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5:55 PM ET, July 28, 2011


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The Politico:
Debt ceiling vote: John Boehner down to the wire with vote count  —  John Boehner is down to the one-on-one meetings with Republicans.  —  With just hours to go before a critical debt limit vote, the speaker is pulling Republicans off the floor and meeting with them in his ceremonial office …
ThinkProgress Vote Count: 23 House Republicans Publicly Oppose Boehner Plan  —  Tonight at around 6 p.m., the House of Representatives will vote on the Boehner plan, which would create another debt ceiling crisis in less than six months and likely lead to a downgrade in U.S. credit.
Dan Friedman /
Reid Says Senate Will Vote On Boehner Plan After House Thursday Night
Chris Edwards / Cato @ Liberty:
Boehner's New Plan Doesn't Cut Spending
Discussion: FreedomWorks blogs
Gschwarzcnn / CNN:
Bachmann: Debt impasse is not an emergency
David Rogers / The Politico:
Biden, McConnell look for way out
Peter Cook / Bloomberg:
U.S. Contingency Plan Gives Bondholders Priority
Discussion: The Hill
Alexander Bolton / The Hill:
Cantor to Reid: Pass House bill or default is your responsibility
Discussion: Washington Monthly
Brian Beutler / TPMDC:
Boehner: ‘Beyond My Control’ How Ratings Agencies Treat My Debt Limit Plan
Greg Sargent / Washington Post:
New White House talking point: House GOP plan will ruin your Christmas
Thomas Sowell / Real Clear Politics:
Ideals vs. Realities
Suzy Khimm / Washington Post:
If Boehner's bill passes, what happens next?
James Taylor / Yahoo! News:
New NASA Data Blow Gaping Hole In Global Warming Alarmism  —  NASA satellite data from the years 2000 through 2011 show the Earth's atmosphere is allowing far more heat to be released into space than alarmist computer models have predicted, reports a new study in the peer-reviewed science journal Remote Sensing.
Becky Bohrer / Yahoo! News:
APNewsBreak: Arctic scientist under investigation  —  JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — A federal wildlife biologist whose observation in 2004 of presumably drowned polar bears in the Arctic helped to galvanize the global warming movement has been placed on administrative leave and is being investigated …
Rpielke / Climate Science:
New Paper “On the Misdiagnosis Of Surface Temperature Feedbacks From Variations In Earth's …
Pew Research Center for the People and the Press:
Obama Loses Ground in 2012 Reelection Bid  —  In GOP, Romney Leads, Attentive Like Perry, Bachmann Most Visible  —  OVERVIEW  —  The sizeable lead Barack Obama held over a generic Republican opponent in polls conducted earlier this year has vanished as his support among independent voters has fallen off.
First Read /
First Thoughts: In retreat  —  Dems in retreat... They draw another line in the sand, but will we see another concession?... Democrats reply: They might be losing this negotiating battle, but they could end up winning the larger war... Today's House vote on the Boehner bill is expected early this evening …
Joe Hallett / The Columbus Dispatch:
Payback may be coming for congressman's ‘disloyalty’  —  U.S. Rep. Jim Jordan's open defiance of Speaker John Boehner's efforts to solve the debt-ceiling crisis could cost the Urbana Republican his safe seat in next year's election.  —  Two Republican sources deeply involved in configuring …
Marie Diamond / ThinkProgress:
Rep. Joe Walsh Defends Not Paying $117,000 In Child Support: ‘This Is Where Real America Is’  —  Last night the Chicago Sun-Times broke the story that Tea Party freshman Rep. Joe Walsh (R-IL), who has spent months lecturing President Obama and Democrats on fiscal responsibility …
Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
Joe Walsh and the virtues of fiscal responsibility
Discussion: Lynn Sweet and Salon
Sarah Palin / Facebook:
Congressional Freshmen - For Such A Time As This  —  Out here in proverbial politico flyover country, we little folk are watching the debt ceiling debate with great interest and concern.  Today I re-read the open letter I wrote to Republican Freshman Members of Congress in November 2010 …
Jack M. Balkin / CNN:
3 ways Obama could bypass Congress  —  Editor's note: Jack M. Balkin is Knight Professor of Constitutional Law at Yale Law School.  His latest book is “Constitutional Redemption: Political Faith in an Unjust World” (Harvard University Press 2011).  —  New Haven, Connecticut (CNN) — Very soon, Congress will raise the debt ceiling.
