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7:10 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, Sky Dancing 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 Hill:
Dem aides: Obama, Boehner moving closer to debt-ceiling deal
Discussion: The Nation and Reuters
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 …
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 …
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.”
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
Discussion: Mediaite
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 …
Discussion: Felix Salmon
Draft eurozone proposal document
Andrew Harmon / Advocate:
Widower to Conservative Org: I Won't Be Needing Your Services  —  Ron Wallen, who testified at Wednesday's Senate DOMA hearing  —  During Wednesday's historic Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on the Defense of Marriage Act, Ron Wallen, a 77-year-old veteran and resident of Indio, Calif. …
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 …
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 …
Adam Harrington / CBS Chicago:
Workers: Heat Lamps Shined On Hyatt Hotel Picket Line  —  CHICAGO (CBS) — Union workers say someone turned on the heat lamps in blazing hot broad daylight Thursday, as they walked a picket line in front of the Park Hyatt Hotel.  —  As WBBM Newsradio 780's Mike Krauser reports …
Discussion: Ben Smith's Blog
Mike Klonsky / Mike Klonsky's SmallTalk Blog:
Pritzker turns heat lamps on striking Hyatt workers
Discussion: Firedoglake
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.
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 …
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
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:
Edwards ordered to repay $2.3M
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.
Secretary Of State Husted Certifies Signatures For Referendum On Senate Bill 5  —  Petitioners have met Constitutional requirements to place issue on November ballot  —  COLUMBUS - Secretary of State Jon Husted today certified that petitioners seeking a referendum on Senate Bill 5 …
Discussion: TPMDC, Daily Kos and Balloon Juice
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.
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 …
Keach Hagey / The Politico:
Williams on NPR: Elitist and white  —  No single person has had a greater impact on National Public Radio in the past year than Juan Williams.  —  The political wildfire started by his firing ultimately took down the media organization's CEO, top news executive and top fundraiser …
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 …
The Note:
Rick Perry Accuses Obama Of Leaving Astronauts To ‘Hitchhike Into Space’  —  ABC News' Michael Falcone (@michaelpfalcone) reports:  —  As America bids farewell to the space shuttle era on Thursday, likely presidential candidate Rick Perry appears none too pleased with the Obama administration …
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Maggie Haberman / The Politico:
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Sane Conservatives and the Debt Ceiling
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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
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Jonathan Turley / New York Times:
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New York Post:
Cathie Black smashes car into trees after Hamptons bash