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5:10 PM ET, July 15, 2011


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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:
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 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 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.
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
Alicia M. Cohn / The Hill:
DeMint pledges to stop McConnell plan
Discussion: Hot Air and Weasel Zippers
Larry Kudlow / National Review:
McConnell's Uber-Clever Debt-Deal Stratagem
Mike Lillis / The Hill:
Liberals worry embrace of McConnell proposal could harm Dem Party
Discussion: The Daily Caller
Wall Street Journal:
Plan B Emerges on Debt
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.
June Thomas / Slate:
Dan Savage, Bully
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: Corrente and Eschaton
David Dayen / Firedoglake:   Obama's “Deficit Now, Jobs Later” Strategy Doesn't Seem Sound
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 …
Erick Erickson / RedState:
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.”
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 …
Discussion: Hot Air and Daily Kos
Pete Kasperowicz / The Hill:
GOP light bulb amendment likely to pass Friday after earlier defeat
Discussion: ThinkProgress and Pajamas Media
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 …
Judd Legum / ThinkProgress:
BREAKING: Attorney General Says Justice Department Investigating News Corp.  —  On Tuesday, ThinkProgress launched a petition requesting a Department of Justice investigation into potential violations of U.S. law by News Corporation.  In the last four days, over 13,000 people signed the petition …
Discussion: CNN and LGBT | POV
Chris Good / The Atlantic Online:
Department of Justice Investigates News Corp.
Discussion: Reuters, The Raw Story and Daily Kos
John Bingham / Telegraph:
Phone Hacking: Rupert Murdoch's daughter in ‘furious’ attack on Rebekah Brooks  —  Rupert Murdoch's daughter Elisabeth has made a “furious” attack on Rebekah Brooks's handling of the phone hacking scandal at News International, The Daily Telegraph has learnt.  —  Elisabeth Murdoch, daughter of Rupert
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.
Alexander Burns / The Politico:
Rick Perry 2012 run ‘very likely,’ Terry Branstad says  —  Iowa Republicans are increasingly convinced that Texas.  Gov. Rick Perry is running for president in 2012, Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad said, predicting that Perry would be a strong candidate in the caucuses if he enters the race.
Discussion: Texas Monthly and GOP 12
Bristol Palin / Christianity Today:
Q & A: Bristol Palin on Abstinence after Levi  —  Bristol Palin's launch into the public eye came quickly after her mother's own entrance into the public arena.  Her out-of-wedlock pregnancy came under scrutiny after Senator John McCain chose former Alaska governor Sarah Palin as his running mate.
Matthew Yglesias / ThinkProgress:
Recapturing The Romance Of Monetary Policy  —  I had a frustrating back and forth (here and here) with Corey Robin about monetary policy.  He's a writer whose work I really enjoy.  This 2004 Boston Review piece on neoconservatives is seminal, and his book Fear: The History of a Political Idea is great.
New York Times:
U.S. Recognizes Rebels in Libya  —  ISTANBUL, Turkey — The United States formally recognized the rebel leadership in Libya as the country's legitimate government on Friday, news agencies reported.  The move ratcheted up the diplomatic pressure on Col. Muammar el-Qaddafi amid …
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 …
David Brooks / New York Times:
Death and Budgets  —  I hope you had the chance to read and reread Dudley Clendinen's splendid essay, “The Good Short Life,” in The Times's Sunday Review section.  Clendinen is dying of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, or A.L.S. If he uses all the available medical technology, it will leave him …
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.
Robert Reich / Wall Street Journal:
Can Obama Pull a ‘Clinton’ on the GOP?  —  He's following the budget-showdown script Bill Clinton used to win re-election.  But the economy added 434,000 new jobs in February 1996.  —  After a bruising midterm election, the president moves to the political center.  He distances himself from his Democratic base.
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 …
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Cameron Joseph / Ballot Box:
Gingrich campaign $1 million in debt
Discussion: The Note and
David Enrich / Wall Street Journal:
8 Banks Fail EU ‘Stress Tests’
Gschwarzcnn / CNN:
Live blog of Obama's press conference
Discussion: New York Magazine
The Huffington Post:
Obama Publicly Backs Means-Testing Medicare (UPDATE)
Discussion: Iowa Caucuses and AmSpecBlog
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Obama Blames Bush, Warns of ‘Armageddon’
Discussion: Verum Serum and The Gateway Pundit
Tara Bahrampour / Washington Post:
Second ‘green card lottery’ to be held today after first results voided
Discussion: and ImmigrationProf Blog
Matthew Yglesias / ThinkProgress:
Is The Government Hiring Overqualified Workers?
Jim Polson / Bloomberg:
BP Oil Still Washing Ashore One Year After Spill
 Earlier Items: 
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
Rasmussen Reports:
67% Oppose Upcoming ‘Ban’ on Traditional Light Bulbs
Kevin Drum / Mother Jones:
Carmageddon: LA's Billion-Dollar Car-Pool Lane
Discussion: National Review
Patricia Cohen / New York Times:
Internet Use Affects Memory, Study Finds
Walter Shapiro / The New Republic:
The Tragedy of Tim Pawlenty