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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.
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.
The Politico:
John Boehner doesn't have votes locked down yet  —  Speaker John Boehner told lawmakers Thursday that Republicans don't yet have the votes to pass the GOP's debt ceiling package, but predicted his leadership team would get the legislation across the finish line 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.
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 …
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
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 …
Ginger Gibson / New Jersey Online:
Gov. Christie is taken to hospital after having difficulty breathing  —  SOMERVILLE — Gov. Chris Christie was hospitalized this morning after he complained of having trouble breathing, according to the governor's office.  —  A spokesman, Michael Drewniak, said Christie suffers from asthma …
Fox News:
New Jersey Gov. Christie Rushed to Hospital With Breathing Problems  —  New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie was taken to a hospital Thursday for tests after having difficulty breathing.  —  Christie was being driven to a farm in central New Jersey to sign open-space legislation when the governor …
Discussion: National Review
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.
Reid J. Epstein / The Politico:
Rep. James Clyburn cites civil rights victories on debt
Discussion: Weasel Zippers
The Note:   Last-Ditch 14th Amendment Plan Gains Momentum As Debt Clock Ticks
Gschwarzcnn / CNN:   Bachmann warns of ‘dictator’ Obama
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.
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 …
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.
Paige Winfield Cunningham / Washington Times:
Health care law won't rein in costs, study says  —  Critics of Affordable Care Act cite government's own forecast  —  Despite President Obama's promises to rein in health care costs as part of his reform bill, health spending nationwide is expected to rise more than if the sweeping legislation had never become law.
Discussion: Pirate's Cove
Tina Korbe / Hot Air:
New numbers, no surprise: Affordable Care Act anything but affordable
Discussion: Red Dog Report
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
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.
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
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
Matt Stoller / The Nation:
How America Could Collapse  —  A few months ago, a friend in the entertainment industry told me of a new business model in Hollywood: hoarding videotapes.  Apparently, the earthquake in Japan knocked offline a Sony factory that makes certain types of tape.  That factory was also in the tsunami zone …
Discussion: Suburban Guerrilla and Corrente
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