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9:35 AM ET, July 29, 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 …
Joe Klein / Swampland:
Republicans' Debt Ceiling Charade Is Downright Dangerous  —  Let us not put too fine a point on it: Thursday's House vote on Speaker John Boehner's debt ceiling proposal is a joke.  If it passes the House, Harry Reid has said it is dead on arrival in the Senate.
Discussion: Mother Jones
Alexander Bolton / The Hill:
Conservatives angry over Pell Grant funding in Boehner debt bill  —  House conservatives who have stalled legislation to raise the national debt limit are angry that it includes $17 billion in supplemental spending for Pell Grants, which some compare to welfare.
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
Ezra Klein / Washington Post:
What the final deal is likely to look like  —  Traders watch prices in the Ten-Year Treasury Note options pit.  (Scott Olson - Getty Images) The big question today is whether Boehner's bill passes in the House.  But the answer — which is probably, though not certainly, “yes” — doesn't matter that much.
Jonathan Chait / The New Republic:
What Tonight's House Vote Means
Discussion: National Review, Hot Air and AlterNet
Erick Erickson / Erick's blog:
The Worst Negotiators  —  I cannot decide who the worst negotiators …
Discussion: RedState
House vote on GOP debt plan delayed
James Fallows / The Atlantic Online:
Five Reasons the House GOP Is to Blame
Discussion: Blogcritics
Josiah Ryan / The Hill:
Reid: The House is ‘having trouble’ conducting its work  —  Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) tweaked his House counterparts for failing to send the upper chamber the material it needs to work before he adjourned the Senate just before 11 p.m. Thursday.
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 …
The Hill:
GOP postpones debt vote  —  House Republican leaders have postponed indefinitely a vote on Speaker John Boehner's (R-Ohio) debt-limit bill after they could not persuade enough Republicans to support the measure.  —  “No vote tonight,” the third-ranking House Republican, Majority Whip Kevin McCarthy …
Carrie Budoff Brown / The Politico:
Dems suggest compromise on debt  —  Democrats are aiming for a debt-limit compromise similar to the House Republican plan, with at least one major difference: The second vote on raising the debt ceiling would not depend on Congress passing a broader deficit-reduction package.
Charles Krauthammer / Washington Post:
The great divide  —  We're in the midst of a great four-year national debate on the size and reach of government, the future of the welfare state, indeed, the nature of the social contract between citizen and state.  The distinctive visions of the two parties — social-democratic vs. limited-government …
Discussion: The New Republic
Paul Kane / Washington Post:
House GOP leaders delay vote on debt plan
Peter Cook / Bloomberg:
U.S. Contingency Plan Gives Bondholders Priority
Discussion: The Politico and The Hill
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.
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 …
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.
Matthew Yglesias / ThinkProgress:
The Platinum Coin Option  —  I keep hesitating to write about this because it sounds insane, but Jack Balkin's a professor at Yale Law School so I'll let him say it: … It's right here in 31 USC  § 5112 “Denominations, specifications, and design of coins.”
Jack M. Balkin / CNN:
3 ways Obama could bypass Congress
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
Anne Bayefsky / Fox News:
U.N. Busy Deciding How to Slam Israel  —  Member states of the U.N. General Assembly are busy hammering out how to slam Israel and restrict human rights like free speech at “Durban III” - the racist “anti-racism” event to be held in New York on Sept. 22.  —  With the recent pull-outs …
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.
Jimijams / Media Matters for America:   Fox News Watch's Scott: “Maybe it's time for the granola-crunching press to change its doom …
New York Times:
Will the Norway Massacre Deflate Europe's Right Wing?  —  A Blogosphere of Bigots  —  IT is tempting to view Anders Behring Breivik, the self-described Christian crusader behind the July 22 massacre in Norway, as an isolated case of pure evil.  Yet history has taught us that such acts …
Andrew Gumbel / Los Angeles Times:
Seeds of terror in Norway
Marie Diamond / ThinkProgress:
LGBT Leaders Slam Sen. Brown For Refusing To Participate In ‘It Gets Better’ Video  —  On a conference call today, prominent LGBT leaders from Massachusetts roundly condemned Sen. Scott Brown's (R-MA) decision not to participate in a video for the It Gets Better project.
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blog:
NRSC blasts ‘lewd, violent, anti-Christian’ Dan Savage
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Chinese Innovation Is a Paper Tiger
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Joby Warrick / Washington Post:
U.S. accuses Iran of aiding al-Qaeda
Discussion: Washington Times
Wall Street Journal:
Lending Markets Feeling the Strain
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Huntsman laments ‘heroin-like addiction’ to foreign oil, touts conservation
Discussion: The Politico
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Bachmann Defends Using Federal Loans She Denounced: 'It's Almost Impossible To Buy A Home' Without Them
Nate Silver / FiveThirtyEight:
Surveying the Electoral Damage of the Debt Debate
Discussion: Don Surber and Guardian
Pew Research Center for the People and the Press:
Obama Loses Ground in 2012 Reelection Bid
Marie Diamond / ThinkProgress:
Rep. Joe Walsh Defends Not Paying $117,000 In Child Support: ‘This Is Where Real America Is’