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8:50 PM ET, July 6, 2012

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Akron Beacon Journal:
Akron restaurant owner dies hours after meeting Obama  —  The owner of an Akron restaurant where President Barack Obama stopped for breakfast this morning died, apparently of a heart attack, shortly after meeting him.  —  Josephine “Ann” Harris, 70, of Copley Township …
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Daniel Halper / Weekly Standard:
Hours After Meeting Obama, Ohio Restaurant Owner Dies (Updated: White House Responds)  —  The Akron Beacon Journal reports: … UPDATE: The White House responds, via the pool report:
Discussion: Riehl World View and Ed Driscoll
TMZ.com:
Gov. Chris Christie — Fightin' Words On the Jersey Shore [VIDEO]  —  GOV. CHRIS CHRISTIE  —  FIGHTIN' WORDS  —  On the Jersey Shore  —  EXCLUSIVE  —  Things got downright HOSTILE on the Jersey Shore last night — with NJ Governor Chris Christie getting into a heated verbal altercation right …
Representative Thaddeus McCotter / Facebook:
“Strike Another Match, Go Start Anew”  —  Cites the totality of this past ‘nightmarish’ month and a half's effect on his family  —  LIVONIA, MI - Today, U.S. Representative Thaddeus McCotter made the following statement:  —  “Today I have resigned from the office of United States Representative …
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Jonathan Easley / The Hill:
Rep. McCotter resigns after ‘nightmarish’ month and a half  —  GOP Rep. Thaddeus McCotter (Mich.) resigned on Friday, citing the effects a “nightmarish” month and half has had on his family.  —  “After nearly 26 years in elected office, this past nightmarish month and a half have …
Discussion: CNN
James Pethokoukis / AEIdeas:
June jobs swoon: America's labor market depression continues  —  This was not the employment report either the American worker or the Obama campaign wanted to see right now.  The Labor Department said the U.S. economy created just 80,000 jobs in June, less than the 90,000 economists had been forecasting.
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Jeff Cox / CNBC:
June Job Creation at 80,000; Rate Holds Steady at 8.2%  —  The U.S. economy created just 80,000 jobs in June and the unemployment rate held steady at 8.2 percent, reflecting continued slow growth in the economy with the presidential election just four months away.
John Merline / Investor's Business Daily:
Disability Ranks Outpace New Jobs In Obama Recovery
Discussion: Hot Air, hogewash and The Right Scoop
Ed Carson / Investor's Business Daily:
10 reasons why jobs market even worse than weak June employment report
Michael W. Chapman / CNSNews:
780,000 More Women Unemployed Today Than When Obama Took Office
Ted Nugent / Washington Times:
Turncoat Roberts  —  Chief justice's surprise ruling means limited government is dead  —  Yogi Berra said that when you come to a fork in the road, take it.  When supposed-conservative Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr. came to a judicial conservative-liberal fork in the road, he veered left.
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Orin Kerr / The Volokh Conspiracy:
New Leak Explains What Chief Justice Roberts Was Really Thinking in Health Care Cases …
Discussion: PrawfsBlawg
Nina Totenberg / NPR:
Federal Judge Richard Posner: The GOP Has Made Me Less Conservative  —  Judge Richard Posner, a conservative on the 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Chicago, has long been one of the nation's most respected and admired legal thinkers on the right.  But in an interview with NPR …
Patrick from Popehat / The Agitator:
So.  It Has Come To This.  —  The scene is a security screening station at Los Angeles International Airport, August 2012.  —  Screening Officer Jules: Greetings, prospective passengers!  Looking to travel through the public airways?  Now don't be distressed!  You know who we are?
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Howard Portnoy / The Greenroom:   Now TSA wants to test passengers' beverages at the gate?
Kayla J Adams / The Times of Israel:
Jordanian MP pulls a gun on his critic during live TV debate  —  After trading insults with activist, parliamentarian first throws a shoe and then points a gun at adversary.  Host tries to break up brawl.  No shots fired  —  A Jordanian member of parliament pulled a gun on a political activist during …
Discussion: Mediaite and The Jawa Report
William Bergstrom / Politico:
Ralph Nader: ‘Cowering’ Democrats face defeat  —  If the “cowering” Democrats — who “are tortured daily by Republican leaders” — come away the losers in November, they will have only themselves to blame, according to Ralph Nader.  —  “If the Democrats in Congress were all drinking water …
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Ralph Nader / The Nader Page:
Jolting the Democratic Party from Its Stupor
Franklin Foer / New York Times:
The Worst Marriage in Georgetown  —  Dinners were served in the basement.  Ambassadors, generals with many stars, senior White House officials and closely read columnists — all would walk past the yellowing kitchen, which looked as if it hadn't been updated since the Ford administration …
Discussion: DCist, Politico and The Awl
Matthew Breen / Advocate:
IN OBAMA WE TRUST  —  For the first time in decades, The Advocate has a candidate it can endorse for president.  That candidate is Barack Obama.  —  Never has the substantial progress in equal rights and treatment of LGBT people been more at risk than in this presidential contest.
