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New York Times:
Detroit Files for Bankruptcy  —  By MONICA DAVEY and MARY WILLIAMS WALSH  —  DETROIT — Detroit, the cradle of America's automobile industry and once the nation's fourth-most-populous city, has filed for bankruptcy, an official said Thursday afternoon, the largest American city ever to take such a course.
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Matthew Dolan / Wall Street Journal:
Detroit Files Biggest U.S. Municipal Bankruptcy  —  Emergency Manager Orr Seeks to Liquidate Assets to Satisfy Creditors  —  The city of Detroit filed for federal bankruptcy protection on Thursday afternoon, making the automobile capital and onetime music powerhouse the country's largest-ever municipal bankruptcy case.
detroitnews.com:
Detroit files largest municipal bankruptcy case in U.S. history  —  DetroitThe city of Detroit filed the largest municipal bankruptcy case in U.S. history Thursday afternoon, culminating a decades-long slide that transformed the nation's iconic industrial town into a model of urban decline crippled …
Nancy Kaffer / USA Today:
Detroit files for bankruptcy protection
Chris Geidner / BuzzFeed:
House Republicans Cave On Marriage Fight  —  “[T]he House now seeks leave to withdraw as a party defendant.”  House Republicans stop defending statutes similar to the Defense of Marriage Act that ban recognition of same-sex couples' marriages.  —  Via: J. Scott Applewhite / AP
Meredith Shiner / The World's Greatest …:
Testy Meeting Among Senate GOP on ‘Nuclear Option’ Deal  —  A meeting of Senate Republicans on Wednesday grew tense as Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., told his members he could have gotten a better deal on nominations than the one negotiated by rank-and-file Republicans.
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Chris Frates / NationalJournal.com:
Republicans, White House in Talks Toward Big Fiscal Deal  —  GOP senators and Obama's chief of staff have been meeting for weeks to set a course that might avoid a crisis when America hits its debt limit in the fall.  —  At least a dozen Republican senators are regularly meeting …
David Lawder / Reuters:
Republicans eye ‘Obamacare’ as new focus of fiscal debate
Discussion: Taegan Goddard's …
Laura Bassett / The Huffington Post:
Planned Parenthood To Close Three Texas Clinics  —  Planned Parenthood on Wednesday informed staff at three of its facilities in Texas that they would be closing, according to people familiar with the decision.  —  The three clinics are located in Bryan, Huntsville and Lufkin, Texas.
Jeanne Marie Laskas / GQ Magazine Online:
Have You Heard the One About President Joe Biden?  —  That's No Joke.  Consider: He is the most quietly effective politician in D.C. (Don't laugh.)  The “Most Influential Vice President in History.”  (Seriously, stop laughing.)  One of our nation's most senior statesmen.  (Look it up!)
Michael Simkovic / Concurring Opinions:
Brian Tamanaha Says We Should Look at the Below Average Outcomes (And We Did)  —  Brian Tamanaha's response to The Economic Value of a Law Degree, as reported by Inside Higher Education doesn't capture the contents of the study.  According to IHE, Tamanaha said:
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Jon Lovett / Salon:
Liz Cheney for Senate  —  Vicious, cynical and talented Liz Cheney is perfect  —  Liz Cheney, the infamous political operative and daughter of Vice President Dick Cheney, announced last night that she is running for Senate.  After careful consideration, I believe this is welcome news …
Wall Street Journal:
The IRS Goes to Washington  —  New testimony links political vetting to orders from D.C.  —  We're starting to understand why Lois Lerner took the Fifth about her role in the IRS targeting of conservative groups.  The testimony of at least three more employees in the IRS Washington office …
Discussion: Weekly Standard
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Peter Baker / New York Times:
Moscow Trip for Obama May Be Off as Snowden Tensions Build  —  WASHINGTON — President Obama may cancel a scheduled trip to Moscow to meet with President Vladimir V. Putin in September as the standoff over the fate of Edward J. Snowden, the former National Security Agency contractor seeking asylum there …
Robert Costa / National Review:
