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8:25 PM ET, July 26, 2011

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David Rogers / The Politico:
CBO: John Boehner's debt bill comes up short  —  On the eve of a House vote, new cost estimates from the Congressional Budget Office could pose a problem for Speaker John Boehner as he tries to rally conservative support for his two-step plan to raise the federal debt ceiling and avert default next week.
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Andrew Malcolm / Top of the Ticket:
New polls confirm Obama's Democratic base crumbles  —  With all of the spotlights on the high-stakes debt maneuverings by President Obama and Speaker John Boehner the last few days, few people noticed what Vermont's Sen. Bernie Sanders said:  —  “I think it would be a good idea if President Obama faced some primary opposition.”
The Hill:
Cantor tells GOP to ‘stop whining’ about Boehner debt-ceiling plan  —  Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-Va.) on Tuesday bluntly told House Republicans to stop “grumbling and whining” about Speaker John Boehner's (R-Ohio) new proposal for a limited debt-limit increase.
Alicia M.Cohn / The Hill:
Boehner says his plan's deficit committee will not raise taxes  —  House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) on Tuesday rejected criticism that his newly revealed two-step deficit plan would allow for the creation of a committee likely to raise taxes.  —  “It's going to be pretty hard for the committee to …
CBO's Latest 10 Documents:
ANALYSIS OF THE IMPACT ON THE DEFICIT OF THE BUDGET CONTROL ACT OF 2011 AS PROPOSED IN THE HOUSE  —  The Congressional Budget Office has estimated the impact on the deficit of the Budget Control Act of 2011, as posted on the Web site of the Committee on Rules on July 25, 2011.  The legislation would:
Discussion: Daily Kos and Booman Tribune
Erik Wasson / The Hill:
Boehner to rework his debt-ceiling bill  —  Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) will rework his two-step plan to raise the debt ceiling after the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) found the bill would not cut as much spending as promised.  —  “We're here to change Washington - no more smoke-and-mirrors …
Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
Boehner's truth allergy  —  House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) looked pretty small last night, delivering a weak speech that inadvertently bolstered all of President Obama's arguments about GOP intransigence.  But for me, the most striking thing about Boehner's address wasn't the weak content …
Jake Sherman / The Politico:
Cantor to GOP: Quit whining and vote
Alexander Bolton / The Hill:
Reid vows to defeat Boehner plan
Discussion: Outside the Beltway
Washington Times:
House GOP revolts against Boehner plan
Nancy Scola / The Atlantic Online:
With Call to Action, Obama Brings Down the House
Wall Street Journal:
Big GOP Bloc in House Opposes Boehner's Plan
Discussion: Pajamas Media and Political Punch
Gschwarzcnn / CNN:
TRENDNG: Cantor: ‘The debt limit vote sucks’
New York Post:
Bam's Desperation  —  President Obama likes to present himself …
Brian Beutler / TPMDC:
NOPE! Top House Conservatives Says Boehner Lacks Sufficient GOP Support To Raise Debt Limit
Fred Thompson / National Review:
An Open Letter to the GOP  —  As someone who understands the pressures and difficulties you have been going through, I want to say, “Congratulations.”  You won, and so did the country.  —  Absent some major miscalculations, within the next few days there will be official acknowledgement of what has already happened.
Discussion: Shakesville
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Christina Marcos / The Hill:
Rep. Gutierrez arrested outside White House for second time  —  Rep. Luis Gutierrez (D-Ill.) was arrested outside the White House on Tuesday during a protest against immigrant deportation, a spokesman confirmed.  —  Gutierrez spokesman Douglas Rivlin said the congressman was arrested …
Discussion: CNN
Stephen F. Hayes / Weekly Standard:   White House's Carney on President's Debt Ceiling Plan: ‘You Need it Written Down?’
Guy Benson / Townhall.com:
Guy Benson White House: Asking for Obama's Specific Debt Plan is a “Republican Talking Point”
Discussion: Pirate's Cove and The Daily Caller
Allahpundit / Hot Air:
WH press corps hammers Carney: How come Obama hasn't produced his own debt-ceiling plan?
Discussion: Townhall.com and The Other McCain
Bryan Preston / Pajamas Media:
Unbelievable: Obama White House Stubbornly Refusing to Release Any Written Debt Plan (Update: Video Added)
Discussion: Sense of Events and Big Journalism
Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:
Not Leveling with Viewers
Discussion: Foreign Policy
Pew Research Center for the People and the Press:
Public Wants a Debt Ceiling Compromise, Expects a Deal Before Deadline  —  GOP Widely Viewed as ‘More Extreme in Its Positions’  —  OVERVIEW  —  The public overwhelmingly favors a compromise in the debt ceiling standoff.  And even as negotiations aimed at resolving the issue show little progress …
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Reuters:
Americans back mixed solution for debt crisis: Reuters/Ipsos poll  —  (Reuters) - Americans are overwhelmingly concerned about the U.S. debt crisis and a majority back the type of compromise pushed by President Barack Obama to end the impasse, a Reuters/Ipsos poll found on Tuesday.
