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2:45 AM ET, July 12, 2011


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Sam Stein / The Huffington Post:
Obama Offered To Raise Medicare Eligibility Age As Part Of Grand Debt Deal … WASHINGTON — In his press conference on Monday morning, President Barack Obama repeatedly insisted that he was willing to tackle some sacred cows as part of a larger package to raise the debt ceiling.
Jake Tapper / Political Punch:
'C'mon, Man!'  Exclaims VP in Deficit Meeting.  'Let's Get Real!'  —  Officials familiar with the negotiations say today's meeting began with President Obama asking House Majority Leader Eric Cantor, R-Va., to lay out what was agreed upon in the deficit reduction talks led by Vice President Biden.
Discussion: National Review and Pajamas Media
Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
Cantor conspicuous confusion over compromise  —  All of the relevant players in D.C. want to raise the debt ceiling and prevent a crisis.  President Obama is urging Republicans to compromise: Democrats will accept a lot of cuts if Republicans accept a little revenue.
Alicia M. Cohn / The Hill:
Sen. Paul: Boehner has ‘no plan’ to balance the budget
Discussion: The Politico and The Note
Brian Beutler / TPMDC:
Republicans Say They've Already Agreed To A Concession In Debt Fight: Raising The Debt Limit
The White House:
Press Conference by the President James S. Brady Press Briefing Room
Igor Volsky / ThinkProgress:
Five Separate Sources Confirm Obama Floated Raising Medicare Age ‘As Part Of A Big Solution’
Discussion: Shakesville
Greg Sargent / Washington Post:
Obama ups the ante against GOP on taxes
Discussion: Eschaton, Daily Kos and Hullabaloo
Michael D. Shear / The Caucus:
Changing Tone, Obama Pressures Both Parties on Budget Deal
Natalie Jennings / Washington Post:
Michelle Obama orders 1,556-calorie meal at Shake Shack  —  First lady Michelle Obama ordered a whopper of a meal at the newly opened Washington diner Shake Shack during lunch on Monday.  —  A Washington Post journalist on the scene confirmed the first lady, who's made a cause out of child nutrition …
Michael A. Memoli / Los Angeles Times:
‘Eat our peas’: Pea growers react to Obama remark
Hollie McKay / Reuters:
EXCLUSIVE: Mila Kunis Says She'll Accompany U.S. Marine to Corps Ball  —  Most men will spend their lives dreaming about going on a date with Mila Kunis - but for one U.S. Marine, that fantasy may very well turn into a reality.  —  Sgt. Scott Moore, of the 3rd Battalion 2nd Marines in Musa Qala …
Dennis Welch / The Arizona Guardian:
Lawmaker points loaded gun at reporter in the Senate  —  A state lawmaker known for championing the rights of gun-owners pointed a loaded firearm at the chest of a reporter during a recent interview at the Capitol.  —  Republican Sen. Lori Klein was showing off her raspberry-pink handgun …
WFTV Channel 9:
Alan Grayson To Run For Office Again  —  ORLANDO, Fla. — WFTV learned on Monday that former U.S. Congressman Alan Grayson is running for office again.  —  On Monday, Grayson said he doesn't plan to do anything different.  He said he's running again because of all the people who have reached out and asked him to.
John Amato / Crooks and Liars:
Alan Grayson to Run for Congress
Discussion: Orlando Sentinel
Saeed Shah / Guardian:
CIA organised fake vaccination drive to get Osama bin Laden's family DNA  —  Senior Pakistani doctor who organised vaccine programme in Abbottabad arrested by ISI for working with US agents  —  The CIA organised a fake vaccination programme in the town where it believed Osama bin Laden …
Tanya Somanader / ThinkProgress:
Bachmann Responds To Slavery Controversy With Another Slavery Analogy  —  In their apparent effort to ban pornography, GOP presidential frontrunner Rep. Michele Bachmann (MN) and competitor Rick Santorum simultaneously signed a pledge declaring that African-American children …
Robert J. Samuelson / Washington Post:
Why we're in the budgetary soup  —  Just in case you hadn't noticed, no one has elected Grover Norquist to anything.  Still, he looms as a major obstacle to Congress reaching a deficit-reduction agreement needed to raise the federal debt ceiling.  Norquist heads Americans for Tax Reform …
Jared Bernstein / On the Economy:
Robert Samuelson Chooses Badly
Brian Ross / ABCNEWS:
Michele Bachmann Clinic: Where You Can Pray Away the Gay?  —  A former patient who sought help from the Christian counseling clinic owned by GOP presidential hopeful Michele Bachmann and her husband, Marcus, told ABC News he was advised that prayer could rid him of his homosexual urges and he could eventually be “re-oriented.”