Paul Ryan Returns to Iowa  —  Des Moines, Iowa — Paul Ryan, the 2012 Republican vice-presidential nominee, will headline a prominent Republican dinner in Iowa this fall, a visit that is sure to stoke talk of a potential presidential bid.  —  According to Iowa governor Terry Branstad …
Discussion: Post Politics
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Des Moines Register:
State fires agent who reported speeding
Discussion: The Raw Story
Conor Friedersdorf / The Atlantic Online:
Prominent Democrats Are Now Comfortable With Racial and Ethnic Profiling  —  How else can one interpret President Obama and Senator Chuck Schumer saying that the NYPD's Ray Kelly would make a good secretary of Homeland Security?  —  On Wednesday, President Obama assured a Univision reporter that Ray Kelly …
Discussion: Colorlines, National Review and NY1
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Matthew Yglesias / Slate:
For Coalition Politics; Against Hypocrisy Trolling
Discussion: Lawyers, Guns & Money
Daniel Halper / Weekly Standard:
Congressman: Benghazi Survivors Forced to Sign Non-Disclosure Agreements  —  Congressman Frank Wolf, a Republican from Virginia, said today on the House floor that survivors of the Benghazi terror attack have been forced to sign non-disclosure agreements:  —  “On Tuesday I raised the question …
The Daily Show with Jon Stewart:
Back in Black - New York Versus Texas  —  Rick Perry tries luring New York businesses to Texas, but Lewis Black is none too impressed with the Lone Star State.  (06:36)
Colin Campbell / Politicker:
Pete King Says He's ‘Certainly’ Looking at Running for President  —  Pete King.  (Photo: Getty)  —  Late last night, Newxmax reported that Long Island GOP Congressman Pete King, not widely considered one of the top contenders for the White House for 2016, was nevertheless looking at running for president, citing anonymous sources.
Discussion: Yahoo! News and Post Politics
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John Gizzi / NewsMax.com:
Rep. Peter King Mulls 2016 Presidential Bid
Discussion: Politico, ABC News, Hot Air and Ballot Box
Sarah Kliff / Washington Post:
The Obamacare provision that terrifies insurers  —  President Obama is set to speak this morning about how the health-care law is cutting premiums for millions of Americans.  His remarks will focus on a small Affordable Care Act provision known to health wonks as the “medical loss ratio.”
Discussion: Daily Kos, The Fix and Wonkblog
Matthew Stabley / nbcwashington.com:
Gunman Near White House “Was Only Going to Fire a Couple of Shots”  —  A man who displayed a loaded weapon at a U.S. Secret Service police booth outside the White House told officers, “I was only going to fire a couple of shots if no one confronted me,” according to court documents.
Discussion: The Hill and The Raw Story
WESH-TV:
Hold placed on George Zimmerman trial evidence  —  Zimmerman won't get gun back yet as feds mull case  —  A hold was placed Thursday on all evidence related to the death of Trayvon Martin.  —  It's another indication that federal investigators are not done with the George Zimmerman case, despite a jury's not guilty verdict.
Berkeley Brean / Rochester, NY News:
Valet parked cars searched under TSA regulations  —  Rochester, N.Y. — She says she had no warning that someone was going to search her car after she left to catch her flight.  So the woman contacted News10NBC.  —  We found out it happened to her because she valet parked her car.
Rich Yeselson / Politico:
Ted Cruz is a legitimate 2016 threat  —  Ted Cruz is heading to Iowa this week for the state GOP's summer picnic.  He's going to New Hampshire to speak before the Republican State Committee on Aug. 23 He visited South Carolina, another early primary state, in May.
John Cook / Gawker:
Here's Where Your Crackstarter Money Is Going  —  As you may recall, roughly six weeks ago we succeeded in raising $200,000 from readers in an effort to purchase and publish a video of Toronto mayor Rob Ford smoking crack cocaine.  I'm disappointed to announce definitively that the money …
Discussion: Guardian and canada.com
Chris Haire / News+Opinion, Charleston City Paper:
Former editor of Rand Paul's Neo-Confederate staffer talks about the Southern Avenger  —  Jack Hunter asked me to delete columns  —  Long before last's week Washington Free Beacon story kicked up a two-day media storm, Jack Hunter knew that the Republican establishment was working …
 
 
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