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6:40 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: Ed Driscoll and Riehl World View
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.
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James Pethokoukis / AEIdeas:
June jobs swoon: America's labor market depression continues
John Merline / Investor's Business Daily:
Disability Ranks Outpace New Jobs In Obama Recovery
Discussion: Hot Air, hogewash and The Right Scoop
Michael W. Chapman / CNSNews:
780,000 More Women Unemployed Today Than When Obama Took Office
Ed Carson / Investor's Business Daily:
10 reasons why jobs market even worse than weak June employment report
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 …
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?
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
Discussion: CNN
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
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 …
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, Politico and The Awl
Robert Scheer / The Huffington Post:
Crime of the Century  —  Forget Bernie Madoff and Enron's Ken Lay — they were mere amateurs in financial crime.  The current Libor interest rate scandal, involving hundreds of trillions in international derivatives trade, shows how the really big boys play.
Discussion: The Agonist
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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.
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.
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
Juan Gonzalez / NY Daily News:
Troubling actions by Board of Elex members  —  Rangel-Espaillat vote-count odyssey continues  —  Deputy chief clerk Timothy Gay (in glasses) oversees vote count.  —  VOTE COUNTING in the fierce congressional battle between incumbent Charlie Rangel and his insurgent challenger Adriano Espaillat …
Discussion: Politico, ABCNEWS and Politicker
Politico:
Zombie economy threatens Obama  —  Romney, meanwhile, quickly seized on the numbers in an appearance in Wolfeboro, N.H., where he was concluding a family vacation.  —  “American families are struggling, there is a lot of misery in America and these numbers understate what people are feeling …
Discussion: Power Line
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 …
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.
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.”
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 …
Motoko Rich / New York Times:
‘No Child’ Law Whittled Down by White House  —  In just five months, the Obama administration has freed schools in more than half the nation from central provisions of the No Child Left Behind education law, raising the question of whether the decade-old federal program has been essentially nullified.
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?
Nelson Jones / New Statesman:
Tory MPs are losing patience with Osborne  —  The Chancellor's “disproportionate obsession” with Ed Balls comes under attack from his own side.  —  At one point in The Godfather Part III, Michael Corleone sagely remarks: “Never hate your enemies.  It affects your judgment.”
 
 
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Jordan Weissmann / The Atlantic Online:
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Discussion: ThinkProgress
Jeff Spross / ThinkProgress:
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Discussion: Hullabaloo
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