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5:15 PM ET, July 21, 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 …
Brian Beutler / TPMDC:
Obama Presses Skeptical Dem Leaders On Big Deal With Boehner  —  A Congressional aide briefed on ongoing negotiations between House Speaker John Boehner and President Obama says the two principals may be nearing a “grand bargain” to raise the debt limit which would contain large …
Russell Berman / The Hill:
Boehner: GOP prepared to compromise  —  Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) said Thursday he has prepared his members to compromise on the debt ceiling and that a majority of House Republicans could support a potential deal with Democrats.  —  In a news conference at the Capitol …
Discussion: CNN, Reuters and RedState
The Politico:
Boehner, Obama talk big deal  —  President Barack Obama and House Speaker John Boehner are making a last-ditch effort to strike a grand bargain on slashing the deficit and raising the debt ceiling, days after that idea appeared to be dead, lawmakers said Thursday.
Dan Friedman /
House Republicans, White House Discussing $3 Trillion Budget Deal  —  The White House and House Republican leaders are discussing a large deal to raise the debt ceiling that would include about $3 trillion in deficit cuts over 10 years, according to several congressional aides.
Manu Raju / Reuters:
Harry Reid: Deal must have revenues
Ezra Klein / Washington Post:
Wonkbook: Do we need to wait for the last minute?
Washington Post:
Out from under the anti-tax pledge  —  WITH A HANDFUL of exceptions, every Republican member of Congress has signed a pledge against increasing taxes.  Would allowing the Bush tax cuts to expire as scheduled in 2012 violate this vow?  We posed this question to Grover Norquist …
Aaron Blake / Washington Post:
Huntsman campaign manager Susie Wiles resigns  —  Former Utah governor Jon Huntsman's (R) presidential campaign manager, Susie Wiles, is resigning and will be replaced by communications director Matt David, according to the campaign.  —  Huntsman is announcing the changes to his staff at a meeting this afternoon.
Michael D. Shear / The Caucus:
Huntsman's Campaign Manager Resigns  —  Jon M. Huntsman Jr.'s campaign manager has resigned less than a month after Mr. Huntsman began his bid for the Republican presidential nomination, officials for the campaign confirmed on Thursday.  —  The manager, Susie Wiles, who had helped Rick Scott …
Discussion: Mediaite
Gschwarzcnn / CNN:
TRENDING: Huntsman campaign manager resigns
Zack Ford / ThinkProgress:
Gay ‘Barbarians’ Demand Ex-Gay ‘Discipline’ From Bachmann Clinic  —  Today a group of gay “barbarians” descended upon Marcus Bachmann's Christian counseling center to protest the harmful ex-gay therapy offered there.  During a radio interview in 2010, Bachmann compared gay people to “barbarians” who need to be “disciplined.”
Robert / Columbus Go Home:
Horde of Gay Barbarians Demand to be Disciplined at the Bachmanns' “Pray Away the Gay” Clinic  —  Horde of Gay Barbarians Demand to be Disciplined  —  at the Bachmanns' “Pray Away the Gay” Clinic  —  Minneapolis, MN — Today a horde of gay barbarians descended upon Michele and Marcus Bachmann's …
Marie Diamond / ThinkProgress:
Allen West Refuses To Apologize, Blames Military Background For His Insulting Remarks  —  Facing a barrage of criticism, Rep. Allen West (R-FL) remains defiant and says he won't apologize to DNC Chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-FL) for a disparaging email in which he called her “vile …
Brian Stelter / New York Times:
Sharpton Appears to Win Anchor Spot on MSNBC  —  After giving a nearly six-month tryout for the Internet talk show host Cenk Uygur, the cable news channel MSNBC is preparing to instead hand its 6 p.m. time slot to the Rev. Al Sharpton.  —  Mr. Sharpton's imminent hiring …
Mickey Edwards / The Atlantic Online:
How to Turn Republicans and Democrats Into Americans  —  An insider's six-step plan to fix Congress  —  ANGRY AND FRUSTRATED, American voters went to the polls in November 2010 to “take back” their country.  Just as they had done in 2008.  And 2006.  And repeatedly for decades …
Fareed Zakaria / Washington Post:
A way out of our dysfunctional politics
Discussion: The Moderate Voice
Matthew Yglesias / ThinkProgress:
Proponents Of Non-Partisan Redistricting As A Cure For Legislative Polarization Need To Explain The Senate
Paul Krugman:
1937!  1937!  1937!  —  The Telegraph has a leaked draft of the eurozone rescue plan for Greece.  The financial engineering is Rube Goldbergish and unconvincing.  But here's what leaped out at me: … OK, so we're going to demand harsh austerity in the debt-crisis countries; and meanwhile …
Draft eurozone proposal document
The Note:
Mitt Romney's Fundraising Pitch: What He Tells High Rollers Behind Closed Doors  —  ABC News' Shushannah Walshe reports (@shushwalshe) reports:  —  Mitt Romney was back in New York City Tuesday evening trying to reel in more cash for his campaign, holding top dollar events at The Pierre …
John Merline / Investor's Business Daily:
Home Depot Co-Founder: Obama Is Choking Recovery  —  Bernie Marcus co-founded Home Depot (HD) in 1978 and brought it public in 1981 as the U.S. was suffering from the worst recession and unemployment in 40 years.  The company thrived, creating hundreds of thousands of jobs and redefining home improvement retailing.
