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1:00 PM 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 …
Chris Moody / Associated Press:
Rep. Thaddeus McCotter resigns from Congress  —  Michigan Republican Rep. Thaddeus McCotter, who launched a short-lived White House bid in 2011, announced Friday that he was resigning from Congress, citing personal family issues.  —  “After nearly 26 years in elected office …
Discussion: PoliticusUSA
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:
GOP Rep. McCotter resigns after ‘nightmarish’ month and a half
Discussion: Outside the Beltway, Mediaite and CNN
Akron Beacon Journal:
Akron restaurant owner dies hours after meeting President Obama  —  The Rev. Jesse Jackson and his son have stopped at Ann's Place.  So have several professional football players.  —  For Josephine “Ann” Harris, however, none came close to President Barack Obama visiting her West Akron restaurant.
Daniel Halper / Weekly Standard:
Hours After Meeting Obama, Ohio Restaurant Owner Dies (Updated: White House Responds)
Discussion: Riehl World View and Ed Driscoll
Afghanistan made ‘major US ally’  —  Nato-led troops are to leave Afghanistan by the end of 2014  —  The United States has given Afghanistan the status of “major non-Nato ally”.  —  The designation, which includes countries such as Australia, Egypt and Israel, gives preferential access to US arms exports and defence co-operation.
Discussion: Jihad Watch and Newsy
Carlo Munoz / The Hill:
White House declares Afghanistan a ‘major non-NATO ally’  —  President Barack Obama officially designated Afghanistan a “major non-NATO ally” on Friday, putting the country on par with some of the United States' closest international partners.  —  Secretary of State Hillary Clinton …
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 …
William Bergstrom / Reuters:
Judge Posner: GOP has gone ‘goofy’
Andrew Sullivan / The Daily Dish:
Yglesias Award Nominee
Adam Nagourney / New York Times:
California Senate Narrowly Approves Rail Project  —  LOS ANGELES — Despite deepening doubts about the cost and feasibility of a $70 billion high-speed rail proposed to cross California, the State Senate on Friday narrowly approved legislation to spend $8 billion in federal and state money …
Discussion: Via Meadia
Jackie Calmes / New York Times:
Mixed Message as Republicans Claim Health Law Cuts Medicare  —  WASHINGTON — For much of the past year, Republicans assailed President Obama for resisting the Medicare spending reductions they say are needed to both preserve health benefits for older Americans and avert a Greek-style debt crisis.
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 …
Mark Steyn / National Review:
American Twilight  —  This weekend, I am thousands of miles from home in a remote and isolated part of the world with erratic communications and lack of basic services.  No, not Washington, D.C. Things aren't that primitive, thank God.  I'm in a rude Highland croft way up a far Scottish brae …
Discussion: Vodkapundit
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
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
Twitter Blog:
Simpler search  —  We're constantly working to make Twitter search the simplest way to discover what's happening in real time.  To that end, today we're introducing search autocomplete and ‘People you follow’ search results to  In addition to recent improvements like related query suggestions …
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?
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Patrick Svitek / The Huffington Post:
Grover Norquist Pledge Against Taxes Attracts Fewer Republican Candidates
Discussion: Firedoglake, RedState and Truthdig
Paul Davidson / USA Today:
8.2% unemployment rate unchanged in June
Discussion: The Raw Story
Ed Morrissey / Hot Air:
LaHood: Golly, I envy the Chinese government
Discussion: Weasel Zippers and Human Events
Ernest Luning / Colorado Statesman:
Dutch lawmaker brings his crusade against Islam to conservative confab
Discussion: ThinkProgress
Associated Press:
NY appeals court rules open meeting law not broken in passage of sex marriage law
Discussion: Advocate and ThinkProgress
 Earlier Items:
Natalie Wood Death Certificate Changed — Cause of Death Now “Undetermined”
Discussion: LAist
Bob Sullivan /
Is the government reading your email?
Discussion: Riehl World View and US Politics
Alyssa Rosenberg / ThinkProgress:
The Escalating Campaign Against Anita Sarkeesian And The Long-Term Weakness of Sexist Trolls
Discussion: New Statesman and The Other McCain
William E. Forbath / Campaign Stops:
Workingman's Constitution
Juan Gonzalez / NY Daily News:
Troubling actions by Board of Elex members
Discussion: Politicker and Politico
Ginger White / Salon:
Life after Herman Cain
Franklin Foer / New York Times:
The Worst Marriage in Georgetown
Discussion: DCist and The Awl
Ted Nugent / Washington Times:
Turncoat Roberts  —  Chief justice's surprise ruling means limited government is dead