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12:05 AM ET, July 30, 2011


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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.
The Hill:
Senate quickly tables Boehner debt plan  —  The Senate on Friday evening rejected House Speaker John Boehner's (R-Ohio) plan to raise the debt limit, upping the ante in the game of chicken between House and Senate.  —  The 59 to 41 vote, on a motion to table the resolution passed by the House less …
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.
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 …
Pete Kasperowicz / The Hill:
Boehner: ‘I stuck my neck out a mile’ for debt-ceiling deal with White House  —  A defiant House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) late Friday defended his debt-ceiling plan by saying it is the only viable plan on paper so far.  —  The Speaker said he'd risked political capital and stuck his neck …
Michael D. Shear / The Caucus:
Senate Tables Boehner Bill  —  The United States Senate quickly dispatched the debt ceiling bill passed by the House Friday evening, tabling the Republican bill indefinitely and moving quickly to start consideration of a Democratic plan that would avoid default on Tuesday.
Ezra Klein / Washington Post:
Whom will the public blame for debtageddon?  —  (Andrew Harrer - Bloomberg) One week ago, Speaker John Boehner announced that he had “decided to end discussions with the White House and begin conversations with the leaders of the Senate in an effort to find a path forward.”
The Hill:
Reid alters debt plan to attract GOP support  —  Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) has revised his plan to raise the debt limit in a last-ditch bid to attract Republican support.  —  The biggest change is that Reid would give the president almost unilateral power to raise the debt limit …
Discussion: Crooks and Liars
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.
Alicia M. Cohn / The Hill:
Tea Party groups target ‘defectors’ on debt vote
The Note:   Senate Democrats Blast Revised Boehner Debt Bill as ‘Absurd’
Huntsman makes his pitch to college students
Discussion: The Politico, The Note and Hot Air
Manu Raju / The Politico:
Scott Brown may support Reid plan
Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
How big is the House GOP's sane contingent?
William Kristol / Weekly Standard:
What Boehner Should Do Now  —  Last night, Speaker Boehner toyed …
Discussion: ThinkProgress
Douglas Holtz-Eakin / National Review:
Snatching Defeat from the Jaws of Victory
The Politico:
Boehner builds momentum
Jennifer Rubin / Washington Post:
Why no vote tonight  —  A House aide just e-mailed me: “Buckets of crazy.”
Dana Milbank / Washington Post:
John Boehner's no-confidence vote
Discussion: The Huffington Post
Washington Post:
Obama urges Senate to forge compromise on debt limit, rejects House efforts
John Hinderaker / Power Line:
Over to You, Harry  —  Thankfully, the House passed Boehner 3 tonight, 218-210.  Now it is the Senate's turn.  The House has passed a budget; cut, cap and balance; and now the Speaker's plan to raise the debt ceiling while simultaneously making modest cuts in current spending.  The Senate has passed nothing.
Discussion: Viking Pundit and The Hill
Alexander Bolton / The Hill:
Intense talks under way between Senate Dems, GOP on debt deal
Discussion: Outside the Beltway and Daily Kos
Michael D. Shear / The Caucus:
Democrats Threaten Saturday Night Debt Fever
Discussion: Prairie Weather
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
Discussion: Weasel Zippers
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 …
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:
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
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.
Andrew Harmon / Advocate:
Pelosi to Bachmann: Address the Teen Suicides in Your District  —  Republican presidential candidate Rep. Michele Bachmann's failure to address a disturbing trend of teen suicides within her own congressional district does not reflect well on her White House ambitions, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi told The Advocate Thursday.
Mike Lillis / The Hill:
Pelosi declines to endorse the 14th Amendment solution
Discussion: The Politico
Anthony Shadid / New York Times:
Islamists Flood Square in Cairo in Show of Strength  —  CAIRO — Tens of thousands of Egyptian Islamists poured into Tahrir Square on Friday calling for a state bound by strict religious law and delivering a persuasive show of force in a turbulent country showing deep divisions and growing signs of polarization.
Discussion: The Lede and The Atlantic Online
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Molly Ball / The Politico:
Jesse Jackson: Obama should have been tougher
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New York Times Downplays Muslim Fort Hood Terror Plotter
Discussion: The Gateway Pundit
Turkey: Military chiefs resign en masse
Washington, listen to your elders
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Marin Cogan / The Politico:
Republican Rep. Rooney rips RSC
Discussion: Swampland
Chloe Hayward / Reuters:
Biographer sees News Corp minus Murdochs in 60 days
Discussion: Guardian and War in Context
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Matt Lewis / The Daily Caller:
According to official letters obtained by The Daily Caller …
Robert Weisman / Boston Globe:
Boston Scientific to lay off 1,200-plus
Discussion: Hot Air and Verum Serum
David Lat / Above the Law:
Pregnant Woman Takes Bar Exam While in Labor, Delivers Baby Right After!
Eli Lake / The New Republic:
All Over the Map  —  The Republican foreign policy consensus has collapsed.
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