Patrick eases on slots – Debt compromise failure finger-pointing – Finneran on DiMasi’s law license problem

GAMBLING: As the Legislature gets ready for its August break, the T&G and Republican look to the coming gambling debate set for the fall.

DEBT: Kerry: the U.S. House debt bill is "a waste of time." (WBUR) Brown: U.S. House failure to pass anything is "pathetic." (MassLive) Khazei: "Scott Brown is personally responsible." (BMG)

A GUY FALLS INTO A HOLE: Tom Finneran sympathizes with Sal DiMasi’s (WBUR) post-conviction "tough boat." (Herald)

Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick offers compromise on casinos, predicts approval of expanded gambling |
Patrick softens on slot parlors – T&G:
State GOP calls for openness measure in casino debate from Political Intelligence:

Scott Brown: House failure to act on U.S. debt limit ‘pathetic’ |
Sen. Kerry: Boehner Debt Plan Is ‘A Waste Of Time’ | WBUR:
Brockton area congressman plans to address federal debt crisis – Quincy, MA – The Patriot Ledger:

State Sen. Stanley Rosenberg: At Massachusetts redistricting hearings, people ‘always pointed west’ |
Scramble to redraw state’s congressional districts heating up –

Massachusetts Senate approves sales tax holiday, new state rebate program off to smooth start |
Final Mass. probation overhaul bill set for debate – AP:

FEMA allocates funds for crisis outreach program for tornado victims |

Patrick: More Dems may challenge GOP’s Brown from Political Intelligence:
Mass. Gay Activists Fault Sen. Brown On Video | AP:
Blue Mass Group | Khazei: “If we default, Scott Brown is personally responsible.”:

After Conviction, DiMasi Fights To Keep Law License | WBUR:
Tom Finneran: Sal DiMasi in ‘Tough boat’ –

The state of black Boston: Not so good – CommonWealth Magazine:
Bill Gates Urges Focus On Teachers To Fight Achievement Gap | WBUR:
Mission of National Urban League convention is education, jobs – The Boston Globe:

State government hands out $42M in raises – Fox 25:
Mass. group home fined by OSHA after death –
Menino defiant despite Wal-Mart’s Somerville plans –

Debt clock ticking – Download:
Blue Mass Group | Scott Brown’s dumbest move yet: “Cut/Cap/Balance”:

O’Brien: Debt crisis will trickle down | Concord Monitor:
Lawmakers hail new energy store – Brattleboro Reformer:
State says it will review charges of illegal voting | The Portland Press Herald / Maine Sunday Telegram :
Rhode Island Gov. attempts to save murder suspect from death penalty in case where 2 Springfield residents also indicted | AP:
New gun law may force workplaces to tweak policies | The Portland Press Herald / Maine Sunday Telegram :
LePage assures mayor he’ll support Portland, slams ‘dishonest’ press | The Portland Press Herald / Maine Sunday Telegram :
Secretary of State investigates possible voter fraud | The Portland Press Herald / Maine Sunday Telegram :