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9:30 AM ET, July 19, 2011


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Josh Gerstein / The Politico:
Priebus: Obama video may be ‘crime’  —  Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus is accusing President Barack Obama of committing “an apparent crime” when he recorded a video in the White House as part of a raffle to raise money for his reelection campaign.
David Rogers / The Politico:
Debt ceiling debate turns ‘scary’  —  Washington's frayed nerves showed through Monday amid tough talk on the right, a White House veto threat, canceled weekend passes and the top Senate Democrat likening default to a “very, very scary” outcome even for those “who believe government should be small enough to drown in a bathtub.”
David Brooks / New York Times:
The Road Not Taken  —  Over the past months, Republicans enjoyed enormous advantages.  Opinion polls showed that voters are eager to reduce the federal debt, and they want to do it mostly but not entirely through spending cuts.  —  There was a Democratic president eager to move to the center.
Discussion: Outside the Beltway
Molly K. Hooper / The Hill:
Reid: Saturday workdays for Senate
Discussion: The Politico and Reuters
Marin Cogan / The Politico:
House frosh head to White House with demands
Jon Cohen / Washington Post:
Poll: Little confidence in leaders to deal with debt issue; Obama has edge
The Hill:   House Republicans seeking an alternative debt-ceiling plan
Sam Youngman / The Hill:
Obama officially threatens to veto Republicans' ‘cut, cap and balance’ bill
Joe Conason / National Memo:
Exclusive Bill Clinton Interview: I Would Use Constitutional Option To Raise Debt Ceiling And “Force The Courts To Stop Me”  —  Former President Bill Clinton says that he would invoke the so-called constitutional option to raise the nation's debt ceiling “without hesitation …
Discussion: Taylor Marsh and Politics
Jennifer Epstein / The Politico:
Bill Clinton: I'd use 14th Amendment  —  Former President Bill Clinton would invoke the 14th Amendment - “without hesitation, and force the courts to stop me,” he says - to raise the debt ceiling if he were in President Barack Obama's shoes, with the deadline to raise the limit just two weeks away.
Jonathan Strong / The Daily Caller:
Stress-related condition ‘incapacitates’ Bachmann; heavy pill use alleged  —  In late July 2010, Rep. Michele Bachmann's then-communications director, Dave Dziok, told his boss that he planned to take a new job with the public relations firm Edelman.  —  Dziok had worked for Bachmann …
Marie Diamond / ThinkProgress:
Bachmann Predicted The World Would End In 2006: ‘We Are In The Last Days’  —  As GOP presidential candidate Michele Bachmann (R-MN) surges in the polls, more information is coming to light about her past that reveal the depths of her political and religious extremism.
Joe Weisenthal / Politics:
Wynn CEO Goes On Epic Anti-Obama Rant On Company Conference Call  —  Who doesn't love a good rant?  —  We certainly do, and as usual, Steve Wynn, the CEO of casino company Wynn Resorts, delivered on his company's quarterly conference call today.  —  Via Seeking Alpha, here's the crux of it:
News Corp. Said to Consider Chase Carey as CEO  —  News Corp. is considering elevating Chief Operating Officer Chase Carey to chief executive officer to succeed Rupert Murdoch, people with knowledge of the situation said.  —  A decision hasn't been made and a move depends in part …
Wall Street Journal:
Borders Forced to Liquidate, Close All Stores  —  Above, the exterior of a closed store in San Rafael, Calif.  —  Borders Group Inc. said it would liquidate after the second-largest U.S. bookstore chain failed to receive any offers to save it.  —  Borders, which employs about 10,700 people …
Borders plans to liquidate, ending 40-year-old bookstore chain
Discussion: Blog
Pew Research Center for the People and the Press:
Public Split Evenly on Urgency of Debt Limit Debate  —  OVERVIEW  —  While administration officials project an economic catastrophe if the debt limit is not raised by Aug. 2, many Americans do not see this deadline as a major problem.  Four-in-ten (40%) say that, from what they've read and heard …
Discussion: The New Republic
Greg Sargent / Washington Post:
Bachmann Nation: For Republicans and Tea Partyers, there is no imminent crisis
News of the World phone-hacking whistleblower found dead  —  Death of Sean Hoare - who was first named journalist to allege Andy Coulson knew of hacking - not being treated as suspicious  —  Sean Hoare, the former News of the World showbusiness reporter who was the first named journalist …
New York Times:
Murdoch Aides Long Tried to Blunt Scandal Over Hacking  —  LONDON — Two days before it emerged that The News of the World had hacked the cellphone of a murdered schoolgirl, igniting a scandal that has shaken Rupert Murdoch's media empire, his son James told friends that he thought the worst of the troubles were behind him.
