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1:55 PM ET, July 30, 2011


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The Hill:
Reid alters debt plan to win 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 …
Jamie Klatell / The Hill:
Kyl: Dems using debt debate for ‘much broader tax increases’  —  Republicans have tried to work with Democrats to solve the debt crisis, but “behind the scenes” Democrats insisted on hug tax increases, Sen. Jon Kyl (R-Ariz) said Saturday.  —  “Unfortunately, after weeks of negotiations …
Discussion: CNN and Hullabaloo
Brian Beutler / TPMDC:
Reid Aims For GOP Support By Adopting McConnell Debt Limit Plan Fallback Plan  —  The Senate adjourned late Friday night without an agreed-upon framework for raising the debt limit.  Shortly before this, a source passed to TPM a blueprint of what Democrats hope will be the way out of this imbroglio.
Bob Cusack / The Hill:
Days after lauding McConnell, Democratic leaders rip him  —  Four days after publicly praising Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell (Ky.), Senate Democratic leaders are now ripping him.  —  The Democrats' comments about McConnell at an impromptu press conference late Friday night signaled …
Rosalind S. Helderman / Washington Post:
Senate headed for critical debt vote Sunday  —  The Senate is driving toward a climactic and dramatic vote at 1 a.m. Sunday that could determine whether a bipartisan deal to raise the nation's legal borrowing limit is possible or a government default is likely.
The Hill:
Senate quickly tables Boehner debt plan
Alexander Bolton / The Hill:
Intense talks under way between Senate Dems, GOP on debt deal
John Hinderaker / Power Line:
Over to You, Harry  —  Thankfully, the House passed Boehner 3 tonight, 218-210.
Discussion: Viking Pundit and The Hill
Mj Lee / The Politico:
Obama demands plan by Tuesday  —  Just days ahead of the Aug. 2 debt ceiling deadline and as partisan rankling continued on Capitol Hill, President Barack Obama urged Congress to show him a plan that would divert the country from national default by Tuesday.
The White House:
WEEKLY ADDRESS: Acting Responsibly on Behalf of the American People  —  WASHINGTON—In this week's address, President Obama urged both Republicans and Democrats to take action to avoid defaulting for the first time in our nation's history.  While the two parties are not far apart in their goals …
Congress Deadlocked on Plan to Avert Default  —  Congress headed into the final weekend before a threatened U.S. default deadlocked over legislation to raise the debt limit as President Barack Obama appealed to party leaders to reach a compromise.  —  The Senate yesterday rejected a plan …
Discussion: The Atlanta Post
Gautham Nagesh / The Hill:
Obama: House Republicans wasted ‘precious days’ with Boehner plan
Discussion: The Hill
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.
Pete Kasperowicz / The Hill:
Boehner: ‘I stuck my neck out a mile’ for debt-ceiling deal with White House
Huntsman makes his pitch to college students
Discussion: The Politico and The Note
Paul Krugman:
The Corrosion of the Conservative Economic Mind  —  First Michael Boskin, now John Taylor: there seems be an epidemic of politically conservative economists who used to be technically competent repeating the obviously wrong falsehood that Reagan ushered in an era of “unprecedented” growth.
Paul Krugman:
The Truth About Federal Spending  —  Whenever someone like me or Bruce Bartlett points out how little Obama resembles the right's portrait of a raging leftist, someone is sure to come back with the assertion that Obama has presided over a vast expansion of federal spending.
Victor Davis Hanson / National Review:
Behind the D.C. Slugfest  —  About 50 percent of taxpayers don't pay federal income taxes.  Almost half of American adults receive either the majority of or all of their income in some form from government.  They are naturally desirous of even more entitlements, in the sense that even higher taxes …
Discussion: Pundit & Pundette
Noel Sheppard /
Charles Krauthammer Scolds Margaret Carlson for Saying Tea Party ‘Strapped Explosives to the Capitol’  —  Bloomberg's Margaret Carlson on Friday accused the Tea Party of wanting “to burn the place down” and having figuratively “strapped explosives to the Capitol” during debt ceiling negotiations.
Discussion: Don Surber and The Gateway Pundit
Dan Amira / New York Magazine:
Bill Maher on the Controversial Ground Zero Cross: Remember Norway?  —  A cross of steel beams that remained among the rubble of the World Trade Center after the 9/11 attacks, and which became a beacon of hope for Christian rescue workers and mourners, has now become a symbol of controversy …
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Steven Hayward / Power Line:
After the Crash? Or Before the Deluge?
Neel Kashkari / Washington Post:
Could a U.S. debt downgrade trigger a financial crisis?
Discussion: Politics
Molly Ball / The Politico:
Jesse Jackson: Obama should have been tougher
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Discussion: Hot Air
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Matt Lewis / The Daily Caller:
According to official letters obtained by The Daily Caller …