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1:30 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 …
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.
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.
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.
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
Jackie Calmes / New York Times:
President on Sidelines in Critical Battle Over Debt Ceiling
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
Discussion: National Review
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 …
The Note:
Last-Ditch 14th Amendment Plan Gains Momentum As Debt Clock Ticks  —  ABC News' Amy Bingham reports:  —  As fears intensify that Congress will not pass a debt limit increase in time to avoid default, some Democrats are pulling out their pocket Constitutions to find a back-up plan.
Discussion: Washington Monthly
Michael O'Brien / The Hill:
Bachmann: Obama like ‘dictator’ if 14th amendment invoked in debt fight
Reid J. Epstein / The Politico:
Rep. James Clyburn cites civil rights victories on debt
Discussion: Weasel Zippers
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 …
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: Sister Toldjah and 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
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: Firedoglake and Via Meadia
Reid J. Epstein / The Politico:
Joe Walsh sued for $117K in child support  —  Tea Party hero Rep. Joe Walsh (R-Ill.) wants to wipe out the nation's debt, but he's got some major personal debt that his ex-wife is demanding he take care of - $117,437 in child support, according to a lawsuit revealed by the Chicago Sun-Times.
Discussion: CNN, Crooks and Liars and Daily Kos
Marie Diamond / ThinkProgress:
Rep. Joe Walsh Defends Not Paying $117,000 In Child Support: ‘This Is Where Real America Is’
Scapozzola / Alliance for American Manufacturing:
New National Poll: Voters See Manufacturing Jobs as the Top Priority for Washington, But Fewer Think Anyone Is Taking Action  —  Voters Believe America Is No Longer the World's Strongest Economy - But See Manufacturing as Central to Regaining that Number One Status  —  WASHINGTON, DC.
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.
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.”
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
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Matt Stoller / The Nation:
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