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12:55 AM ET, August 2, 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.
Mike Lillis / The Hill:   Dems furious, see deal as GOP win
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.
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 …
Caitlin McDevitt / The Politico:
Matt Damon weighs in on the debt ceiling  —  Last week, Ben Affleck briefly became part of the conversation about the debt ceiling.  And now his longtime buddy and fellow actor Matt Damon has weighed in on the debate.  —  “I'm so disgusted man. ...  I don't know what you do in the face of that kind of intransigence.
Thomas Lifson /
We The Stupid  —  I stand here in abject stupefaction.  The so-called “right” or “Tea Party” in this republic is being so thoroughly rolled and defeated that I am struggling to come up with an adequate violent submission metaphor that does not involve prison rape . . . and they honesty think that they're “winning.”
Discussion: and Babalú Blog
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
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
Steve Almond / Salon:
What we wish Obama had said  —  Does anyone else have a sick sense of déjà vu this morning?  —  After months of slow-motion capitulation, President Obama has cut an eleventh-hour deal with Republican leaders to raise the debt ceiling.  After vowing to heed the public outcry …
Discussion: Firedoglake
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 …
Michael Scherer / Swampland:
Trading Hostages: Why Lobbyists Are a Key Part of the Debt-Limit Deal  —  In the final debt limit compromise, Republicans and Democrats agreed to swap out the hostages.  Gone is the threat of defaulting on U.S. bonds by refusing to raise the debt ceiling.  In its place: Medicare providers and defense contractors.
Discussion: The New Republic
Sam Baker / Healthwatch:
Health industry fears double whammy in Medicare cuts
Discussion: ThinkProgress
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.
William Kristol / Weekly Standard:
Bolton Speaks  —  John Bolton has just issued a thoughtful statement raising “serious questions ... about the national-security implications of the proposed deal to raise the Federal debt ceiling.”  Bolton calls attention to the worrisome short-term defense cuts that the deal makes likely …
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 …
Toby Young /
The real story of the US debt deal is not the triumph of the Tea Party but the death of the Socialist Left  —  For British conservatives, the US debt deal is a thing of beauty.  Under the terms of the deal, the federal government will cut spending by $2.4 trillion over the next 10 years …
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 …
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
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.
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.
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 …
Taegan Goddard's Political Wire:
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
Glenn Beck /
GLENN BECK COMMENTARY: WHY THE DEBT DEAL IS BAD NEWS  —  Don't be fooled.  We've just been betrayed by Washington.  —  A deal on the debt ceiling is near and Washington still hasn't gotten serious about the fundamentals.  It hasn't gotten serious about default.  It certainly hasn't gotten serious about the future.
Larry O'Connor /
Caroline May / The Daily Caller:
Obama administration approves no-cost birth control, including ‘morning after’ pill  —  Pro-lifers are horrified at the announcement Monday that the Obama administration has approved a recommendation from the Institute of Medicine (IOM) to guarantee full health insurance coverage for birth control …
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Penny Starr / CNSNews:
Debt-Limit Vote Breaks GOP Pledge to Post Bills Online for 3 Days Before Vote
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Manu Raju / The Politico:
DeMint won't target GOP yes votes
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Travis Waldron / ThinkProgress:
House To Recess After Debt Vote, Even Though FAA Shutdown Is Forcing Inspectors To Work Without Pay
Discussion: Plain Dealer and Daily Kos
Sean Daly / New York Post:
Kelsey Grammer may run for office in New York
Frank Newport / Gallup:
Obama Weekly Approval at 42%; Liberal Support Remains High
Discussion: The Monkey Cage and Daily Kos
 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
Lydia Saad / Gallup:
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