Morning EDition: June 21, 2011

Updated

So, what does everyone think are the big stories today? Let me know in the comments and check back later for today’s Outlook and Underbuzzed.

TODAY

  • Rep. Anthony Weiner (D-NY) officially leaves the Congress.
  • Leon Panetta’s confirmation vote as defense secretary.

BUDGET

  • Debt-reduction talks speed up, without bringing a resolution any closer.
  • House Republicans signal openness to raising tax revenues; Senate Republicans do not.
  • Rating agency warns US it will downgrade its credit if the US defaults.
  • GOP congressman tries to end aid for US workers impacted by free-trade agreements.
  • Analysis: For the last 60 years, lower top tax rates have coincided with low growth.
  • Chart: Which tax rates have coincided with strong GDP? Not the ones the GOP claims.
  • VIDEO: Economics genius Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI) claims Boeing has a high tax rate. Not a high effective tax rate.

CLASS WARFARE

  • Debtors’ prison: American woman jailed for failing to pay traffic fines.
  • Man robs bank to get health care.

UNIONS

AFGHANISTAN

  • Pres. Obama tomorrow night will announce plans for bringing troops home.
  • US expected to bring 10,000 troops home by the end of the year.

LIBYA

  • Eugene Robinson goes after the president’s Libya policy.
  • Pressure on Speaker Boehner mounts on both sides over Libya.

SECURITY STATE

COMMODITY PRICES

  • Sen. Maria Cantwell (D-WA) revealed that the FTC is investigating the role of speculators in gas prices.
  • Goldman Sachs is under investigation after Coca-Cola accused GS of hoarding aluminum.
  • Why is it that it’s a UK exchange, rather than UK or US regulators…slapping Goldman Sachs for causing gas-prices spikes?

ENVIRONMENT

EDUCATION

HEALTH CARE

LATINOPHOBIA

  • VIDEO: Sen. McCain doubled down on his scapegoating of illegal immigrants for wildfires.

WISCONSIN

OBAMA 2012

MICHELE BACHMAN

JON HUNTSMAN

CHRIS CHRISTIE

RAND PAUL

  • PICTURE: Sen. Paul (R-KY) was spotted using SOCIALIST transportation.

(What I’m reading: Greg Sargent’s Plum Line, Think Progress, Matt Yglesias, The Wonk Room, Talking Points MemoTPMDC, Taegan Goddard’s Political Wire, the Washington Monthly, the National Journal, Ezra Klein, Politico’s Playbook and Huddle, Dave Weigel, Wonkette, Firedoglake, the NYT Caucus, Daily Kos, Crooks and Liars. What Pandora has me listening to: True Dreams of Wichita by Soul Coughing.)

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The Ed Show Morning Edition

Morning EDition: June 21, 2011

Updated