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)

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

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

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

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

TORNADO:
FEMA allocates funds for crisis outreach program for tornado victims | masslive.com: www.masslive.com

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

DiMASI:
After Conviction, DiMasi Fights To Keep Law License | WBUR: feeds.wbur.org
Tom Finneran: Sal DiMasi in ‘Tough boat’ – BostonHerald.com: feedproxy.google.com

URBAN LEAGUE:
The state of black Boston: Not so good – CommonWealth Magazine: www.commonwealthmagazine.org
Bill Gates Urges Focus On Teachers To Fight Achievement Gap | WBUR: feeds.wbur.org
Mission of National Urban League convention is education, jobs – The Boston Globe: feeds.boston.com

MISC.
State government hands out $42M in raises – Fox 25: www.myfoxboston.com
Mass. group home fined by OSHA after death – Boston.com: feeds.boston.com
Menino defiant despite Wal-Mart’s Somerville plans – BostonHerald.com: www.bostonherald.com

BEST OF THE BLOGS:
Debt clock ticking – Download: www.commonwealthmagazine.org
Blue Mass Group | Scott Brown’s dumbest move yet: “Cut/Cap/Balance”: feedproxy.google.com

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

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