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9:20 AM ET, July 22, 2011


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New York Times:
Obama and Boehner Close to Major Deal, Officials Say  —  WASHINGTON —The Obama administration has informed Democratic Congressional leaders that President Obama and Speaker John A. Boehner were starting to close in on a major budget deal that would enact substantial spending cuts …
Manu Raju / The Politico:
Debt talks have senators angry about being left out  —  The White House faced a near rebellion from senators who were blindsided by word of a possible deal between President Barack Obama and House Speaker John Boehner, with Democrats worried the president would cave on taxes while Republicans complained …
Lori Montgomery / Washington Post:
Debt-limit talks: As Obama, Boehner rush to strike deal, Democrats are left fuming  —  President Obama and House Speaker John A. Boehner rushed Thursday to strike agreement on a far-reaching plan to reduce the national debt but faced a revolt from Democrats furious that the accord appeared …
Glenn Greenwald / Guardian:
Barack Obama is gutting the core principles of the Democratic party
Discussion: Taylor Marsh and
The Politico:
Latest debt deal under fire
Brian Beutler / TPMDC:
Obama Presses Skeptical Dem Leaders On Big Deal With Boehner
Democrats Balk at Possible Debt-Limit Deal as Deadline Looms
Discussion: New York Times
Alexander Bolton / The Hill:
Reid confronts Obama budget director on possible debt deal
Russell Berman / The Hill:
Boehner: GOP prepared to compromise
Discussion: RedState, Sky Dancing, CNN and Reuters
Julian E. Barnes / Wall Street Journal:
Pentagon to Certify It is Ready to End 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell'  —  Top defense officials plan to certify Friday that the Pentagon is ready to end the ban on gays serving openly in the military, officials said, a landmark moment after almost two decades of controversy.
Thom Shanker / New York Times:
Military Reportedly Set on Repeal of 'Don't Ask'
Discussion: Truthdig
Elias Groll / The Politico:
Pentagon ready for DADT's end
Discussion: Political Punch
First Read /
Military officials to certify that they're ready to repeal DADT
Discussion: Firedoglake and AMERICAblog Gay
The Note:
Don't Ask Don't Tell Repeal Moves Forward
Discussion: Equality Matters
Mike Klonsky / Mike Klonsky's SmallTalk Blog:
Pritzker turns heat lamps on striking Hyatt workers  —  It was already approaching 100° at 8 a.m. when I arrived at the Park Hyatt where, after 22 months of stalled negotiations, hotel workers were staging a one-day picket to protest the hotel chain's intolerable treatment of their housekeeping staff.
Adam Harrington / CBS Chicago:
Workers: Heat Lamps Shined On Hyatt Hotel Picket Line
CNN Poll: Perry near the top in GOP nomination race  —  Washington (CNN) - As Texas Gov. Rick Perry comes closer and closer to jumping into the race for the White House, he's also close to the top of a new national survey in the battle for the GOP presidential nomination.
Maggie Haberman / The Politico:
Mike Huckabee raps Rick Perry
Discussion: GOP 12
Jennifer Jacobs / Iowa Caucuses:
ABC Sports says Pawlenty violated copyright with ‘Miracle on Ice’ footage  —  ABC Sports may slap presidential candidate Tim Pawlenty with a cease-and-desist letter for improperly using its footage in a political advertisement, a company official told The Des Moines Register today.
The Note:
Pawlenty Runs into Trouble with Use of ‘Miracle on Ice’ Footage in New TV Ad
Felix Salmon:
Greece defaults  —  The latest Greek bailout is done — the official statement is here — and it involves Greece going into “selective default,” which is, yes, a kind of default.  —  I can't remember a major financial story which has been covered so inadequately by the financial press.
Wall Street Journal:
Justice Department Prepares Subpoenas in News Corp. Inquiry  —  The U.S. Justice Department is preparing subpoenas as part of preliminary investigations into News Corp. relating to alleged foreign bribery and alleged hacking of voicemail of Sept. 11 victims, according to a government official.
Paul Krugman / New York Times:
The Lesser Depression  —  These are interesting times — and I mean that in the worst way.  Right now we're looking at not one but two looming crises, either of which could produce a global disaster.  In the United States, right-wing fanatics in Congress may block a necessary rise in the debt ceiling …
Emmett Tyrrell /
Emmett Tyrrell Bachmann and the Pope  —  WASHINGTON — It seems Rep. Michele Bachmann is under increased scrutiny for her religious views, even as she climbs ever higher in the presidential polls.  With tea party support, she is now No. 2 in the Republican polls even though she has been in the race for only a short time.
Nate Silver / FiveThirtyEight:
G.O.P. Governors Swing Right, Leaving Voters Behind  —  If the states are laboratories of democracy, then the Republican Party's research pipeline has run dry.  Moderate Republican governors, a thriving species before last year's elections, are all but extinct.
Grover G. Norquist / New York Times:
Read My Lips: No New Taxes  —  THE Taxpayer Protection Pledge has received increased attention as the Aug. 2 deadline for raising the debt ceiling approaches.  My organization, Americans for Tax Reform, created the pledge in 1986 as a simple, written commitment by a candidate or elected official …
Marin Cogan / The Politico:
Credit agencies warn GOP of ‘death spiral’  —  House Republicans were warned Thursday in a closed door meeting with credit rating agency officials that a “death spiral” in the bond market was possible in the event of default.  —  One official warned that a default on the nation's credit …
Discussion: The Mahablog and CNN
Apple Said to Consider Making Bid for Hulu  —  Apple Inc., with $76.2 billion in cash and securities on its books, is considering making a bid for the Hulu online video service, two people with knowledge of the auction said.  —  Apple, the world's second-most-valuable company …
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Jonathan Weisman / Washington Wire:
Bachmann: Everybody Should Pay Taxes
Discussion: Power Line and Daily Kos
Annie Linskey / Maryland Politics:
O'Malley announcement on gay marriage set for Friday
Discussion: Washington Post and Truth Wins Out
John B. Taylor / Wall Street Journal:
The End of the Growth Consensus
Discussion: RADAMISTO and Cafe Hayek
Debbie Siegelbaum / The Hill:
Dem seeks to slash funding for ethics office set up by Pelosi
Discussion: Weasel Zippers
Yuval Levin / National Review:
Missing the Debt  —  The ongoing debt-ceiling debate …
Discussion: The Right Scoop
Jonathan Strong / The Daily Caller:
A top aide to Iowa Democratic Sen. Tom Harkin supplied an answer …
Discussion: Hot Air
 Earlier Items: 
Peter H. Gleick / The Huffington Post:
It's Hotter Than It Used to Be; It's Not as Hot as It's Going to Be
Discussion: ThinkProgress
Evan McMorris-Santoro / TPMDC:
Gallup Pollster: Obama's Ratings Higher Than You'd Expect
Keach Hagey / The Politico:
Williams on NPR: Elitist and white
Jeremy W. Peters / New York Times:
Times Company Posts Loss on Write-Down