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10:55 AM ET, July 29, 2011


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Ezra Klein / Washington Post:
Wonkbook: Boehner failed.  Now what?  —  Speaker of the House John Boehner (R-Ohio) speaks during a news conference on Capitol Hill July 28.  (JOSHUA ROBERTS - REUTERS) The lengths John Boehner went to ensure his bill failed in the Senate rather than the House were impressive, but ultimately, insufficient.
Discussion: Healthwatch
Erick Erickson / Erick's blog:
The Worst Negotiators  —  I cannot decide who the worst negotiators are, Republican leaders or House conservatives.  —  John Boehner's plan couldn't get the votes last night so Boehner had to agree to add language conditioning a vote on a balanced budget amendment — an amendment House Republicans …
Discussion: RedState
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:
As clock ticks, default or deal?  —  Washington awoke Friday morning to a possibility that has been widely shrugged off for weeks, but suddenly seems chillingly real: Could the government actually default?  —  The delay and disintegration of a House vote on the debt limit late Thursday …
Washington Post:
Debt ceiling deadlock: What will Mitch McConnell do?
Douglas Holtz-Eakin / National Review:
Snatching Defeat from the Jaws of Victory
Josiah Ryan / The Hill:
Reid: The House is ‘having trouble’ conducting its work
Joe Klein / Swampland:
Republicans' Debt Ceiling Charade Is Downright Dangerous
Ezra Klein / Washington Post:
What the final deal is likely to look like
Jonathan Chait / The New Republic:
What Tonight's House Vote Means
Discussion: Hot Air and AlterNet
U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis:
National Income and Product Accounts  —  Gross Domestic Product: Second Quarter 2011 (Advance Estimate)  —  Revised Estimates: 2003 through First Quarter 2011  —  Real gross domestic product — the output of goods and services produced by labor and property located in the United States …
Lucia Mutikani / Reuters:
Weak growth raises concerns on economy  —  (Reuters) - The U.S. economy came perilously close to flat-lining in the first quarter and grew at a meager 1.3 percent annual rate in the April-June period as consumer spending barely rose.  —  The Commerce Department data on Friday also showed …
Economy Grows at Sluggish 1.3%; Consumers Pull Back  —  The U.S. economy grew less than expected in the second quarter as consumer spending barely rose, and growth braked sharply in the prior quarter, a government report showed on Friday.  —  Growth in gross domestic product …
Discussion: Don Surber and RedState
Catherine Rampell / New York Times:
Recovery Still Slow as New Data Show Little Growth  —  WASHINGTON — The United States economy has slowed considerably this year from a year ago, according to a report from the Commerce Department released on Friday.  —  The country's gross domestic product, a broad measure of the goods …
Shobhana Chandra / Bloomberg:
Economy in U.S. Grows Less Than Forecast After Almost Stalling  —  The U.S. economy grew less than forecast in the second quarter, after almost coming to a halt at the start of the year, as consumers retrenched.  —  Gross domestic product climbed at a 1.3 percent annual rate following …
Discussion: TalkLeft
Ed Morrissey / Hot Air:
Q2 GDP falls to 1.3%; Whoa: Q1 revised downward to 0.4%?
Wall Street Journal:
U.S. GDP Grows Just 1.3%
Discussion: The Gateway Pundit
Greg Robb / MarketWatch:
U.S. GDP up 1.3% in second quarter from weak Q1
Paul Krugman / New York Times:
The Centrist Cop-Out  —  The facts of the crisis over the debt ceiling aren't complicated.  Republicans have, in effect, taken America hostage, threatening to undermine the economy and disrupt the essential business of government unless they get policy concessions they would never have been able to enact through legislation.
William Yeomans / The Politico:
The tea party's terrorist tactics  —  It has become commonplace to call the tea party faction in the House “hostage takers.”  But they have now become full-blown terrorists.  —  They have joined the villains of American history who have been sufficiently craven to inflict massive harm …
Discussion: Pirate's Cove
Alicia M. Cohn / The Hill:
Tea Party groups target ‘defectors’ on debt vote
Discussion: ThinkProgress and The Hill
Financial Post:
U.S. balance now less than Apple cash  —  Steve Jobs is now more liquid than Uncle Sam.  —  While it's highly unlikely that President Barack Obama is looking to ask the founder and chief executive of Apple Inc. for a loan, it became a fact as of Thursday afternoon — the world's largest technology company …
Matt Rosoff / Politics:
Apple Now Has More Cash Than The U.S. Government
Discussion: National Review
Mike Lillis / The Hill:
Rep. Hoyer endorses 14th Amendment option as a last-resort solution  —  President Obama should invoke the 14th Amendment to hike the debt ceiling unilaterally as a last resort to prevent a government default, House Minority Whip Steny Hoyer (D-Md.) said Thursday.  —  “It's arguably his power to do so,” Hoyer told MSNBC.
Scott Clement / Washington Post:
Americans split on New York gay marriage law  —  As New York gears up for its second weekend of same-sex nuptials, a Washington Post-ABC News poll finds Americans split 50 to 46 percent over whether the state's law legalizing such unions is a positive or negative outcome.
Donald Marron:
Why Do Half of Americans Pay No Federal Income Tax?  —  You may have heard the claim that about half of Americans pay no federal income tax.  That's a true fact.  My Tax Policy Center colleagues estimate, for example, that 46% of households either will pay no federal income tax in 2011 …
Elissa Gootman / New York Times:
Atheists Sue to Block Display of Cross-Shaped Beam in 9/11 Museum  —  In the days after the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, some workers and mourners at the World Trade Center site seized upon a cross-shaped steel beam found amid the rubble as a symbol of faith and hope.
Monica Potts / American Prospect:
Big Mess  —  A lawsuit against a Utah polygamy law is a nightmare for liberals and conservatives alike.  —  Last year, at the end of the first season of Sister Wives, a reality show about a polygamist family in Utah, Kody Brown took a fourth wife, Robyn.  Rain threatened to cancel the religious ceremony.
Discussion: ThinkProgress
Kathy Kiely /
Culture Clash  —  Sen. Jim DeMint wants to change the way Washington does business and then “go home and rock on my front porch.”  —  Two-termer: Jim DeMint  —  In his new book, The Great American Awakening, Sen. Jim DeMint, R-S.C., recalls how he was ostracized for two years by fellow Republicans for his unbending conservatism.
Discussion: GOP 12 and RedState
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John Roberts / Fox News:
African-American Middle Class Eroding As Unemployment Rate Soars
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Investor's Business Daily:
ATF: The White House Knew
Wall Street Journal:
They've Lost That Lovin' Feeling
Allahpundit / Hot Air:
Oh, by the way, the U.S. just accused Iran of working with Al Qaeda
Walter Olson / NY Daily News:
McDonald's Happy Meal move, Campbell's soup choice show absurdity of some government intervention
Lisa Fleisher / Wall Street Journal:
Christie Blasts Critics of New Judge
Discussion: ImmigrationProf Blog
Wall Street Journal:
Chinese Innovation Is a Paper Tiger
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 Earlier Items: 
Anne Bayefsky / Fox News:
U.N. Busy Deciding How to Slam Israel
Charles Krauthammer / Washington Post:
The great divide
Nate Silver / FiveThirtyEight:
Surveying the Electoral Damage of the Debt Debate
Discussion: Don Surber and Guardian