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FreedomWorks' irresponsible counter-offense to ObamaCare
Mother Jones' Kevin Drum criticizes FreedomWorks' tactic to terminate ObamaCare by dissuading people from buying health insurance all together.

Steve King comes under fire for outlandish immigration remarks
Salon's Jillian Rayfield highlights Rep. Steve King's (R-Iowa) most bizarre quotes in a speech he gave regarding the deportation of illegal immigrants.

Obama should have "learned some lessons" from Perry about job creation
The Corner's Jack Fowler reports on a new ad put out by the Florida GOP that discredits President Obama of providing local job creation, insisting that Governor Rick Perry (R-Texas) is actually responsible for the job boom.

President Obama out of ideas to fix the economy
Hot Air's Ed Morrissey notes that President Obama's Wednesday speech regarding the economy was strikingly familiar, proving that Obama is out of new ideas and has moved on to delivering "reruns."

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Rep. King: "I challenge people to debate with me" regarding immigration reform 
After making controversial comments regarding a pathway to citizenship, Rep. Steve Kind (R-Iowa) challenged critics to debate him in a 20 minute speech given to the House floor on Thursday, The Hill's Pete Kasperowicz reports.

1.6 million jobs in jeopardy with continued sequestration cuts
The Hill's Erik Wasson reports on the Congressional Budget Office's prediction that an estimated 1.6 million jobs could be lost if the sequestration cuts put in place through 2014 are not canceled.




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GOP crossing the line on ObamaCare resistance


Mother Jones' Kevin Drum says Republicans are going too far by threatening to shut down the government unless ObamaCare is defunded.

What if ObamaCare works?


The New Republic's Jonathan Cohn looks at how the GOP will react if ObamaCare ends up working.

Americans support Boehner's stance on immigration


The Corner's Charles C. W. Cooke reports that contrary to conventional wisdom, a majority of the public does not back the Senate immigration bill.

Obama feeds public with misleading statements about the economy


Gateway Pundit's Jim Hoft says President Obama is lying when he says the American economy is "back to where we were."

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Carney questions Boehner's efforts on immigration reform


White House press secretary Jay Carney said that Speaker John Boehner's (R-Ohio) claim that he has worked tirelessly to pass comprehensive immigration reform is "laughable," The Hill's Justin Sink reports.

Hertige Action supports government shutdown threat


Heritage Action, a conservative advocacy group, is pressuring House and Senate GOP members to defund ObamaCare by threatening a government shutdown, The Hill's Elise Viebeck reports.



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How can Detroit bounce back from bankruptcy

Thinkprogress's Alan Pyke wonders whether Detroit will be able to recover from its economic troubles.

Spending tomorrow's money is easy

Over at RedState, John Hayward looks back to see how Detroit fell into bankruptcy.

The big aluminum warehouse that helps Goldman Sachs trade profits

Kevin Drum of Mother Jones gives his take on recent news that an aluminum warehouse owned by Goldman Sachs is helping the company control and manipulate physical stocks of aluminum.

Asking politicos about possible 2016 election runs 'a waste of time'
Slate’s David Weigel argues there's no point in asking potential 2016 presidential candidates if they're running for president.

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White House defends return to economic issues

The Hill’s Justin Sink’s reports on the White House defending President Obama’s upcoming speeches on the economy this week.

White House: Don’t read too much into Israel-Palestine talks
The White House expressed “cautious optimism” about future peace talks between Israel and Palestine, according to The Hill's Justin Sink.

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Texas liberals need support too
Salon's Abby Johnson says Democrats around the country should stand with liberals in Texas instead of dismissing the state as a hopeless conservative stronghold.

IRS inspector general to be questioned by Dems
The Plum Line's Greg Sargent reports on House Democrats' plan to question the Treasury Department inspector general about missing pieces in his IRS audit.

Virginia's Cuccinelli falling behind McAuliffe in latest poll
Hot Air's Erika Johnsen believes the scandals plaguing Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell are hindering Republican Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli's campaign to replace him.

Liberal media fails to properly portray George Zimmerman
The Gateway Pundit's Jim Hoft reprimands the "corrupt American media" for failing to report that George Zimmerman was a liberal who tutored black children in the past.

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White House: ObamaCare not reducing full-time hiring
Jay Carney said there's no evidence to indicate that companies are refusing to hire full-time workers because of uncertainty surrounding the implementation of the Affordable Care Act, The Hill's Justin Sink reports.

GOP Rep. Harris urges public to "get over" Zimmerman trial
Rep. Andy Harris (R-Md.) is urging the public to respect the American legal system by moving past the Zimmerman trial, The Hill's Daniel Strauss reports.

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A (nother) bad week for race in America

The Huffington Post's Michael Yaki argues that the verdict of the George Zimmerman trial should be a wake-up call for America that racism is alive and well in this country.

The immigration hustle: A new class war on the besieged middle class
The Daily Beast's Lloyd Green writes that the Senate immigration embraces cheap labor at the cost of the American working class.

Netanyahu: Iran 'most urgent matter of all' in Middle East, not Egypt or Syria
The Corner's Andrew Johnson reports that Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu warned that the top priority in the Middle East right now should be keeping a careful eye on Iran's nuclear program.

Rand Paul digs deeper
Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) added to his list of troubles by defending an extensive series of pro-secessionist, pro-confederate comments an aide made before coming to work for the senator, writes Jennifer Rubin at her Right Turn blog.

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States balk at lower alcohol limit for DUI

States aren't going to support the NTSB Chairman Deborah Hersman's proposal to decrease legal blood-alcohol limits for drivers anytime soon, The Hill's Ben Goad reports.

