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The New Default: A Sad History Of The Debt Limit Fight

“Well, we didn’t default.

That’s the most a lot of Democrats can say about the legislation that just passed in the Senate, by a vote of 74-26. Those voting against were 19 Republicans, 6 Democrats and one independent – Vermont’s Bernie Sanders.”

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Read More: Republican Economist: Abolish The Debt Limit
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Senate Fails To End Partial FAA Shutdown

“WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The Senate failed in a last-minute bid on Tuesday to end a partial shutdown of federal aviation programs that has halted airport construction projects and thrown tens of thousands of people out of work.

Senators scrambled to find common ground with the House of Representatives on a bill to temporarily fund the Federal Aviation Administration but neither side would budge before adjourning until September.”

Read More: GOP Sen. Hutchison Slams Own Party Over FAA Shutdown: ‘It’s Not Honorable’
Read More: FAA Operations Up In The Air Amid Shutdown
Read More: Reid Says FAA Shutdown Will Continue; Blames House, Delta Airlines

Wis. Dems: Internal Polls Show Us Winning The State Senate

“Going into the home stretch of the Wisconsin state Senate recalls, state Democratic Party chairman Mike Tate outlined the party’s get-out-the-vote efforts on a conference call with reporters Tuesday — and claimed that the party’s internal polling of the eight races up for grabs shows the Dems favored to win the majority”

Steve King: Covering Birth Control Will Make Us ‘A Dying Civilization’

“Rep. Steve King (R-IA) thinks it’s “Orwellian” that the federal government would require health insurance providers to cover birth control, and that if left unchecked the policy could allow the U.S. to become “a dying civilization.””

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Gallup Report: Muslim Americans See Hope In Their Economic Future

“According to a new study by Gallup, there is one religious group of Americans who are more likely to believe that they will get closer to the best possible life for themselves in the next five years. This same group is also second most likely to consider themselves “thriving,” while second least likely to consider themselves “struggling,” and far and away more apt say that their standard of living is increasing. It’s also the same group of which nearly one in two report experiencing either racial or religious discrimination.”

Joe Lieberman Says U.S. Should Cut Social Security To Pay For Fighting ‘The Islamist Extremists’

“This past April, right-wing war hawk John Bolton suggested during an interview on Fox News that the United States should cut Social Security and Medicare to finance the defense budget.

During debate over the debt deal today on the Senate floor, Sen. Joe Lieberman (I-CT) appeared to endorse this call. Lieberman explained that he is working with Sen. Tom Coburn (R-OK) on a Social Security spending reduction plan and that “we can’t protect these entitlements and also have the national defense…to protect us…with Islamist extremists”

Alabama Churches: State’s ‘Most Merciless Anti-Immigration’ Law Makes It ‘A Crime To Follow God’s Command’

“On June 9, Alabama Gov. Robert Bentley (R) signed what is now the nation’s most radical anti-immigration measure into law. As Arizona’s “SB-1070 on Steroids,” the Alabama law not only allows police officers to stop and detain anyone they suspect of being undocumented but requires state schools to collect student citizenship information. But before the law can go into effect on September 1, several civil rights groups and state organizations are suing to overturn the measure because it violates the state constitution.

Now, the Department of Justice (DOJ) is following suit. On top of the fact that the law “is designed to affect virtually every aspect of an unauthorized immigrant’s daily life” and could even target “legal immigrants and U.S. citizens,” the DOJ declared that “a state cannot set its own immigration policy, much less pass laws that conflict with federal enforcement of the immigration laws.”

On the same day, the state’s Episcopal, Methodist and Roman Catholic churches filed a separate lawsuit against the law, saying the law unconstitutionally interferes with the right of religious freedom. Representing 338,000 Alabamans, the religious leaders say the law “will make it a crime to follow God’s command” and denounce it as “the nation’s most merciless anti-immigration legislation.””

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Political Action Committee To Defeat Barack Obama As Soon As They Spell His Name Correctly
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Herman Cain Defends Manufacturing Campaign T-Shirts In Honduras: ‘I Don’t See A Reason’ To Change
Huckabee: Republican Voters Are ‘Unrealistic’
Ten Reasons Why Rick Perry Shouldn’t Take Credit For Texas’ Economy
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N.Y. Judges Leave Bench For Law Firm Jobs

“New York state judges haven’t had a pay raise in 12 years — and now many of those judges are leaving the bench for lucrative law firm jobs. But some question whether the public would really benefit from paying judges more. A state commission plans to issue recommendations in August.”

Battle over coal for China highlights global economic change

“When a Seattle-based shipping company announced plans last year for a deepwater cargo port that it promised would create hundreds of jobs, it looked like good news for Bellingham, Wash. But not everyone was happy about what cargo the company had in mind: coal, and potentially 48 million tons of it a year. That coal would end up in China, where it would fuel the blistering growth of America's biggest competitor.”

Trial of Hosni Mubarak begins in Cairo

“Former Egyptian president denies charges of corruption and unlawful killing of pro-democracy protesters “

Read More: Mubarak goes on trial, transfixing Arab world

Good News: MSNBC Extends Rachel Maddow’s Contract

“It looks like Rachel Maddow’s career is not over. MSNBC has extended her contract well beyond the 2012 election, The Hollywood Reporter reports.

It’s likely no one was too worried about Maddow’s career. As The Hollywood Reporter points out, Maddow’s ratings continue to grow. And she is MSNBC’s highest rated anchor, the Huffington Post reports. But there remains one small — well, maybe tiny — thorn in her side: a $50 million lawsuit for slander and false light.”

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