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7:55 PM ET, July 22, 2011


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New York Times:
16 Die in Norway Shooting and Bombing  —  OSLO — Norway suffered two shocking 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 …
The Atlantic Online:
Al-Qaeda's Problem With Norway  —  A large explosion shook downtown Oslo this morning, blowing out the Prime Minister's 17-story office building and damaging the oil ministry office, which as of this writing is still burning.  (Two photos of the explosion here and here.)
Discussion: Guardian and The Moderate Voice
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.
Chris Irvine / Telegraph:
Oslo explosion: live coverage
Douglas Stanglin / USA Today:
Reuters: 8 people injured in Oslo blast at government offices
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.
Discussion: Outside the Beltway and Hot Air
David Jackson / USA Today:
Boehner calls off debt talks with Obama  —  House Speaker John Boehner told President Obama tonight he is pulling out of debt negotiations to work directly with the Senate about a fall-back plan to lift the nation's $14.3 trillion debt ceiling by the Aug. 2 deadline.
Brian Montopoli / CBS News:
John Boehner walks away from debt talks
Discussion: Outside the Beltway and Hot Air
Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
The easiest, most effective way to resolve the crisis
Discussion: Eschaton
The Note:
No Deal: Debt Ceiling Talks Between Obama, Boehner Break Down
Discussion: Mediaite
Alexander Bolton / The Hill:
Reid: 'I'm the Senate majority leader. Why don't I know about this deal?'
New York Times:
Obama Should Raise the Debt Ceiling on His Own
Discussion: CANNONFIRE and Prairie Weather
Major Garrett /
Cantor's Moment of Choosing
Discussion: The Atlantic Online
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.
Digby / Hullabaloo:
Shared sacrifice, Village style
Discussion: Guardian and Washington Post
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
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.”
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
Rasmussen Reports:
Obama 41%, Ron Paul 37%  —  Congressman Ron Paul may be a long shot to win the Republican presidential nomination, but he runs competitively with President Obama right now.  —  The latest Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey of Likely Voters shows Paul picking up 37% of the vote, while the president earns 41%.
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
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 …
Lisa Caruso / Bloomberg:
U.S. House Stops Voting for Week With No Action to Keep FAA Operating  —  The U.S. Federal Aviation Administration will halt some operations at midnight after the House of Representatives and Senate adjourned today without agreeing on legislation to extend the agency's authority.
Discussion: ThinkProgress and Truthdig
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 …
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Ta-Nehisi Coates / The Atlantic Online:
Wallenstein Is Dead  —  We fight on that lie.  —Slim Charles
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Dan Berman / The Politico:
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Russian agent linked to U.S. Embassy blast
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