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11:30 PM ET, August 1, 2011


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The Politico:
Biden: Tea partiers like ‘terrorists’  —  Vice President Joe Biden joined House Democrats in lashing tea party Republicans Monday, accusing them of having “acted like terrorists” in the fight over raising the nation's debt limit.  —  Biden was agreeing with a line of argument made by Rep. Mike Doyle …
Carl Hulse / New York Times:
House Passes Deal to Avert Debt Crisis  —  WASHINGTON — After months of partisan impasse, the House on Monday approved a budget agreement intended to head off a potential government default, pushing Congress a big step closer to the conclusion of a bitter fight that has left both parties bruised and exhausted.
Michael A. Memoli / Los Angeles Times:   Biden denies likening Republicans to terrorists in debt talks
The Caucus:
Giffords's Return Marks Moment of Unity in Divided House  —  The clock was running down, and the debt ceiling compromise did not yet have enough ayes to pass.  Then, slowly, applause started trickling through the House chamber.  The clapping grew over the next half minute, until finally …
Discussion: Jezebel and Towleroad News #gay
Russell Berman / The Hill:
House approves debt-ceiling bill as Giffords makes dramatic return  —  The House on Monday approved bipartisan legislation to raise the $14.3 trillion debt ceiling and reduce long-term budget deficits, endorsing the agreement President Obama struck with Republican leaders.
The Note:
Gabrielle Giffords Returns to Congress for Debt Ceiling Vote  —  ABC News' Jonathan Karl (@JonKarl) and Sunlen Miller (@SunlenMiller) report:  —  Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, D-Ariz., returned to Congress tonight for the first time since being shot in the head in January, casting a vote in support of the compromise debt ceiling bill.
Laura McGann / The Politico:
Debt vote brings Gabrielle Giffords's return to Washington
Discussion: The Hill and Hot Air
Nate Silver / FiveThirtyEight:
The Fine Print on the Debt Deal  —  If Democrats read the fine print on the debt deal struck by President Obama and Congressional leaders, they'll find that it's a little better than it appears at first glance.  —  That's not to say that the deal is a good one for them.
Mike Lillis / The Hill:   Dems furious, see deal as GOP win
CBO's Latest 10 Documents:
CBO ANALYSIS OF AUGUST 1 BUDGET CONTROL ACT  —  Letter to the Honorable John Boehner and the Honorable Harry Reid  —  The Congressional Budget Office (CBO) has estimated the impact on the deficit of the Budget Control Act of 2011, as posted on the Web site of the House Committee on Rules on August 1, 2011.
Ezra Klein / Washington Post:
The debt-ceiling deal in one flowchart
John Cook / Gawker:
Most of Newt Gingrich's Twitter Followers Are Fake  —  Yesterday Newt Gingrich laid out a new argument for why he should be the GOP presidential nominee: He's got the most Twitter followers.  But according to a former Gingrich staffer, he bought them.  —  Gingrich complained yesterday …
Joe Klein / Swampland:
Krugman Quibble  —  I agree with most of what Paul Krugman has to say about the debt deal-with one crucial exception.  He's right that Obama should have included raising the debt ceiling in last December's tax deal...but he's wrong, I think, about the President using what we'll call …
Daily chart:
The red and the black  —  Where federal taxes are raised and spent  —  SOME American states receive more in federal spending than they pay in federal taxes; others receive less.  Over twenty years these fiscal transfers can add up to a sizeable sum.  From 1990 to 2009 …
Discussion: ThinkProgress
Jon Cohen / Washington Post:
Budget talks in a word: ‘Ridiculous,’ ‘disgusting’ and ‘stupid’ top poll  —  Americans give overwhelmingly negative reviews to the fierce budget debate that has transfixed Washington over the past few weeks, and large numbers now think less favorably about the country's political leaders …
John Hinderaker / Power Line:
The Winner of the Power Line Prize Is...  “The Spending Is Nuts,” by Justin Folk:  —  “Squirrels,” as we call it informally, is a beautiful piece of work.  (View it on YouTube in HD here.)  We asked Justin to share his thoughts on the contest and his video:
Discussion: Michelle Malkin and Pajamas Media
Charles Johnson / Little Green Footballs:
Pamela Geller Deletes Racist Caption, Hides Comments  —  Today we find that anti-Muslim lunatic Pamela Geller is editing her posts again, to remove evidence of blatant racism.  —  In her despicable post from yesterday, in which she attacked the victims of Oslo terrorist Anders Behring Breivik …
Discussion: American Power and Jesus' General
Maria Tsvetkova / Reuters:
Putin says U.S. is “parasite” on global economy  —  (Reuters) - Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin accused the United States Monday of living beyond its means “like a parasite” on the global economy and said dollar dominance was a threat to the financial markets.
