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8:40 AM ET, July 16, 2011

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The Politico:
Of Obama's $86 million, 40% from bundlers  —  About 40 percent of President Barack Obama's record-breaking $86 million second-quarter fundraising haul came from big-money bundlers, according to a POLITICO analysis of donors listed on Obama's campaign web site.
Discussion: CNN and The Daily Caller
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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.
The Note:
DNC Raises $34.6M in Second Quarter with Obama Help
Discussion: Political Punch and CNN
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.
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Media Matters for America:
REPORT: How CNN, MSNBC, And Fox Are Covering News Corp. Hacking Scandal  —  News Corp.'s long-simmering phone-hacking scandal has reignited, throwing its global media empire into turmoil.  As allegations of hacking into private citizens' voicemail increase, media and tabloid practices have been called into question.
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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.
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 …
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
James Pethokoukis:
Will coming debt ceiling deal save America's AAA credit rating?  —  Keeping America's gold-plated credit rating may take both a deal to raise the debt ceiling (which will happen) and a meaningful deficit reduction plan of around $4 trillion (which is not happening).
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Alicia M. Cohn / The Hill:
Obama: Public is ‘sold’ on tax increases in a debt-ceiling deal
David A. Fahrenthold / Washington Post:
GOP dissent complicates path to resolving debt-ceiling crisis
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.
Discussion: naked capitalism and The Raw Story
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.
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.
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Andy Birkey / Minnesota Independent:
‘Ex-gay’ conference headed to St. Paul in 2012
Bloomberg:
Body Scanners Improperly Added by TSA: Court  —  Airport body scanners that create unclothed images of passengers were improperly adopted by the U.S. as a primary screening tool, a federal appeals court ruled, while allowing their use to continue.  —  The U.S. Transportation Security Administration …
Discussion: The BLT and Law Blog
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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 …
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David Dayen / Firedoglake:
Obama's “Deficit Now, Jobs Later” Strategy Doesn't Seem Sound
Discussion: Daily Kos
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.
Michael Wines / New York Times:
China Plans to Release Some of Its Pork Stockpile to Hold Down Prices  —  BEIJING — Some nations have strategic oil reserves.  Some keep grain reserves.  China has both, and something others have somehow overlooked: a national pork reserve.  —  And with the price of pig meat up 38 percent …
Discussion: Lawyers, Guns & Money
The Note:
Pawlenty Steps Up Ames Push With $200,000 Ad Buy  —  ABC News' Matthew Jaffe reports:  —  In an effort to boost his struggling campaign ahead of the Ames straw poll on Aug. 13, Tim Pawlenty has reserved around $200,000 of TV advertising in the Des Moines media market starting Monday …
Discussion: CNN
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 …
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 …
The Huffington Post:
Obama Publicly Backs Means-Testing Medicare (UPDATE) … WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama formally acknowledged on Friday that he would support a plan to means-test Medicare as a part of a deal to raise the nation's debt ceiling.  —  “I have said that means-testing on Medicare …
Discussion: Iowa Caucuses and AmSpecBlog
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Cameron Joseph / Ballot Box:
Liberal group drops off petition warning Obama on cuts
Discussion: CNN
 
 
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Shannon McCaffrey / MiamiHerald.com:
APNewsBreak: Gingrich campaign over $1M in debt
Felix Salmon:
The horrifying AAA debt-issuance chart
ABCNEWS:
Coming Up on ‘This Week’: OMB Director Jacob Lew and Senate Minority Whip Jon Kyl
Discussion: The Politico
Sam Baker / Healthwatch:
Number of healthcare waivers nears 1,500
Reuters:
South Sudan Admitted to U.N. as 193rd Member
Discussion: The Moderate Voice and FrumForum
 Earlier Items: 
The White House:
Press Conference by the President
Alexander Burns / The Politico:
Rick Perry 2012 run ‘very likely,’ Terry Branstad says
Discussion: Texas Monthly and CNN
Robinson / nation.foxnews.com:
Obama Blames Bush, Warns of ‘Armageddon’
Discussion: The Gateway Pundit and Verum Serum
Matthew Yglesias / ThinkProgress:
Is The Government Hiring Overqualified Workers?
Discussion: Washington Post