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12:15 PM ET, July 28, 2011


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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 …
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.
Peter Schroeder / The Hill:
House to cast vote on Boehner debt-ceiling bill after markets close  —  The House won't hold what's expected to be a nail-biter of a vote on Speaker John Boehner's (R-Ohio) plan to raise the debt limit until after the closing of U.S. financial markets on Thursday.
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.
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blog:
Romney's weakness  —  Mitt Romney is understandably trying …
Jackie Calmes / New York Times:
President on Sidelines in Critical Battle Over Debt Ceiling
Discussion: Politics
Sam Youngman / The Hill:
President revs up PR in debt-ceiling debate
Discussion: Pirate's Cove
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 …
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 …
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.
The Note:   Last-Ditch 14th Amendment Plan Gains Momentum As Debt Clock Ticks
Gschwarzcnn / CNN:   Bachmann warns of ‘dictator’ Obama
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
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
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 …
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.”
Ta-Nehisi Coates / New York Times:
Obama and His Discontents  —  The administration of President Obama has never held much regard for its left flank.  Admonished by the vice president to “stop whining,” inveighed against by the president himself for “griping and groaning,” the liberal critics have been generally viewed by the White House as petulant children.
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
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 …
John DiStaso /
John DiStaso's Granite Status: Perry's ride to ‘the top of the hill,’ and more  —  THE COG AND KELLY.  It was widely reported last week that Texas Gov. Rick Perry recently made telephone calls to several Granite State leaders as part of his deliberations on a presidential run.
Nancy-Ann DeParle / White Blog:
National Health Expenditures Reach Historic Low  —  Today, the CMS Office of the Actuary released its report on how much the United States spends on health care now and in the future.  The report shows a 3.9 percent growth in health spending in 2010 - an historic low.
Julian Pecquet / Healthwatch:
Healthcare spending to reach new heights
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.
Discussion: The Moderate Voice
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