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7:15 PM ET, July 26, 2011

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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.”
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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.
Jake Sherman / The Politico:
Cantor to GOP: Quit whining and vote  —  House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-Va.) delivered a blunt message to the Republican Conference Tuesday morning: Quit the “grumbling” and “whining” and come together to rally behind Speaker John Boehner to pass his debt ceiling plan.
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 …
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.
Alexander Bolton / The Hill:
Reid vows to defeat Boehner plan  —  Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) on Tuesday said Democrats would defeat the latest proposal from House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) to raise the debt ceiling.  —  He accused Boehner of being beholden to Tea Party conservatives in his caucus …
Discussion: Outside the Beltway
Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
Boehner's truth allergy
Nancy Scola / The Atlantic Online:
With Call to Action, Obama Brings Down the House
Ylan Q. Mui / Washington Post:
More Americans unhappy with Obama on economy, jobs
Washington Times:
House GOP revolts against Boehner plan
Wall Street Journal:
Big GOP Bloc in House Opposes Boehner's Plan
Discussion: Pajamas Media and Political Punch
New York Post:
Bam's Desperation  —  President Obama likes to present himself …
Gschwarzcnn / CNN:
Cantor: ‘The debt limit vote sucks’
Club for Growth:
Key Vote Alert - “NO” on the Boehner Plan
Discussion: Hot Air
Associated Press:
Boehner Plan Faces G.O.P. Resistance and Veto Threat
Jennifer Steinhauer / New York Times:
Boehner Plan Faces G.O.P. Resistance and Veto Threat
Discussion: THE ASTUTE BLOGGERS
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.
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.
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Stephen F. Hayes / Weekly Standard:   White House's Carney on President's Debt Ceiling Plan: ‘You Need it Written Down?’
Allahpundit / Hot Air:
WH press corps hammers Carney: How come Obama hasn't produced his own debt-ceiling plan?
Discussion: Pirate's Cove and The Other McCain
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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WorldNetDaily:
A fire bell in the night for Norway
Discussion: Mediaite
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.
Associated Press:
Congressman Resigns in Sex Scandal  —  WASHINGTON (AP) — Democratic Rep. David Wu of Oregon announced Tuesday that he will resign amid political fallout from an 18-year-old woman's allegations she had an unwanted sexual encounter with him.  —  Within days of the allegation …
Discussion: Wonkette, msnbc.com and Taylor Marsh
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Michael D. Shear / The Caucus:
Wu to Resign From Congress
Catherine Rampell / New York Times:
The Help-Wanted Sign Comes With a Frustrating Asterisk  —  The unemployed need not apply.  —  That is the message being broadcast by many of the nation's employers, making it even more difficult for 14 million jobless Americans to get back to work.  —  A recent review of job vacancy postings …
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
Robinson / nation.foxnews.com:
O'Reilly Shreds Media for Calling Norway Terrorist ‘Christian’  —  BILL O'REILLY, FOX NEWS HOST: “Impact” segment tonight: mass murder in Norway.  A vicious killer, Anders Breivik, has murdered at least 76 people in the Scandinavian nation of Norway.  Breivik is a brutal fanatic …
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.
JTA:
Envoy contrasts terror in Israel, Norway  —  JERUSALEM (JTA) — Norway's ambassador to Israel drew distinctions between the Oslo and Utoya massacres and Palestinian terrorism.  —  Svein Sevje said in an Israeli newspaper interview Tuesday that while the Norwergian bomb and gun rampages …
 
 
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Shira Toeplitz / Roll Call:
Poll Shows Mourdock, Lugar Virtually Tied
Paul Ryan / National Review:
A Step Forward, but a Long Journey Remains
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Kerry spokesman stripped of Silver Star
Discussion: National Review
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The U.S. Issues Nearly 60 Percent Of AAA-Rated Sovereign Debt
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Thomas Sowell / National Review:
Debt-Ceiling Chicken  —  The big news, as far as the media …
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New York Challenges U.S. Defense of Marriage Act
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Troy clerk resigns after plea offer
Thereisnospoon / Hullabaloo:
Render Unto Caesar
Derek Thompson / The Atlantic Online:
The Two-Speed Recovery in Two Charts
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The Note:
‘Off the hook’: Calls Pour Into Capitol Hill
Discussion: CNN