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6:20 PM ET, July 15, 2011


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Tony Kennedy / Minneapolis Star Tribune:
Marcus Bachmann says his clinics not anti-gay  —  Therapists will oblige if patients ask for counseling to become heterosexual, but they don't force treatment, he said.  —  The husband of Republican presidential contender Michele Bachmann has come forward to defend his family-owned Christian …
Eric Marrapodi / CNN:
Michele Bachmann officially leaves her church  —  Washington (CNN) - Republican presidential candidate Michele Bachmann has long been a darling of conservative evangelicals, but shortly before announcing her White House bid, she officially quit a church she'd belonged to for years.
Dan Amira / New York Magazine:
Blogger Who Posted Marcus Bachmann's ‘Barbarians’ Remark: 'I Didn't Doctor a Damn Thing'  —  It's becoming increasingly difficult to keep track of all of Michele and Marcus Bachmann's anti-gay remarks and beliefs, but unfortunately, today brings with it yet another twist.
June Thomas / Slate:
Dan Savage, Bully
Alex Seitz-Wald / ThinkProgress:
Fox And Friends Defends News Corp's Hacking Scandal: ‘We Should Move On’  —  Fox News finally addressed their parent company's hacking scandal head on this morning, with Fox and Friends launching a comically sycophantic and pathetically inaccurate defense of News Corp. Host Steve Doocy …
John Bingham / Telegraph:
Phone Hacking: Rupert Murdoch's daughter in ‘furious’ attack on Rebekah Brooks
New York Times:
Executive Who Ran Murdoch Unit at Time of Hacking Quits
Jeremy W. Peters / Media Decoder:
Les Hinton's Resignation Letters to Murdoch and Journal Staff
Discussion: Daily Kos
Alicia M. Cohn / The Hill:
Obama: Public is ‘sold’ on tax increases in a debt-ceiling deal  —  President Obama on Friday kept up the pressure on Republicans to agree to revenue increases in a deal to raise the debt ceiling, claiming 80 percent of the public supports Democrats' demand for tax increases.
The Daily Beast:
GOP's Debt Kamikazes  —  In preferring default to a deal, the populist wing of the Republican party has demonstrated its new nihilistic streak.  John Avlon on the politicians only too happy to take us off a cliff.  —  Call them Debt Ceiling Deniers.  Believers in faith-based fiscal policy.
The Hill:
Republican leaders embrace ‘Cut, Cap and Balance’ plan; vote set for next week  —  House Republican leaders have thrown their support behind the “Cut, Cap and Balance” plan that conservatives are demanding in return for an increase in the federal debt ceiling.
The Note:
Pawlenty Calls Out Romney On Debt Ceiling Debate
Discussion: CNN and TPMDC
David A. Fahrenthold / Washington Post:
GOP dissent complicates path to resolving debt-ceiling crisis
Greg Sargent / Washington Post:
McConnell proposal would force major review of entitlements  —  Larry Kudlow, who's plugged in with Congressional Republicans, scoops a key new detail about the emerging Mitch McConnell proposal to transfer control of the debt ceiling to the president:
Alicia M. Cohn / The Hill:
DeMint pledges to stop McConnell plan
Discussion: Hot Air and Weasel Zippers
Mike Lillis / The Hill:
Liberals worry embrace of McConnell proposal could harm Dem Party
Discussion: The Daily Caller
David S. Addington / The Heritage Foundation:
Shame on the Politically Motivated McConnell Plan to Hike Borrowing With No Spending Cuts
Discussion: The Hill, The Daily Caller and RedState
Conor Friedersdorf / The Atlantic Online:
Sarah Palin Movie Debuts to Empty Theater in Orange County  —  “Why aren't you seeing Harry Potter?” an usher said to the reporter sitting alone in the audience  —  When the clock struck 12:01 am today, AMC theaters in select cities were permitted to start showing “The Undefeated,” a feature length documentary about Sarah Palin.
Paul Krugman / New York Times:
Getting to Crazy  —  There aren't many positive aspects to the looming possibility of a U.S. debt default.  But there has been, I have to admit, an element of comic relief — of the black-humor variety — in the spectacle of so many people who have been in denial suddenly waking up and smelling the crazy.
