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5:15 PM ET, July 28, 2011

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The Politico:
Debt ceiling vote: John Boehner down to the wire with vote count  —  John Boehner is down to the one-on-one meetings with Republicans.  —  With just hours to go before a critical debt limit vote, the speaker is pulling Republicans off the floor and meeting with them in his ceremonial office …
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First Read / msnbc.com:
First Thoughts: In retreat  —  Dems in retreat... They draw another line in the sand, but will we see another concession?... Democrats reply: They might be losing this negotiating battle, but they could end up winning the larger war... Today's House vote on the Boehner bill is expected early this evening …
Pew Research Center for the People and the Press:
Obama Loses Ground in 2012 Reelection Bid  —  In GOP, Romney Leads, Attentive Like Perry, Bachmann Most Visible  —  OVERVIEW  —  The sizeable lead Barack Obama held over a generic Republican opponent in polls conducted earlier this year has vanished as his support among independent voters has fallen off.
Dan Friedman / NationalJournal.com:
Reid Says Senate Will Vote On Boehner Plan After House Thursday Night
Alexander Bolton / The Hill:
Cantor to Reid: Pass House bill or default is your responsibility
Discussion: Washington Monthly
Brian Beutler / TPMDC:
Boehner: ‘Beyond My Control’ How Ratings Agencies Treat My Debt Limit Plan
James Taylor / Yahoo! News:
New NASA Data Blow Gaping Hole In Global Warming Alarmism  —  NASA satellite data from the years 2000 through 2011 show the Earth's atmosphere is allowing far more heat to be released into space than alarmist computer models have predicted, reports a new study in the peer-reviewed science journal Remote Sensing.
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Becky Bohrer / Yahoo! News:
APNewsBreak: Arctic scientist under investigation  —  JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — A federal wildlife biologist whose observation in 2004 of presumably drowned polar bears in the Arctic helped to galvanize the global warming movement has been placed on administrative leave and is being investigated …
Rpielke / Climate Science:
New Paper “On the Misdiagnosis Of Surface Temperature Feedbacks From Variations In Earth's …
Joe Hallett / The Columbus Dispatch:
Payback may be coming for congressman's ‘disloyalty’  —  U.S. Rep. Jim Jordan's open defiance of Speaker John Boehner's efforts to solve the debt-ceiling crisis could cost the Urbana Republican his safe seat in next year's election.  —  Two Republican sources deeply involved in configuring …
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Gschwarzcnn / CNN:
Bachmann: Debt impasse is not an emergency
David Rogers / The Politico:
Biden, McConnell look for way out
Judson Phillips / Washington Post:
Why the Tea Party is unyielding on the debt ceiling  —  The liberal media have gone to warp speed in their defense of President Obama and their attacks on the Tea Party.  We are “extreme” and “dangerous.”  Republicans are “afraid of” the Tea Party.  And more.
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The Politico:
Rand Paul: 'I'd rather be a hobbit than a troll'
Discussion: Weasel Zippers and The Caucus
Peter Cook / Bloomberg:
U.S. Contingency Plan Gives Bondholders Priority
Discussion: The Hill
Chris Cillizza / Washington Post:
McCain the maverick (again)
Marie Diamond / ThinkProgress:
Rep. Joe Walsh Defends Not Paying $117,000 In Child Support: ‘This Is Where Real America Is’  —  Last night the Chicago Sun-Times broke the story that Tea Party freshman Rep. Joe Walsh (R-IL), who has spent months lecturing President Obama and Democrats on fiscal responsibility …
FRC Blog:
Texas Gov. Rick Perry: “Obviously gay marriage is not fine with me...”  —  Last week in Aspen, Colorado, Gov. Rick Perry of Texas addressed New York's new same-sex marriage law by saying “That's New York, and that's their business, and that's fine with me...”
