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5:10 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.”
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.
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.
Alicia M.Cohn / The Hill:
Boehner says his plan's deficit committee will not raise taxes  —  House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) on Tuesday rejected criticism that his newly revealed two-step deficit plan would allow for the creation of a committee likely to raise taxes.  —  “It's going to be pretty hard for the committee 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.
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 …
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 …
The Note:
Michele Bachmann Opposes Boehner Debt Plan: ‘The Premise Is Wrong’  —  ABC News' Michael Falcone (@michaelpfalcone) reports:  —  At a campaign stop in Iowa on Tuesday, presidential candidate Michele Bachmann dealt a high-profile blow to House Speaker John Boehner's plan to raise the debt ceiling …
Wall Street Journal:
Big GOP Bloc in House Opposes Boehner's Plan
Discussion: Pajamas Media and Political Punch
Washington Times:
House GOP revolts against Boehner plan
Club for Growth:   Key Vote Alert - “NO” on the Boehner Plan
New York Post:
Bam's Desperation  —  President Obama likes to present himself …
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 …
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.
A fire bell in the night for Norway
Discussion: Mediaite
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.
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
Pew Research Center for the People and the Press:
Public Wants a Debt Ceiling Compromise, Expects a Deal Before Deadline  —  GOP Widely Viewed as ‘More Extreme in Its Positions’  —  OVERVIEW  —  The public overwhelmingly favors a compromise in the debt ceiling standoff.  And even as negotiations aimed at resolving the issue show little progress …
Lisa Lerer / Bloomberg:
Republican Leaders Voted for Drivers of U.S. Debt They Now Blame on Obama  —  House Speaker John Boehner often attacks the spendthrift ways of Washington.  —  “In Washington, more spending and more debt is business as usual,” the Republican leader from Ohio said in a televised address yesterday amid debate over the U.S. debt.
Fred Thompson / National Review:
An Open Letter to the GOP  —  As someone who understands the pressures and difficulties you have been going through, I want to say, “Congratulations.”  You won, and so did the country.  —  Absent some major miscalculations, within the next few days there will be official acknowledgement of what has already happened.
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 …
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 …
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 …
Americans back mixed solution for debt crisis: Reuters/Ipsos poll  —  (Reuters) - Americans are overwhelmingly concerned about the U.S. debt crisis and a majority back the type of compromise pushed by President Barack Obama to end the impasse, a Reuters/Ipsos poll found on Tuesday.
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 …
Matthew Yglesias / ThinkProgress:
The U.S. Issues Nearly 60 Percent Of AAA-Rated Sovereign Debt  —  America's AAA-rating on our sovereign debt is useful to the American people.  But it also plays a crucial role in the global economy as a whole.  People and firms want access to safe sovereign debt for a variety of purposes.
Discussion: Marginal Revolution
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.
Susan Davis / SFGate:
NARTH No Longer Providing Continuing Education  —  Lost amid the headlines that gay marriage has been legalized in New York, that Don't Ask, Don't Tell has been repealed, and that California has adopted SB 48 (which mandates that public schools include lessons on the societal contributions of gay people) …
Discussion: ThinkProgress
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
Thereisnospoon / Hullabaloo:
Render Unto Caesar  —  Yesterday famed “Christian” pastor Rick Warren, wealthy author and megachurch leader, tweeted the following: … After a firestorm ignited decrying this egregious mix of selfishness and ignorance, Mr. Warren deleted his tweet.  But the screenshot is preserved for Internet eternity.
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
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
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The Huffington Post:
Obama Debt Ceiling Talks: President Addresses Nation About Debt Limit Negotiations, Economy (VIDEO)
Thomas Sowell / National Review:
Debt-Ceiling Chicken  —  The big news, as far as the media …
Thomas Kaplan / City Room:
New York Challenges U.S. Defense of Marriage Act
Discussion: ThinkProgress and Runnin' Scared
Brendan J. Lyons / Albany Times Union:
Troy clerk resigns after plea offer
Front Page Magazine:
In Defense of Robert Spencer
Discussion: Jihad Watch and
New York Post:
Tot found wandering downtown
 Earlier Items: 
Derek Thompson / The Atlantic Online:
The Two-Speed Recovery in Two Charts
Discussion: Real Time Economics
Karen Ocamb / LGBT | POV:
Initiative to Overturn CA FAIR Education Act OKed to Gather Signatures
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
‘Tell the police to hurry. People are dying here!’
Discussion: National Review
Katherine Burton / Bloomberg:
Soros to End Hedge-Fund Career, Return Money