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2:10 PM ET, July 26, 2011


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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 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.
Discussion: JustOneMinute, The Page and Politics
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.
The White House:
Address by the President to the Nation
The Hill:
Conservatives denounce Boehner plan
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 Note:
Economy Poll: From Lifestyles to Political Discontent, Economic Woes Still Take their Toll
Discussion: Daily Kos
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 …
Fox News:
Rep. Wu to Resign Following Accusations Over Sexual Encounter With Young Woman  —  Democratic Rep. David Wu, facing eroding support from his party, plans to resign following allegations that he had a forced sexual encounter with a young woman last year.  —  The Oregon congressman said Tuesday …
Rep. Wu resigning following sex allegations  —  ‘I cannot care for my family the way I wish while serving in Congress’  —  Below:  —  In this March, 7, 2011 file photo, Oregon Democratic Congressman David Wu speaks after a luncheon in Hillsboro, Ore.  —  updated 2011-07-26T16:31:01
Discussion: ThinkProgress and Wonkette
Rep. David Wu announces he will resign after accusations of sexual misconduct
Discussion: The Moderate Voice
John Bresnahan / The Politico:
David Wu resigns
Discussion: The Atlantic Online and Colorlines
The Hill:
Scandal-plagued Rep. Wu to resign
Discussion: Outside the Beltway
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
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
Nancy Scola / The Atlantic Online:
With Call to Action, Obama Brings Down the House
The Note:
Reid Begins Process to Move his Debt Plan, But Doesn't File Cloture
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 …
A fire bell in the night for Norway
Discussion: ThinkProgress
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 …
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.
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
Reid J. Epstein / The Politico:
Wisconsin weird: Cops probe balloon popping  —  As if Wisconsin's politics couldn't get any wackier - the popping of a protestor's balloon at the state Capitol has left a trail of blood and is now the subject of a criminal investigation.  —  The latest bizarre incident …
Discussion: Althouse
RSS Government And Politics Police investigate bloody incident with red heart balloon at Capitol
Discussion: The Blotter
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 …
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.
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Derek Thompson / The Atlantic Online:
The Two-Speed Recovery in Two Charts
Discussion: Real Time Economics
Darrel Rowland / The Columbus Dispatch:
Proposal to abolish part of federal health-care law has enough signatures for Ohio ballot
Discussion: Healthwatch and ThinkProgress
James Pethokoukis:
Two cheers for Boehner's two-step plan
Liberty Street Economics:
The Vanishing U.S.-E.U. Employment Gap
Hoover Institution:
Raise Taxes on the Poor?
Discussion: Sense of Events and Bloomberg
David Montgomery / Washington Post:
National Geographic's map of Cuba is labor of love for Cuban American mapmaker
Discussion: Greg's Opinion
Greg Sargent / Washington Post:
Right wing money pours into Wisconsin recall wars
Discussion: Daily Kos and TPMDC
 Earlier Items: 
Digby / Hullabaloo:
Where ya gonna go?  —  Ed Kilgore has a thoughtful piece …
‘Tell the police to hurry. People are dying here!’
Discussion: National Review
Harriet Baskas /
Bladder cancer survivor has new run-in with TSA
Discussion: Mediaite and Right Wing News
Steven Hayward / Power Line:
I would remind you that extremism in defense of solvency is no vice
Paul Davidson / USA Today:
Texas bucks national unemployment trend
Katherine Burton / Bloomberg:
Soros to End Hedge-Fund Career, Return Money