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4:25 PM ET, July 28, 2011


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Joe Hallett / The Columbus Dispatch:
Payback may be coming for congressman's ‘disloyalty’  —  U.S. Rep. Jim Jordan's open defiance of Speaker John Boehner's efforts to solve the debt-ceiling crisis could cost the Urbana Republican his safe seat in next year's election.  —  Two Republican sources deeply involved in configuring …
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 …
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.
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.
Dan Friedman /
Reid Says Senate Will Vote On Boehner Plan After House Thursday Night
ThinkProgress Vote Count: 23 House Republicans Publicly Oppose Boehner Plan
Discussion: Daily Kos and Washington Monthly
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 Radiant Energy Balance" By Spencer and Braswell 2011  —  There is a new paper published which raises further questions on the robustness of multi-decadal global climate predictions.  It is
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 …
J. David Goodman / The Lede:
Soldier's Arrest Revives Fear at Fort Hood
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
The Note:
Court Allows Rick Perry to Participate in Prayer Event
Discussion: The Politico
Texas Gov. Perry: ‘Gay marriage is not fine with me’
Discussion: Outside the Beltway
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
Robert Kuttner:
Remember World War I  —  Like most American spectators watching this slow-motion train wreck of a budget disaster, I have assumed that at the last minute the damsel would be pulled off the track of the oncoming train.  Somehow, the Republicans would appreciate the stakes, a compromise …
The Daily Beast:
Obama Should Stop Being Reasonable
Jay Solomon / Wall Street Journal:
U.S. Accuses Iran of Pact With al Qaeda  —  WASHINGTON—The U.S. for the first time formally accused Iran of forging an agreement with al Qaeda, helping operatives move money, arms and fighters through Iranian territory to the terrorist group's bases in Pakistan and Afghanistan.
Discussion: Politics
The Note:
US accuses Iran of ‘secret’ deal with al Qaeda to send money & fighters to Afghanistan & Pakistan
Discussion: The Politico
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.
Tina Korbe / Hot Air:
New numbers, no surprise: Affordable Care Act anything but affordable
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 …
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.
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Financial Services Forum:
Letter: Forum Letter to President Obama and Congress on Nation's Debt
Neil Munro / The Daily Caller:
GOP aims to gut Christmas, White House alleges
Aaron Deslatte / Orlando Sentinel:
Haridopolos rips Hasner, hoping for a ‘principled conservative’ to run
Discussion: Hotline On Call and Naked Politics
Reid J. Epstein / The Politico:
Norway shooter: Ammo was from U.S.
Discussion: ThinkProgress
Marcus Baram / The Huffington Post:
Threat Of Right-Wing Extremism In U.S. Debated By Feds, Analysts
Debbie Siegelbaum / The Hill:
Eleven arrested after Capitol sit-in against budget cuts
Discussion: The Note
David Rothkopf / Foreign Policy:
Good news: American political leadership at work ... far from the beltway
 Earlier Items: 
Political Punch:
Officials Will Brief Public on Which Bills Will Be Paid, Which Not, After Markets Close Friday
Discussion: New York Times and Daily Kos
Glenn Greenwald / Salon:
An un-American response to the Oslo attack
Jack M. Balkin / CNN:
3 ways Obama could bypass Congress
Discussion: The Moderate Voice
Oliver Wright / The Independent:
Cataracts, hips, knees and tonsils: NHS begins rationing operations
Ta-Nehisi Coates / New York Times:
Obama and His Discontents
Matthew Yglesias / ThinkProgress:
Maybe Someone Should Do Something
Discussion: City Room and Eschaton
The Note:
Last-Ditch 14th Amendment Plan Gains Momentum As Debt Clock Ticks
Discussion: Washington Monthly and CNN