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4:45 PM ET, July 25, 2011


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Ezra Klein / Washington Post:
Wonkbook: Republicans have won.  But can they stop there?  —  (YURI GRIPAS - REUTERS) We don't yet know what the final deal to raise the debt ceiling will be.  But now that Harry Reid is developing a proposal with $2.7 trillion in cuts and nothing in revenues, it's a safe bet that it won't include any tax increases.
Matthew Yglesias / ThinkProgress:
Harry Reid Calls House Republicans' Bluff  —  Something you often see in negotiations is a mismatch between one side's stated sticking points and its real sticking points.  In the debate over the debt ceiling, for example, Republicans have sought to portray themselves as having two bottom lines.
Nate Silver / FiveThirtyEight:
Speaker Boehner's Big Gamble  —  The Republican Speaker John A. Boehner, following the collapse of negotiations with President Obama, appears to be considering a path that would involve the House Republicans voting to raise the federal debt ceiling on their own terms, with little expectation of Democratic support.
The Note:
Debt Debate: What are the Odds Congress Can Raise Debt Ceiling by Aug. 2?  —  ABC News' Jonathan Karl (@jonkarl) reports:  —  Democrats and Republicans are on a collision course this week over raising the debt ceiling.  At some point, somebody will need to back down, but right …
Chad Pergram / Fox News:
The Basics of Boehner's Debt Pitch to GOP Conference
Discussion: USA Today and AmSpecBlog
New York Times:
Senate and House Still Far Apart on Debt in 2 New Plans
Discussion: AMERICAblog News
Scott Shane / New York Times:
Killings in Norway Spotlight Anti-Muslim Thought in U.S.  —  The suspect behind the attacks in Norway said he believed multiculturalism to be a threat.  Here, mourners at Oslo Cathedral.  More Photos »  —  The man accused of the killing spree in Norway was deeply influenced …
New York Times:
Norway Attacker May Have Had Accomplices; Death Toll Lowered  —  OSLO — The 32-year-old man accused of devastating twin attacks in Norway now maintains that two cells of extremists collaborated with him, court officials said here Monday as they ordered solitary confinement for the suspect.
Charles Johnson / Little Green Footballs:
NYT: US ‘Counter-Jihad’ Bloggers Heavily Influenced Oslo Terrorist  —  In the New York Times, Scott Shane looks at the undeniable influence of people like Robert Spencer and Pamela Geller on the Oslo terrorist: Killings in Norway Spotlight Anti-Muslim Thought in U.S.
Ross Douthat / New York Times:
A Right-Wing Monster  —  For many years, a quiz entitled …
Boris Johnson / Telegraph:
Anders Breivik: There is nothing to study in the mind of Norway's mass killer
William Saletan / Slate Magazine:
If Muslims are responsible for Islamic terrorism, are Muslim-bashers responsible for the massacre in Norway?
Discussion: Dean's World
Norway gunman ‘has accomplices’
Adam Serwer / Washington Post:
In response to Norway attacks, right-wing bloggers suddenly demand nuance
Discussion: Daily Kos, Tikun Olam and Firedoglake
Jennifer Rubin / Washington Post:
White House stokes debt-ceiling crisis  —  A Republican aide e-mails me: “The Speaker, Sen. Reid and Sen. McConnell all agreed on the general framework of a two-part plan.  A short-term increase (with cuts greater than the increase), combined with a committee to find long-term savings …
James Surowiecki / New Yorker:
SMASH THE CEILING  —  In the past few years, the U.S. economy …
Discussion: The Atlantic Online
Felix Salmon:
How we got into this fine mess
Reid J. Epstein / The Politico:
Steve King on default: Obama could be impeached  —  Rep. Steve King (R-Iowa) said Monday that President Barack Obama “would be impeached” if the nation falls into default.  —  “STOP talking about default,” he wrote on Twitter.  “The 1st dime of each $1 of revenue services debt.