Greg Sargent / Washington Post:
Obama makes his case to the left  —  President Obama recently took a beating from some on the left for suggesting that immediate deficit reduction is necessary to take the issue off the table and make it possible to spend more on liberal priorities later.  And Obama of course has regularly …
Discussion: Crooks and Liars, Corrente and Eschaton
David Dayen / Firedoglake:   Obama's “Deficit Now, Jobs Later” Strategy Doesn't Seem Sound
Josiah Ryan / The Hill:
Jackson Lee: Congress complicating debt ceiling because Obama is black  —  Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee (D-Texas) on Friday strongly suggested that members of Congress are making it difficult for President Obama to raise the debt ceiling because of his race.  —  “I do not understand …
Erick Erickson / Erick's blog:
Dear House Republicans, This is Your “Time For Choosing”  —  “From here on out, if you lose this fight, every time you balk at expanding government, social security checks will be withheld, medicare payments will be withheld, and in just a few short years, surgeries will be cancelled, vaccinations withheld, and hospitals shuttered.”
David Weigel / Slate:   Erick Erickson's Bad Advice
Cameron Joseph / Ballot Box:
Liberal group drops off petition warning Obama on cuts  —  The Progressive Change Campaign Committee, a liberal group that has long been critical of President Obama's policy moves, delivered a petition to his campaign with 200,000 signatures warning Obama against any cuts to Medicare …
Discussion: CNN
The Huffington Post:
Obama Publicly Backs Means-Testing Medicare (UPDATE)
Discussion: Iowa Caucuses and AmSpecBlog
Maggie Haberman / The Politico:
‘Obama lies’  —  Sarah Palin tweets a post-press conference slam on President Obama after he provides an update on the debt-ceiling stalemate: … It's worth noting, as Molly Ball reported last night, that Michele Bachmann, who appeals to much of the same swath of the GOP electorate that Palin does …
Martha Raddatz / ABCNEWS:
Osama Hit List: President Obama, Petraeus, Major U.S. Sporting Event  —  President Barack Obama boards Air Force One after arriving at Andrews Air Force Base Md., June 28, 2011.  Officials say that Osama bin Laden, still obsessed with attacking airplanes, was trying to hatch a plan to kill Obama …
Darren Goode / The Politico:
House turns off light bulb standards by voice vote  —  The House on Friday morning moved to block federal light bulb efficiency standards without even a roll call vote.  —  An amendment from Rep. Michael Burgess (R-Texas) defunding the Energy Department's standards for traditional incandescent light bulbs …
David Kravets / Threat Level:
Court OKs Airport Body Scanners, Rejects Constitutional Challenge  —  A federal appeals court on Friday unanimously declined to block the government from using intrusive body scanners across airports nationwide, saying it is “not persuaded by any of the statutory or constitutional arguments” against them.
The White House:
Press Conference by the President  —  THE PRESIDENT: Hello, everybody.  As you know, yesterday we had another meeting with the congressional leaders.  We're not having one today, so I thought it would be useful to give you guys an update on where we are.  —  All the congressional leaders …
Jonathan Cohn / The New Republic:
Cantor Loves Gov't Spending ... on the Drug Industry  —  Republicans would like you to believe that our deficit problem is primarily a spending problem and that responsibility for that problematic spending is primarily a Democratic responsibility.  But the second claim is as misleading as the first.
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Discussion: Verum Serum and The Gateway Pundit
Tara Bahrampour / Washington Post:
Second ‘green card lottery’ to be held today after first results voided
Discussion: ImmigrationProf Blog
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Bristol Palin / Christianity Today:
Q & A: Bristol Palin on Abstinence after Levi
David Gordon Smith / Spiegel Online:
‘The US Is Holding the Whole World Hostage’
Discussion: Politics
Susan F. Feiner / Ms Magazine Blog:
A Woman Economist Speaks Out: Deficits are a Grrrl's Best Friend
New York Times:
U.S. Recognizes Rebels in Libya
Kevin Drum / Mother Jones:
Carmageddon: LA's Billion-Dollar Car-Pool Lane
Discussion: National Review
David Brooks / New York Times:
Death and Budgets  —  I hope you had the chance to read …
Robert Reich / Wall Street Journal:
Can Obama Pull a ‘Clinton’ on the GOP?
Walter Shapiro / The New Republic:
The Tragedy of Tim Pawlenty