Bill Carter / Media Decoder:
Fox, CNN And MSNBC To Cover Murdoch Hearing
Discussion: Mediaite
Amelia Hill / Guardian:
Police examine bag found in bin near Rebekah Brooks's home  —  Former NI chief executive's husband denies bag - containing computer, paperwork and phone - belonged to his wife  —  Detectives are examining a computer, paperwork and a phone found in a bin near the riverside London home of Rebekah Brooks …
Howard Portnoy / The Greenroom:
What if the President Told a Joke and Nobody Laughed?  —  Not possible, you say—not for the funniest person alive.  But it's true.  President Obama was on the White House lawn today, introducing former Ohio Attorney General Richard Cordary as the new head of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau.
New York Post:
Uncle Sam, sugar daddy  —  Forget all the numbers being tossed around in Washington — the millions and billions and trillions of dollars being taxed, borrowed, printed and spent as the country approaches the Aug. 2 debt-ceiling deadline.  —  Forget the political jockeying for position between …
Discussion: National Review
Chris Geidner / Poliglot:
DOJ Argues to Keep DADT Repeal In Executive Branch's Control, Out of the Courts  —  The government this evening continued its attempt to keep the end of the “Don't Ask, Don't Tell” policy in the hands of the executive branch, asking a federal appeals court to keep the policy in place …
McClatchy Washington Bureau:
Justice Department lawyers contradict FBI findings in anthrax case  —  WASHINGTON — The Justice Department has called into question a key pillar of the FBI's case against Bruce Ivins, the Army scientist accused of mailing the anthrax-laced letters that killed five people and terrorized Congress a decade ago.
Discussion: ProPublica and
Molly Ball / The Politico:
Sarah Palin film to get wider release  —  The producers of the pro-Sarah Palin documentary “The Undefeated” say they are following up a better-than-expected opening weekend with plans to expand to more cities soon.  —  Details weren't yet available Monday, but the movie's distributor …
George Packer / New Yorker:
EMPTY WALLETS  —  In the midst of the debt crisis in Washington, D.C., Danny Hartzell backed a Budget rental truck up to a no-frills apartment building that is on a strip of motels and pawnshops in Tampa, Florida.  He had been laid off by a packaging plant during the financial crisis of 2008 …
Discussion: Daily Kos and News Desk
Hacked DOT Road Sign Reads “Impeach Obama”  —  UNION COUNTY, N.C. (WGHP)— An electronic DOT road sign was apparently hacked when a displayed message read “Impeach Obama.”  —  DOT officials told WSOC they had not heard of the display when first contacted on Sunday night, but sent an engineer to correct the sign afterward.
Israel Navy intercepts sole remnant of flotilla heading for Gaza  —  Dignite-Al Karame ignores call to change course from Gaza; IDF chief orders take over of vessel; video shows Israel Navy's interception of the Karame.  —  The Israel Navy intercepted the French yacht Dignite-Al Karame …
Kinnock: Murdoch facing his ‘nemesis’  —  Former Labour leader Lord Kinnock has said that he hopes that in the wake of the phone hacking scandal, no politician will seek to “fawn upon” owners of influential papers.  —  Speaking to John Humphrys, he said that the influence of media organisations …
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Philip Klein / Washington Examiner:
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