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3:50 PM ET, July 28, 2011


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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 …
The Politico:
Debt ceiling vote: John Boehner down to the wire with vote count  —  John Boehner is down to the one-on-one meetings with Republicans.  —  With just hours to go before a critical debt limit vote, the speaker is pulling Republicans off the floor and meeting with them in his ceremonial office …
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.
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.
Dan Friedman /
Reid Says Senate Will Vote On Boehner Plan After House Thursday Night
Brian Beutler / TPMDC:
House Republicans Unprepared For Senate Rejection Of Boehner Debt Limit Plan
ThinkProgress Vote Count: 23 House Republicans Publicly Oppose Boehner Plan
Discussion: Washington Monthly and Daily Kos
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blog:
Romney's weakness  —  Mitt Romney is understandably trying …
Molly K. Hooper / The Hill:
Outcome is referendum on Boehner
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 …
Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
Joe Walsh and the virtues of fiscal responsibility
Discussion: Salon and Wonkette
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.
Rpielke / Climate Science:
New Paper “On the Misdiagnosis Of Surface Temperature Feedbacks From Variations In Earth's …
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 …
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:
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.”
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
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
FRC Blog:
Texas Gov. Rick Perry: “Obviously gay marriage is not fine with me...”  —  Last week in Aspen, Colorado, Gov. Rick Perry of Texas addressed New York's new same-sex marriage law by saying “That's New York, and that's their business, and that's fine with me...”
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.
Discussion: Firedoglake, Don Surber and Via Meadia
Igor Volsky / ThinkProgress:
Bachmann Dodges Question On Ex-Gay Therapy: My Clinics Are ‘Not Running For The Presidency’  —  Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-MN) dodged a question about reports that her family's Christian counseling clinics practice “pray away the gay” reparative therapy during an appearance this afternoon at the National Press Club.
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 and CNN
Michael O'Brien / The Hill:
Bachmann: Obama like ‘dictator’ if 14th amendment invoked in debt fight
Susan Donaldson James / ABCNEWS:
Tele-Abortions Gain Traction in Iowa  —  A typical patient who walks into Planned Parenthood of the Heartland in Iowa isn't typical at all.  She may older or younger, married or single, but she is usually confident in her decision to terminate a pregnancy.  —  Neither is her preferred method …
Oliver Wright / The Independent:
Cataracts, hips, knees and tonsils: NHS begins rationing operations  —  Almost two-thirds of trusts affected as cuts bite  —  Hip replacements, cataract surgery and tonsil removal are among operations now being rationed in a bid to save the NHS money.  —  Two-thirds of health trusts …
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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Debbie Siegelbaum / The Hill:
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