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Newslinks for Sunday July 10, 2011

Posted on 07/10/2011

Screen shot 2011-07-10 at 22.29.28 5:00pm Video:

4:30pm The Republican: Standing strong against tax hikes, McConnell backs Boehner's revised deficit reduction package

4:00pm Video: Sen. Jim DeMint says Secretary Geithner is irresponsibly 'playing chicken' with debt talks

3:45pm Sen. Marco Rubio: New taxpayers, not new taxes

11:45am Video: 

Screen shot 2011-07-10 at 15.48.50 11:00am The Republican: Cain tops Romney in Nevada as Perry gains momentum

10:15am Morning opinion round up:

Deal or no deal: Deficit negotiations scaled back to $2 trillion over tax increases

Screen shot 2011-07-10 at 08.38.39 "House Republican budget negotiators have abandoned plans to pursue a massive $4 trillion, 10-year deficit reduction package in the face of stiff GOP opposition to any plan that would increase taxes as part of the deal. House Speaker John Boehner informed President Barack Obama Saturday that a smaller agreement of about $2 trillion was more realistic. In a statement issued Saturday evening, Boehner said: "Despite good-faith efforts to find common ground, the White House will not pursue a bigger debt reduction agreement without tax hikes." The White House responded that Obama will continue to push to make as much progress on deficit reduction as possible. Boehner's statement came a day before he and seven of the top House and Senate leaders were scheduled to meet at the White House in a negotiating session and lay out their remaining differences." - CBS News | New York Times | Washington Post

  • "President Obama dashed off a message to congressional leaders before heading to Camp David later Saturday, urging them to meet back at the White House on Sunday serious about working out a deficit-reduction plan." - LA Times
  • "White House says Boehner balked over taxes not entitlements" - The Hill
  • "Why today could be make-or-break day for 'grand bargain'" - Christian Science Monitor
  • Bill Kristol: A Sunday sell-out? - The Weekly Standard

"An idea being floated to close the government's yawning fiscal deficits would basically try to plug a couple of slow leaks in the federal government's finances. These arise from two related tax policies, the alternative-minimum tax and the Bush tax cuts." - WSJ

RSC Chairman Jim Jordan: Balanced Budget Amendment must pass or debt deal a no go

Screen shot 2011-07-10 at 08.40.24 "Republican Study Committee Chairman Jim Jordan has warned GOP leaders that he and a growing group of conservatives will vote against any debt limit deal — even if they support it — if the House and Senate have not first passed a balanced budget amendment. In an interview on CSPAN's Newsmakers program, scheduled to air Sunday morning, the Ohio Republican bluntly warns that without a balanced budget vote, he and more than 30 of his fellow conservatives will oppose any deal Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) and President Barack Obama negotiate." - Roll Call ($)

Rep. Michele Bachmann to GOP lawmakers: Don't let Democrats scare you

"On the eve of continuing talks between President Obama and lawmakers about the nation’s debt, Republican candidate Michele Bachmann told a crowd at her new Iowa headquarters not to believe messages coming out of Washington that the United States may default on its debt to disastrous consequences. “And don’t let them scare you by telling you that the country’s going to fall apart and that we’re going to default on our debt. The fact is we aren’t, because revenue continues to come into Washington, D.C.,” the U.S. representative from Minnesota said." - Des Moines Register

UAW urges member action to disrupt debt deal

Screen shot 2011-07-10 at 08.41.23 "The United Autoworkers union on Saturday sent out an action alert to members urging them to sign a petition to President Obama to stop an emerging White House deficit deal. President Obama and House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) have discussed a $4 trillion deficit reduction package that could include cuts to Social Security or Medicare benefits. Congressional leaders will come to the bargaining table Sunday night to discuss the outlines of a grand bargain that includes a raising of the national debt limit before Aug. 2." - The Hill

A 2012 trophy: Democrats, GOP agree - Ryan race is national

Screen shot 2011-07-10 at 08.43.27 "In Wisconsin's 1st district, one thing Rep. Paul Ryan (R) and his Democratic opponent Rob Zerban agree on is that the race is already a national one. The state is consumed by politics more than a year out from November 2012, thanks in part to nine heavily competitive state Senate recall elections, which begin Tuesday. But in the Kenosha-based 1st district, Ryan, the House Budget chairman, is facing his first serious Democratic challenge in years thanks to the national uproar over his budget proposal that seeks to drastically overhaul Medicare." - Roll Call ($)

Jon Huntsman reendorses Rep. Paul Ryan - Politico

Republicans sets their sights on Anthony Weiner's former House seat

"Underdog Republican candidate Bob Turner said yesterday he’s ready to shock the nation by winning randy ex-Rep. Anthony Weiner Queens-Brooklyn congressional seat — claiming voters are fed up with President Obama’s failed economic policies and disgusted with the local Democratic Party’s corrupt 'machine politics.'" - New York Post

