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12:15 AM ET, July 15, 2011


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Megan McArdle / The Atlantic Online:
Go Ahead, GOP, Make Obama's Day  —  So how can the GOP get something it wants out of the sodden mess of our debt negotiations?  Here's my answer: pass a short-term debt-ceiling increase.  It seems pretty clear to me that there's no time or common ground for a grand bargain before August 2nd, so pass a short-term increase.
Jennifer Bendery / The Huffington Post:
GOP Senator: Maybe We Shouldn't Have Tied Debt Vote To Deficit Deal (VIDEO) … WASHINGTON — Some Republicans are starting to have buyer's remorse over their party's insistence that a vote to raise the debt limit be tied to a long-term deficit reduction package.
Discussion: Balloon Juice
Josiah Ryan / The Hill:
Reid: Cantor acted ‘childish’ and shouldn't be at the negotiation table  —  Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) said Thursday that House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-Va.) acted “childish” in the debt talks.  —  He is the the latest Democratic leader to accuse Cantor of impeding progress …
Sam Stein / The Huffington Post:
Harry Reid And Mitch McConnell: ‘Hybrid’ Solution To Debt Standoff … Barack Obama , Harry Reid , Mitch McConnell , Cantor Debt Ceiling , Debt Ceiling , Cantor Obama , Debt Ceiling Approach , Debt Ceiling Mcconnell , Debt Ceiling Negotiations , Hybrid Debt Ceiling , Mcconnell Debt Ceiling Plan …
The Politico:
Washington loses its cool  —  Tensions are running so high over debt talks that Capitol Hill leaders turned down a trip to Camp David before the White House even invited them.  —  The mood among debt-limit negotiators appeared as sour Thursday as it was the night before …
Guy Benson /
Guy Benson Paul Ryan on Debt Negotiations: “Grand Deal” Unlikely, “Not A Fan” of McConnell Compromise, but Won't Rule Out Support  —  I just concluded an extensive sit-down interview with House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan.  We'll eventually post full video of the exchange on the home page …
New York Times:
‘Decision Time’ on Budget, Obama Tells Leaders
Discussion: FrumForum
Wall Street Journal:
Plan B Emerges on Debt
Discussion: FrumForum
Jeffrey M. Jones / Gallup:
“Republican Candidate” Extends Lead vs. Obama to 47% to 39%  —  Margin marks first statistically significant lead among registered voters  —  PRINCETON, NJ — Registered voters by a significant margin now say they are more likely to vote for the “Republican Party's candidate for president” …
Bruce Orwall / Wall Street Journal:
In Interview, Murdoch Defends News Corp.  —  In his first significant public comments on the tabloid newspaper scandal that has engulfed his media empire, News Corp. Chairman and Chief Executive Rupert Murdoch vigorously defended the company's handling of the crisis but said it would establish …
Judicial Watch:
Documents Show Obama White House Attacked, Excluded Fox News Channel  —  White House Emails Detail anti Fox Bias inside Obama White House: “I'm putting some dead fish in the fox cubby — just cause” “[FNC Anchor] Bret a lunatic”  —  Judicial Watch, the public interest group …
Siobhan Gorman / Wall Street Journal:
Bin Laden Plotted to Attack U.S. on 9/11 Anniversary  —  Osama bin Laden was working to assemble a team of militants to attack the U.S. on the 10th anniversary of the Sept. 11 hijackings, according to communications that Navy SEALs seized from his Pakistani hideout when they killed the al Qaeda leader this spring.
MyFox Twin Cities:
End to Minnesota Shutdown in GOP Hands  —  Special session could be called within three days  —  ST. PAUL, Minn. (FOX 9) - Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton sent a letter Thursday to House Speaker Kurt Zellers and Senate Majority Leader Amy Koch, saying he “reluctantly” agrees to accept …
John Hinderaker / Power Line:
Dayton Caves?  —  Here in Minnesota, Governor Mark Dayton …
Monica Davey / New York Times:
Minnesota Leaders Reach Deal to End State Shutdown
Discussion: The Atlantic Online and FrumForum
Washington Post:
S&P warns that chance of downgrading U.S. credit rating is 50 percent  —  Standard & Poor's said late Thursday that it could downgrade the U.S. credit rating as soon as this month, and there is a 50 percent chance it will do so within three months, if Washington fails to come to an agreement over the nation's debt.