David Catanese / The Politico:
AFP Wisconsin ballots have late return date  —  Americans for Prosperity is sending absentee ballots to Democrats in at least two Wisconsin state Senate recall districts with instructions to return the paperwork after the election date.  —  The fliers, obtained by POLITICO …
A.Killough / CNN:
Gaga on Clinton: Leave her alone  —  (CNN) - When it comes to fashion, Lady Gaga has Hillary Clinton's back.  —  Gaga defended the secretary of state Monday in response to recent criticism by “Project Runway” star Tim Gunn, who stirred controversy when he made fun of Clinton's pantsuit-heavy wardrobe last week.
Lydia Saad / Gallup:
U.S. Political Ideology Stable With Conservatives Leading  —  Most Republicans are conservative, but one in five is “very conservative”  —  PRINCETON, NJ — Americans' political ideology at the midyear point of 2011 looks similar to 2009 and 2010, with 41% self-identifying as conservative, 36% as moderate, and 21% as liberal.
Tanya Somanader / ThinkProgress:
GOP Rep. Lamborn: Associating With Obama Is Like ‘Touching A Tar Baby’  —  Appearing on the Caplis and Silverman radio show last Friday, Rep. Doug Lamborn (R-CO) said, “Now I don't even want to have to be associated with [Obama], it's like touching a tar baby and you're stuck, you're part of the problem now.
Discussion: Speakeasy and TPM LiveWire
James Pindell / WMUR Political Scoop:
Two Things About Huntsman's Mail Piece  —  Republican presidential candidate Jon Huntsman returns to New Hampshire this week hoping to try again after a campaign launch that appeared to have more buzz before than after.  —  In the last two weeks, his campaign manager and longtime friend have now left the campaign.
Discussion: The Note and Salt Lake Tribune
Penny Starr / CNSNews:
Debt-Limit Vote Breaks GOP Pledge to Post Bills Online for 3 Days Before Vote  —  ( - When the House of Representatives voted this evening on legislation to increase the limit on the federal debt by as much as $2.4 trillion, House Republicans broke a promise included in their 2010 Pledge …
Discussion: Conservatives4Palin
Sean Daly / New York Post:
Kelsey Grammer may run for office in New York  —  Imagine Kelsey Grammer as the next resident of Gracie Mansion.  —  The “Frasier” star — a longtime conservative Republican — now says he plans to run for office, perhaps right here in New York, when he gives up acting.
Al-Shabaab to launch Ramadan offensive?  —  Somali militant group al-Shabaab has received a cache of weapons in preparation for an assault to coincide with the holy month of Ramadan, a source said.  —  Al-Shabaab has declared war on the African Union's peacekeeping mission in Somalia.
Discussion: AmSpecBlog and Weasel Zippers
CNN LIVE EVENT/SPECIAL  —  Get It Done: Countdown To Debt Crisis  —  THIS IS A RUSH TRANSCRIPT.  THIS COPY MAY NOT BE IN ITS FINAL FORM AND MAY BE UPDATED.  —  WOLF BLITZER, CNN ANCHOR: Hi, I'm Wolf Blitzer in Washington.  —  We want to welcome our viewers in the United States and around …
Discussion: Daily Kos and Crooks and Liars
Travis Waldron / ThinkProgress:
House To Recess After Debt Vote, Even Though FAA Shutdown Is Forcing Inspectors To Work Without Pay  —  With all eyes in Washington focused on the debt ceiling debate, little has been made of another costly impasse.  Republicans have refused to re-authorize the Federal Aviation Administration …
Discussion: Plain Dealer and Daily Kos
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Sam Baker / Healthwatch:
Health industry fears double whammy in Medicare cuts  —  The deal reached by congressional leaders to raise the debt ceiling sets up a one-two punch in which healthcare industries will likely face two rounds of major Medicare cuts later this year.  —  The agreement spares Medicare for the time being …
Discussion: ThinkProgress
Scott Pelley / CBS News:
Boehner: I got 98 percent of what I wanted  —  CBS Evening News anchor Scott Pelley sat down with Speaker of the House John Boehner in his office at the Capitol on Monday.  —  With a brutal partisan fight over the debt ceiling drawing to an apparent close, Boehner said he understands …
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Caroline May / The Daily Caller:
Obama administration approves no-cost birth control, including ‘morning after’ pill
Manu Raju / The Politico:
DeMint won't target GOP yes votes
Discussion: The Hill and Hot Air
Anna Palmer / The Politico:
Geithner hosts debt bill pep rally
Discussion: Firedoglake
Roger Alford / Associated Press:
APNewsBreak: Beshear faces fundraising complaints
Discussion: National Review and RedState
Larry O'Connor /
Left-Wing Protesters Interrupt House Proceedings on Debt Deal
Frank Newport / Gallup:
Obama Weekly Approval at 42%; Liberal Support Remains High
Discussion: Daily Kos and The Monkey Cage
 Earlier Items: 
Debbie Siegelbaum / The Hill:
Protesters of debt deal detained at Capitol
Discussion: Mediaite and The Raw Story
John Heilemann / New York Magazine:
Running for Grown-up  —  The two Republicans with the best chance …
Paul Krugman:
If I Were In The House