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Must Read Op-Eds for July 12, 2011

07/12/11 12:29PM

Here are today's must read opinion and editorial columns.THE MAGIC LEVER  BY DAVID BROOKSNEW YORK TIMESThe tragedy is that in Barack Obama and John Boehner we have leaders who would like to do something big... But they are bracketed on all sides — by the tax cut and Medicare brigades, by the wonks hatching budget gimmicks that erode trust, by political hacks who don’t want to lose their precious campaign issues: tax cuts forever, Medicare spending without limit. read more

The musical stylings of Herman Cain

07/12/11 09:16AM

Herman Cain is not just a GOP contender and pizza mogul  -- he's also a Gospel singer. Six tracks of his album "Sunday Morning," recorded in 1996, recently hit the Web.Listen below: Plus, Willie Geist takes a look at other singing politicos. read more

President Barack Obama gestures as he speaks about the ongoing budget negotiations in the briefing room of the White House, Monday, July 11, 2011, in Washington.

Top Talkers: Eat your peas!

07/12/11 09:13AM

 Congressional leaders are heading back to the White House today for yet another meeting to try to reach a deal on raising the country's debt ceiling. Officials familiar with the negotiations say majority leader Eric Cantor dominated yesterday's meeting.  Cantor laid out what was agreed upon in the deficit reduction talks led by Vice President Biden, specifically $2 trillion in cuts over the next decade.  The figure includes around $1 trillion in discretionary spending, $200 billion in Medicare and Medicaid, and roughly $200 to $300 billion in saved interest on the debt.  Sources famili read more

Scarborough: Media meltdown over GOP tax pledge

07/12/11 08:13AM

The reviews are in, and it’s safe to say that most media elites won’t be voting for Republican candidates in 2012. Of course, most of them voted Democratic in 2010, 2008 and in every other election in modern political history. But if you’ve scanned editorial pages and news shows in recent weeks, you know that this time conservatives have really, really offended the national press corps by their refusal to raise taxes.At issue is the GOP’s handling of the debt ceiling negotiations. read more