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4:00 PM ET, July 22, 2011


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Haroon Siddique / Guardian:
Oslo explosion - live coverage  —  • “Several” killed by gunman at youth conference in Utoya  —  If you have any information please email me at  —  8.35pm: Oslo police have said they suspect the man arrested after the youth camp shooting is also linked to the bombing in Oslo.
New York Times:
Blasts and Gun Attack in Norway; 7 Dead  —  OSLO — Powerful explosions shook central Oslo on Friday afternoon, blowing out the windows of several government buildings, including one housing the office of the Norwegian prime minister.  The state television broadcaster, citing the police …
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.
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
Norway: Blast near prime minister's office in Oslo  —  Eyewitness: “Police are beginning to seal off streets where there is a danger of falling glass”  —  A large explosion has hit near government headquarters in the Norwegian capital Oslo.  —  At least one person was killed in the city centre blast …
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
Discussion: The Gateway Pundit and Tim Blair
Oslo explosion - live coverage
Bombing, shooting at political rally rocks Norway capital of Oslo
Laura Smith-Spark / CNN:
Explosion rocks Norway's capital
Discussion: Truthdig
Walter Gibbs / Reuters:
Blast rocks central Oslo, Norway PM's office
Lendonsan / This Just In:
Blast hits government buildings in Oslo, Norway; shooter arrested at youth camp
Fox News:
Bomb Tears Through Norwegian Capital As Gunman Targets Youth Camp
Discussion: The Right Scoop
Brian Beutler / TPMDC:
Democrats Set Drop-Dead Date For Debt Ceiling Backup Plan  —  President Obama's quest to reach a historic budget agreement with House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) fell into deep doubt Thursday, after a noisy rebellion by Senate Democrats over reports that Obama might hand Republicans the farm …
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.”
Discussion: Daily Kos
Major Garrett /
Cantor's Moment of Choosing
Discussion: The Atlantic Online
The Hill:
Boehner: ‘We are not close’ to reaching a debt deal with Obama
Scott Wong / The Politico:
Senate rejects ‘Cut, Cap, Balance’
Discussion: Red Dog Report
Carl Hulse / New York Times:
Senate Rejects House Budget Plan; Obama Calls for Deal
Gschwarzcnn / CNN:
CNN Poll: Drop in liberal support pushes Obama approval rating down  —  Washington (CNN) - President Barack Obama's approval rating is down to 45 percent, driven in part by growing dissatisfaction on the left with the president's track record in office, according to a new national survey.
Discussion: Firedoglake and TPMDC
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%.
CNN Poll: Perry near the top in GOP nomination race
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 …
Wall Street Journal:
Justice Department Prepares Subpoenas in News Corp. Inquiry  —  The U.S. Justice Department is preparing subpoenas as part of preliminary investigations into News Corp. relating to alleged foreign bribery and alleged hacking of voicemail of Sept. 11 victims, according to a government official.
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:
Conceder In Chief  —  Amanda Marcotte is right: of course the big problem is the craziness of the GOP.  That said, I am among those in a state of suppressed rage and panic over the president's negotiating strategy.  —  I'd like to believe that it's all 11-dimensional political chess …
Digby / Hullabaloo:   Shared sacrifice, Village style
New York Post:
Weiner in therapy; says hard part will be convincing Hillary Clinton he's recovered  —  Forget his wife — Anthony Weiner has an even bigger problem on his hands: Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton.  —  The horndog ex-House member from Queens is telling friends that while he's finally started therapy …
The Hill:
OVERNIGHT ENERGY: Battle over coffee cups, light bulbs to hit House floor  —  Friday's Big Story: House lawmakers are slated to vote on separate amendments to spending legislation Friday that would block funding for the use of polystyrene cups and compact fluorescent light bulbs in the Capitol complex.
Discussion: ThinkProgress and New York Times
Dan Berman / The Politico:   House keeps fluorescent light bulbs burning
Grover G. Norquist / New York Times:
Read My Lips: No New Taxes  —  THE Taxpayer Protection Pledge has received increased attention as the Aug. 2 deadline for raising the debt ceiling approaches.  My organization, Americans for Tax Reform, created the pledge in 1986 as a simple, written commitment by a candidate or elected official …
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Discussion: Economix, Eschaton and New York Times
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