Robert Kuttner:
Remember World War I  —  Like most American spectators watching this slow-motion train wreck of a budget disaster, I have assumed that at the last minute the damsel would be pulled off the track of the oncoming train.  Somehow, the Republicans would appreciate the stakes, a compromise …
The Daily Beast:
Obama Should Stop Being Reasonable
Fox News:
EXCLUSIVE: AWOL Soldier Arrested Over Concerns of Possible Second Attack On Fort Hood  —  At least one U.S. military serviceman has been arrested after raising concerns over another possible attack on Fort Hood, Fox News has learned exclusively.  —  Pvt. Nasser Jason Abdo …
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blog:
NRSC blasts ‘lewd, violent, anti-Christian’ Dan Savage  —  With the Massachusetts Democratic Party attacking Senator Scott Brown for refusing to film a video for the “It Gets Better Project,” which offers moral support to gay teens, the National Republican Senatorial Committee came …
Ginger Gibson / New Jersey Online:
Gov. Christie is taken to hospital after having difficulty breathing  —  SOMERVILLE — Gov. Chris Christie was hospitalized this morning after he complained of having trouble breathing, according to the governor's office.  —  A spokesman, Michael Drewniak, said Christie suffers from asthma …
Thomas Lane / Talking Points Memo:
Whatever The Outcome Of The Debt Vote, The Age Of Austerity Is Here  —  Whatever the outcome of Thursday's projected House vote on Speaker Boehner's debt plan, this process has already ended the political life of one prominent member of the Washington establishment: John Maynard Keynes.
Greta Van Susteren / Gretawire:
Leader Pelosi is trying to “save world from Republican budget”  —  Urgent: Pelosi on today's vote: “What we're trying to do is save the world from the Republican budget....we're trying to save life on this planet as we know it today.”  —  Per Pergram-Capitol Hill
Discussion: Weasel Zippers and theblogprof
William Kristol / Weekly Standard:
Pelosi's Reactionary Liberalism
Glenn Greenwald / Salon:
An un-American response to the Oslo attack  —  (updated below)  —  Over the last decade, virtually every Terrorist plot aimed at the U.S. — whether successful or failed — has provoked greater security and surveillance measures.  Within a matter of mere weeks, the 9/11 attacks infamously spawned …
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Judd Legum / ThinkProgress:
BREAKING: Boehner postpones vote | Official word sent to House members:
Discussion: National Review
New York Times:
New Hacking Case Outrages Britain
Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
Please stop waiting for the ‘old’ McCain
Matthew Yglesias / ThinkProgress:
The Right To Ideas  —  Robin Hanson is apparently the kind …
Discussion: Grasping Reality …
CME Group calls tax situation ‘untenable;’ says it may exit state
David Edwards / Raw Replay:
GOP lawmaker advises poor to ‘drop out of the country club’
Financial Services Forum:
Letter: Forum Letter to President Obama and Congress on Nation's Debt
 Earlier Items: 
Marcus Baram / The Huffington Post:
Threat Of Right-Wing Extremism In U.S. Debated By Feds, Analysts
Debbie Siegelbaum / The Hill:
Eleven arrested after Capitol sit-in against budget cuts
Discussion: The Note
Susan Donaldson James / ABCNEWS:
Tele-Abortions Gain Traction in Iowa
Ta-Nehisi Coates / New York Times:
Obama and His Discontents