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4:05 PM ET, July 13, 2011


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Wall Street Journal:
Debt-Limit Harakiri  —  Mitch McConnell isn't selling out Republicans.  —  Republican Senate leader Mitch McConnell said yesterday he's concluded that no deal to raise the debt ceiling in return for serious spending restraint is possible with President Obama, and who can blame him?
William Kristol / Weekly Standard:
As Easy as ABC  —  Moving on from Mitch McConnell.  —  Mitch McConnell's plan, as Eric Cantor and Jim DeMint said tonight, is “going nowhere.”  Which is where it deserved to go.  It was too clever by half, transparently cynical, probably unconstitutional, and Rube Goldberg-like in its incomprehensibility.
Discussion: JustOneMinute and National Review
Jackie Calmes / New York Times:
McConnell Warns of Risk to Party, and Country, of Default
Discussion: Balloon Juice
Sam Youngman / The Hill:
White House on debt deal: ‘Bigger is better’
Discussion: The Politico
Daniel Strauss / The Hill:
DNC chairwoman: Republicans acting almost like ‘spoiled children’ on debt ceiling
Discussion: Jack & Jill Politics
Glenn Kessler / Washington Post:
Can President Obama keep paying Social Security benefits even if the debt ceiling is reached?
Jennifer Rubin / Washington Post:
McConnell's backup plan
Discussion: Fox News, Hot Air and Big Government
Alicia M. Cohn / The Hill:
McConnell: GOP won't take ‘co-ownership of a bad economy’
Discussion: Washington Monthly
Eric Roper / Minneapolis Star Tribune:
One by one, bars get tapped out  —  Hundreds of bars, restaurants and stores across Minnesota are running out of beer and alcohol and others may soon run out of cigarettes — a subtle and largely unforeseen consequence of a state government shutdown.  —  In the days leading up to the shutdown …
John Hinderaker / Power Line:
Now It's Getting Serious!  —  Mark Dayton's shutdown of Minnesota's state government is now in its third week, and so far I've seen no sign of it.  I mean that literally: if I hadn't read about the shutdown in the newspapers, I would have no reason to be aware of it.
Discussion: Say Anything
Eric Roper Updated / Minneapolis Star Tribune:   Shutdown forces MillerCoors to pull beer from shelves
NY Daily News:
Body of Leiby Kletzky, missing 8-year-old boy, found dismembered; pieces in Dumpster, refrigerator  —  The body parts of a missing 8-year-old Brooklyn boy were found Wednesday in a Dumpster and the refrigerator of a man suspected in his disappearance, police said.
Discussion: The Gateway Pundit and Fox News
New York Times:   3 Bomb Blasts Shake Central Mumbai
The Politico:
Obama and DNC raise $86M, more than doubling GOP field - RNC campaign targets four swing states - Mandel brings in $2.3M for Senate bid - Hahn wins in CA-36 - Barbour camp eyes Perry - One month until  —  ( and (  —  2012 SIREN - OBAMA'S NUMBER …
Glenn Thrush / The Politico:
President Obama smashes record with $86M haul
Discussion: Ballot Box, CNN and The BLT
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 …
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”.
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.
David Kurtz / Talking Points Memo:
Gracious In Defeat  —  The National Republican Congressional Committee, which is charged with getting Republicans elected to the House and keeping them there, sent out a press email overnight on the results of the CA-36 special election titled “Statement on Janice Hahn's Entry Into Democrats' Swamp of Corruption”:
Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
Business community to Congress: Enough  —  It wasn't too long ago that 62 leading U.S. business groups, including the American Gas Association, the Telecommunications Industry Association, and the National Association of Manufacturers, all pleaded with Congress to end the standoff and raise the debt ceiling.
Jia Lynn Yang / Washington Post:
Congress hears outcry from business lobby on debt ceiling and deficit
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.
Discussion: ThinkProgress and The Other McCain
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 …
Discussion: Say Anything and Weasel Zippers
Elias Groll / The Politico:
9/11 families call for U.S. probe of Murdoch  —  Angry family members of victims of the 9/11 attacks on Wednesday called for a U.S. investigation into allegations that journalists at the British News of the World tabloid sought to hack the phones of their lost love ones.
Adam Serwer / Washington Post:
Laughably bogus poll tries to ‘prove’ Obama is losing Jewish support  —  Republicans are touting yet another poll that purports to predict the end of the Jewish allegiance to the Democratic Party.  Citing a new poll by Republican John McLaughlin and Pat Caddell, the GOP's favorite “Democrat …
Eliot Spitzer / Slate Magazine:
Prosecute News Corp.  —  The U.S. government should go after Murdoch's media company for its corrupt practices and revoke its TV licenses if it's found guilty.  —  Bribery, illegal wiretapping, interference in a murder investigation, political blackmail, and rampant disregard for both the truth and basic decency.
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.
John Whitesides / Reuters:
Pessimism deepens as economic concerns rise: Reuters/Ipsos poll  —  (Reuters) - Americans are deeply pessimistic about the future as economic concerns rise and White House talks on raising the U.S. debt limit sputter, according to a Reuters/Ipsos poll released on Wednesday.
Craig Pittman / St. Petersburg Times:
Tea party members tackle a new issue: manatees  —  Everybody knows what the tea party members oppose.  High taxes.  Big government.  Obama's health care plan.  High-speed rail.  —  Now, for at least some local tea party members, there's one more to add: manatee protection.
6 fake Democrats fall, setting stage for GOP recalls  —  Six fake Democratic candidates put up by the Republican Party to buy time for Republican state senators subject to recalls accomplished that job Tuesday, but none of them did the unexpected and knocked off a real Democrat.
Thomas Kaplan / New York Times:
Settled in Albany, Gay Marriage Draws Opposition  —  Laura L. Fotusky, the town clerk in Barker, N.Y., a small community north of Binghamton, looked at the calendar, looked at her Bible and knew what she had to do.  —  She drafted a letter to the Town Board and said she would resign on July 21 …
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Associated Press:
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The Note:
Bachmann on Debt Limit: Obama ‘Holding the Full Faith and Credit of the Country Hostage’
Discussion: ABCNEWS, CNN and The Raw Story
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Discussion: The Virginian
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 Earlier Items: 
Daniel Strauss / The Hill:
Top Dem suggests Boehner and Cantor have weak relationship
Jeffrey Simpson / Globe and Mail:
Will Americans ‘do the right thing’ on debt?
Discussion: The Moderate Voice
Jospeh Cirincione / The Atlantic Online:
How to Shave a Bundle Off the Deficit: Spend Less on Nukes
Jared Polis / Wall Street Journal:
Raise Revenues, Not Taxes