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9:35 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 …
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The Politico:
Boehner strongarms GOP in vote delay  —  House Republican leaders delayed a vote on Speaker John Boehner's debt limit bill Thursday evening, sparking a series of emergency meetings and arm twisting as the fate of a trillion dollar deficit package hung in limbo.
ThinkProgress:
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.
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.
Discussion: ThinkProgress
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.
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.
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:
Cantor to Reid: Pass House bill or default is your responsibility
Discussion: TPMDC and Washington Monthly
Ezra Klein / Washington Post:
What the final deal is likely to look like
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.
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Jimijams / Media Matters for America:   Fox News Watch's Scott: “Maybe it's time for the granola-crunching press to change its doom …
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 …
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Michael D. Shear / The Caucus:
Palin's Well-Timed Reminder to Freshmen  —  Sarah Palin has impeccable timing.  —  The former Republican vice presidential nominee took to her Facebook page Thursday afternoon to warn freshman Republicans in the House that they just might face primary opposition if they cave in to demands by their party to raise the debt ceiling.
Discussion: The Daily Dish and National Review
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.”
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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
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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.
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Matthew Yglesias / ThinkProgress:
The Platinum Coin Option
Discussion: rubber hose
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 …
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 …
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Marie Diamond / ThinkProgress:
LGBT Leaders Slam Sen. Brown For Refusing To Participate In ‘It Gets Better’ Video
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 …
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.
Guardian:
News of the World targeted phone of Sarah Payne's mother  —  Exclusive: Private investigator Glenn Mulcaire had personal details of murdered girl's mother  —  Sara Payne, whose eight-year-old daughter Sarah was abducted and murdered in July 2000, has been told by Scotland Yard …
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New York Times:   New Hacking Case Outrages Britain
Marie Diamond / ThinkProgress:
Bachmann Defends Using Federal Loans She Denounced: 'It's Almost Impossible To Buy A Home' Without Them  —  GOP presidential contender Michele Bachmann (R) has been in hot water in recent weeks for personally taking advantage of hundreds of thousands of dollars in government aid while denouncing the very programs she benefited from.
 
 
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Nate Silver / FiveThirtyEight:
Surveying the Electoral Damage of the Debt Debate
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The Daily Beast:
Sharpton's Affirmative-Action Win
Judd Legum / ThinkProgress:
BREAKING: Boehner postpones vote | Official word sent to House members:
Thomas Sowell / Real Clear Politics:
Ideals vs. Realities
Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
Please stop waiting for the ‘old’ McCain
Reuters:
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’
The Note:
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