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2:40 AM ET, July 24, 2011


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Sam Stein / The Huffington Post:
Boehner Set To Call Obama's Bluff In Push For Short-Term Debt Ceiling Deal … Harry Reid , Debt Ceiling , Boehner Bluff , Boehner Obama , Boehner Savings , Boehner Short Term Deal , Debt Ceiling August , John Boener , Obama Bluff , Obama Savings , Obama Short Term Deal , Reid Short Term Deal , Short Term Deal , Politics News
Byron York / Washington Examiner:
BELTWAY CONFIDENTIAL  —  GOP readies new debt ceiling plan; bill set for Sunday  —  House Republicans are finishing work on a new proposal to resolve the standoff over the debt ceiling.  The proposal, set to be finished and crafted into the form of a bill by Sunday, will be in two parts.
Steve Clemons / The Atlantic Online:
Boehner's Market Signals?  Did August 2nd Just Become Tomorrow?  —  Unbelievable.  The scripting of this high stakes drama between House Speaker John Boehner balancing the White House on one side and the never compromise, never surrender Tea Party on the other keeps getting better and better.
Discussion: Talking Points Memo and TPMDC
Russell Berman / The Hill:
Pelosi says leaders looking at two-tiered debt approach  —  House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) said Saturday night that congressional leaders are considering a two-tiered approach to raising the debt ceiling and reducing the nation's long-term budget deficit.
Discussion: National Review
The Hill:
Responsibility for debt talks shifts to Congress, away from Obama  —  This weekend's turn of events have shifted the responsibility of raising the debt ceiling and reducing the deficit to Congress — and away from President Obama.  —  Obama and congressional leaders from both parties met …
Discussion: Roll Call and Doug Ross
Boehner Said to Tell Republicans Positive Signal Needed for Asian Markets
Discussion: Sky Dancing
Jamie Klatell / The Hill:   Reid hopes GOP leaders will ‘reconsider their intransigence’ in negotiations
Political Punch:
Obama/Boehner Talk Kicks Off With Light Banter
Peter Beaumont / Guardian:
Anders Behring Breivik: profile of a mass murderer  —  A right-wing fundamentalist with a hatred for Norway's left, multiculturalism and Muslims  —  Not far from of Elverum, 80 miles north of Oslo, a cluster of clapboard buildings, white and red, sits under a low mountain ridge at the end of a dirt track.
Discussion: AlterNet and Verum Serum
Ali Gharib / ThinkProgress:
Right-Wing Pundits Jumped To Blame Muslims And ‘Jihadists’ For Norway Attacks
New York Times:
Oslo Suspect Wrote of Fear of Islam and Plan for War
Ben Sisario / New York Times:
Amy Winehouse, British Soul Singer With a Troubled Life, Dies at 27  —  Amy Winehouse, the British singer who found worldwide fame with a smoky, hip-hop-inflected take on retro soul, yet became a tabloid fixture as her problems with drugs and alcohol brought about a strikingly public career collapse …
Amy Winehouse Found Dead
Paul Krugman:
What Obama Was Willing to Give Away  —  Jonathan Cohn summarizes what seems to have been in the deal that Boehner walked away from; it's horrifying.  Above all, the proposed rise in the age of Medicare eligibility was a real betrayal of both Democratic principles and good government.
Discussion: Liberal Values and emptywheel
Jonathan Cohn / The New Republic:
Obama Admits the Obvious: The GOP Is Unreasonable
Andrew Goldman / New York Times:
Cornel West Flunks the President  —  What's with the black suit, white shirt, black tie outfit you always wear?  Do you have anything else in your closet?  —  I've got four black suits that I circulate, and they are my cemetery clothes — my uniform that keeps me ready for battle.
Discussion: Weasel Zippers
Jennifer Jacobs / Iowa Caucuses:
The official straw poll ballot is now final, but write-ins will be counted  —  The official ballot for the Iowa straw poll will list nine names, including three declared candidates who have decided to not compete in the Aug. 13 event: Mitt Romney, Jon Huntsman and Newt Gingrich.
Jennifer Jacobs / Iowa Caucuses:   Perry defends gay marriage as states' choice; Santorum takes a swipe
Jennifer Steinhauer / New York Times:
A Rock-Solid Conservative Who's Willing to Bend  —  WASHINGTON — Senator Tom Coburn of Oklahoma was a Tea Partier long before the movement even had a name, the family physician who came to Washington to hammer on Democrats and Republicans alike.  His years of bill blocking earned him the nickname Dr. No.
Discussion: Verum Serum
John Bresnahan / The Politico:
Troubled David Wu reaches out to Nancy Pelosi  —  Rep. David Wu spoke to House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) and other top Democrats on Saturday about his political future in the wake of allegations of a sexual encounter with a teenager, but it is not clear whether the Oregon Democrat will step down from office.
Anne Bayefsky / Weekly Standard:
The Czechs Pull Out of Durban III (Updated)  —  And the U.N. circulates a draft of another Durban declaration.  —  On Friday, the Czech Republic became the latest country to pull out of the upcoming U.N. “anti-racism” extravaganza known as Durban III.  Canada, Israel, and the United States …
Discussion: Israel Matzav and Pajamas Media
Michael McConnell / Advancing a Free Society:
Contrary to the President, Social Security Checks Are Not At Risk  —  In his Friday night press conference, for the second time, President Obama raised the specter that Social Security checks might not go out if Congress does not raise the debt ceiling.  His words: “Well, when it comes to all the checks …
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Ben Blanchard / Reuters:
At least 32 die in east China high-speed train crash
Associated Press:
Gunmen Kill Iranian Nuclear Scientist in Tehran
Discussion: Vox Popoli and Pajamas Media
The Daily Beast:
The Web's Stealth Presidential Race
Discussion: The Daily Caller
Jazz Shaw / Hot Air:
FAA hits partial shutdown. Nobody notices.
Discussion: The Other McCain
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Budgetary Deceit and America's Decline
Discussion: Economist's View
Jonathan Bernstein / Washington Post:
The context of liberal surrender and Barack Obama's choices
The White House:
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Nate Silver / FiveThirtyEight:
Unfavorable Ratings for Both Major Parties Near Record Highs
Discussion: Eschaton and Prairie Weather
Jonathan Schwarz / A Tiny Revolution:
Barack Obama Is Powerless Before the Majesty of the Law
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