Rep. McCaul: Russia 'thumbing nose' at US over leaker Snowden
The House Homeland Security Committee's chairman Rep. Michael McCaul (R-Texas) says Obama should put more effort into pressuring Russia about Edward Snowden, according to The Hill's Bernie Becker.

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GOP responds to farm bill debacle by moving to the right
The Plum Line's Greg Sargent chastises Republicans for further alienating Democrats with the latest version of the farm bill, while blaming them for the failure of last month's vote.

Give Egypt time
The editors of the National Review say that cutting off aid to the military after the overthrow of the Morsi government would permanently weaken U.S. influence in the region

Conservatives hate all legislation now
Daily Intel's Jonathan Chait says Republican objections to the Senate immigration bill could be made of any major legislation

The wave of 2014 begins to build
Red State's Daniel Horowitz says momentum is building for for strong conservative challengers to incumbent Republicans

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Boehner warns House GOP will be weaker without immigration reform
A divided House Republican conference met to begin hashing out a response to the sweeping immigration bill the Senate passed, The Hill's Russell Berman, Molly K. Hooper and Erik Wasson report

Huelskamp: Trusting Obama with border like trusting Clinton with daughter
The conservative lawmaker offered the suggestive quip on Twitter after a House GOP meeting on immigration, The Hill's Justin Sink reports



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Senate Dems resist more talk of abortion
The Plum Line's Greg Sargent outlines the Senate Democrat's plan to resist a proposal made by Republicans to strengthen bans on abortions.

Fatal flaws of the GOP
New Republic's John B. Judis cites a reluctance to pass immigration reform and a push to restrict abortions as key reasons why the GOP continues to lose support.

Not all Dems on board for gun control
The Corner's Andrew Johnson reports on Heidi Heitkamp's (D-N.D.) decision to remain unsupportive of any suggested gun control proposals.

High unemployment record plagues Obama's terms
Gateway Pundit's Jim Hoft argues that President Obama's consistent record of unemployment above 8 percent speaks to his ineffectiveness as a president. 

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Obama's "reaffirmed commitment" towards gun control
President Obama renewed his promise to fight for stricter gun control legislation at a meeting with the Congressional Black Caucus, The Hill's Amie Parnes and Justin Sink report

Boehner feels pressure from conservative groups on immigration issue
In a letter written to Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio), three powerful conservative organizations expressed their desire to see an immigration reform bill pass through the House, The Hill's Jonathan Easley reports




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Spitzer’s back — and it’s a good thing
Mother Jones’s David Corn thinks
Eliot Spitzer deserves a warm welcome back into the world of politics, due to the insights he shared while outside of it.

The woman who made Wendy Davis
The New Republic’s Molly Redden looks at Amber Mostyn, the larger than life chairwoman of Annie’s List that became one of the biggest campaign donors to Texas Sen. Wendy Davis.

How Obamacare may have upended an immigration overhaul
The National Review’s John Fund thinks the Obama administration took liberties with interpreting the healthcare law — and a jaded Congress doesn’t trust it not to do the same with an immigration overhaul.

Can the US remain neutral to Egypt while funding its military?
Chris Stirewalt of Fox News thinks the United States’s control of the military in Egypt prevents it from remaining neutral in the face of political upheaval.


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Student loan rates will get swift action from Congress, says White House
The Hill’s Justin Sink reports that the White House expects Congress will soon resolve the issue of skyrocketing interest rates for student loans, despite its recent failure to pass a bill.

Cory Booker gets jabs from Lautenberg family
The Hill’s Alexandra Jaffe reports that the family of the late Sen. Frank Lautenberg (D-N.J.) are no fans of Cory Booker, and are endorsing his opponent, Rep. Frank Pallone (D-N.J.), in the upcoming race for New Jersey’s Senate seat.

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Connecticut's struggle to implement ObamaCare

Wonkblog's Sarah Kliff reports that Connecticut is cutting back some of its plans to implement the Obama administration's healthcare reform law.

When should a Supreme Court justice step down?
At The Monkey Blog, David Karol considers when a Supreme Court justice should consider stepping down.

French spies are kind of like American spies
Kevin Drum at his Mother Jones blog highlights a report in Le Monde about data collection by French intelligence officials.

Markey swearing could happen Wednesday
Rep. Ed Markey (D-Mass.) could be sworn in as senator as early as next Wednesday, Michael Levenson reports.

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Hagan criticizes NC abortion bill

Sen. Kay Hagan (D-N.C.) strongly criticized an abortion bill making its way through her state's legislature, reports The Hill's Russell Berman.

IRS scrutiny went beyond politics

The Internal Revenue Service's additional scrutiny on groups applying for tax-exempt status included more than just political criteria, according to The New York Times's Jonathan Weisman.

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The CUNY-Petraeus plot thickens

Cory Robin questions the timing of the City University of New York's timing about a letter pushing back on a report on former CIA Director David Petraeus's salary for a course he's teaching at the school.

Why is Kerry spending his time in Israel?

Why in the world is Secretary of State John Kerry currently attempting to stimulate the peace process in Israel? Right Turn's Jennifer Rubin provides some possible explanations.

ADP: 188k jobs added in June

Hot Air's Ed Morrissey warns that the ADP's latest employment report doesn't necessarily mean an increase in job creation.

Federal spying, snail mail edition

A former FBI agent says that the U.S. government snoops through snail mail,  writes The Atlantic Wire's Rebecca Greenfield.

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Border guards to prohibit products that don't meet conservation standards

Effective in August, items not meeting energy conservation standards will no longer be able to pass through customs, The Hill's Julian Hattem reports.

Neil Diamond to debut Boston Marathon tribute song at Capitol

As part of the 33rd annual Independence Day event at the Capitol, Neil Diamond will perform a new tribute song in recognition of the victims of the Boston Marathon bombing, The Hill's Judy Kurtz reports.

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