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10:30 PM ET, July 24, 2011

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Elizabeth Drew / New York Review of Books:
What Were They Thinking?  —  Someday people will look back and wonder, What were they thinking?  Why, in the midst of a stalled recovery, with the economy fragile and job creation slowing to a trickle, did the nation's leaders decide that the thing to do—in order to raise the debt limit …
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Jennifer Rubin / Washington Post:
EXCLUSIVE: What Boehner said to the caucus  —  From a source familiar with the call, this is what House Speaker John Boehner told House Republicans on Sunday: … That suggests to me that the House Republicans will pass a bill, send it to the Senate and let the Democrats decide if they want to send the country into default.
The Note:
Debt Crisis Update: No Deal Likely by 4 p.m.  —  ABC News' Jonathan Karl reports:  —  Asian markets?  They are on their own.  A Republican source tells ABC News negotiators do not expect to have a deal or even the framework of a deal on the debt ceiling by 4 p.m. today …
Paul Krugman:
President Pushover  —  Updated: Drew article now available.  —  The redoubtable Elizabeth Drew has a forthcoming article in the New York Review of Books — that confirms all our worst fears.  She tells us that past concessions have … Even more alarming, however, is her window on what the White House is thinking:
John Hayward / Human Events:
Barack the Mad  —  The American presidency comes off the rails.  —  On Friday, right after his Democrat colleagues in the Senate used a procedural maneuver to kill the Cut, Cap and Balance Act without a real vote, President Obama held a town hall meeting at the University of Maryland …
Discussion: Doug Ross
Alexander Bolton / The Hill:
Bill would force Obama to pay Social Security, military if US defaults  —  Tea Party conservatives hope to make a push on the House floor to force President Obama to avoid a national default if Congress fails to raise the debt limit.  —  Members of the Senate Tea Party Caucus have met …
Discussion: New York Magazine and RedState
Rita Nazareth / Bloomberg:
U.S. Stock Futures Decline After Lawmakers Fail to Reach Debt-Ceiling Deal  —  U.S. stock futures fell, indicating the Standard & Poor's 500 Index will slump after rallying within 1.4 percent of a three-year high, as failure to raise the federal debt limit intensified concern of a default.
The Hill:
Boehner expects to have proposal Monday; Reid, Pelosi meet Obama
Lori Montgomery / Washington Post:
Debt-limit talks at a standstill as separate strategies take shape in House, Senate
David Rogers / The Politico:
Boehner, Reid key to path out of debt crisis
Discussion: Washington Monthly
The Politico:
No debt deal in sight, parties go separate ways
David Dayen / Firedoglake:
CNN: Reid Working on His Own All-Cuts Debt Limit Proposal
Mike / Rortybomb:
The Activist Ratings Agencies and Their Poor Public Sector Predictions
CBS News:
“Face the Nation” transcript: July 24, 2011
Discussion: Crooks and Liars
Alicia M. Cohn / The Hill:   Durbin to Boehner: ‘You break it, you own it’
Manu Raju / The Politico:
Congress ditches Obama on debt talks
Ezra Klein / Washington Post:
A small deal won't cut it
Molly K. Hooper / The Hill:
House GOP leaders schedule Sunday conference call
Discussion: Washington Monthly and Firedoglake
Alexander Burns / The Politico:
Michele Bachmann launches scathing attack on Tim Pawlenty  —  In a statement just released from her presidential campaign, Michele Bachmann delivers a harsh counterattack on her former home-state governor, hitting back at his charge that she lacks the experience to be president and blaming Tim Pawlenty for a …
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Tommy Christopher / Mediaite:
Debate Clucker Tim Pawlenty Asks Candy Crowley ‘Is President Obama Chicken?’
Newsweek:
The Maid's Tale  —  She was paid to clean up after the rich and powerful.  Then she walked into Dominique Strauss-Kahn's room—and a global scandal.  Now she tells her story.  —  “Hello?  Housekeeping.”  —  The maid hovered in the suite's large living room, just inside the entrance.
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ABCNEWS:
Dominique Strauss-Kahn Accuser Speaks Out in Exclusive ABC News Interview
Discussion: Runnin' Scared and The Wire
New York Times:
Police Say Oslo Suspect Admits ‘Facts’ in Massacre  —  OSLO — The Norwegian man charged with attacks in and near Oslo, killing over 90 people, has admitted “to the facts” of the case, the police and his lawyer said on Sunday, and claims to have acted alone in a strike eerily foretold …
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James S. Robbins / Washington Times:
Exclusive: The Oslo Terrorist in His Own Words: Bomber Predicted “Europe soon will burn once again”
Reuters:
Norway mourns victims of anti-Islam “Crusader”
Paul Krugman:
Means-testing Medicare  —  I've been thinking about this issue more since Friday's discussion with David Brooks, and have come to the conclusion that this is an even worse idea, on pure policy grounds, than even most liberals realize.  —  The usual argument against means-testing …
Scott Johnson / Power Line:
Someone is putting words in Jen Rubin's mouth  —  The Washington Post management doesn't seem to get it.  One James Fallows — he who made light of earthquakes in China and never offered a word of apology for his screwy defamation of conservatives in the shooting of Rep. Gabrielle Giffords …
Rasmussen Reports:
Voters Give GOP 10-Point Edge Over Democrats on Economy  —  With lawmakers haggling over government debt and consumer confidence at a two-year low, voter confidence in Republicans to handle the economy is growing.  —  The latest Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey of Likely Voters shows …
Adam Liptak / New York Times:
The 14th Amendment, the Debt Ceiling and a Way Out  —  WASHINGTON — A few days ago, former President Bill Clinton identified a constitutional escape hatch should President Obama and Congress fail to come to terms on a deficit reduction plan before the government hits its borrowing ceiling.
Thomas L. Friedman / New York Times:
Make Way for the Radical Center  —  DID I mention that I've signed a pledge — just like those Republican congressmen who have signed written promises to different political enforcers not to raise taxes or permit same-sex marriage?  My pledge is to never vote for anyone stupid enough to sign a pledge …
 
 
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