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9:55 PM ET, July 22, 2011


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Brian Beutler / TPMDC:
Pelosi Outlines Revenue-Free Path Forward On Debt Limit Fight  —  House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi acknowledged Friday that Democrats may reluctantly accept a last-minute compromise to avoid a default that involves up to $2.5 trillion in spending cuts — without agreed-upon new tax revenues …
David Rogers / The Politico:
Debt talks between Barack Obama and John Boehner break down  —  Debt talks between President Barack Obama and Speaker John Boehner broke down again Friday with Republicans accusing the White House of upping its demands for new revenues after a rival deficit reduction plan had emerged in the Senate.
Zaid Jilani / ThinkProgress:
Bernie Sanders Says It Would Be A ‘Good Idea’ To Primary President Obama  —  Recently, President Obama has faced fire from many in his own base for endorsing unpopular proposals that would include regressive cuts to Social Security in order to win a hike in the debt ceiling.
Rebecca Kaplan / The Atlantic Online:
Obama: Can They Say Yes to Anything?  —  After John Boehner breaks off debt-limit talks with the White House, the president laments the death of a potential compromise  —  President Obama ordered Democratic and Senate leaders to the White House for negotiations on Saturday …
Brian Montopoli / CBS News:
John Boehner walks away from debt talks  —  House Speaker John Boehner has walked away from negotiations with President Obama over a deal to raise the debt limit.  —  “In the end, we couldn't connect.  Not because of different personalities, but because of different visions for our country,” Boehner said in a letter to colleagues.
New York Times:
Obama Should Raise the Debt Ceiling on His Own  —  PRESIDENT OBAMA should announce that he will raise the debt ceiling unilaterally if he cannot reach a deal with Congress.  Constitutionally, he would be on solid ground.  Politically, he can't lose.  The public wants a deal.
Discussion: The Moderate Voice and CANNONFIRE
Paul Kane / Washington Post:
Obama-Boehner talks collapse; each side blames the other  —  Debt-reduction negotiations between President Obama and House Speaker John A. Boehner collapsed Friday, derailing an effort to reach a landmark agreement to cut spending, overhaul the tax code and avert a government default.
Sam Youngman / The Hill:
Obama blasts GOP, Boehner on debt: ‘We have run out of time’  —  President Obama unleashed a tirade of frustration, anger and disappointment toward Republicans Friday after House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) announced he was withdrawing from negotiations with White House.
Discussion: The Gateway Pundit and Doug Ross
The Note:
No Deal: Debt Ceiling Talks Between Obama, Boehner Break Down
Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
The easiest, most effective way to resolve the crisis
Discussion: Eschaton
Major Garrett /
Cantor's Moment of Choosing
Discussion: The Atlantic Online
New York Times:
17 Die in Norway Shooting and Bombing  —  OSLO — Norway suffered dual attacks on Friday, when powerful explosions shook the government center in the capital and, shortly after, a gunman stalked youths on an island summer camp for children of members of the governing Labor Party.
Haroon Siddique / Guardian:
Norway attacks - live coverage  —  • “Several” killed by gunman at youth conference in Utoya  —  If you have any information please email me at  —  10.41pm: On BBC's Newsnight Security Correspondent Gordon Corera says a youth rally is not a usual type of target …
Live text  —  Reporters: Peter Jackson, Susannah Cullinane, Vanessa Barford and Matthew Danzico  —  1957:  —  Norwegian radio NRK reports that police have arrested one man after the shooting at the Workers' Youth League camp outside Oslo.  —  1955:  —  A doctor at Oslo University Hospital tells …
Chris Irvine / Telegraph:
Oslo explosion: live coverage
Twin terror attacks shock Norway
FAA Will Close at Midnight, Furloughing Up to 4,000 Workers  —  The Federal Aviation Administration will shut down at midnight after GOP senators refused to let go of an anti-union provision amending the National Mediation Board's union voting rules.  Speaking of the matter, Sen. Dick Durbin …
Lisa Caruso / Bloomberg:
U.S. House Stops Voting for Week With No Action to Keep FAA Operating
Discussion: Truthdig
Keith Laing / The Hill:
FAA employees: Furloughs could impact air safety
Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
Obama weighs in on ‘constitutional option’  —  President Obama hosted a town-hall event in College Park, Maryland, this morning, and much of the discussion naturally turned to the debt-ceiling fiasco unfolding on Capitol Hill.  Of particular interest, though, was an exchange about the so-called “Constitutional Option.”
Pew Research Center for the People and the Press:
GOP Makes Big Gains among White Voters  —  Especially among the Young and Poor  —  OVERVIEW  —  As the country enters into the 2012 presidential election cycle, the electorate's partisan affiliations have shifted significantly since Barack Obama won office nearly three years ago.
The Note:
Study: Democrats Losing Support of Poor Whites
Discussion: Weasel Zippers
Paul Krugman:
Obama / Nixon  —  Bruce Bartlett says what you're not supposed to say: Obama has governed as a moderate conservative, somewhat to the right of Richard Nixon.  The frothing-at-the-mouth comments are an extra bonus.  —  And it is, of course, true; although Obama defenders would say that he had no option.
Discussion: Booman Tribune and TalkLeft
Daniel Strauss / The Hill:
'Don't ask, don't tell' policy will end Sept. 20, Obama announces  —  President Obama certified on Friday the repeal of “Don't ask, don't tell,” which bans gays from serving openly in the military.  —  “Today, we have taken the final major step toward ending the discriminatory 'Don't ask …
Discussion: The Politico
Jeff Dunetz / YID With LID:
PROVEN!  Congressman Gary Ackerman Has Proof That Global Warming is REAL!  —  Whew!  That solves that.  The debate is now over.  Congressman Gary Ackerman (D-NY) has proved that Global Warming is real!  During a meeting of the House Foreign Affairs committee the Long Island liberal launched …
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Paul Krugman:
Debt and Forgetfulness  —  I keep seeing comments along the lines of …
Discussion: Economist's View and Hullabaloo
Ezra Klein / Washington Post:
How Congress put our credit rating at risk
Elizabeth A. Harris / New York Times:
The Heat Starts Early, Then Breaks a Record
Discussion: New York Magazine and News Desk
Julian Pecquet / Healthwatch:
HHS rejects North Dakota health waiver, approves two others
Discussion: ThinkProgress
Felix Salmon:
Chart of the day: Techs vs industrials
Discussion: Mother Jones and ThinkProgress
Bob Owens / Pajamas Media:
Worse Than Gunwalker? State Dept. Allegedly Sold Guns to Zetas
Discussion: and Hot Air
 Earlier Items: 
Gschwarzcnn / CNN:
CNN Poll: Drop in liberal support pushes Obama approval rating down
Discussion: Hullabaloo, TPMDC, Firedoglake and Guardian
Ta-Nehisi Coates / The Atlantic Online:
Wallenstein Is Dead  —  We fight on that lie.  —Slim Charles
Discussion: Grasping Reality …
Eli Lake / Washington Times:
Russian agent linked to U.S. Embassy blast
New York Post:
Weiner in therapy; says hard part will be convincing Hillary Clinton he's recovered
Wall Street Journal:
Justice Department Prepares Subpoenas in News Corp. Inquiry