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2:10 PM ET, July 11, 2011


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Carl Hulse / New York Times:
For Boehner, Lofty Budget Goals Checked by Reality  —  WASHINGTON — At a private meeting about deficit reduction at the White House last week, Speaker John A. Boehner told his fellow Congressional leaders and President Obama that he did not spend 20 years working his way up to the top job …
Wall Street Journal:
Taxes Upon Taxes Upon . . .  Obama wants $1 trillion in taxes on top of what he's already signed.  —  So the fondest Washington hopes for a grand debt-limit deal have broken down over taxes.  House Speaker John Boehner said late Saturday that he couldn't move ahead with a $4 trillion deal …
Ross Douthat / New York Times:
The Method to Their Madness  —  The Republican Party's strategy in the debt-ceiling negotiations has baffled centrists and vindicated liberals.  For months, the party's leaders have repeatedly turned down deals that would cut spending significantly because their members won't compromise on taxes.
Ezra Klein / Washington Post:
Wonkbook: Three reasons the debt deal collapsed
James Pethokoukis:
No big budget deal? Blame Obama, not Boehner
David Dayen / Firedoglake:
“Eat Our Peas” - Obama Pushes for Big Grand Bargain at Press Conference
Discussion: Hullabaloo
Michael D. Shear / The Caucus:
Obama Changes Tone, Pressures Both Parties on Budget Deal
Obama Challenges Republicans for Debt-Plan Details
Yuval Levin / National Review:   A Real Deal  —  Reading the papers this morning, one would …
David Jackson / USA Today:
Obama, GOP back to where they started: The debt ceiling
Discussion: The Agonist
Erica Werner / Associated Press:
SPIN METER: Obama, Dems skirt issue on tax hikes
Discussion: Weasel Zippers and Say Anything
Craig Robinson / The Iowa Republican:
TIR Poll: Bachmann Overtakes Romney in Iowa  —  Minnesota Congresswoman Michele Bachmann has surpassed former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney in a recent Iowa poll that was conducted by  With Bachmann now leading in Iowa, Romney has fallen to second place …
Andrew Malcolm / Top of the Ticket:
Michele Bachmann: While you weren't looking, she's taken over the GOP lead in Iowa
Gschwarzcnn / CNN:
GOP candidates caught in slavery controversy
Discussion: The Raw Story
Conor Friedersdorf / The Atlantic Online:   Pawlenty Is Right: Bachmann Has Accomplished Very Little
News International papers targeted Gordon Brown  —  Newspapers obtained details from the former prime minister's bank account and legal file and his family's medical records  —  Journalists from across News International repeatedly targeted the former prime minister Gordon Brown …
Phone hacking: 9/11 victims ‘may have had mobiles tapped by News of the World reporters’  —  DESPERATE Rupert Murdoch yesterday flew to London to try to save his ­crumbling empire.  —  He arrived in a cowboy-style hat to be hit by claims News of the World reporters hacked the phones of 9/11 victims.
Alyssa Rosenberg / ThinkProgress:
Updated: News Corporation Bid For Sky Hits Complications
Andrew Whitaker / The Scotsman:
‘Rebekah Brooks is my No1 priority,’ says defiant Murdoch
Discussion: Guardian
The Independent:
I was targeted too, Gordon Brown to say
Discussion: Liberal Conspiracy and Guardian
Motoko Rich / New York Times:
Economy Faces a Jolt as Benefit Checks Run Out  —  An extraordinary amount of personal income is coming directly from the government.  —  Close to $2 of every $10 that went into Americans' wallets last year were payments like jobless benefits, food stamps, Social Security and disability, according to an analysis by Moody's Analytics.
Stephen F. Hayes / Weekly Standard:
Obama vs. Obama  —  Not long ago, Obama warned that raising taxes in a struggling economy is “the last thing you want to do.”  —  In a 75-minute meeting Sunday night, President Obama once again demanded that more than $1 trillion in tax increases be part of any deficit reduction package attached to a vote on the debt ceiling.
Emily Shur / Newsweek:
Palin Plots Her Next Move  —  Sarah Palin hasn't jumped into the race for the White House (yet), but she believes the prize is there for the taking.  In a conversation with Peter J. Boyer, Palin warns Boehner not to raise the debt ceiling, proclaims that Obama is beatable—and says the 2012 field is far from settled.
Paul Krugman / New York Times:
No, We Can't?  Or Won't?  —  If you were shocked by Friday's job report, if you thought we were doing well and were taken aback by the bad news, you haven't been paying attention.  The fact is, the United States economy has been stuck in a rut for a year and a half.
Craig Whitlock / Washington Post:
Panetta appears to link al-Qaeda presence with Iraq invasion  —  Pool/Reuters - U.S. Defense Secretary Leon Panetta delivers remarks to U.S. troops as he visits Camp Victory in Baghdad July 11, 2011.  Panetta arrived in Iraq on Sunday on his first trip there as U.S. defence secretary.
Associated Press:
U.S. Embassy in Syria Is Attacked  —  BEIRUT (AP) — Syrian government supporters smashed windows at the U.S. Embassy in Damascus on Monday, raised a Syrian flag and scrawled graffiti calling the American ambassador a “dog” in anger over the envoy's visit last week to an opposition stronghold, witnesses said.
Grace Wyler / Politics:
U.S. Says Syrian State TV Urged Protesters To Break Into The U.S. Embassy
Byron York / Washington Examiner:
BELTWAY CONFIDENTIAL  —  Paul Ryan accuser won't talk  —  Susan Feinberg, an associate professor of management and global business at Rutgers University, caused a stir in the left-wing blogosphere over the weekend with her account of witnessing House Budget Committee chairman Paul Ryan drinking …
Phil Willon / Los Angeles Times:
‘South California’ for 51st state?  —  Fed up with Sacramento, a Riverside County politician seeks to break 13 counties away to form a state called South California  —  Supervisor Jeff Stone, a Republican pharmacist from Temecula, called California an “ungovernable” financial catastrophe …
Paul Krugman:
Monetary Rage  —  We had dinner last night with Margaret Ray and Dave Anderson, the authors of the AP adaptation of our textbook (which is terrific, by the way).  Over our $22 bottle of wine, we talked about various issues involved in trying to explain economics — and everyone agreed …
Discussion: ThinkProgress
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Zack Ford / ThinkProgress:
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Discussion: NY Daily News and PolitickerNY
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Club for Growth attacks Lugar, Hatch on debt ceiling
Discussion: FrumForum
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The Glum and the Restless  —  Nearly one in five recent grads is out of work.
Discussion: Wizbang and The Atlantic Online
Timothy P. Carney / Washington Examiner:
Time for free-market populism from the GOP
Discussion: Nice Deb, Hit & Run and Betsy's Page
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The Necessity of U.S. Naval Power
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