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3:40 PM ET, July 26, 2011


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Andrew Malcolm / Top of the Ticket:
New polls confirm Obama's Democratic base crumbles  —  With all of the spotlights on the high-stakes debt maneuverings by President Obama and Speaker John Boehner the last few days, few people noticed what Vermont's Sen. Bernie Sanders said:  —  “I think it would be a good idea if President Obama faced some primary opposition.”
Ylan Q. Mui / Washington Post:
More Americans unhappy with Obama on economy, jobs  —  More than a third of Americans now believe that President Obama's policies are hurting the economy, and confidence in his ability to create jobs is sharply eroding among his base, according to a new Washington Post-ABC News poll.
The Hill:
Cantor tells GOP to ‘stop whining’ about Boehner debt-ceiling plan  —  Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-Va.) on Tuesday bluntly told House Republicans to stop “grumbling and whining” about Speaker John Boehner's (R-Ohio) new proposal for a limited debt-limit increase.
New York Times:
The Republican Wreckage  —  House Republicans have lost sight of the country's welfare.  It's hard to conclude anything else from their latest actions, including the House speaker's dismissal of President Obama's plea for compromise Monday night.  They have largely succeeded in their campaign …
Nancy Scola / The Atlantic Online:
With Call to Action, Obama Brings Down the House  —  Congressional servers crashed and phone lines were overloaded, thanks to an outpouring of response to the president — and a fragile tech infrastructure  —  Americans interested in responding posthaste to President Obama's primetime call Monday to …
Jake Sherman / The Politico:
Cantor to GOP: Quit whining and vote  —  House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-Va.) delivered a blunt message to the Republican Conference Tuesday morning: Quit the “grumbling” and “whining” and come together to rally behind Speaker John Boehner to pass his debt ceiling plan.
Club for Growth:
Key Vote Alert - “NO” on the Boehner Plan
Discussion: Politics
New York Post:
Bam's Desperation  —  President Obama likes to present himself …
Associated Press:
Congressman Resigns in Sex Scandal  —  WASHINGTON (AP) — Democratic Rep. David Wu of Oregon announced Tuesday that he will resign amid political fallout from an 18-year-old woman's allegations she had an unwanted sexual encounter with him.  —  Within days of the allegation …
John Bresnahan / The Politico:
David Wu resigns
Discussion: CNN, The Atlantic Online and Colorlines
Bachmann walks away from WQAD  —  Davenport, Iowa— Michele Bachmann made a visit to the Quad Cities last night to speak with supporters and give interviews to the local television media, that is, with one exception.  Despite promises to WQAD for a one-on-one interview the Congresswoman's managers openly …
Andy Kroll / Mother Jones:
Michele Bachmann's $4,700 Hair and Makeup Bill  —  Considering Rep. Michele Bachmann's crusade against government spending and her demand that America live within its means, you wouldn't figure her for a conspicuous spender.  But after launching her bid for the White House …
David Brooks / New York Times:
Congress In the Lead  —  Some of us like to think big.  We thought at the beginning of this debt crisis that it might be possible to reach a Grand Bargain.  This deal would make a serious dent in the country's awful debt problem.  It would begin to reform entitlements.
Tanya Somanader / ThinkProgress:
Pat Buchanan: Norwegian Right-Wing Terrorist ‘Breivik May Be Right’  —  Today, in a World Net Daily op-ed, failed presidential candidate and conservative pundit Pat Buchanan offers an example of the ethnic bigotry and racial insensitivity that has come to define him.
WorldNetDaily:   A fire bell in the night for Norway
Walter Russell Mead / Via Meadia:   From Norway To Hell  —  The ghastly, shocking news from Norway …
Dan Bilefsky / New York Times:
A Revenge Plot So Intricate, the Prosecutors Were Pawns  —  Soon after Seemona Sumasar started dating Jerry Ramrattan, she had an inkling that something might be wrong.  —  He said he was a police detective, but never seemed to go to work.  He seemed obsessed with “C.S.I.,” “Law & Order” and other television police dramas.
