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3:05 AM ET, July 7, 2012


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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 …
Charles Mahtesian / Politico:
McCotter resigns after ‘nightmarish month’  —  Capping a very rough month of bad publicity stemming from his failure to make the ballot after a nominating petition snafu, Michigan GOP Rep. Thad McCotter announced his resignation Friday afternoon.  —  From his statement:
Discussion: Daily Kos and Crooks and Liars
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
Chris Moody / Associated Press:
Rep. Thaddeus McCotter resigns from Congress
Discussion: PoliticusUSA
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 …
Andrew Sullivan / The Daily Dish:
Yglesias Award Nominee  —  “I've become less conservative since the Republican Party started becoming goofy,” - Richard Posner.  —  One of the less observed features of the last few years has, in fact, been the intellectual honesty of conservatives like Posner or Greenspan or Bartlett or Frum.
Discussion: The Moderate Voice and driftglass
William Bergstrom / Reuters:
Judge Posner: GOP has gone ‘goofy’  —  A conservative federal judge appointed by Ronald Reagan said in an interview published Thursday that the Republican Party has gone “goofy” and that “these right-wingers who are blasting [Chief Justice John] Roberts are making a very serious mistake.”
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 …
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
John Hinderaker / Power Line:
There's Battle Lines Being Drawn  —  This year's presidential election is shaping up as the starkest choice since 1980, a year with which 2012 has much in common.  (OK, 1984 was a stark contrast too, but with a foregone conclusion.)  The Obama administration tells voters that 8% unemployment and 15% underemployment is the new normal.
Discussion: hogewash
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 …
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 …
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.
Orin Kerr / The Volokh Conspiracy:   New Leak Explains What Chief Justice Roberts Was Really Thinking in Health Care Cases …
Some Health Care For All, but not Too Much  —  Tyler Cowen caught a lot of flak recently for saying something that is clearly correct.  A lot of the flak has come from people who have misunderstood the implications of what he wrote.  —  Here's the relevant passage: … Cowen is right.
Ricochet Conversations Feed:
Mollie Hemingway, Ed. : Just Imagine The Mess Obama Will Inherit If He's Reelected!  —  When the June jobs report came out, showing 80,000 net new jobs and the unemployment rate stuck at 8.2%, Washington Post wunderkind Ezra Klein sarcastically responded:
Discussion: Whiskey Fire and UrbanGrounds
Alyssa Rosenberg / ThinkProgress:
The Escalating Campaign Against Anita Sarkeesian And The Long-Term Weakness of Sexist Trolls  —  I can't even bring myself to embed it here: some trogolodytes have created a game that lets players beat up Anita Sarkeesian, the feminist video blogger who's been subject to an unremitting campaign …
Discussion: New Statesman and The Other McCain
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?
Howard Portnoy / The Greenroom:   Now TSA wants to test passengers' beverages at the gate?
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.
Wall Street Journal:   Behind Duke's CEO-for-a-Day
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.
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, The Awl and Politico
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 …
Natalie Wood Death Certificate Changed — Cause of Death Now “Undetermined”  —  Death Certificate Changed  —  “UNDETERMINED”  —  EXCLUSIVE  —  Natalie Wood's death certificate has been changed from “Accident” to “Undetermined” ... TMZ has learned.  —  Law enforcement sources tell TMZ …
Discussion: LAist
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
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.
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?
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.”
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.
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.
Bob Sullivan /
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 …
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Associated Press:
NY appeals court rules open meeting law not broken in passage of sex marriage law
Discussion: Advocate and ThinkProgress
Juan Gonzalez / NY Daily News:
Troubling actions by Board of Elex members
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Zombie economy threatens Obama
Discussion: Power Line
Nelson Jones / New Statesman:
Tory MPs are losing patience with Osborne
Erik Wasson / The Hill:
House panel's draft of farm bill cuts $35B
Tania Branigan / Guardian:
North Korea's Kim Jong-un gets new official theme song
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William Bergstrom / Politico:
Ralph Nader: ‘Cowering’ Democrats face defeat
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Mark Mazzetti / New York Times:
The Drone Zone  —  Holloman Air Force Base, at the eastern edge …
Discussion: emptywheel and Reuters
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
Thomas Burr / Salt Lake Tribune:
Huntsman to skip national GOP convention