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3:25 AM ET, July 17, 2011

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myfoxny.com:
Woman Gropes TSA Agent's Breast at Security Checkpoint  —  PHOENIX - We hear a lot of complaints about security screeners groping airline passengers.  —  But now, a Colorado woman is accused of putting her hands on a TSA agent at Sky Harbor International Airport in Phoenix.
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.
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Digby / Hullabaloo:
Bizarroworld economics  —  So I'm reading this James Pethokoukis blog post at Reuters about Goldman Sachs' grim new outlook on unemployment.  This is the wrap up: … So what's the recommendation? … He's also for slashing spending, but the real answer to our prayers is tax cuts.  Seriously.
Alexander Bolton / The Hill:
GOP leaders ignore Obama's 36-hour deadline for a debt plan  —  House Republican leaders have missed a 36-hour deadline President Obama set during a Thursday meeting for lawmakers to give him a plan to avert a national default.  —  The deadline came and went Saturday morning without a response from House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio).
Discussion: The Political Carnival and CNN
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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 …
Barak Ravid / Haaretz:
Palestinians may give up on bid for full UN membership to avoid U.S. veto, sources say  —  Palestinian sources and European diplomats say Palestinians will seek recognition by the General Assembly instead of Security Council.  —  Wishing to avoid an American veto at the Security Council …
Discussion: Israel Matzav and Weasel Zippers
Mark Steyn / Orange County Register:
No bargaining with Barack Obluffer  —  There is something surreal and unnerving about the so-called “debt ceiling” negotiations staggering on in Washington.  In the real world, negotiations on an increase in one's debt limit are conducted between the borrower and the lender.
Discussion: PoliPundit.com
Robert Pear / New York Times:
G.O.P. Freshmen Say Debt Concerns Them More Than Re-election  —  WASHINGTON — For years, legislation to raise the federal debt limit offered plenty of political theater on Capitol Hill, with the party out of power using it to rail against the party in power.
Don Van Natta Jr / New York Times:
Stain From Tabloids Rubs Off on a Cozy Scotland Yard  —  LONDON — For nearly four years they lay piled in a Scotland Yard evidence room, six overstuffed plastic bags gathering dust and little else.  —  Inside was a treasure-trove of evidence: 11,000 pages of handwritten notes listing nearly …
David Segal / New York Times:
Law School Economics: Ka-Ching!  —  WITH apologies to show business, there's no business like the business of law school.  —  The basic rules of a market economy — even golden oldies, like a link between supply and demand — just don't apply.  —  Legal diplomas have such allure …
Discussion: Lawyers, Guns & Money and Althouse
CNN:
Obama-Dalai Lama meeting angers China  —  (CNN) — China spoke out strongly Sunday against a meeting between U.S. President Barack Obama and the Dalai Lama, saying it “hurt the feelings of the Chinese people and harmed Sino-U.S. relations.”  —  “This action seriously interfered with China's internal affairs …
Tim Cavanaugh / Hit & Run:
Carmageddon Shaping Up as Big Nothing  —  Rush hour traffic was light in Los Angeles Friday, in the final hours before closure of Interstate 405 for a few miles brought on a steel-and-rubber stampede of rich drivers that experts claim will destroy all intelligent life in California.
 
 
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29% Are Conservative on Fiscal and Social Issues, 10% Liberal on Both
Discussion: Weasel Zippers and Pajamas Media
The White House:
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The Huffington Post:
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Discussion: Hot Air and Outside the Beltway
Larry Flynt / Washington Post:
Rupert Murdoch went too far
The Huffington Post:
Elizabeth Warren: Government Hasn't Sufficiently Probed Foreclosure Abuses (VIDEO)
Discussion: Firedoglake