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11:10 PM ET, July 31, 2011


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Brian Beutler / TPMDC:
Reid Agrees To Major Debt Limit Deal — Here's What He's Signed Off On  —  Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) has signed off on a deal to raise the debt limit pending the approval of his caucus — and of course if can win the backing of Senate GOP leaders and then a majority of the House.
Elise Foley / The Huffington Post:
Durbin: Debt Deal Will Be The Death Of Keynesian Economics … WASHINGTON — The Republicans are killing Keynesian economics with their attempt to cut spending as the economy rebounds from a recession, Senate Majority Whip Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) said in a floor speech on Sunday.
New York Times:
Obama and Leaders Reach Debt Deal  —  WASHINGTON — President Obama and Congressional leaders of both parties said late Sunday that they had agreed to a framework for a budget deal that would cut trillions of dollars in federal spending over the next decade and clear the way for an increase in the government's borrowing limit.
Steven T. Dennis / Roll Call:
Debt Deal Emerging With Rightward Tilt  —  President Barack Obama's rightward lurch to reach a $3 trillion deficit reduction deal with no guarantee of additional revenues had liberals fuming and Republicans all but declaring victory Sunday afternoon.  —  With time running out to reach …
Brian Beutler / TPMDC:
IT'S A DEAL!  Obama, Congressional Leaders Announce Deal To Avoid Default  —  President Obama and Congressional leaders announced Sunday evening they've agreed to a major, and controversial deal to raise the national debt limit and advance major cuts to government services.
Alexander Bolton / The Hill:
Reid, McConnell endorse deal, will present to rank-and-file Monday  —  Senate leaders will meet with their caucuses Monday morning to present a bipartisan agreement to raise the debt limit and cut spending between $2 trillion and $3 trillion.  —  Both Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid …
Alexander Bolton / The Hill:
Reid signs off on bipartisan debt deal  —  Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) has signed off on a tentative bipartisan deal forged between President Obama and GOP leaders to raise the debt limit.  —  But the emerging deal may be imperiled by last-minute reluctance from House Speaker John Boehner …
Michael Barone / Washington Examiner:
GOP wins when the fight is over cuts not more taxes
Discussion: The Gateway Pundit
Julian Pecquet / The Hill:
GOP ready to declare victory in debt fight
Discussion: Alan Colmes' Liberaland and CNN
Greg Sargent / Washington Post:
GOP on verge of huge, unprecedented political victory  —  By all accounts, it looks like a deal is about to be announced in which the debt ceiling is hiked in exchange for the promise of major spending cuts, including to entitlements, totalling at least $2.4 trillion.
Jake Tapper / Political Punch:
Negotiating All But Done for $2.7 Trillion Deficit Reduction Deal ... Now Comes the Selling  —  Sources from both parties tell ABC News that the major potential roadblock in deficit negotiations— the triggers — are now essentially agreed upon.  The plan is for the House to vote on this tomorrow, assuming all goes according to plan.
Ezra Klein / Washington Post:
Democrats will lose now.  But they can win later.  —  Democrats are going to lose this one.  The first stage of the emerging deal doesn't include revenue, doesn't include stimulus, and lets Republicans pocket a trillion dollars or more in cuts without offering anything to Democrats in return.
Chris Cillizza / Washington Post:
The debt-ceiling deal: Winners and losers
Discussion: Mediaite
Jake Sherman / The Politico:
Griping begins as debt deal specifics emerge
Discussion: The Hill, Truthdig and The Page
Rachelle Younglai / Reuters:
House Democrats might not back debt deal: Pelosi  —  (Reuters) - Democrats in the House of Representatives might decide not to support a last-minute deal to raise the debt ceiling when they meet on Monday, House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi said on Sunday.
Mike Lillis / The Hill:
Pelosi, Dem leaders withholding judgment
Imtiyaz Delawala / ABCNEWS:
PIMCO CEO Mohamed El-Erian: Budget Deal Will Only Bring Short-Term Relief  —  One of the most prominent global investors says that a potential budget deal in Washington will only bring short-term relief, and it won't remove the threat of a U.S. debt downgrade by credit rating agencies.
Discussion: New York Times and The Note
The Note:
The Note — Special ‘Countdown To Crisis’ Sunday Night Edition — Done Deal?
‘This Week’ Transcript: David Plouffe and Lindsey Graham
Discussion: Crooks and Liars
Salena Zito / Real Clear Politics:
White House's Over-the-Cliff Moment  —  When historians look back on this moment in American politics, they may wonder why the White House failed to focus on the consuming issue of the time: the economy — and, in particular, jobs.  —  An exasperated U.S. Sen. Bob Casey Jr., D-Pa. …
Discussion: Tom Watson and Hot Air
Gautham Nagesh / The Hill:
PIMCO chief: Deal won't prevent downgrading of US AAA credit rating  —  The U.S. is headed for a downgrade in its credit rating regardless of whether a deal is reached this weekend, according to PIMCO founder and managing director Bill Gross.  —  When asked by CNN host Ali Velshi on Sunday whether …
Discussion: Right Wing News
Stanley B. Greenberg / New York Times:
Why Voters Tune Out Democrats  —  Stanley B. Greenberg is the chief executive of Greenberg Quinlan Rosner, a polling company that works with center-left political parties in the United States and abroad.  —  BARACK OBAMA can't catch a break from the American public on the economy …
Pamela Geller / Atlas Shrugs:
Summer Camp?  Antisemitic Indoctrination Training Center … The day of the Norway shooting, I was blindsided by one of the survivor's statements to the press immediately after the shooting (see above).  It was so outside the box, I thought it was the kneejerk response of an anti-semite in shock.
Alexander Burns / The Politico:
Herman Cain dominates Denver straw poll; Rick Perry second  —  Herman Cain easily won the Western Conservative Summit presidential straw poll Sunday, drawing 246 ballots out of 508 cast and beating his nearest runner-up by a 179-vote margin.  —  Second-place contender Rick Perry took 67 votes, or 13 percent, to Cain's 48 percent.
Discussion: The Raw Story
The Note:
Herman Cain wins Western Conservative Summit Straw Poll; Rick Perry Second
Discussion: Iowa Caucuses, CNN and The Other McCain
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