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5:55 PM ET, July 14, 2011

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Josiah Ryan / The Hill:
Reid: Cantor acted ‘childish’ and shouldn't be at the negotiation table  —  Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) said Thursday that House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-Va.) acted “childish” in the debt talks.  —  He is the the latest Democratic leader to accuse Cantor of impeding progress …
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Sam Stein / The Huffington Post:
Harry Reid And Mitch McConnell: ‘Hybrid’ Solution To Debt Standoff … Barack Obama , Harry Reid , Mitch McConnell , Cantor Debt Ceiling , Debt Ceiling , Cantor Obama , Debt Ceiling Approach , Debt Ceiling Mcconnell , Debt Ceiling Negotiations , Hybrid Debt Ceiling , Mcconnell Debt Ceiling Plan …
The Politico:
Washington loses its cool  —  Tensions are running so high over debt talks that Capitol Hill leaders turned down a trip to Camp David before the White House even invited them.  —  The mood among debt-limit negotiators appeared as sour Thursday as it was the night before …
David Dayen / Firedoglake:
Forget the Scrum: Real Details on Debt Limit Deal Emerge  —  The headlines will blare today about the rough appropriation of an Australian soap opera that occurred in the White House last night, with Eric Cantor's ego deeply bruised and glasses fogged, after the President reportedly said “I have reached the point where I say enough.
Ezra Klein / Washington Post:
The White House's case for a big deficit deal
Paul Kane / Washington Post:   Democrats bash Cantor over debt talks
Amanda Carey / The Daily Caller:
Boehner says ‘no need’ for a Camp David summit
Discussion: Weasel Zippers
Jeffrey M. Jones / Gallup:
“Republican Candidate” Extends Lead vs. Obama to 47% to 39%  —  Margin marks first statistically significant lead among registered voters  —  PRINCETON, NJ — Registered voters by a significant margin now say they are more likely to vote for the “Republican Party's candidate for president” …
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Katie Glueck / Washington Wire:
Gallup Poll: ‘Generic Republican’ Leads Obama by 8 Points
Discussion: MyFox Twin Cities
Stuart Rothenberg / Roll Call:
Debt Ceiling Stalemate Not About Numbers
Judicial Watch:
Documents Show Obama White House Attacked, Excluded Fox News Channel  —  White House Emails Detail anti Fox Bias inside Obama White House: “I'm putting some dead fish in the fox cubby — just cause” “[FNC Anchor] Bret Baier...is a lunatic”  —  Judicial Watch, the public interest group …
Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
'We're running out of time'  —  It's safe to say the Secretary of the Treasury is feeling some anxiety. … Putting aside, at least for now, whether Tim Geithner is my favorite Treasury Secretary of all time or not, I've been thinking a bit lately about what it must be like to be in his shoes right now.
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New York Post:
The comedian-in-chief  —  Here's a joke for you: President …
Discussion: National Review and Maggie's Farm
The Note:
Mitt Romney Breaks Silence on Debt Ceiling  —  ABC News' Emily Friedman(@EmilyABC) reports:  —  It didn't take long for Mitt Romney to field a question on the debt ceiling negotiations today during an event at the Portsmouth Rotary Club in New Hampshire.  —  After Romney's opening remarks …
Discussion: The Hill, TPMDC, GOP 12 and Political Punch
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Alexander Burns / The Politico:
The Bain of Mitt Romney's campaign  —  A company that laid off hundreds of employees.  A federal “bailout” to rescue a failing bank.  Mitt Romney, at the center of it all.  —  It's a story line from a tough Democratic ad that was teed up for use against Romney in his 1994 Senate campaign in Massachusetts.
Time:
Conspiracy of Two  —  For one of the world's most watched buildings, the White House is remarkably easy to sneak into.  On the afternoon of Sunday, July 3, while reporters scribbled down the details of President Obama's early return from a family vacation at Camp David — short sleeves …
Discussion: Crooks and Liars and Hullabaloo
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MyFox Twin Cities:
End to Minnesota Shutdown in GOP Hands  —  Special session could be called within three days  —  ST. PAUL, Minn. (FOX 9) - Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton sent a letter Thursday to House Speaker Kurt Zellers and Senate Majority Leader Amy Koch, saying he “reluctantly” agrees to accept …
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Kevin Sack / New York Times:
Book Challenges Obama on Mother's Deathbed Fight  —  The White House on Wednesday declined to challenge an account in a new book that suggests that President Obama, in his campaign to overhaul American health care, mischaracterized a central anecdote about his mother's deathbed dispute with her insurance company.