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The Note:
Court Allows Rick Perry to Participate in Prayer Event
Fox News:
EXCLUSIVE: AWOL Soldier Arrested Over Concerns of Possible Second Attack On Fort Hood  —  At least one U.S. military serviceman has been arrested after raising concerns over another possible attack on Fort Hood, Fox News has learned exclusively.  —  Pvt. Nasser Jason Abdo …
Ginger Gibson / New Jersey Online:
Gov. Christie is taken to hospital after having difficulty breathing  —  SOMERVILLE — Gov. Chris Christie was hospitalized this morning after he complained of having trouble breathing, according to the governor's office.  —  A spokesman, Michael Drewniak, said Christie suffers from asthma …
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Fox News:
New Jersey Gov. Christie Rushed to Hospital With Breathing Problems
Discussion: National Review
Oliver Wright / The Independent:
Cataracts, hips, knees and tonsils: NHS begins rationing operations  —  Almost two-thirds of trusts affected as cuts bite  —  Hip replacements, cataract surgery and tonsil removal are among operations now being rationed in a bid to save the NHS money.  —  Two-thirds of health trusts …
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Robert Kuttner:
Remember World War I  —  Like most American spectators watching this slow-motion train wreck of a budget disaster, I have assumed that at the last minute the damsel would be pulled off the track of the oncoming train.  Somehow, the Republicans would appreciate the stakes, a compromise …
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The Daily Beast:
Obama Should Stop Being Reasonable
Jack M. Balkin / CNN:
3 ways Obama could bypass Congress  —  Editor's note: Jack M. Balkin is Knight Professor of Constitutional Law at Yale Law School.  His latest book is “Constitutional Redemption: Political Faith in an Unjust World” (Harvard University Press 2011).  —  New Haven, Connecticut (CNN) — Very soon, Congress will raise the debt ceiling.
Sarah Palin / Facebook:
Congressional Freshmen - For Such A Time As This  —  Out here in proverbial politico flyover country, we little folk are watching the debt ceiling debate with great interest and concern.  Today I re-read the open letter I wrote to Republican Freshman Members of Congress in November 2010 …
Discussion: The Note, GOP 12 and National Review
Thomas Lane / Talking Points Memo:
Whatever The Outcome Of The Debt Vote, The Age Of Austerity Is Here  —  Whatever the outcome of Thursday's projected House vote on Speaker Boehner's debt plan, this process has already ended the political life of one prominent member of the Washington establishment: John Maynard Keynes.
Susan Donaldson James / ABCNEWS:
Tele-Abortions Gain Traction in Iowa  —  A typical patient who walks into Planned Parenthood of the Heartland in Iowa isn't typical at all.  She may older or younger, married or single, but she is usually confident in her decision to terminate a pregnancy.  —  Neither is her preferred method …
Glenn Greenwald / Salon:
An un-American response to the Oslo attack  —  Over the last decade, virtually every Terrorist plot aimed at the U.S. — whether successful or failed — has provoked greater security and surveillance measures.  Within a matter of mere weeks, the 9/11 attacks infamously spawned a vast new surveillance statute …
 
 
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Matthew Yglesias / ThinkProgress:
The Right To Ideas  —  Robin Hanson is apparently the kind …
Discussion: Grasping Reality …
Reuters:
CME Group calls tax situation ‘untenable;’ says it may exit state
David Edwards / Raw Replay:
GOP lawmaker advises poor to ‘drop out of the country club’
Jay Solomon / Wall Street Journal:
U.S. Accuses Iran of Pact With al Qaeda
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Marcus Baram / The Huffington Post:
Threat Of Right-Wing Extremism In U.S. Debated By Feds, Analysts
Debbie Siegelbaum / The Hill:
Eleven arrested after Capitol sit-in against budget cuts
Discussion: The Note
Igor Volsky / ThinkProgress:
Bachmann Dodges Question On Ex-Gay Therapy: My Clinics Are ‘Not Running For The Presidency’
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Good news: American political leadership at work ... far from the beltway
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