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12:05 AM ET, July 20, 2011


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Michael Crowley / Swampland:
Reporter Accosted After Bachmann Comments on Migraines  —  It's not easy to get to Michele Bachmann.  Her appearance at a rally on Tuesday in Aiken, South Carolina, attended by perhaps 150 people, featured three uniformed police officers and two body guards in plain clothes.
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 …
Greg Sargent / Washington Post:
Michele Bachmann's handlers get rough with reporter  —  This morning, the Daily Caller published a story I was inclined to leave to others: Michele Bachmann suffers from severe migraines.  —  But now the Bachmann camp has suddenly invited a whole lot more scrutiny to the story.
Bryan Fischer /
Bachmann migraines would be a gamechanger, make Perry run inevitable  —  Follow me on Twitter: @BryanJFischer, on Facebook at “Focal Point”  —  A sensational Daily Caller story this morning by Jonathan Strong quotes three anonymous sources to the effect that Michele Bachmann suffers routinely …
Tom Jensen / Public Policy Polling:
Bachmann continues to surge  —  Michele Bachmann's momentum continues to build and she's taken first place by the smallest of margins on PPP's newest national Presidential poll.  21% of Republican primary voters say she's their top choice to 20% for Mitt Romney, 12% for Rick Perry …
Jonathan Weisman / Washington Wire:
WSJ/NBC Poll: Bachmann Surges to Second Place
Discussion: Outside the Beltway
Sheryl Gay Stolberg / New York Times:   Bachmann Says Migraines Won't Be a Problem if She's Elected President
Mark Murray /
NBC/WSJ poll: Bachmann surges to 2nd place in GOP '12 field
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blog:
Allen West tirade: Wasserman Schultz ‘vile...despicable...not a Lady’  —  Florida GOP Congressman Allen West this afternoon dispatched a scathing personal email to Democratic National Committee Chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz, calling her “vile, unprofessional ,and despicable,” “a coward …
The Note:
Rep. Allen West Unloads On ‘Vile, Unprofessional, and Despicable’ Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz  —  ABC News' John R. Parkinson (@JRPabcDC) reports:  —  Rep. Allen West unleashed an scathing email to House leadership to raise his objections to “unprofessional and inappropriate sophomoric behavior” …
Discussion: Ben Smith's Blog
The Hill:
Coburn rejoins Gang of Six, backs $3.7T deficit-reduction plan  —  Democratic and Republican senators are rallying behind a $3.7 trillion deficit-reduction plan announced Tuesday morning by the five remaining members of the Gang of Six.  —  Sen. Tom Coburn (R-Okla.), who pulled out of the Gang …
Erik Wasson / The Hill:
Gang of Six plan punts on key details
Discussion: Firedoglake and Taylor Marsh
David Wessel / Washington Wire:
‘Gang of Six’ Plan: Tax Increase or Tax Cut?
Tim Fernholz /
DOCUMENT: Gang of Six Deficit Plan Executive Summary
Discussion: Daily Kos and Firedoglake
Russell Berman / The Hill:
Two House lawmakers call for vote on Gang of Six plan  —  A House Republican and a member of the New Democrat coalition are jointly calling on Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) to bring the Senate's “Gang of Six” deficit-reduction proposal to a House vote alongside an increase in the debt ceiling.
Discussion: The Politico and RedState
New York Times:
Bipartisan Plan for Budget Deal Buoys President
Rosalind S. Helderman / Washington Post:
House pursues balanced-budget bill; need for backup plan acknowledged
Igor Volsky / ThinkProgress:
Obama Endorses Feinstein's Bill To Repeal The Defense Of Marriage Act  —  A day before the Senate Judiciary Committee prepares to hold hearing on the 1996 Defense of Marriage Act, the Obama administration has endorsed Sen. Dianne Feinstein's (D-CA) legislation to repeal it.
Helene Cooper / New York Times:   Obama to Back Repeal of Law Restricting Marriage
Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
Obama backs Respect For Marriage Act
Obama Supports Repeal of Defense of Marriage Act
Nick Bilton / Bits:
Internet Activist Charged in M.I.T. Data Theft  —  Updated Added links to documents and comment from United States Attorney's office in Boston.  —  Updated Changed headline and post to remove reference to Mr. Swartz being a co-founder of Reddit, as this is disputed.  Added comment from Demand Progress.
Jay Lindsay / Associated Press:
Feds: Harvard fellow hacked millions of papers
Discussion: RedState
Jim Geraghty / National Review:
Jay Carney: ‘Leadership Is Not Proposing a Plan.’  —  White House Press Secretary Jay Carney argues, with a straight face, that leadership means waiting for House and Senate negotiators to come up with a plan:
Eugene Volokh / The Volokh Conspiracy:
Ninth Circuit Panel Reverses Conviction for Allegedly Threatening to Kill Then-Candidate Obama  —  The case is this morning's United States v. Bagdasarian (decided by a 2-to-1 vote). … Bagdasarian was convicted, but the panel majority reversed the conviction.  —  To understand the legal question, we need a bit of background.
Discussion: Outside the Beltway
David Kravets / Threat Level:
Urging Obama's Assassination Is Lawful Online Speech, Divided Appeals Court Says
Discussion: Law Blog and Election Law Blog
Nate Silver / FiveThirtyEight:
Is Obama Against Romney a Toss-Up?  —  Looking at head-to-head polls can be treacherous so far in advance of a presidential election.  Instead, I'd suggest that you devote most of your attention to President Obama's approval ratings and perhaps the favorability ratings of the Republican candidates …
Lizette Alvarez / New York Times:
Software Designer Reports Error in Anthony Trial  —  MIAMI — Assertions by the prosecution that Casey Anthony conducted extensive computer searches on the word “chloroform” were based on inaccurate data, a software designer who testified at the trial said Monday.
David Weigel / Weigel:
Only 19 Percent of Republicans Think Obama Would Be Raptured  —  Behold: The best poll questions of the day, from PPP's survey of 574 GOP primary voters nationwide.  —  They've either found a new way of asking whether people think Obama is a Christian, or they've discovered that some number …
Discussion: First Draft and Salon
Allen West / National:
At this Point, Anyone with an Obama 2012 Bumper Sticker is a Threat to the Gene Pool  —  Greetings to our constituents, fellow Floridians, and all Americans, here we are for another weekly update.  There is only one word that describes the past week: appalling.
Discussion: The Raw Story and ThinkProgress
The Note:
ABC News/Washington Post Poll: Dissatisfaction With Washington Hits 19-Year High  —  Analysis by ABC News' Pollster Gary Langer (@LangerResearch):  —  Discontent with Washington's budget battles has spurred public dissatisfaction with the federal government to its highest level in nearly 20 years …
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Mike Lillis / The Hill:
Liberals trash Obama's tax-holiday
Kate Nocera / The Politico:
Perry signs Medicaid block grant, PP defunding …
N.C. Aizenman / Washington Post:
Birth control coverage proposed for most health insurance plans
Adam Serwer:
DC Gentrification, Ctd
Yves Smith / naked capitalism:
Why Liberals are Lame, Part 3: Why a Warren Run for Senate is a Terrible Idea
Discussion: Suburban Guerrilla and emptywheel
Paul Krugman:
Scribblers and Madmen  —  Ezra Klein has a good column …
Discussion: ThinkProgress
Laura Kusisto / Wall Street Journal:
New Kids Paying Manhattan Rents
Discussion: Latest from Crain's … and Gawker
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Dennis Cauchon / USA Today:
Some federal workers more likely to die than lose jobs
Discussion: National Review and Fausta's Blog
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