Cristina Marcos / The Hill:
FEC rules Edwards should pay $2.3M  —  Former Sen. John Edwards (D-N.C.) must repay the federal government millions of dollars in matching funds, the Federal Election Commission unanimously ruled Thursday.  —  In a 6- vote, the commission determined the former presidential candidate accepted excessive funds …
Eric Fiegel / CNN:
Election commission rules Edwards must pay back $2.3 million
Robert J. Shiller / Project Syndicate:
Debt and Delusion  —  print recommend Send link clip secure rights  —  NEW HAVEN - Economists like to talk about thresholds that, if crossed, spell trouble.  Usually there is an element of truth in what they say.  But the public often overreacts to such talk.
Discussion: Economist's View
Wall Street Journal:
Greek Deal Puts Default on the Table
Annalyn Censky /
U.S. loses $1.3 billion in exiting Chrysler  —  NEW YORK (CNNMoney) — U.S. taxpayers likely lost $1.3 billion in the government bailout of Chrysler, the Treasury Department announced Thursday.  —  The government recently sold its remaining 6% stake in the company to Italian automaker Fiat …
Discussion: Weasel Zippers
Matthew Yglesias / ThinkProgress:
Having Plunged Previously, After The Affordable Care Act Passed Private Sector Employment Increased  —  I don't think this chart showing that private sector employment has grown after the passage of the Affordable Care Act really proves much one way or another, but it certainly proves …
Mary Ann Ahern / NBC Chicago:
When Rahm's Temper Made a Comeback  —  To view this video you must to have Flash Player 9.0 or later installed.  Click to download the most recent version of Flash.  —  In dealing with the press, Mayor Rahm Emanuel often tries to emulate his former boss, President Barack Obama.
Discussion: Don Surber and Cato @ Liberty
Igor Volsky / ThinkProgress:
How Things Have Changed: A Video Review Of The Vile Attacks Against LGBT Americans During The 1996 DOMA Debate  —  Yesterday's Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on legislation to repeal the Defense of Marriage Act highlighted the nation's evolution towards LGBT equality …
Paul Joseph Watson / Alex Jones' Infowars:
DHS Video Characterizes White Americans as Most Likely Terrorists  —  Big Sis fear campaign continues, but Americans are just as likely to be killed by peanut allergies than they are in terrorist attacks  —  A new promotional video released by the Department of Homeland Security characterizes …
Alex Pappas / The Daily Caller:
Politico reporter who covered Palin quits for Democratic Party job  —  A Politico reporter who often penned stories about Sarah Palin and other Republicans has quit journalism to work with the Democratic Party in Arizona, sources tell The Daily Caller.  —  That reporter, Andy Barr …
Kbh / Keith Hennessey:
Why I oppose the Gang of Six plan  —  If you'd like to understand the details of the Gang of Six plan, please read my (quite long) earlier post.  —  I strongly oppose the Gang of Six plan.  I think it is absolutely terrible fiscal policy.  —  First I'll flag a few things I like in the plan.
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Rick Perry Accuses Obama Of Leaving Astronauts To ‘Hitchhike Into Space’
Adam Ozimek / Modeled Behavior:
Sane Conservatives and the Debt Ceiling
Discussion: ThinkProgress
Julian Pecquet / Healthwatch:
Healthcare law could leave families with high insurance costs
A.Killough / CNN:
Roemer makes White House bid official
Discussion: The Politico and The Note
Lydia DePillis / Housing Complex:
Bikeshare Ridership Inflects
Discussion: ThinkProgress and DCist
Matthew Yglesias / ThinkProgress:
In Defense Of Chart-Reading  —  After making some very valuable remarks …
Discussion: The Atlantic Online and Eschaton
Dahlia Lithwick / Slate Magazine:
Senility v. Impropriety
Mark Steyn / National Review:
The T Word  —  One of the depressing features of the Republican Party …
Discussion: Power Line and Viking Pundit
 Earlier Items: 
Anthony Brino /
Fracking at Drinking Water Source for 80,000 Pennsylvanians Raises Alarms
U.S. Consumers Relying on Credit for Basic Necessities
Discussion: JustOneMinute and Hullabaloo
Jonathan Turley / New York Times:
One Big, Happy Polygamous Family
New York Post:
Cathie Black smashes car into trees after Hamptons bash
Louise Storyand Julie Creswell / New York Times:
Wall St. Makes Fallback Plans for Debt Crisis