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3:20 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 …
Ed Morrissey / Hot Air:
Bachmann “incapacitated” by migraines?  —  The Daily Caller's Jonathan Strong drops a bombshell on the Michele Bachmann campaign today with a report that migraines incapacitate the presidential hopeful on a regular basis.  The headline also alleges “heavy pill use,” a loaded phrase that insinuates …
The Note:
The Note: Straw Poll Shake Up?: Bachmann Under Scrutiny, Rick Perry Backtracks
Joshua Green / The Atlantic Online:
Michele Bachmann's Migraines and the History of Presidential Ailments
Discussion: GOP 12 and Prairie Weather
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
Discussion: ThinkProgress, Politics and
Jennifer Epstein / The Politico:
Obama praises ‘Gang of Six’ plan
Discussion: The Hill and FT Alphaville
Tim Fernholz /
DOCUMENT: Gang of Six Deficit Plan Executive Summary
Discussion: Firedoglake and Daily Kos
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  —  There's a narrative gaining traction in Washington as a debt crisis looms: House Republican hard-liners might soften their stance once they've gotten a vote on their Cut, Cap and Balance proposal.  —  But if that's the case, the conservatives aren't in on the plan.
Byron York / Washington Examiner:   The next step for Republicans in the debt fight
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 …
Jonathan Weisman / Washington Wire:
WSJ/NBC Poll: Americans Take Debt Ceiling Seriously
Discussion: ThinkProgress
Mark Murray /
NBC/WSJ poll: Majority says not raising debt ceiling would be problematic
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’
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 …
Martina Stewart / CNN:
From Clinton to Palin to Bachmann: Why some Dems now support GOP women
Discussion: Victory Film Group
Susanna Kim / ABCNEWS:
Man Attempts Attack on Murdoch During Hearing; Murdoch's Wife Lunges at Attacker  —  A Parliament hearing into hacking by News Corp. journalists erupted into chaos Tuesday as CEO Rupert Murdoch was attacked by a man with what appeared to be a pie.  —  Wendi Deng Murdoch, his wife …
James Kirkup /
Rupert Murdoch attacked: an eyewitness account
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.
Nick Bilton / Bits:
Reddit Co-Founder Charged With Data Theft  —  Aaron Swartz, a 24-year-old programmer and online political activist, was indicted Tuesday in Boston on charges that he stole over four million documents from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and JSTOR, an archive of scientific journals and academic papers.
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 …
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.
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. …
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: CBS News and
Greg Sargent / Washington Post:
Bachmann Nation: For Republicans and Tea Partyers, there is no imminent crisis
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.
Adam Serwer:
Harry Potter's Shylocky Goblins  —  I'm not a Harry Potter fan myself, but I did see the last movie this weekend and I was struck by how much J.K. Rowling's Goblins appear to be modeled after anti-Semitic stereotypes.  Aside from being small, miserly, and gifted with large schnozes, Goblins …
The Note:
ABC News/Washington Post Poll: Advantage on Aiding the Middle Class Helps Keep Obama's Approval Afloat  —  Analysis By ABC News' Pollster Gary Langer:  —  Most Americans think the Republicans in Congress have got Wall Street and large corporations' backs, while President Obama prevails …
Discussion: Taegan Goddard's …
Mike Allen / The Politico:
Conservative groups threaten GOP lawmakers who vote for McConnell's last-ditch plan - @OMBPress - Panetta's spokespair: George Little and Capt. John Kirby - NYC moguls entreat Christie to run  —  FIRST LOOK — Jason Furman, deputy director of the White House's National Economic Council, on …
Discussion: The Note
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
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.
Laura Kusisto / Wall Street Journal:
New Kids Paying Manhattan Rents … After years of dominating the Manhattan rental market, Wall Street dynamos are starting to make way for bloggers and tech geeks.  —  Media and technology workers are rapidly gaining ground as a percentage of the borough's renters—while the numbers …
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Eric Marrapodi / CNN:
Sen. Feinstein announces plan to repeal federal marriage statute
Discussion: ThinkProgress
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Thomas Kaplan / New York Times:
For Cuomo, Hairstyling and Makeup Fit for a Star
Paul Krugman:
Scribblers and Madmen  —  Ezra Klein has a good column …
Discussion: ThinkProgress
Jason Clayworth / Iowa Caucuses:
Pawlenty: Key way for GOP to lose 2012 presidency is to select the wrong candidate
Discussion: GOP 12 and TPMDC
First Read /
FBI arrests Pakistani agent for making political contributions in US
Marie Diamond / ThinkProgress:
Sen. Coburn Proposes Eliminating The Dollar Bill To Reduce The Deficit
Associated Press:
APNewsBreak: New Montana oil spill went unreported for a month, EPA looking at sanctions
Discussion: ThinkProgress
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Walter Russell Mead / Via Meadia:
The Hate That Dares Not Speak Its Name
Discussion: The Atlantic Online
Dana Milbank / Washington Post:
In a ‘quiet moment,’ gay judge makes history
Amir Mir / Asia Times:
US drones target white jihadis
Discussion: The Jawa Report
Joe Weisenthal / Politics:
Wynn CEO Goes On Epic Anti-Obama Rant On Company Conference Call