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8:30 PM ET, July 29, 2011


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The Note:
Boehner gets standing ovation from Senate Rs  —  ABC News' Jonathan Karl (@jonkarl) reports:  —  Speaker of the House John Boehner just quietly ventured over to the Senate side and dropped in on a closed lunch of Senate Republicans.  —  The lunch - pizza, again - was in the Strom Thurmond room.
The Hill:
Support shifts as Boehner adds balanced-budget amendment  —  House Republicans will attach a balanced-budget amendment to Speaker John Boehner's (R-Ohio) last-ditch debt-ceiling plan, which GOP lawmakers said would move the measure to passage in a high-stakes vote later on Friday.
Alicia M. Cohn / The Hill:
Tea Party groups target ‘defectors’ on debt vote  —  Several Tea Party organizations are working to punish conservative Republicans who plan to vote yes on Speaker John Boehner's (R-Ohio) debt ceiling proposal.  —  Tea Party leaders announced Thursday they are targeting Republican Reps. James Lankford …
Ezra Klein / Washington Post:
Boehner's problem: His party doesn't like compromise  —  (Getty Images) John Boehner has a problem.  He likes being Speaker of the House of Representatives.  He would like to continue to be Speaker of the House of Representatives.  But being Speaker of the House of Representatives means …
The Politico:
Boehner builds momentum  —  House Republican leaders will tie a balanced-budget amendment to the Constitution to their two-step debt-ceiling bill — a move that is all but certain to clinch the necessary votes to pass Speaker John Boehner's proposal a day after it stalled.
The Politico:
The no votes: 22 GOPers who balked Boehner  —  Speaker John Boehner pushed his debt-ceiling bill through the House Friday night with the support of 218 Republicans.  Here are the 22 no votes: Mick Mulvaney (S.C.)  —  CORRECTED: Rep. Tom Price (R-Ga.) voted YES on the Boehner bill.
Michael D. Shear / The Caucus:
Democrats Threaten Saturday Night Debt Fever
Discussion: Prairie Weather
Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
How big is the House GOP's sane contingent?
Discussion: rubber hose and Washington Post
Jennifer Rubin / Washington Post:
Why no vote tonight  —  A House aide just e-mailed me: “Buckets of crazy.”
Kevin Drum / Mother Jones:
Gut Check Time for John Boehner
William Kristol / Weekly Standard:
What Boehner Should Do Now  —  Last night, Speaker Boehner toyed …
Discussion: ThinkProgress
Dana Milbank / Washington Post:   John Boehner's no-confidence vote
Megan McArdle / The Atlantic Online:
Even Good Government Has Unintended Consequences
Discussion: The Politico
National /
DOCUMENT: Latest Version of House Speaker Boehner's Debt Plan
Washington Post:
Obama urges Senate to forge compromise on debt limit, rejects House efforts
Jonathan Chait / The New Republic:
Boehner Still Controls The GOP (Updated)
Daniel Strauss / The Hill:
Sen. Kerry calls conservative House Republicans ‘small group of absolutists’
Discussion: Bloomberg and Weasel Zippers
Jeffrey M. Jones / Gallup:
Obama Approval Drops to New Low of 40%  —  Similar to his approval rating for handling the debt ceiling negotiations  —  PRINCETON, NJ — President Obama's job approval rating is at a new low, averaging 40% in July 26-28 Gallup Daily tracking.  His prior low rating of 41% occurred several times, the last of which was in April.
Manu Raju / The Politico:
Scott Brown may support Reid plan  —  Republican Sen. Scott Brown of Massachusetts told a radio station Friday that he may vote for Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid's plan to raise the debt ceiling.  —  “Sen. Brown tells WBUR parties need to work across the aisle to resolve debt-ceiling impasse …
The Note:
Senate Democrats Blast Revised Boehner Debt Bill as ‘Absurd’  —  ABC News' Sunlen Miller(@sunlenmiller) reports:  —  After meeting with his caucus today for nearly two hours, Senate Majority Leader, Harry Reid, D-NV., declared , “the only compromise that there is —is mine” …
Jon Bershad / Mediaite:
Barack Obama Twitter Spams The Nation, Loses 10,000 Followers And Counting  —  You know that friend of yours who's always the first to get in on the hottest social media trends?  The one who had a Tumblr before everyone?  The one who first sent you a Google+ invite?
Leary /   Obama Declares Twitter War on Republicans
Yvonne Wenger / The Post and Courier, Charleston SC:
Democrats criticize Haley's checking of ‘white’ on voter registration application  —  COLUMBIA — What box should Gov. Nikki Haley check when it comes to her race?  —  The South Carolina Democratic Party tried Thursday to make Haley out as a liar for checking “white” as her race …
Lucia Mutikani / Reuters:
Weak growth raises concerns on economy  —  (Reuters) - The U.S. economy came perilously close to flat-lining in the first quarter and grew at a meager 1.3 percent annual rate in the April-June period as consumer spending barely rose.  —  The Commerce Department data on Friday also showed …
U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis:
National Income and Product Accounts
Larry O'Connor /
Rep. Paul Ryan Destroys Reid Bill in Blistering Speech; 'Let's Cover the Moon with Yogurt!'  —  With a brilliant use of comical analogies, Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI) exposes the true nature of the “savings” in the Reid Debt Plan that President Obama was so quick to embrace.
Discussion: Hot Air and Mediaite
Mike Lillis / The Hill:
Pelosi declines to endorse the 14th Amendment solution  —  House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) on Friday declined to endorse a 14th Amendment solution to the debt-ceiling impasse.  —  All of Pelosi's top lieutenants have urged President Obama to invoke the Constitution and hike …
Discussion: The Politico
Alexander Burns / The Politico:
Laura Ingraham pushes back on Sarah Palin primary threat  —  Conservative radio host Laura Ingraham, one of the high-profile certified non-moderates urging the GOP to support John Boehner's debt ceiling bill, leveled criticism at Sarah Palin during today's show for raising the prospect of 2012 primary challenges to House Republicans.
Discussion: GOP 12 and The Lonely Conservative
Little Green Footballs:
Pamela Geller Edits Post to Conceal Violent Rhetoric in ‘Email from Norway’  —  In June 2007, “counter-jihad” blogger Pamela Geller posted the following Email from Norway, from a reader who sounds a lot like the Oslo terrorist, Anders Behring Breivik.  —  This is what the post looks like today:
Matt Lewis / The Daily Caller:
According to official letters obtained by The Daily Caller, the gay conservative group GOProud and the ultraconservative John Birch Society won't be co-sponsoring the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) in 2012.  —  The decision was reached by a full vote of the American Conservative Union's …
David Kurtz / Talking Points Memo:
Practically Delusional  —  Just minutes after President Obama urged the parties to come together and avert this default crisis, things are actually going backwards in the House.  And in pretty incredible fashion.  —  To secure enough votes from his own members for his plan …
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Chloe Hayward / Reuters:
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Robert Weisman / Boston Globe:
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Discussion: Hot Air and Verum Serum
Ambrose Evans-Pritchard / Telegraph:
Global slump warnings if US triggers ‘insane’ default
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Eli Lake / The New Republic:
All Over the Map  —  The Republican foreign policy consensus has collapsed.
Discussion: ThinkProgress, AmSpecBlog and Hit & Run
Paul Krugman / New York Times:
The Centrist Cop-Out  —  The facts of the crisis over the debt ceiling aren't complicated.