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11:45 AM ET, July 28, 2011


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David Rogers / The Politico:
Biden, McConnell look for way out  —  Taking square aim at the White House, Republicans prepared to bring to a House vote Thursday a two-step $2.5 trillion debt ceiling bill that will avert default next week but threatens more conflict — and renewed instability — in six months.
Judson Phillips / Washington Post:
Why the Tea Party is unyielding on the debt ceiling  —  The liberal media have gone to warp speed in their defense of President Obama and their attacks on the Tea Party.  We are “extreme” and “dangerous.”  Republicans are “afraid of” the Tea Party.  And more.
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 …
Molly K. Hooper / The Hill:
Outcome is referendum on Boehner  —  Thursday's vote on the House Republican debt-limit bill has quickly become a referendum on Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio).  —  It is, without question, the biggest vote of Boehner's reign.  Some are even speculating that Boehner's Speakership is on the line.
Julie Mason / The Politico:
Carney makes an accusation  —  Jay Carney took on Fox News's Ed Henry.  —  John Shinkle/POLITICO  —  The day after White House press secretary Jay Carney and Fox News reporter Ed Henry tangled over Henry's request for specifics on Obama's plan on debt limit and deficit reduction, Carney and Henry were back at it again on Wednesday.
Michael D. Shear / The Caucus:
Senate Democrats Promise to Reject Boehner Plan  —  Fifty-three Democratic senators have signed a letter to House Speaker John A. Boehner saying they intend to vote against his plan for an increase in the debt ceiling, virtually assuring its defeat in the Senate even as the speaker lines …
Major Garrett /
Six Similarities Between the Boehner and Reid Debt Plans  —  The deficit-reduction plans put forward by Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (left) and House Speaker John Boehner have more in common than people think.  —  Democrats and Republicans have taken tough shots at the opposite party's deficit-reduction plan.
Jackie Calmes / New York Times:
President on Sidelines in Critical Battle Over Debt Ceiling
Discussion: Politics
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blog:
Romney's weakness  —  Mitt Romney is understandably trying …
Sam Youngman / The Hill:
President revs up PR in debt-ceiling debate
Discussion: Pirate's Cove
Allahpundit / Hot Air:
All 53 Senate Dems sign letter to Boehner: Your bill will never pass
Scott Conroy / Real Clear Politics:   Tea Party Leader Blasts Romney, Praises Perry
Paul Kane / Washington Post:
Boehner, other GOP leaders ramp up pressure on Republicans to pass debt plan
Kbh / Keith Hennessey:
Why I support the Boehner bill
Discussion: The New Republic
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 …
Michael O'Brien / The Hill:
Bachmann: Obama like ‘dictator’ if 14th amendment invoked in debt fight  —  President Obama would be functioning effectively as a “dictator” if he invoked the 14th amendment to the Constitution to unilaterally raise the debt ceiling, Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-Minn.) said Thursday.
Discussion: FreedomWorks blogs
The Note:   Last-Ditch 14th Amendment Plan Gains Momentum As Debt Clock Ticks
Gschwarzcnn / CNN:   Bachmann warns of ‘dictator’ Obama
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 …
Matthew Yglesias / ThinkProgress:
Maybe Someone Should Do Something  —  I can think of a lot of reasons a country might have this kind of problem: … What's difficult to think is a good reason for the United States of America to have this problem.  The United States can current sell five year bonds at a negative real interest rate.
Discussion: City Room and Eschaton
Evan McMorris-Santoro / TPMDC:
Herman Cain Apologizes To Muslims  —  Herman Cain had his much-ballyhooed meeting with Muslims Wednesday, and he emerged, he said in a campaign statement “humble and contrite for any statements I have made that might have caused offense to Muslim Americans and their friends.”
Mike Allen / The Politico:
Debbie Wasserman Schultz says GOP rhetoric could spark ‘chaos’  —  ‘This is not leadership.  This is almost like dictatorship,’ said Debbie Wasserman Schultz.  AP Photo  —  Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-Fla.), chair of the Democratic National Committee, said Wednesday that House Republicans …
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.
Discussion: Via Meadia
Binyamin Appelbaum / New York Times:
Treasury to Weigh Which Bills to Pay  —  WASHINGTON — The Treasury Department is preparing to answer a question that it has dodged and rebuffed for months: If there's not enough money for everyone, who is left empty-handed?  —  Officials said Wednesday that the department would address …
Making rumors work for you  —  IT'S GETTING CLOSE to the trade deadline and rumors are flying like crazy.  Baseball teams, and their general managers, often go out of their way to debunk these rumors, especially when they involve their own players, and why not?
Discussion: Ben Smith's Blog
Brad Watson / WFAA-TV:
McKinney Planned Parenthood building damaged by arsonist  —  MCKINNEY — McKinney police are investigating a case of arson at the Planned Parenthood clinic.  —  Police said they responded after the fire department got a call of a fire at the clinic on West Eldorado Parkway near U.S. 75.
Discussion: Jezebel and ECHIDNE of the snakes
Danny Gallagher /
Planned Parenthood clinic attacked with Molotov cocktail
Discussion: Shakesville and ThinkProgress
Nicholas Ballasy / CNSNews:
Dem.  Lawmaker: 'We Don't Have a Deficit Problem Right Now'  —  The way to get out of “unemployment crisis is to spend money,” Rep. Nadler says.  —  ( - Rep. Jerrold Nadler (D-N.Y.) argued at a news conference with the Congressional Out of Poverty Caucus that the United States does not currently have a budget crisis.
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Matt Stoller / The Nation:
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The Atlantic Online:
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Martin Z. Braun / Bloomberg:
States Miss Pension Targets by 50% Even With Private Equity
Discussion: Via Meadia
Josh Gerstein / The Politico:
WH to Darrell Issa: no impropriety in President Obama's fundraising
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Washington Examiner:
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Discussion: Hit & Run
The Politico:
Pols cash in on the debt debate
Sandy Cohen / Associated Press:
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The Note:
Rep. Barney Frank: ‘Gender Bias’ Contributed to Warren Downfall
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