Some experts say Hezbollah and Iran are operating south of the US border

"While most American attention to Hezbollah has focused on the Middle East, the militant Islamic group with ties to Iran has been gaining a strong foothold in Latin America, experts said at a House hearing. 'I believe the Hezbollah and Iranian presence in Latin America constitutes a clear threat to the security of the U.S. homeland,' Roger Noriega, a fellow at the American Enterprise Institute, said Thursday in front of the House Homeland Security Committee. 'They have the motivation, and they have been steadily increasing their capacity to act.'" - The Daily Caller

Tim Pawlenty's going all out in Iowa

Screen shot 2011-07-10 at 08.46.57 "Former Minnesota governor Tim Pawlenty has only to drive a couple of hours down Interstate 35 from his home in the Minneapolis suburbs to ask Iowans to vote for him for president. He’ll be making the trip a lot in the coming weeks. With little evidence that his neighboring address has afforded him the home-team advantage he had hoped for in the battle to win Iowa’s early caucuses next year, Pawlenty is criss-crossing the state with an urgency that exposes how crucial it has become to his survival. Iowa could well make or break his candidacy, and the first real test of Pawlenty’s strength here will come in next month’s celebrated Iowa Straw Poll." - Washington Post

"Responding to a growing controversy, an Iowa-based conservative group has removed a passage in a marriage pact signed by two GOP presidential candidates Michele Bachmann and Rick Santorum that suggested black families were in better shape during slavery." - Fox News

2012 Republican primary: Where Mike Huckabee fits in

Screen shot 2011-07-10 at 09.03.02 "This time around, many of the 2012 candidates are centering their campaigns on the Huckabee pitch: Christian, anti-abortion, small government, strict Constitutionalism. Waging an intense pre-campaign to edge out Mitt Romney, the Republican presidential candidates have focused their efforts on the operatives, grass-roots activists and religious leaders that made Huckabee a serious contender for the Republican nomination. It’s a battle that the Huckabee supporters fear could end with them all losing, if the conservative evangelical base gets splintered between all the candidates instead of coalescing behind one Romney alternative." - Politico

Private memorial for Betty Ford will be Tuesday in Palm Desert

Screen shot 2011-07-10 at 08.44.42 "A private memorial for former First Lady Betty Ford will be held in Palm Desert on Tuesday, with a eulogy to be delivered by former First Lady Rosalynn Carter, before her remains are flown to Michigan and laid to rest beside her husband, a family representative said Saturday. Ford, 93, died of natural causes Friday afternoon, surrounded by family members at Eisenhower Medical Center in Rancho Mirage. She had been hospitalized with a brief illness but, contrary to some news reports, did not suffer a stroke, said Greg Willard, the Fords' longtime attorney." - LA Times

Leon Panetta: US is close to defeating al Qaeda

"The United States is “within reach” of defeating al-Qaeda and is targeting 10 to 20 leaders who are key to the terrorist network’s survival, Defense Secretary Leon Panetta said on Saturday during his first trip to Afghanistan since taking charge at the Pentagon. Panetta, who led the CIA until June and oversaw the raid that killed Osama bin Laden, strongly endorsed the Obama administration’s increasingly aggressive campaign to hunt down al-Qaeda leaders in Pakistan, Yemen and Somalia. He hinted of more to come, saying he would redouble efforts by the military and the spy agency to work together on counterterrorism missions outside the traditional war zones of Afghanistan and Iraq." - Washington Post | Fox News

"Leon Panetta, on his first day here as U.S. defense secretary, made what appeared to be his first big policy announcement: The U.S. would keep 70,000 troops in the country until the end of 2014. It turned out to be his first major public gaffe in his new job." - Washington Wire in the WSJ

Also in the news:

  • "Food and ad companies team up to lobby against voluntary standards for food marketed to kids." - Washington Post
  • States weigh 'Caylee's Law' - Fox News
  • "Texas aglow with effort to save incandescent lightbulb: - LA Times

Michael Barone: Man-cession ends as males learn new job skills

Screen shot 2011-07-10 at 08.45.43 "What we are seeing, I think, is that individuals, most of them men, have been responding to cues sent by the market economy and have been adjusting far more rapidly than centrally designed government programs could ever do. It's analogous to what we've seen recently in the energy sector. While government has been huffing and puffing about "green jobs" and relying more on renewable energy sources like solar and wind power, the oil and gas industries have developed new techniques of horizontal drilling and hydraulic fracking to vastly increase the commercially viable supply of oil and natural gas. Unfortunately, the man-covery has not been proceeding fast enough to produce the kind of robust recovery that we've had after most past recessions. Friday's announcement that the economy last month gained only 18,000 jobs -- in a nation of 311,000,000 people -- makes that clear. But the man-covery gives reason to hope that if the deadweight of high government spending and overregulation can be removed, our economy can boom once again." - Washington Examiner

Also in opinion:

  • Jeff Jacoby: Let convicts choose between prison or 'the lash' - Boston Globe
  • Debra J. Saunders: The Bohemian Grove's "male-only bastion's discriminatory polices hurt women trying to compete in business and politics - and everyone in politics knows it." - SF Chronicle 

Sunday morning viewing schedule - New York Times' The Caucus blog

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