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11:45 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 …
John Podhoretz / Commentary Magazine:
The President Is Actually Trying to Talk the Markets Into a Panic.  —  An enraged Barack Obama just took to the nation's airwaves to announce his effort to strike a deal with Republican Speaker of the House John Boehner has fallen apart.  Perhaps for the first time in American history …
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.
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
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.
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.
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 …
Sam Youngman / The Hill:
Obama blasts GOP, Boehner on debt: ‘We have run out of time’
Discussion: The Gateway Pundit and Doug Ross
The Politico:
John Boehner's move plays to House
Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
The easiest, most effective way to resolve the crisis
Discussion: Eschaton
Alexander Bolton / The Hill:
Reid: 'I'm the Senate majority leader. Why don't I know about this deal?'
N. R. Kleinfield / New York Times:
At Least 80 Are Dead in Norway Shooting  —  OSLO — Norway suffered dual attacks on Friday when powerful explosions shook the government center here and, shortly after, a gunman stalked youths at an island summer camp for young members of the governing Labor Party.
Daily Mail:
Police dismiss initial fears Norwegian terror attacks were work of Islamist organisations  —  Police have said the Norwegian terror attacks do not appear to be linked to Islamist terrorism.  —  The 32-year-old Norwegian man arrested for gunning down children on the holiday island of Utoya …
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 …
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.”
The Note:
Study: Democrats Losing Support of Poor Whites
Discussion: Weasel Zippers
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.
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.
Paul Krugman:
Debt and Forgetfulness  —  I keep seeing comments along the lines of “Keynesianism doesn't work, because liberals keep running deficits even when times are good, and never pay debt down.”  —  Guys, how about looking at recent history (pdf)?  —  Between 1993 and 2001 …
Discussion: Economist's View and Hullabaloo
Paul DeMiglio / Frontlines, The SLDN Blog:
Finally, Certification Issued!  —  Sarvis: We celebrate this day, but the fight for LGB equality in America's military marches forward  —  (Washington, D.C.) Service members today welcomed a key milestone in repeal of “Don't Ask, Don't Tell” (DADT), as President Obama, Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta …
Daniel Strauss / The Hill:
'Don't ask, don't tell' policy will end Sept. 20, Obama announces
Discussion: The Politico
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Bob Owens / Pajamas Media:
Worse Than Gunwalker? State Dept. Allegedly Sold Guns to Zetas
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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