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1:15 AM ET, July 14, 2011


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The Politico:
President Obama abruptly walks out of talks  —  President Barack Obama abruptly walked out of a stormy debt-limit meeting with congressional leaders Wednesday, a dramatic setback to the already shaky negotiations, according to GOP sources.  —  “He shoved back and said 'I'll see you tomorrow' and walked out …
The Hill:
Obama warns Cantor: 'Don't call my bluff' in debt talks  —  Republicans said tense negotiations over raising the $14.3 trillion debt limit at the White House ended when President Obama stormed out of the meeting with a stern warning to House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-Va.): “Don't call my bluff.”
The Politico:
No yelling at Obama today  —  Carney reminded journalists, “I used to be where you are, and I used to ask questions.”  —  AP Photo  —  A long-running tiff between the White House press corps and the West Wing over presidential access flared anew today when press secretary Jay Carney faced off …
Sam Stein / The Huffington Post:
Obama Warns Cantor 'Don't Call My Bluff' As Debt Talks Stall … WASHINGTON — Lawmakers and the White House had what nearly every party is describing as a “tough” and “testy” meeting on the debt ceiling Wednesday afternoon, culminating in a stormy exchange between President Obama and House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-Va.).
The Note:
Boehner: Dealing With the White House ‘Has Been Like Dealing With Jell-o’  —  In a meeting with a small group of reporters in his Capitol Hill office this morning, House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, criticized President Obama and White House officials for their lack of resolve in negotiations.
Political Punch:
Obama: ‘This May Bring My Presidency Down, but I Will Not Yield’ on No Short-Term Extensions  —  ABC News' Jake Tapper and Ann Compton report:  —  It was, sources from both parties say, the most tense of the deficit reduction meetings yet.  —  After a period of what was described …
Damian Paletta / Washington Wire:
Alan Simpson: ‘No Hope’ of Debt Ceiling Agreement  —  Former Sen. Alan Simpson (R., Wyo.), who co-chaired the White House's deficit reduction panel last year, said he has lost hope the White House and Congress will be able to reach a deal to raise the debt ceiling by Aug. 2.
Discussion: MyFox Philadelphia
Jeffrey M. Jones / Gallup:
On Deficit, Americans Prefer Spending Cuts; Open to Tax Hikes  —  Twenty percent favor deficit reduction by cutting spending only  —  PRINCETON, NJ — Americans' preferences for deficit reduction clearly favor spending cuts to tax increases, but most Americans favor a mix of the two approaches.
David Rogers / The Politico:
Debt talks blow up  —  Twenty days left and counting, the August debt ceiling showdown broke along two fronts Wednesday: the political forces of 2010 vs. 2012 and the shape and pace of tax reform in this Congress or the next.  —  House Republicans, who owe their majority to the 2010 elections …
The Nation:
ALEC Exposed
Discussion: Daily Kos and Crooks and Liars
Andy Sullivan / Reuters:   Obama says has reached his limit in debt talks -aide
Andrew Stiles / National Review:
Obama ‘Abruptly’ Walks Out of Debt Talks
Discussion: Hot Air and The Note
The Politico:
President Obama abruptly walks out of talks
Discussion: Mediaite and Viking Pundit
First Read /
Can order emerge from chaos on the debt deal?
Romalley /
‘Agitated’ Obama Storms Out of Debt Meeting
John Detrixhe / Bloomberg:
Moody's Places U.S. on Review for Downgrade As Debt Talks Stall
Scott Wong / The Politico:
Graham: GOP has no one ‘to blame but ourselves’  —  South Carolina Sen. Lindsey Graham conceded Wednesday that he and his fellow Republicans are now eating their own words as they try to convince the country they are working to stave off a federal default.  —  “Our problem is we made a big deal about this for three months.
Discussion: Say Anything
Eric Roper Updated / Minneapolis Star Tribune:
Shutdown forces MillerCoors to pull beer from shelves  —  Miller Time in Minnesota is over — until lawmakers reach a budget deal.  —  The state's government shutdown, now in its 13th day, will soon force MillerCoors to pull its beer from Minnesota liquor stores, bars and restaurants.
John Hinderaker / Power Line:
Now It's Getting Serious!
Glenn Greenwald / Salon:
US more unpopular in the Arab world than under Bush  —  I've written numerous times over the last year about rapidly worsening perceptions of the U.S. in the Muslim world, including a Pew poll from April finding that Egyptians view the U.S. more unfavorably now than they did during the Bush presidency.
