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9:11am

Wed July 13, 2011
Opinion

Weekly Standard: McConnell Speaks For 'He' Not 'We'

Republican Senator Orrin Hatch, Utah, looks on as Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell speaks to reporters on Capitol Hill about balancing the budget.
Manuel Balce Ceneta AP

Stephen F. Hayes is a senior writer at The Weekly Standard.

Shortly after Senate minority leader Mitch McConnell unveiled his "contingency" plan for a debt limit increase, the Associated Press bulletin read: "GOP Leader McConnell proposes giving Obama new power for automatic debt limit increase."

It's surely not the headline McConnell wanted, but unlike much of the media coverage of the debt fight, it's accurate. And that's a problem.

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9:10am

Wed July 13, 2011
Opinion

New Republic: McConnell Waves White Flag For GOP

Republicans and Democrats are locked in a debate over the nation's deficit but some believe the GOP is ready to surrender.
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Jonathan Chait is a senior editor at The New Republic. He writes the magazine's TRB column. He is also the author of The Big Con: Crackpot Economics and the Fleecing of America. He has worked at The New Republic since 1995.

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8:50am

Wed July 13, 2011
The Two-Way

Yankees Fan's Good Deed Could Prove Taxing

Originally published on Wed July 13, 2011 6:52 am

New York Yankees' Derek Jeter, right, and Christian Lopez at a news conference on Saturday (July 9, 2011) at Yankee Stadium.
Bill Kostroun AP

The feel-good story of last week about the young New York Yankees fan who very willingly gave back the home run ball that shortstop Derek Jeter clobbered to get his 3,000th career hit took a predictable but still somewhat depressing turn yesterday.

The New York Times reported that: "No Good Deed Goes Untaxed (Perhaps)."

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8:10am

Wed July 13, 2011
The Two-Way

U.K. Lawmakers Unite To Oppose Murdoch Bid For Broadcaster

There's a lot happening right now in the expanding scandal in the U.K. over allegations that newspapers owned by Rupert Murdoch's News International illegally obtained private information — sometimes by paying police — about thousands of people, from members of the royal family and a former prime minister to victims of the 2005 London bombings and the 9/11 attacks.:

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7:34am

Wed July 13, 2011
Around the Nation

Mistake Found In North Dakota's Constitution

North Dakota became a state in 1889. Now, 122 years later, a flaw has been found in the state's constitution. Historian John Rolcynski noticed it doesn't say the governor has to take an oath of office, as required by Article VI of the U.S. Constitution.

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