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11:45 AM ET, July 22, 2011


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Brian Beutler / TPMDC:
Democrats Set Drop-Dead Date For Debt Ceiling Backup Plan  —  President Obama's quest to reach a historic budget agreement with House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) fell into deep doubt Thursday, after a noisy rebellion by Senate Democrats over reports that Obama might hand Republicans the farm …
The Politico:
Latest debt deal under fire  —  White House debt talks were described at the “fish-or-cut-bait” stage Thursday night, as President Barack Obama and House Speaker John Boehner sought to keep alive an estimated $3 trillion deficit-reduction package already taking fire from the left and right.
Major Garrett /
Cantor's Moment of Choosing  —  The House majority leader has become a darling of fiscal conservatives by saying “no.” What happens if he needs to say “yes”?  —  King for a day: Eric Cantor's mini-coup last week presages his long-term ambition.)  —  The day of reckoning on the debt ceiling is coming …
Discussion: The Atlantic Online
Alexander Bolton / The Hill:
Reid: 'I'm the Senate majority leader.  Why don't I know about this deal?'  —  Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) confronted White House budget director Jack Lew during a Thursday afternoon meeting about secret talks on a deficit-reduction deal between the president and Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio).
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 …
The Hill:   Progress seen in debt talks, but outrage from Dems over taxes
New York Times:
Obama and Boehner Close to Major Deal, Officials Say
Walter Gibbs / Reuters:
Blast rocks central Oslo, Norway PM's office  —  (Reuters) - A huge explosion wrecked government buildings in central Oslo Friday including Norwegian Prime Minister Jens Stoltenberg's office, injuring several people, a Reuters journalist said from the scene.
Norway: Blast near prime minister's office in Oslo  —  Eyewitness: “Police are beginning to seal off streets where there is a danger of falling glass”  —  A large explosion has hit near government headquarters in the Norwegian capital Oslo.  —  At least one person was killed in the city centre blast …
Douglas Stanglin / USA Today:
Reuters: 8 people injured in Oslo blast at government offices  —  An explosion knocks out windows in government buildings in downtown Oslo, news agencies reports.  Injuries have been reported.  —  Update at 10:03 a.m. ET: Reuters reports at least 8 people injured in an explosion that knocked …
Brian Ross / ABCNEWS:
Oslo Explosion: One of Two Blasts Result of Massive Vehicle Bomb, Sources Say  —  At least one of two explosions that rocked a Norwegian government building in Oslo today was result of a massive vehicle bomb, according to U.S. government sources on the scene.
Discussion: Guardian and Clusterstock
The Note:
Shadow Campaign: Mitt Romney's Iowa Playbook
Discussion: CNN and
Michele Bachmann / Fox News:
Fox News Poll: Romney, Perry, Bachmann Top 2012 GOP Picks
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.
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 …
Scot Lehigh / Boston Globe:
Playing the pledge game
Discussion: CNN
Jonathan Weisman / Washington Wire:
Bachmann: Everybody Should Pay Taxes
Discussion: Power Line and Daily Kos
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 …
New York Post:
Weiner in therapy; says hard part will be convincing Hillary Clinton he's recovered  —  Forget his wife — Anthony Weiner has an even bigger problem on his hands: Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton.  —  The horndog ex-House member from Queens is telling friends that while he's finally started therapy …
Discussion: Weasel Zippers
Byron York / Washington Examiner:
Obama could be comeback kid if he mimics Clinton  —  Here's a scary exercise for Republicans.  First, make a graph of Bill Clinton's job approval ratings for the nine months following November 1994, when Republicans dealt him a crushing defeat in midterm elections.
Ed O'Keefe / Washington Post:
Military leaders to certify end of 'don't ask, don't tell' Friday
Aaron Task / Yahoo! Finance:
Return of Mass Layoffs a Grim Sign for U.S. Workers  —  Putting pressure on an already lousy job market, the mass layoff is making a comeback.  In the past week, Cisco, Lockheed Martin and Borders announced a combined 23,000 in job cuts.  (See: Another Retailer Bites the Dust: Borders Doomed by Amazon Deal, Davidowitz Says)
Discussion: Hot Air
Matthew Yglesias / ThinkProgress:
A Goodbye To Borders  —  When I was growing up, the kind of people who today are lamenting the decline of physical books in the face of e-reading were busy bemoaning the decline of independent bookstores in the face of ruthless national chains.  As it happens, where I grew …
Discussion: Dave Weigel and Eschaton
Christian Heinze / GOP 12:
Rove: Palin advisers push non-traditional campaign  —  Karl Rove, on whether Sarah Palin can wage a non-conventional campaign. … Rove then said she was ignoring the “niceties” at “her own peril”.  —  Again, I link to Scott Conroy's piece on Iowa today, where he notes that the old niceties might not mean as much in Iowa anymore.
Discussion: The Note and Real Clear Politics
Scott Wong / The Politico:
Senate rejects ‘Cut, Cap, Balance’  —  The Democratic-controlled Senate on Friday narrowly voted to block a Republican measure that would force Congress to pass a stringent balanced budget amendment and cap spending before increasing the debt ceiling.  —  The legislation, a conservative priority …
Discussion: Red Dog Report
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Neil MacFarquhar / New York Times:
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Jeff Dunetz / YID With LID:
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Discussion: Pajamas Media and Red Dog Report
Michael Cooper / New York Times:
Debt Ceiling Uncertainty Puts States at Risk
Discussion: Hullabaloo
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Discussion: ThinkProgress
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