Felix Salmon:
The damage already done by the debt ceiling debate
Jennifer Epstein / The Politico:
U.S. credit rating not worth saving, Ron Paul says
The Note:
Sarah Palin Paid Almost $14,000 to Decorate Her Tour Bus and More From SarahPAC's FEC Report  —  ABC News' Sheila Marikar (@SheilaYM) and Michael Falcone (@michaelpfalcone) report:  —  Sarah Palin spent almost $14,000 to adorn her “One Nation” tour bus with larger-than-life renditions of the Constitution …
Discussion: TPMDC
Gschwarzcnn / CNN:
Palin raises over $1.6 million
Michael O'Brien / The Hill:
Palin PAC raises $1.6M in first half of year
Amy Gardner / Washington Post:
Palin political committee spent tens of thousands on bus trip  —  Sarah Palin's political action committee spent tens of thousands of dollars covering the costs of the former Alaska governor's “One Nation” East Coast bus tour this spring — a trip that Palin (R) has repeatedly characterized as a “family vacation.”
Discussion: Balloon Juice
Megan McArdle / The Atlantic Online:
Debt Ceiling: What's the End Game For Republicans?  —  Jonathan Podhoretz reads a Quinnipiac poll showing that by a margin of 48-34, the public is going to blame Republicans and not Obama if we don't raise the debt ceiling, and joins the ranks of the Washington sellouts:
Jake Tapper / Political Punch:
Which Is Worse?  Default or Voting to Raise the Debt Ceiling Again in 2012?:  Today's Qs for O's WH - 7/14/2011  —  CARNEY: That is a bad scenario.  I'm not sure — I mean —  TAPPER: Is it worse —  CARNEY: You know, there are things you could anticipate.  But I — yes.
Jonathan Dienst / NBC New York:
The Accused Killer in His Own Words  —  Read a partial transcript of the confession that police say Levi Aron gave during questioning … My name is Levi Aron... On Monday evening around 5:30 I went to my dentist, Dr. Sorcher, to make a payment for visit for exam routine.
Robert Costa / National Review:
McCain on the Debt Limit  —  As rain splatters the windows of Sen. John McCain's second-floor office on Capitol Hill, the 74-year-old Arizona Republican leans back, clasps his hands, and recalls the Nineties.  Brinksmanship, he says, cost the party then, and it could cripple Republicans this summer …
Mark Joyella / Mediaite:
Eric Bolling: 'I'll Never Forget 9/11, But Thank You, Liberals, For Reminding Me How Petty You Can Be'  —  In an emotional statement on Fox's The Five Thursday, Eric Bolling shot back at the “radical liberal left” that “pounced” on him after he said on the program Wednesday that “America was certainly safe between 2000 and 2008.
Discussion: Wonkette and ThinkProgress
Benjy Sarlin / TPMDC:
GOP Demand Obama Protect Seniors From Default, Won't Name What To Cut Instead  —  Republican lawmakers are pushing President Obama to put seniors, troops, and bondholders at the front of the line should Congress fail to raise the debt ceiling.  The rest?  Well, that's up to him.
Obama To WSB-TV: America Is Stressed Out  —  WASHINGTON, D.C. — President Barack Obama said America is a “stressed out” nation in an exclusive interview with Channel 2 Action News at the White House on Thursday.  —  The Obama administration invited Channel 2's Scott MacFarlane to a short interview …
The new normal: Once trailing, Oregon a leader in economic recovery  —  By Jack Roberts  —  The report last week of anemic job growth for the past two months — just 18,000 new jobs in June and a downward revision of May's new jobs number to just 25,000, less than half the initial estimate …
Discussion: The Moderate Voice
The Note:
Mitt Romney Breaks Silence on Debt Ceiling  —  ABC News' Emily Friedman(@EmilyABC) reports:  —  It didn't take long for Mitt Romney to field a question on the debt ceiling negotiations today during an event at the Portsmouth Rotary Club in New Hampshire.  —  After Romney's opening remarks …
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Discussion: Hullabaloo
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