Scott Keyes / ThinkProgress:
Rep. King Says Obama Will Be Impeached If Government Defaults
Discussion: Politics
Niall Stanage / The Hill:
The Hill Poll: Most voters see media as biased and unethical  —  Likely voters hold a dismal view of the news media, generally regarding reporters as biased, unethical and too close to the politicians they purport to cover, according to a new poll for The Hill.
Maggie Haberman / The Politico:
Tim Pawlenty: Michele Bachmann often ‘off the mark’  —  Tim Pawlenty engages in the latest round of ammo exchanges with Michele Bachmann, hitting back at her campaign's sharp criticism of the former Minnesota governor and breaking apart the charges while at an event in Iowa today:
Discussion: GOP 12, Hot Air and National Review
Alexander Burns / The Politico:
Donald Trump mocks ‘tough guy’ Tim Pawlenty
Discussion: GOP 12 and Red Dog Report
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blog:
Politics of a downgrade  —  A bond trader forwards on a note from Bank of America analysts today, anticipating a short term debt deal, likely followed at some point by a downgrade of America's bond rating from AAA to AA:  —  We expect the US credit rating to remain on negative outlook …
Discussion: Felix Salmon, Taylor Marsh and Politics
Paul Krugman:
Moody's Blues, Poor Standards, and the Debt
Brian Goldsmith / The Atlantic Online:
Washington Isn't Broken, the Republican Party Is  —  Democrats have repeatedly sought a compromise deal on the debt.  Why blame the whole city for Republican intransigence?  —  Watching yesterday's Sunday shows was a reminder that, of all the bromides that are popular among D.C. pundits …
Daniel Frankel / Yahoo! News:
Palin doc headed for PPV as ticket sales plummet  —  LOS ANGELES (TheWrap) - With its Sarah Palin documentary “The Undefeated” increasing its playdates by 40 percent this weekend, only to watch box office revenue decline by more than 63 percent, distributor Arc Entertainment announced Sunday …
Christine Haughney / New York Times:
To Reach Simple Life of Summer Camp, Lining Up for Private Jets  —  Gov. Paul LePage of Maine happened to be waiting for his flight at Augusta State Airport on a recent Saturday when the weekend crush began.  —  A turboprop Pilatus PC-12 carrying Melissa Thomas, her daughter …
Adam Serwer:
Captain America's Fictitious, Integrated 1940s America  —  In the vein of what Ta-Nehisi Coates referred to as a “convenient suspension of disbelief” in X-Men First Class, Captain America: First Avenger dutifully ignores the civil-rights struggles of the 1940s.
Bunny Mellon / Newsweek:
The Secret-Keeper  —  On the eve of her 101st birthday, reclusive philanthropist Bunny Mellon, the wealthy zelig who cavorted with Kennedys and stood by John Edwards, talks exclusively to Meryl Gordon about life with Paul, her famous friends, and the secrets buried in her gardens.
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Glenn Beck compares Norway's dead teenagers to Hitler youth
Discussion: Blog
Jennifer Epstein / The Politico:
Poll: Economic pessimism hits 15-year high
Julie Mason / The Politico:
On immigration, Obama blames GOP
Fox News:
Feds Silent on How Convicted Felons Bought Guns in ‘Operation Fast and Furious’
Discussion: Hot Air, Pajamas Media and HotAirPundit
Charles Levinson / Wall Street Journal:
Rebel Chief Says Gadhafi, Family Can Stay in Libya
Discussion: Guardian
Mike Allen / The Politico:
Top Dem.: ‘If Boehner would just lead his caucus, this would have been over’ …
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Javier Manjarres / The Shark Tank:
Allen West Challenges Republican Party to Show Leadership
Washington Times:
CURL: Is Obama a pathological liar?
Clive Crook / Financial Times:
Washington is drowning America
Discussion: Paul Krugman and AMERICAN FUTURE
The Hill:
Obama administration's charm offensive fails to win over business groups