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1:15 PM ET, July 16, 2011

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Joe Nocera / New York Times:
The Journal Becomes Fox-ified  —  It's official.  The Wall Street Journal has been Fox-ified.  —  It took Rupert Murdoch only three and a half years to get there, starting with the moment he acquired the paper from the dysfunctional Bancroft family in December 2007, a purchase that was completed …
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Mark Blumenthal / The Huffington Post:
Tea Party: Polls Show Importance To GOP Base … WASHINGTON — As negotiations continue over raising the debt limit, Republican leaders are at odds with their own base, amid reports that their electoral coalition is breaking down.  Public polling data illustrating the growing importance …
Discussion: Daily Kos and Swampland
Peter Kafka / AllThingsD:
Dow Jones CEO Les Hinton Stepping Down  —  Dow Jones CEO Les Hinton is leaving the company in the wake of the PhoneGate hacking scandal.  Hinton is the second high-ranking News Corp. executive to step down today, and the first major figure from the company's American operations.
James Pethokoukis:
Panic at the White House?  Gloomy Goldman Sachs sees high unemployment, possible recession  —  Last night in a new report, Democrat-friendly Goldman Sachs dropped an economic bomb on President Obama's chances for reelection (bold is mine): … Alarms bells must be ringing all over Obamaland today.
Michael D. Shear / The Caucus:
Obama's Haul: Big Money From Big Donors  —  Twenty-seven fund-raisers collected more than $500,000 each in contributions for President Obama and the Democratic Party in the past three months, helping Mr. Obama collect a record haul of campaign cash as he starts his re-election effort.
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The Note:
DNC Raises $34.6M in Second Quarter with Obama Help
Discussion: Political Punch and CNN
Bloomberg:
Obama Eliminates Warren as Consumer Head  —  President Barack Obama has chosen a candidate other than Elizabeth Warren as director of the new Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, according to a person briefed on the matter.  —  The president's choice is a person who already works at the consumer agency, the person said today.
Los Angeles Times:
House Republicans brace for compromise on debt  —  GOP leaders turn to their most trusted budget expert, Rep. Paul D. Ryan (R-Wis.), to explain to the rank and file what could happen if Congress fails to raise the debt ceiling.  —  Reporting from Washington— Republican leaders in the House …
James Oliphant / Los Angeles Times:
Michele Bachmann leaves church accused of anti-Catholic bias  —  Taking a page from President Obama's political playbook, Michele Bachmann has formally left a church in Minnesota accused of holding anti-Catholic views.  —  According to CNN, the church that Michele Bachmann and her husband Marcus …
The Huffington Post:
Elizabeth Warren: Government Hasn't Sufficiently Probed Foreclosure Abuses (VIDEO) … WASHINGTON — A top Obama administration official on Thursday questioned the scope of the state and federal investigations into alleged mortgage abuses and “illegal” foreclosures perpetrated …
Paul Krugman:
The Political Economy of the Lesser Depression  —  Everyone in the forecasting business is scrambling to mark down both their estimates of second-quarter growth and their forecasts for later in the year.  Goldman Sachs (no link) was pretty optimistic a few months ago; now they've grown quite pessimistic:
Alexander Burns / The Politico:
Mitt Romney's cash advantage  —  Kasie Hunt does the math: … One of the more than incidental benefits to treading light in Iowa is that Romney will probably be able to keep a relatively low burn rate for much of the summer.  At the end of the quarter, Pawlenty had just $1.4 million …
Discussion: FrumForum
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The Note:
Pawlenty Calls Out Romney On Debt Ceiling Debate
Discussion: TPMDC, Ballot Box, CNN and The Raw Story
Mj Lee / The Politico:
Dalai Lama to visit W.H. on Saturday  —  Part of the Dalai Lama's Washington visit will include a White House visit.  —  AP Photo  —  The White House announced late Friday that President Obama will meet with the Dalai Lama at the White House on Saturday, finally putting an end …
Discussion: Right Wing News and FrumForum
Frank Newport / Gallup:
For First Time, Majority in U.S. Supports Public Smoking Ban  —  Little support for making smoking illegal, however  —  PRINCETON, NJ — A majority of Americans (59%) support a ban on smoking in all public places for the first time since Gallup initially asked the question in 2001.
Katrina Trinko / National Review:
Perry's Briefing  —  Word in Austin is that Rick Perry is doing everything necessary to prepare for a presidential run, including brushing up on foreign policy.  —  We hear that he recently met with top national-security experts Doug Feith and William Luti.
Andy Birkey / Minnesota Independent:
‘Ex-gay’ conference headed to St. Paul in 2012  —  Amid news that Rep. Michele Bachmann's Christian counseling clinic performs therapy aimed at “curing” gays and lesbians of homosexuality, the nation's largest “ex-gay” organization, Exodus International, announced it will hold its annual conference …
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Bill Turque / Washington Post:
More than 200 D.C. teachers fired
Discussion: Joanne Jacobs and ThinkProgress
James Chapman / Daily Mail:
Rebekah Brooks in line for £3.5m pay out as News International slaps gagging orders …
wpr.org:
Joy Cardin  —  The first Wisconsin general election …
Discussion: Crooks and Liars and TPMDC
Bloomberg:
Body Scanners Improperly Added by TSA: Court
Shannon McCaffrey / MiamiHerald.com:
APNewsBreak: Gingrich campaign over $1M in debt
Michael Wines / New York Times:
China Plans to Release Some of Its Pork Stockpile to Hold Down Prices
Discussion: Lawyers, Guns & Money
The Note:
Pawlenty Steps Up Ames Push With $200,000 Ad Buy
Discussion: CNN
 Earlier Items: 
ABCNEWS:
Coming Up on ‘This Week’: OMB Director Jacob Lew and Senate Minority Whip Jon Kyl
James Pethokoukis:
Will coming debt ceiling deal save America's AAA credit rating?
Josiah Ryan / The Hill:
Jackson Lee: Congress complicating debt ceiling because Obama is black
Greg Sargent / Washington Post:
Obama makes his case to the left