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Ann Althouse / Althouse:
Obama lied about a central fact about his own life which he used — powerfully — to push health care reform.
Gschwarzcnn / CNN:
Palin raises over $1.6 million  —  (CNN) - Sarah Palin's political action committee raised over $1.6 million in the first half of 2011, according to a report set to be released Thursday.  —  She now has approximately $1.4 million cash on hand despite having spent almost $1.6 million over the same period, according to Sarah PAC.
Discussion: The Note and Conservatives4Palin
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Michael O'Brien / The Hill:
Palin PAC raises $1.6M in first half of year
Discussion: The Note
Jennifer Epstein / The Politico:
U.S. credit rating not worth saving, Ron Paul says  —  The United States's top credit rating is “probably not” worth saving, Rep. Ron Paul (R-Texas) said Thursday, less than a day after a major rating agency indicated it was considering a downgrade as the country hurtles toward …
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A.Killough / CNN:
Elizabeth Warren vs. House GOP, round 3  —  WASHINGTON (CNNMoney) — Elizabeth Warren is expected to face another round of tough questioning about the consumer financial protection bureau at a House hearing on Thursday, her third trip to Capitol Hill this year.
Discussion: The Note and The Politico
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Elizabeth Warren / oversight.house.gov:
Hearing Documents  —  Hearing Video  —  Chairman Darrell Issa Hearing Preview Statement
Jonathan Dienst / NBC New York:
The Accused Killer in His Own Words  —  Read a partial transcript of the confession that police say Levi Aron gave during questioning … My name is Levi Aron... On Monday evening around 5:30 I went to my dentist, Dr. Sorcher, to make a payment for visit for exam routine.
Bloomberg:
Reinhart and Rogoff: The Economy Can't Grow  —  As public debt in advanced countries reaches levels not seen since the end of World War II, there is considerable debate about the urgency of taming deficits with the aim of stabilizing and ultimately reducing debt as a percentage of gross domestic product.
Rasmussen Reports:
55% Oppose Tax Hike In Debt Ceiling Deal  —  As the Beltway politicians try to figure out how they will raise the debt ceiling and for how long, most voters oppose including tax hikes in the deal.  —  Just 34% think a tax hike should be included in any legislation to raise the debt ceiling.
Ccolton / CBS New York:
Judge Declares Mistrial In Roger Clemens Perjury Case  —  NEW YORK (CBSNewYork / AP) — The judge presiding over Roger Clemens' perjury trial has declared a mistrial over over inadmissible evidence shown to jurors that could have prejudiced them against the former Yankees star.
Discussion: The Moderate Voice
Paul Krugman:
Obama, Moderate Republican  —  OK, not exactly.  But Nate Silver's analysis of the budget proposals is a must-read.  Nate looks at polling, and extracts the following implied preferences for the mix between tax increases and spending cuts in a debt deal:  —  What Obama has offered …
Jake Tapper / Political Punch:
Which Is Worse?  Default or Voting to Raise the Debt Ceiling Again in 2012?:  Today's Qs for O's WH - 7/14/2011  —  CARNEY: That is a bad scenario.  I'm not sure — I mean —  TAPPER: Is it worse —  CARNEY: You know, there are things you could anticipate.  But I — yes.
Felix Salmon:
The damage already done by the debt ceiling debate  —  Listen to anybody on Capitol Hill, and they'll tell you that the debt ceiling debate is turning into a complete disaster, with the Republican rank and file such an inchoate mess that it increasingly seems as though no deal will get done at all.
Julian Pecquet / Healthwatch:
Another provision of healthcare reform law comes under bipartisan assault  —  Lawmakers in the House and Senate introduced bipartisan legislation Thursday to remove restrictions on tax-exempt health spending accounts, the latest provision of the healthcare reform law to come under attack by Democrats.
William K. Rashbaum / New York Times:
F.B.I. Opens Inquiry Into Hacking of 9/11 Victims  —  In response to requests from members of Congress and to at least one news report, the Federal Bureau of Investigation in New York opened a preliminary inquiry on Thursday into allegations that News Corporation journalists sought to gain access …
 
 
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