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1:40 PM ET, July 23, 2011


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New York Times:
Death Toll Rises to 92 in Norway Attacks  —  OSLO — The Norwegian police on Saturday charged a 32-year-old man, whom they identified as a Christian fundamentalist with right-wing connections, over the bombing of a government center here and a shooting attack on a nearby island that together left at least 92 people dead.
Who is the suspect in Norway's attacks?  —  (CNN) — As Norway struggles to come to terms with its greatest loss of life in decades, all eyes are on the man charged in the explosion in central Oslo and the deadly shooting rampage at a youth camp.  —  While police have not officially named him …
James Fallows / The Atlantic Online:
The Washington Post Owes the World an Apology for this Item  —  Read it and weep.  On the Post's site Jennifer Rubin first quotes the Weekly Standard, in a rushed item about the Norway horror: … Then she goes on to argue on her own: … No, this is a sobering reminder for those who think it's …
Jennifer Rubin / Washington Post:
Norway bombing  —  The Post reports: … Thomas Joscelyn explains at the Weekly Standard Web site: … Moreover, there is a specific jihadist connection here: “Just nine days ago, Norwegian authorities filed charges against Mullah Krekar, an infamous al Qaeda-affiliated terrorist who …
Norway attack: at least 80 die in Utøya shooting, seven in Oslo bombing
Thomas Joscelyn / Weekly Standard:
Terror Strikes Norway
Daily Mail:
Police dismiss initial fears Norwegian terror attacks were work of Islamist organisations
Ezra Klein / Washington Post:
11 days until disaster, three options to prevent it  —  (Andrew Harrer - BLOOMBERG) It always feels different in the room.  In the room, everyone wants a deal.  They want their name on legislation, in history books.  They want to do the big things and make the hard choices.
The Politico:
As Washington turns: the Obama-Boehner breakup  —  Obama and Boehner seemed to realize they both would benefit from a huge accomplishment that showed Washington could work.  Boehner wants to be known as a successful statesman, not a partisan hack.  And Obama needs to avoid any shock to the ailing economy.
Discussion: Firedoglake
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 …
Political Punch:
Obama/Boehner Talk Kicks Off With Light Banter
Discussion: Weasel Zippers and HotAirPundit
Pete Kasperowicz / The Hill:
GOP leader says House might take up balanced-budget amendment next week
Discussion: The Daily Caller
Washington Wire:
Transcript of Obama's News Conference on the Debt Ceiling
Discussion: Keith Hennessey and Don Surber
Rebecca Kaplan / The Atlantic Online:
Obama: Can They Say Yes to Anything?
Discussion: The Other McCain
Sources: Young woman accuses Oregon Rep. David Wu of aggressive, unwanted sexual encounter  —  By Charles Pope, Janie Har and Beth Slovic  —  A distraught young woman called U.S. Rep. David Wu's Portland office this spring, accusing him of an unwanted sexual encounter, according to multiple sources.
The Politico:
Wu at center of sex allegation  —  Rep. David Wu has been accused of an “unwanted sexual encounter” with the teenage daughter of a longtime friend, the latest scandal to engulf the troubled Oregon Democrat.  —  The Oregonian reported that the 56-year-old Wu “acknowledged a sexual encounter …
Sarah Bull / Daily Mail:
BREAKING NEWS: Amy Winehouse, 27, found dead at her London flat  —  Amy Winehouse has been found dead at her home in London.  —  The Back To Black singer was found at the property by emergency services at 3.54pm this afternoon, according to sources, and her death is being treated as ‘unexplained’ by police.
Amy Winehouse found dead, aged 27  —  Winehouse's recent career was overshadowed by drink and drug problems  —  Singer Amy Winehouse, 27, has been found dead at her home, the Press Association has reported.  —  Last month, the north Londoner pulled out of her European tour after she was jeered …
Amy Winehouse Found Dead
Discussion: Gawker
Jonathan Schwarz / A Tiny Revolution:
Barack Obama Is Powerless Before the Majesty of the Law  —  Does the 14th Amendment of the Constitution trump the debt ceiling and allow the executive branch to continue borrowing past August 2nd?  Oh man, if it did that would be great—Obama could just tell the Republicans to forget it …
Discussion: Corrente and
The Hill:
FAA furloughs 4,000 workers after funding expires, congressional ‘inaction’  —  The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) partially shut down Saturday, as Congress failed to reauthorize the agency's funding.  —  “I'm very disappointed that Congress adjourned today without passing a clean extension …
Discussion: Outside the Beltway
Nate Silver / FiveThirtyEight:
Unfavorable Ratings for Both Major Parties Near Record Highs  —  A new CNN poll finds that 55 percent of voters have a negative view of the Republican Party, tied for their second-highest unfavorable score since CNN began asking this question in 1992.  The Republicans also achieved …
Discussion: Eschaton
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