira / New York Magazine:
President Obama Receiving Sycophantic Laughter  —  While President Obama certainly has an above-average sense of humor for a politician — easy-going, self-effacing, maybe a little corny at times — he's not known as one of the planet's foremost comedians.  Yet photographic evidence compiled …
Discussion: Wizbang and Pajamas Media
Paul Tough / New York Times:
No, Seriously: No Excuses  —  In the early days of the education-reform movement, a decade or so ago, you'd often hear from reformers a powerful rallying cry: “No excuses.”  For too long, they said, poverty had been used as an excuse by complacent educators and bureaucrats who refused …
Dana Goldstein:
Intervening in the Education Wars
Discussion: New York Times
Tara Siegel Bernard / New York Times:
As Same-Sex Marriage Becomes Legal, Some Choices May Be Lost  —  Now that same-sex marriage has been legalized in New York, at least a few large companies are requiring their employees to tie the knot if they want their partners to qualify for health insurance.
Discussion: Althouse and Prop 8 Trial Tracker
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Pete Kasperowicz / The Hill:
Rep. Cantor ‘cannot fathom’ support for tax increases after bleak jobs report
Carl Campanile / New York Post:
Queens Democratic Party boss lives in northern Virginia
Discussion: PolitickerNY and JammieWearingFool
Free exchange:
Jobless agonistes  —  HOPES had risen in the past week …
Carlos Lozano / L.A. NOW:
Federal government says marijuana has no accepted medical use
Discussion: ASA, TalkLeft and LAist
Douglas Belkin / Wall Street Journal:
Chicago Power Broker Gets Heat Over Security Detail
The Politico:
Perry calling Iowa activists as potential donors convene
Discussion: Iowa Caucuses, The Note and FrumForum
Matthew Yglesias / ThinkProgress:
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Byron Tau / Ben Smith's Blog:
DSCC fires back at Koch brothers
Coming Up on ‘This Week’: Bill Daley and Christine Lagarde
Discussion: The Politico
Greg Sargent / Washington Post:
GOP allies hatching sleazy dirty tricks in Wisconsin recall wars
John Marzulli / NY Daily News:
High school dropout convicted of trying to join terrorist group so he could kill U.S. troops

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Jordan Novet / CNBC:
Last week, LinkedIn began letting advertisers pay to amplify posts from some users through Thought Leader ads, as it enters the market of influencer marketing

New York Times:
Uri Berliner's essay about NPR reignited criticism of the outlet on social media, especially by conservatives, and spurred vehement pushback from some staffers

Alexandra Bruell / Wall Street Journal:
A look at the internal upheaval at the NYT around sensitive subjects and management's push to emphasize neutrality and independence, including through probes

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