Discussion: Hit & Run, Shakesville and Althouse
Catherine Rampell / New York Times:
The Help-Wanted Sign Comes With a Frustrating Asterisk  —  The unemployed need not apply.  —  That is the message being broadcast by many of the nation's employers, making it even more difficult for 14 million jobless Americans to get back to work.  —  A recent review of job vacancy postings …
Wealth Gaps Rise to Record Highs Between Whites, Blacks and Hispanics  —  Twenty-to-One  —  By Rakesh Kochhar, Richard Fry and Paul Taylor, Pew Research Center's Social & Demographic Trends  —  The median wealth of white households is 20 times that of black households and 18 times …
RSS Government And Politics Police investigate bloody incident with red heart balloon at Capitol  —  Capitol police are investigating a bloody incident involving a state worker, a protester and a red heart balloon at the state Capitol.  —  The incident occurred shortly before 1 p.m. Monday …
Discussion: The Raw Story and The Blotter
Reid J. Epstein / The Politico:
Wisconsin weird: Cops probe balloon popping
Discussion: Althouse
Robinson /
O'Reilly Shreds Media for Calling Norway Terrorist ‘Christian’  —  BILL O'REILLY, FOX NEWS HOST: “Impact” segment tonight: mass murder in Norway.  A vicious killer, Anders Breivik, has murdered at least 76 people in the Scandinavian nation of Norway.  Breivik is a brutal fanatic …
Joshua Green / The Atlantic Online:
Palin Filmmaker Spreads His Bets to Bachmann  —  Before Sarah Palin, Steve Bannon made a movie about Michele Bachmann.  Could it push her over the top in Iowa?  —  One could make a fairly convincing case that Steve Bannon, the filmmaker who brought us the Sarah Palin bio pic “The Undefeated …
Discussion: GOP 12
Katherine Burton / Bloomberg:
Soros to End Hedge-Fund Career, Return Money  —  George Soros, the billionaire best known for breaking the Bank of England, is returning money to outside investors in his $25.5 billion firm, ending a career as hedge-fund manager that spanned more than four decades.
Ben Adler / American Prospect:
Sugar in the Tank  —  Transportation spending, like pretty much everything else, is totally screwed.  —  When Representative John Mica, a Republican from Florida and chair of the House Transportation Committee released his proposal for the overdue Surface Transportation Reauthorization bill earlier …
Discussion: ThinkProgress
Kimi Yoshino / L.A. NOW:
Jerry Brown nominates Goodwin Liu to California Supreme Court [Updated]  —  Gov. Jerry Brown nominated UC Berkeley law professor Goodwin Liu to the California Supreme Court Tuesday, giving the state high court a fourth Asian justice and a collegial liberal who is likely to be strongly supportive of civil rights.
Karen Ocamb / LGBT | POV:
Initiative to Overturn CA FAIR Education Act OKed to Gather Signatures  —  The Capitol Resource Institute received the OK today from the California Sec. of State to begin circulating signatures-gathering petitions to place a ballot initiative on the June 2012 ballot to overturn SB 48, the California FAIR Education Act.
The Note:
‘Off the hook’: Calls Pour Into Capitol Hill  —  ABC News' Sunlen Miller (@sunlenmiller) reports:  —  Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid has received over 600 calls between 8-10 this morning.  His office has six people now working the phones, and they continue to be “inundated.”
Discussion: CNN
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Thomas Burr / Salt Lake Tribune:
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Fred Thompson / National Review:
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John T. Bennett / The Hill:
Gen. Dempsey: Military leaders failed to ‘understand’ Iraq's Islamic sects
Discussion: The Politico
Front Page Magazine:
In Defense of Robert Spencer
Discussion: and Jihad Watch
Michael Yon / Fox News:
Afghan Boy Reportedly Forced by Taliban to Step on Bomb
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Render Unto Caesar
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New York Post:
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Derek Thompson / The Atlantic Online:
The Two-Speed Recovery in Two Charts
Discussion: Real Time Economics
Hoover Institution:
Raise Taxes on the Poor?
Discussion: Sense of Events and Bloomberg
Greg Sargent / Washington Post:
Right wing money pours into Wisconsin recall wars
Discussion: JSOnline, Daily Kos and TPMDC
Digby / Hullabaloo:
Where ya gonna go?  —  Ed Kilgore has a thoughtful piece …
‘Tell the police to hurry. People are dying here!’
Discussion: National Review
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Bladder cancer survivor has new run-in with TSA
Discussion: Mediaite and Right Wing News