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5:50 PM ET, July 19, 2011


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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 …
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.
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 …
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.
The Note:
The Note: Straw Poll Shake Up?: Bachmann Under Scrutiny, Rick Perry Backtracks
Maggie Haberman / The Politico:
Michele Bachmann: Migraines don't impact my abilities
Discussion: GOP 12
Joshua Green / The Atlantic Online:
Michele Bachmann's Migraines and the History of Presidential Ailments
Discussion: GOP 12, Prairie Weather and Politics
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 …
Manu Raju / The Politico:
Gang of Six back from the brink  —  The once moribund Senate “Gang of Six” gained new life Tuesday after Oklahoma Sen. Tom Coburn unexpectedly rejoined the group and President Barack Obama praised a new effort to cut the debt by as much as $3.7 trillion over the next decade.
Jennifer Epstein / The Politico:
Obama praises ‘Gang of Six’ plan  —  President Barack Obama said Tuesday that the proposal put forward earlier in the day by “Gang of Six,” a group of Republican and Democratic senators, is “a very significant step” that represents “the potential for bipartisan consensus” …
New York Times:
Obama Renews Push for a Bipartisan Deal on Debt  —  WASHINGTON — President Obama on Tuesday renewed his push for an ambitious deficit-reduction deal, hailing a bipartisan package put forward hours earlier by a group of six senators as a sign of progress and summoning Congressional leaders for a new round of negotiations.
Tim Fernholz /
DOCUMENT: Gang of Six Deficit Plan Executive Summary
Discussion: Firedoglake and Daily Kos
Jake Tapper / Political Punch:
When Would You Announce Support for the Gang of Six Plan? …
Andrew Taylor / Associated Press:
Gang of 6 deficit effort gains momentum
Discussion: Swampland and Gawker
Jamie Dupree / Jamie Dupree Washington Insider:
Gang Of Six Details
Alexander Bolton / The Hill:
Coburn unveils $9T deficit-reduction plan
Discussion: ThinkProgress
Lori Montgomery / Washington Post:
Obama hails deficit-reduction plan gaining momentum in Senate
Discussion: The Hill and Booman Tribune
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.
Mj Lee / The Politico:
Obama backs bill to end DOMA
Obama Supports Repeal of Defense of Marriage Act
Discussion: Daily Kos, National Review and Politics
National / The Atlantic Online:
Obama Supports Repeal of Gay-Marriage Ban
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.
The Politico:
GOP has no backup plan after vote
Phone-hacking: Murdochs and Rebekah Brooks face MPs - live  —  • Rupert Murdoch attacked at select committee  —  • ‘This is the most humble day of my life,’ Murdoch tells MPs  —  • News Corp chair was ‘asked to enter No 10 by back door’  —  • Rupert ‘had no knowledge at all of Taylor settlement’
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.
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 …
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.
Jana Winter / Fox News:
EXCLUSIVE: FBI Raids Homes of Suspected ‘Anonymous’ Hackers  —  The FBI executed search warrants at the New York homes of three suspected members of notorious hacking group Anonymous early Tuesday morning, has learned.  —  More than 10 FBI agents arrived at the Baldwin, N.Y. …
Igor Volsky / ThinkProgress:
FAMiLY LEADER's Bob Vander Plaats Erupts In Laughter At Faggot Joke: 'That's Pretty Good'  —  The FAMiLY LEADER's 14-point marriage fidelity pledge has divided the GOP's 2012 presidential field and raised concerns among GOP operatives that the group and its president — three …
Gschwarzcnn / CNN:
Polls: Americans want compromise in debt ceiling standoff  —  Washington (CNN) - New national polls appear to back up President Barack Obama's statement that the public supports a combination of both spending cuts and tax increases as part of any agreement to raise the country's debt ceiling.
Discussion: The Note, CBS News and National Review
Jonathan Weisman / Washington Wire:
WSJ/NBC Poll: Americans Take Debt Ceiling Seriously
Discussion: ThinkProgress and TPMDC
Wall Street Journal:
GOP Balancing Act  —  A balanced budget amendment is the wrong debt solution.  —  Republicans this week plan to force votes in the House and Senate on a balanced budget amendment to the U.S. Constitution.  The last time Congress voted on a BBA was in 1997.  It failed.  The first unsuccessful BBA was proposed in 1936.
Dennis Cauchon / USA Today:
Some federal workers more likely to die than lose jobs  —  Federal employees' job security is so great that workers in many agencies are more likely to die of natural causes than get laid off or fired, a USA TODAY analysis finds.  —  Death — rather than poor performance, misconduct or layoffs …
Discussion: National Review and Fausta's Blog
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David Kravets / Threat Level:
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N.C. Aizenman / Washington Post:
Birth control coverage proposed for most health insurance plans
Discussion: Hullabaloo and AMERICAblog News
David Weigel / Weigel:
Only 19 Percent of Republicans Think Obama Would Be Raptured
Discussion: Salon and First Draft
Adam Serwer:
DC Gentrification, Ctd
Darren Samuelsohn / The Politico:
Mitt Romney asks for correction of climate quote
Discussion: ThinkProgress and AmSpecBlog
Margery A. Beck / Associated Press:
Bachmann criticizes black farmer settlement
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 Earlier Items: 
Paul Krugman:
Scribblers and Madmen  —  Ezra Klein has a good column …
Discussion: ThinkProgress
Laura Kusisto / Wall Street Journal:
New Kids Paying Manhattan Rents
The Note:
ABC News/Washington Post Poll: Advantage on Aiding the Middle Class Helps Keep Obama's Approval Afloat
Discussion: Taegan Goddard's …
Adam Serwer:
Harry Potter's Shylocky Goblins
Marie Diamond / ThinkProgress:
Sen. Coburn Proposes Eliminating The Dollar Bill To Reduce The Deficit
Howard Portnoy / The Greenroom:
What if the President Told a Joke and Nobody Laughed?