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7:55 PM ET, July 28, 2011


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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 …
The Politico:
Vote on Boehner plan delayed  —  House Republican leaders have delayed a vote on Speaker John Boehner's package to lift the nation's debt ceiling, at the tail end of a long day of vote counting.  —  House Majority Leader Eric Cantor's (R-Va.) office says the vote will still be held Thursday evening …
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.
Chris Edwards / Cato @ Liberty:
Boehner's New Plan Doesn't Cut Spending  —  House Speaker John Boehner has revised his budget plan in response to an unfavorable analysis by the CBO.  The CBO has examined Boehner's new plan and finds that it would cut spending by $917 billion over 10 years.  Of the total, only $761 billion would be cuts to programs.
The Hill:
GOP delays vote as tide turns against Boehner debt plan  —  House Republican leaders are desperately looking for the votes to pass Speaker John Boehner's (R-Ohio) debt-limit bill and have delayed a vote that had been expected for around 6 p.m.  —  Laena Fallon, a spokeswoman for Cantor …
Gschwarzcnn / CNN:
Bachmann: Debt impasse is not an emergency  —  Washington (CNN) - Republican presidential candidate Michele Bachmann again brushed off warnings from leaders in both parties that the country would face disastrous economic consequences if the government fails to raise the debt ceiling by next Tuesday.
James Fallows / The Atlantic Online:
Five Reasons the House GOP Is to Blame
Alexander Bolton / The Hill:
Conservatives angry over Pell Grant funding in Boehner debt bill
Discussion: ThinkProgress
David Rogers / The Politico:
Biden, McConnell look for way out
Alexander Bolton / The Hill:
Cantor to Reid: Pass House bill or default is your responsibility
Discussion: Washington Monthly and TPMDC
Greg Sargent / Washington Post:
New White House talking point: House GOP plan will ruin your Christmas
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 …
Jimijams / Media Matters for America:   Fox News Watch's Scott: “Maybe it's time for the granola-crunching press to change its doom …
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.
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First Thoughts: In retreat
The Politico:
Rand Paul: 'I'd rather be a hobbit than a troll'  —  The “Lord of the Rings” metaphors crept into the debt-limit fight on Thursday, as tea-party heroes fired back at Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) who mocked members of the conservative grassroots movement as “tea-party hobbits.”
Peter Cook / Bloomberg:
U.S. Contingency Plan Gives Bondholders Priority
Discussion: The Hill
Catalina Camia / USA Today:
Tea Party favorite blasts McCain for ‘hobbit’ rebuke
Discussion: National Review
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 …
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.
Matthew Yglesias / ThinkProgress:   The Platinum Coin Option
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 …
Judd Legum / ThinkProgress:
BREAKING: Boehner postpones vote |  Official word sent to House members:  —  **Members are advised that the House GOP Leadership has postponed the votes on the motion to recommit and final passage of S. 627 - Speaker Boehner's Short Term Default Act (amending the Faster FOIA Act of 2011).
FRC Blog:
Texas Gov. Rick Perry: “Obviously gay marriage is not fine with me...”  —  Last week in Aspen, Colorado, Gov. Rick Perry of Texas addressed New York's new same-sex marriage law by saying “That's New York, and that's their business, and that's fine with me...”
New York Times:
New Hacking Case Outrages Britain  —  LONDON — Britain was awash in a new surge of outrage over the phone hacking scandal on Thursday, as news emerged that Scotland Yard had added to the list of probable victims a woman whose 8-year-old daughter was murdered by a repeat sex offender in 2000.
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 …
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 …
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Sharpton's Affirmative-Action Win
Thomas Sowell / Real Clear Politics:
Ideals vs. Realities
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’
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