Abby Livingston / Roll Call:
Texas: Ted Cruz Internal Poll Shows Lead Over David Dewhurst  —  Ted Cruz (above) led Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst in a recent internal poll.  (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)  —  Ted Cruz led Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst by 9 points in a recent internal poll conducted for the former Texas …
Discussion: Politico and Weekly Standard
Economist:
The rotten heart of finance  —  A scandal over key interest rates is about to go global  —  THE most memorable incidents in earth-changing events are sometimes the most banal.  In the rapidly spreading scandal of LIBOR (the London inter-bank offered rate) it is the very everydayness …
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Robert Scheer / The Huffington Post:
Crime of the Century  —  Forget Bernie Madoff and Enron's Ken Lay …
Discussion: The Agonist
William Kristol / Weekly Standard:
Romney-Rice?  —  Erin McPike's “close examination of the [Romney] campaign's activity” at RealClearPolitics suggests four leading contenders for Mitt Romney's vice presidential pick—former Minnesota governor Tim Pawlenty, Ohio senator Rob Portman, Wisconsin congressman Paul Ryan, and Louisiana governor Bobby Jindal.
Obama Isn't Working:
Broken Record, Broken Promises  —  Today, the Obama Administration told Americans “not to read too much into” monthly jobs reports.  —  As it turns out, they've been encouraging Americans to do that for years.  But after 41 straight months of unemployment over 8%, you don't have to read between the lines to see the truth.
Alicia M. Cohn / The Hill:
Obama hits Romney: ‘Principles matter’  —  President Obama sharply attacked Mitt Romney over the individual mandate on Friday, hitting him for “abandoning a principle” he fought for in the past due to political considerations.  —  “One of the things that you learn as president …
Philip Bump / Grist:
Duke Energy CEO Bill Johnson resigns after one day, gets $44 million in severance  —  When Duke Energy announced its merger with Progress Energy last year, the two companies agreed that Progress CEO Bill Johnson would assume the same position at the combined company.
Bob Sullivan / msnbc.com:
Is the government reading your email?  —  Does the U.S. government read your email?  It's a simple question, but apparently there's no simple answer.  And the Justice Department and the Internal Revenue Service are reluctant to say anything on the topic.  —  In March, the American Civil …
David Brooks / New York Times:
Honor Code  —  Henry V is one of Shakespeare's most appealing characters.  He was rambunctious when young and courageous when older.  But suppose Henry went to an American school.  —  By about the third week of nursery school, Henry's teacher would be sending notes home saying that Henry “had another hard day today.”
Ginger White / Salon:
Life after Herman Cain  —  When I spoke out about our 13-year affair, my world crumbled.  Meanwhile his eccentric political career carries on  —  If I had one wish, how would I use it?  Would I wish I had never taken him up on his offers to fly me around the world?
Jonathan Rauch / Washington Post:
A plan that offers Obama a fighting chance  —  At this point in 1980, Jimmy Carter was on the path to oblivion but didn't know it.  Barack Obama may share Carter's fate if he doesn't change course soon.  —  The 1980 presidential race was neck and neck until the end.
Erik Wasson / The Hill:
House panel's draft of farm bill cuts $35B  —  The leaders of the House Agriculture Committee on Thursday released a draft 2012 farm bill that cuts direct spending by $35 billion, about $11 billion more than a Senate-passed bill.  —  The five-year bill would authorize farm subsidies …
Politico:
Sobbing woman thanks Obama for health care law  —  SANDUSKY, Ohio — An emotional Ohio voter personally thanked President Obama for passing a health care overhaul, relating the story of her late sister's battle with cancer.  —  After Obama's speech in Sandusky, he encountered a sobbing Stephanie Miller …
Tania Branigan / Guardian:
North Korea's Kim Jong-un gets new official theme song  —  Onwards Toward the Final Victory airs on state media as part of propaganda drive to build up image of ‘great successor’  —  Over the past decade or so, the bubblegum pop and kitsch dance routines of South Korean K-pop bands have taken …
William E. Forbath / Campaign Stops:
Workingman's Constitution  —  WORK and opportunity, poverty and dependency, material security and insecurity: for generations of reformers, the constitutional importance of these subjects was self-evident.  Laissez-faire government, unchecked corporate power and the deprivations and inequalities …
Discussion: American Power, ACS Blog and Hullabaloo
Maggie Haberman / Politico:
Aide: Trump not a lock for the convention  —  POLITICO's Ginger Gibson reports: … It was not many weeks ago that Trump tweeted out a link to a story floating him as a potential convention keynote speaker, in which he said people would love to hear it.  But removing himself …
 
 
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Alyssa Rosenberg / ThinkProgress:
The Escalating Campaign Against Anita Sarkeesian And The Long-Term Weakness of Sexist Trolls
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Juan Gonzalez / NY Daily News:
Troubling actions by Board of Elex members
Discussion: Politico, ABCNEWS and Politicker
Politico:
Zombie economy threatens Obama
Discussion: Power Line
Nelson Jones / New Statesman:
Tory MPs are losing patience with Osborne
Mark Mazzetti / New York Times:
The Drone Zone  —  Holloman Air Force Base, at the eastern edge …
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Jonathan Chait / New York Magazine:
How Obama's Allies Are Defining Romney
 Earlier Items: 
BBC:
Jacob Zuma penis cartoon by Zapiro ‘disgusts’ ANC
Discussion: Boing Boing
Jordan Weissmann / The Atlantic Online:
The Incredible Shrinking American Government: 169K Jobs Gone in a Year
Discussion: ThinkProgress
Jeff Spross / ThinkProgress:
5 Ways Republicans Have Sabotaged Job Growth
Discussion: Hullabaloo
Thomas Burr / Salt Lake Tribune:
Huntsman to skip national GOP convention
Taylor Marsh / The Huffington Post:
Rand Paul on Civil Rights: Private Restaurants Wouldn't Have To Serve Martin Luther King
Ian Millhiser / ThinkProgress:
96 Year-Old Latino Former Arizona Governor Detained By Border Patrol In 100 Degree Heat