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1:05 AM ET, July 26, 2011


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The Hill:
Conservatives denounce Boehner plan  —  The chairman of the conservative Republican Study Committee wasted little time announcing his opposition to the House GOP leadership's two-step plan to raise the debt ceiling.  —  Rep. Jim Jordan (R-Ohio), who stood — visibly uncomfortable …
New York Times:
Parties Head to Showdown as Obama Warns of a ‘Crisis’  —  WASHINGTON — The Democratic-led Senate and Republican-led House on Monday barreled toward a showdown on competing plans to cut spending and raise the debt limit as a resolution to the intensifying crisis remained out of sight just one week before a possible federal default.
Statement: Robert Greenstein, President, on House Speaker Boehner's New Budget Proposal  —  House Speaker John Boehner's new budget proposal would require deep cuts in the years immediately ahead in Social Security and Medicare benefits for current retirees, the repeal of health reform's coverage expansions …
Jennifer Bendery / The Huffington Post:
Tea Party Coalition Rejects Boehner's Debt Proposal (UPDATE) … UPDATE: 4:10 p.m. — A coalition of Tea Party chapters and conservative lawmakers on Monday rejected the debt proposal put forward by Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio), despite his efforts to sweeten the deal with provisions favored by his conservative base.
Kbh / Keith Hennessey:
President Obama says no to a bipartisan debt limit plan  —  Last Friday the President said: … Yesterday there was a tentative agreement among Speaker Boehner, Senate Majority Leader Reid, and Senate Minority Leader McConnell on the outline of a bill to increase the debt limit and cut spending.
Alicia M. Cohn / The Hill:
Boehner briefed Limbaugh on debt plan  —  Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) outlined the GOP's debt ceiling plan to conservative commentator Rush Limbaugh on Monday before showing it to his conference.  —  Limbaugh talked about the call he received from Boehner during his radio program Monday.
Jennifer Rubin / Washington Post:
White House stokes debt-ceiling crisis
Ezra Klein / Washington Post:
Wonkbook: Republicans have won. But can they stop there?
Brian Beutler / TPMDC:
GOP Stumbles Over Surprise Dem Debt Limit Offer
Philip Klein / Washington Examiner:
BELTWAY CONFIDENTIAL  —  White House Transcript: Obama's speech on the debt limit
Washington Wire:   Obama's Address to the Nation on Debt Talks
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 …
James Surowiecki / New Yorker:
SMASH THE CEILING  —  In the past few years, the U.S. economy has been beset by the subprime meltdown, skyrocketing oil prices, the Eurozone debt crisis, and even the Tohoku earthquake.  Now it's staring at a new problem—a failure to raise the debt ceiling, which would almost certainly throw the economy back into recession.
Glenn Beck compares Norway's dead teenagers to Hitler youth  —  Glenn Beck, the leading Right-wing American broadcaster, has prompted outrage after comparing the teenage victims of the Utoya Island massacre to the Hitler Youth.  —  Beck said that the Labour party youth camp on the island …
Discussion: Blog
Kamrom / Media Matters for America:
Beck: Youth Camp Attacked In Norway “Sounds A Little Like The Hitler Youth”  —  From the July 25 edition of Premiere Radio Networks' The Glenn Beck Program:  —  Please upgrade your flash player.  The video for this item requires a newer version of Flash Player.
Emmalee Abel / Courthouse News Service:
Black Student Can't Be Valedictorian  —  PINE BLUFF, Ark. (AR) - A high school southeast of Little Rock would not let a black student be valedictorian though she had the highest grade-point average, and wouldn't let her mom speak to the school board about it until graduation had passed, the graduate claims in Federal Court.
Ian Millhiser / ThinkProgress:
Mike Lee: I Want America's ‘House To Come Down’ Unless Congress Votes To Rewrite Constitution  —  In an interview on MSNBC's Hardball this evening, tenther Sen. Mike Lee (R-UT) admitted that he is using the threat of a catastrophic default to extort the nation into rewriting the Constitution …
Erick Erickson / Erick's blog:
The Absolution I Cannot Give  —  In the past 48 hours I have had call after call after call from members of the United States Congress.  They've read what I've written.  They agree.  But they feel the hour is short and the end is nigh.  —  So some are calling looking for alternatives.
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.
Discussion: The Atlantic Online
Alyssa Rosenberg / ThinkProgress:
‘Captain America,’ Faith In American Institutions, and ‘The Avengers’ v. ‘The X-Men’
Discussion: Moe Lane
Matt Lewis / The Daily Caller:
Why Nick Ayers is the most hated campaign operative in America  —  As Tim Pawlenty's campaign desperately tries to gain steam, the long knives appear to be out for his wunderkind campaign manager Nick Ayers.  This past Friday, The HuffPost's Jon Ward reported,
Discussion: Erick's blog
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Jim Hoft / The Gateway Pundit:
Krauthammer on Obama's Address: “I Thought I Was Cynical Until I Heard That Speech” (Video)
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Thomas Hylland Eriksen / Guardian:
Tunnel vision in an online world
Spiegel Online:
Attacks in Norway
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blog:
A ‘stalemate’ in Libya  —  The Chairman of the Joint Chiefs …
New York Post:
Debt-fight doomsayers  —  I've lost count of how many times …
Discussion: Poor Richard's News
Yale Environment 360:
Forum: Assessing Obama's Record on the Environment
Discussion: ThinkProgress
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Catherine Rampell / Economix:
On Debt Talks, a Lose-Lose-Lose-Lose Situation
Reza Khalili / Pajamas Media:
(BREAKING) Iran: ‘We Have No Option but to Destroy Israel’
Discussion: Babalú Blog and Weasel Zippers
Elise Jordan / National Review:
Obama's Young Ex-Fans
Jennifer Epstein / The Politico:
Poll: Economic pessimism hits 15-year high
Brian Goldsmith / The Atlantic Online:
Washington Isn't Broken, the Republican Party Is