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4:05 PM ET, July 17, 2011


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Rebekah Brooks arrested over phone-hacking allegations  —  Spokesman for Rebekah Brooks says she did not know she was going to be arrested when she handed in her resignation  —  Rebekah Brooks has been arrested by police investigating allegations of phone hacking by the News of the World …
New York Times:
Scotland Yard Chief Quits Over Hacking  —  LONDON — The commissioner of London's Metropolitan Police Services, Sir Paul Stephenson, resigned his post on Sunday just hours after his officers arrested Rebekah Brooks, the former chief of Rupert Murdoch's media operations in Britain …
Phone hacking: New body blows for Rupert Murdoch  —  Rupert Murdoch and his family are facing a series of damaging new allegations over their handling of the phone-hacking scandal.  —  Rupert Murdoch, leaving News International headquarters in Wapping  —  A senior Scotland Yard officer …
Rebekah Brooks arrested by hacking police
Discussion: The Daily Dish
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Congressional GOP Leaders Slowly Convincing Newer Members of Importance of Raising Debt Ceiling  —  Boehner: He would have to bring newer members of his caucus along for a deal to be struck.  —  Sometimes your closest allies can become your biggest headaches.
Alec MacGillis / Washington Post:
Top lawmakers target ‘grand bargain’ for debt plan  —  Even as President Obama and congressional leaders focus on a fallback plan to lift the nation's debt ceiling, top Democrats and Republicans have begun to map a new way to craft the same sort of ambitious deficit-cutting plan they abandoned last week.
Vicki Needham / The Hill:
White House budget director sees progress in debt-ceiling talks
Discussion: The Politico
Manu Raju / The Politico:
Cain: Americans should be able to ban mosques  —  Herman Cain says voters across the country should have the right to prevent Muslims from building mosques in their communities.  —  In an exchange on “Fox News Sunday,” the Republican presidential contender said that he sided …
Tanya Somanader / ThinkProgress:
Herman Cain: Americans Have The Right To Ban Mosques  —  To rise above the myriad of GOP presidential candidates, pizza mogul Herman Cain is standing firmly on his anti-Muslim platform.  Taking advantage of the Islamophobic atmosphere, Cain consistently vilifies American Muslims and Islam …
Discussion: The Daily Caller
Jason Clayworth / Iowa Caucuses:
Texas' Rick Perry starting to feel ‘called’ to run for president  —  The Texan with the slight Southern drawl who has called dozens of top Iowa Republican activists in the past few weeks sounds more and more like he's about to run for president.  —  “I'm not ready to tell you that I'm ready …
The Columbus Dispatch:
Cordray is Obama's choice to lead Consumer Financial Protection Bureau  —  President Barack Obama will nominate former Ohio Attorney General Richard Cordray to head a powerful new consumer protection agency, White House officials said.  —  At a White House event Monday …
Binyamin Appelbaum / New York Times:
Former Ohio Attorney General Picked to Lead Consumer Agency
David Leonhardt / New York Times:
We're Spent  —  THERE is no shortage of explanations for the economy's maddening inability to leave behind the Great Recession and start adding large numbers of jobs: The deficit is too big.  The stimulus was flawed.  China is overtaking us.  Businesses are overregulated.  Wall Street is underregulated.
Jennifer Rubin / Washington Post:
David Brooks: The scary and sloppy case for rationing  —  David Brooks of the New York Times likes to fancy himself as a truth-seeker, bringing social and hard sciences to the masses.  But in his Friday column on health care and death, he makes some shocking and inaccurate assertions.
Gschwarzcnn / CNN:
TRENDING: Giuliani to GOP: Stay out of gay marriage  —  (CNN) - He may not agree with the vote in New York to legalize gay marriage, but former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani said the Republican Party should butt out of the bedroom and stick to fiscal policy.
Gschwarzcnn / CNN:
Giuliani makes his presidential case
Jane Fonda:
QVC Cancelled My Appearance!!  —  I was to have been on QVC today to introduce my book, “Prime Time,” about aging and the life cycle.  The network said they got a lot of calls yesterday criticizing me for my opposition to the Vietnam War and threatening to boycott the show if I was allowed to appear.
Nicholas Confessore / New York Times:
New Stable of Wealthy Donors Fueled Obama Campaign's Record Fund-Raising Quarter  —  President Obama recruited roughly 150 new elite donors, raising as much as a half a million dollars each, to help propel him to a large and early lead over his Republican opponents in the race for campaign cash …
Mackenzie Weinger / Reuters:
Hollywood stars open wallets for Obama
Discussion: Michelle Malkin and Don Surber
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Nicholas D. Kristof / New York Times:
Our Broken Escalator  —  THE United States supports schools …
Discussion: The Huffington Post
Paul A. Cantor / Washington Post:
What 'Gilligan's Island' creator Sherwood Schwartz was saying about democracy
Paul Krugman:
Italy Versus Japan
Discussion: TheMoneyIllusion and Noahpinion
Abby Phillip / The Politico:
Graham: 'We're becoming Greece'
 Earlier Items: 
Directorblue / Doug Ross:
S&P Raises State of Ohio's Credit Rating; Cites GOP Governor Kasich's Whining About His Predecessor …
Barak Ravid / Haaretz:
Palestinians may give up on bid for full UN membership to avoid U.S. veto, sources say
Discussion: Israel Matzav and Weasel Zippers
Obama-Dalai Lama meeting angers China
Discussion: Weasel Zippers and New York Times