Alex Seitz-Wald / ThinkProgress:
Snowe: No Medicare Or Social Security Cuts In Debt Deal  —  Republican Sen. Olympia Snowe (ME) said she will not support any debt deal that includes cuts to the two social safety net programs, citing “strong bipartisan support.”  “There are solvency problems with both programs.
Discussion: Hot Air and AMERICAblog News
Mal Leary / Bangor Daily News:
Snowe, Collins support closing tax loopholes to lower debt
Discussion: Sky Dancing and Politics
John Schwartz / New York Times:
Polygamist, Under Scrutiny in Utah, Plans Suit to Challenge Law  —  Kody Brown is a proud polygamist, and a relatively famous one.  Now Mr. Brown, his four wives and 16 children and stepchildren are going to court to keep from being punished for it.  —  The family is the focus of a reality TV show …
Pew Research Center for the People and the Press:
Public Now Divided on Debt Limit Debate  —  Default Concerns Rise among Independents  —  As the debate over the nation's debt and deficit continues, the public has grown more concerned that failing to raise the debt limit would force the government into default and hurt the economy.
Discussion: CNN
Zaid Jilani / ThinkProgress:
Pro-Voucher Tea Party Group Admits It Wants To ‘Shut Down Public Schools And Have Private Schools Only’  —  As ThinkProgress has documented, a tightly-knit group of right-wing Political Action Committees (PACs) and corporate foundations have unleashed an assault on public education …
Chicagoans Overwhelmingly Vote to Ban Palin, Beck & Coulter Books at Book Fair in Obama's Home Town  —  In June we attended the Printer's Row Literature Festival in Chicago.  City blocks were closed off for tents and booths full of all types of literature.  We presented a board with a selection …
Fred Lucas / CNSNews:
Obama: Job Losses Prove Stimulus Worked  —  ( - Three days after the U.S. Department of Labor reported that the national unemployment rate had ticked up from 9.1 percent in May to 9.2 percent in June, President Barack Obama said that the loss of jobs in the public sector is …
Alex Tabarrok / Marginal Revolution:
The Great Fiction  —  Catherine Rampell, Bruce Bartlett, and Matt Yglesias are all pushing the chart below from a paper by Suzanne Mettler.  According to this gang, people who use, for example, the mortgage interest deduction or who have a 529 college savings program are willfully ignorant …
News International papers targeted Gordon Brown  —  Newspapers obtained information from the former prime minister's bank account, legal file and family medical records  —  Journalists from across News International repeatedly targeted the former prime minister Gordon Brown …
Glenn Beck:
Restoring Courage - Jerusalem 2011  —  Restoring Courage  —  Donate Now  —  For donations to “Restoring Courage” event, you must either donate to “Restoring Courage - Israel” or the “Leader & Clergy Scholarship Fund-Israel”.  —  Now is the time to Stand and Restore Courage.
Discussion: Mondoweiss and ThinkProgress
Matthew Vadum / Big Government:
BREAKING: It Turns Out Obama Gave ACORN $541K This Year, Not $80K  —  Remember that story from a few days ago, the one about the Obama administration giving ACORN a $79,819 grant in March despite a federal law that prohibits the government from giving money to ACORN?  —  It turns out that sum is a lowball figure.
City Room:
Court Date for Strauss-Kahn Is Postponed  —  The Manhattan district attorney's office and the lawyers for Dominique Strauss-Kahn have agreed to postpone the next hearing in the sexual assault case against him for two weeks, a court official said on Monday.  —  The move — which pushes …
Discussion: Gothamist and New York Magazine
Greg Sargent / Washington Post:
Top Senate Dems privately warn: Deep Medicare cuts will squander our big advantage on issue  —  Top Democrats in charge of keeping the Senate in Dem hands and maintaining the political health of the party — DSCC chair Patty Murray and messaging chief Chuck Schumer — have privately expressed frustration …
Lauraklairmont / CNN:
Huntsman goes on offense against Romney  —  Greer, South Carolina (CNN) - Former Utah Gov. Jon Huntsman signaled Monday that he intends to sharpen his campaign message against former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, the front-runner in the Republican presidential race and the candidate Huntsman's team views …
Discussion: The Note
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Sam Baker / Healthwatch:
Health Department plays up flexibility in rules for new insurance exchanges
Discussion: The Politico
Jackie Calmes / New York Times:
Obama Grasping Centrist Banner in Debt Impasse
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Drought Spreads Pain From Florida to Arizona
Discussion: ThinkProgress
Harriet Sherwood / Guardian:
Rachel Corrie's family claim Israeli military withheld vital video evidence
Discussion: Biased BBC
Radley Balko / The Huffington Post:
Why 'Caylee's Law' Is A Bad Idea
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Julian E. Barnes / Washington Wire:
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Jonathan Capehart / Washington Post:
Sarah Palin as Newsweek cover girl — again
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Panetta appears to link al-Qaeda presence with Iraq invasion