Jennifer Epstein / The Politico:
Debt ceiling poll: Voters with Obama
Discussion: Washington Monthly
New York Times:
The Republican Wreckage  —  House Republicans have lost sight of the country's welfare.
Taegan Goddard's Political Wire:
Public Wants Compromise in Debt Ceiling Debate
Discussion: Hullabaloo and Balloon Juice
Andy Kroll / Mother Jones:
Michele Bachmann's $4,700 Hair and Makeup Bill  —  Considering Rep. Michele Bachmann's crusade against government spending and her demand that America live within its means, you wouldn't figure her for a conspicuous spender.  But after launching her bid for the White House …
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Tanya Somanader / ThinkProgress:
Pat Buchanan: Norwegian Right-Wing Terrorist ‘Breivik May Be Right’  —  Today, in a World Net Daily op-ed, failed presidential candidate and conservative pundit Pat Buchanan offers an example of the ethnic bigotry and racial insensitivity that has come to define him.
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Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. / The Jawa Report:
On Islamophobia and Right Wing Extremism
Thomas Lifson / americanthinker.com:
Kerry spokesman stripped of Silver Star  —  John F. Kerry almost became president running on the basis of his alleged heroism in Vietnam.  Thanks to the efforts of a group of truth-tellers, the Swiftboat Veterans for Truth, the serious holes in the fantasy narrative propounded …
Discussion: The Other McCain
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Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blog:
SwiftVets revenge  —  The Navy Times (no link) reported last week …
Discussion: Weasel Zippers and Pajamas Media
David Brooks / New York Times:
Congress In the Lead  —  Some of us like to think big.  We thought at the beginning of this debt crisis that it might be possible to reach a Grand Bargain.  This deal would make a serious dent in the country's awful debt problem.  It would begin to reform entitlements.
Dan Bilefsky / New York Times:
A Revenge Plot So Intricate, the Prosecutors Were Pawns  —  Soon after Seemona Sumasar started dating Jerry Ramrattan, she had an inkling that something might be wrong.  —  He said he was a police detective, but never seemed to go to work.  He seemed obsessed with “C.S.I.,” “Law & Order” and other television police dramas.
David Dayen / news.firedoglake.com:
British Economy, After Austerity, at Zero Growth in the Past Nine Months  —  What's amazing about this debt limit debate, and the headlong rush to austerity, is that we have empirical evidence of what can result, in this kind of economy, when you massively roll back spending.
Discussion: Hullabaloo and Eschaton
Evan McMorris-Santoro / TPMDC:
‘We Get The Sacrifice, They Get The Wealth’: A Fired-Up Pelosi Tears Into GOP Deficit Plan  —  Speaking to a crowd of union workers on Capitol Hill today, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi unloaded on Republican plans to lower the deficit through deep cuts to government services in exchange for raising the debt ceiling.
Chris Wilson / Slate Magazine:
Are We Broke Yet? … Like This Story  —  Follow Slate's Politics … - Why Isn't Wall Street Panicking About the Default Crisis Yet?  - The CIA's Fake Vaccine Drive in Pakistan Reveals the Moral Bankruptcy of American Spooks- Why Amy Winehouse's Music Will Endure- Follow Slate Writers …
Discussion: ProPublica
 
 
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Paul Krugman:
The Cult That Is Destroying America
Discussion: Balloon Juice
Michael O'Brien / Ballot Box:
Elizabeth Warren leaves financial bureau, setting up possible Senate bid
Discussion: CNN
Shira Toeplitz / Roll Call:
Poll Shows Mourdock, Lugar Virtually Tied
Paul Ryan / National Review:
A Step Forward, but a Long Journey Remains
Discussion: Pajamas Media
Jennifer Medina / New York Times:
Hard Times Cause Rifts Among Mariachi Bands
Discussion: ThinkProgress
 Earlier Items: 
Matthew Yglesias / ThinkProgress:
The U.S. Issues Nearly 60 Percent Of AAA-Rated Sovereign Debt
Discussion: Marginal Revolution and EconLog
Thereisnospoon / Hullabaloo:
Render Unto Caesar
Associated Press:
Congressman Resigns in Sex Scandal
Discussion: Wonkette, msnbc.com and Taylor Marsh
The Note:
‘Off the hook’: Calls Pour Into Capitol Hill
Discussion: CNN
Catherine Rampell / New York Times:
The Help-Wanted Sign Comes With a Frustrating Asterisk