Alana Goodman / Commentary Magazine:
Obama's Popularity in Arab World Now Lower than Bush's
Jason Ukman / Washington Post:
Arab world's views of U.S., President Obama increasingly negative, new poll finds
Discussion: Adam Serwer and Eunomia
Joshua Green / The Atlantic Online:
Michele Bachmann's Church Says the Pope Is the Antichrist  —  The Iowa front-runner for the GOP nomination was a longstanding member of a strict Lutheran synod with controversial views of Catholicism  —  Michele Bachmann is practically synonymous with political controversy …
The Daily Beast:
Maid's ‘Fiancé’ Speaks  —  A call with an Arizona inmate tarnished the case of Strauss-Kahn's accuser.  The man, who says he's the maid's fiancé, gives his side of the story to The Daily Beast.  —  One of the most important and controversial characters in the complicated …
Ian Millhiser / ThinkProgress:
Mitch McConnell: We Must Rewrite The Constitution Because ‘Elections’ Haven't ‘Worked’  —  Speaking on the Senate floor this morning, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) offered what may be the most concise summary of conservative constitutionalism ever spoken …
Eric Boehlert / Media Matters for America:
The Kenneth Gladney Charade Collapses  —  It took a St. Louis County jury less than 50 minutes to return a not guilty verdict in the assault trial featuring Kenneth Gladney and two union members who were charged with attacking him outside a two hall event during the tumultuous summer of 2009.
Austrian driver's religious headgear strains credulity  —  Having received his driving licence, Niko Alm now wants to get pastafarianism officially recognised  —  An Austrian atheist has won the right to be shown on his driving-licence photo wearing a pasta strainer as “religious headgear”.
Evan Hansen / Threat Level:
Manning-Lamo Chat Logs Revealed  —  A little more than a year ago, published excerpts from instant messenger chats between accused WikiLeaks source Bradley Manning and Adrian Lamo, the ex-hacker in whom he confided and who reported him to the authorities.
Tom Junod / Esquire:
The Debt Debate's Real Doomsday Scenario  —  On Tuesday, in the late morning, I asked a banker to explain what will happen if the debt ceiling is not raised on August 2.  He was not just any banker; he was and is the authority on the U.S. bond market at one of the biggest banks in the world.
Discussion: Don Surber
Mike Brownfield / The Heritage Foundation:
Morning Bell: Obama Aims for the Money You Don't “Need”  —  Over the past several weeks, America has seen on grand display in Washington a singular mindset emanating from the White House: We must raise taxes so that we can keep on spending.  This week, though, America was treated to something different …
Andy Birkey / Minnesota Independent:
Religious right rushes to Bachmann's defense following ‘ex-gay’ reports  —  Several religious right groups — including those listed as anti-gay hate groups by the Southern Poverty Law Center — rushed to Michele Bachmann's defense following reports that she and her husband Marcus' Christian …
Debt ceiling: Moody's puts U.S. on notice  —  By: Senior Writer Jeanne Sahadi  —  NEW YORK (CNNMoney) - The public pressure on lawmakers to raise the debt ceiling was ratcheted up Wednesday when a major rating agency said it would put the sterling bond rating of the United States on review for possible downgrade.
Seung Min Kim / The Politico:
GOPer wants FBI probe of Rupert Murdoch  —  New York Republican Pete King is calling on the FBI to investigate whether Rupert Murdoch's News Corporation hacked into the voicemail accounts of Sept. 11 victims, calling the allegations of the scandal “disgraceful.”
San Francisco Chronicle:
S.F. weighs protecting ex-cons seeking homes, jobs  —  Ex-convicts may soon become a “protected class” in San Francisco - joining African Americans, Latinos, gays, transgender people, pregnant women and the disabled.  —  A proposal being circulated at City Hall would make it illegal …
New York Post:
Palin nemesis goes nude  —  GOP presidential hopeful Sarah Palin and her family are the subjects of a profile by George Gurley in the September issue of Playboy, according to sources.  Insiders say the story will run next to a four-page nude pictorial of Mercede Johnston, the sister of Bristol Palin's estranged baby daddy, Levi.
Justin Elliott / Salon:
Rick Perry's Confederate past  —  Rick Perry made national headlines in 2009 when, during a speech to a Tea Party group, he floated the possibility that Texas could secede from the union.  But the governor's substantive ties to the neo-Confederate movement may be deeper than previously known.
Scott Wong / The Politico:
Harry Reid commends Mitch McConnell's debt plan  —  Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid on Wednesday praised Republican Leader Mitch McConnell for putting forth a plan to raise the debt ceiling, calling it a “serious proposal” that he's continuing to study.  —  “He spent a great deal of time working on this.
Police charge mother in Nashville airport altercation  —  Woman refused to let officers screen daughter  —  A 41-year-old Clarksville woman was arrested after Nashville airport authorities say she was belligerent and verbally abusive to security officers, refusing for her daughter to be patted down at a security checkpoint.
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