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12:35 PM ET, August 1, 2011


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Paul Krugman / New York Times:
The President Surrenders  —  A deal to raise the federal debt ceiling is in the works.  If it goes through, many commentators will declare that disaster was avoided.  But they will be wrong.  —  For the deal itself, given the available information, is a disaster, and not just for President Obama and his party.
New York Times:
To Escape Chaos, a Terrible Deal  —  There is little to like about the tentative agreement between Congressional leaders and the White House except that it happened at all.  The deal would avert a catastrophic government default, immediately and probably through the end of 2012.
Wall Street Journal:
A Tea Party Triumph  —  The debt deal is a rare bipartisan victory for the forces of smaller government.  —  If a good political compromise is one that has something for everyone to hate, then last night's bipartisan debt-ceiling deal is a triumph.  The bargain is nonetheless better …
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.
Chris Cillizza / Washington Post:
The debt-ceiling deal: Winners and losers  —  The debt ceiling fight is over.  The White House and congressional leaders have settled on a deal to raise the nation's debt ceiling, enact immediate spending cuts and, our favorite part, create a super-commission designed to trim the federal budget further by the end of the year.
Marc A. Thiessen / Washington Post:
How the Tea Party ‘hobbits’ won the debt fight  —  The Tea Party came under fire from all sides Friday after House conservatives nearly brought down Speaker John Boehner's debt-limit bill.  John McCain went to the Senate floor to mock Tea Partyers as “hobbits,” and Democratic Rep. Chris Van Hollen …
Jonathan Chait / The New Republic:
Did Obama Get Rolled?  —  The debt ceiling agreement is a horrible piece of legislation.  It ratchets down already too-low domestic discretionary spending caps and imposes painful sacrifice on the middle class with little asked of the rich.  Obviously, though, you can't assess any deal without asking “compared to what?”
Glenn Greenwald / Salon:   The myth of Obama's “blunders” and “weakness”
The Hill:
WHIP COUNT: House leaders in both parties seek votes to pass debt-limit deal  —  The debt-limit deal announced on Sunday night is expected to attract more than 60 votes in the Senate, but its outlook in the House is much more cloudy.  —  Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) will need Democratic votes …
David Dayen / Firedoglake:
No Guarantee Debt Limit Deal Gets Through the House  —  US House of Representatives Entrance (photo: deltaMike)  —  I talked about the debt limit deal in the past tense in my initial thoughts, but I should have put it in the present tense.  Because there's no real guarantee that this thing gets through the House.
Ezra Klein / Washington Post:
A deal that found the lowest-common denominator  —  (Alex Wong - VIA BLOOMBERG) Assuming no hiccups in the House — and that might be a big assumption — we've got a deal.  The deficit-reduction side includes $1 trillion in cuts now, $1.5 trillion (or more) in deficit reduction later, and a vote on a balanced budget amendment.
Josh Barro / National Review:
Debt Ceiling Deal—Less Than Meets the Eye
Michael O'Brien / The Hill:
Mitt Romney opposes compromise deal on the debt ceiling  —  Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney (R) broke his silence on the congressional debt-ceiling fight on Monday, emerging to say he couldn't back the final deal announced Sunday.  —  Romney, who had refused to weigh in during recent weeks …
Discussion: The Note
New York Post:
Floundering Obama aims for '12 miracle
Discussion: National Review
A.Killough / CNN:
Romney comes out against debt ceiling agreement
Discussion: Ben Smith's Blog
Nicholas Schmidle / New Yorker:
Alicia M. Cohn / The Hill:
Sen. McCain credits the Tea Party for deficit agreement  —  Days after comparing its members to hobbits, Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) on Monday credited the Tea Party for its role in pushing for a deficit deal.  —  “I don't think without the Tea Party we would have had an agreement,” McCain said.
Discussion: The Politico and Weasel Zippers
Peter Beinart / Yahoo! News:
How the Tea Party Won the Deal
Bret Baier / Fox News:
Gene Sperling Gives White House View of Debt Talks; Rep. McCarthy, Sens. Durbin, Kyl Talk Compromise  —  Special Guests: Gene Sperling, Rep. Kevin McCarthy, Sen. Dick Durbin, Sen. Jon Kyl … BRET BAIER, ANCHOR: I'm Bret Baier, in for Chris Wallace.  —  The debt ceiling deadline is looming large.
Julian Pecquet / Healthwatch:
New health insurance plans will be required to cover birth control  —  The Obama administration on Monday announced that new health plans will be required to cover contraceptive drugs and counseling without co-pays starting next year.  —  The Health and Human Services guidelines, however …
Discussion: The Politico and Shakesville
Sam Youngman / The Hill:
Ahead of vote, Biden dispatched to Hill  —  With some Democrats blasting the debt-ceiling deal agreed to by leaders and the White House Sunday night, Vice President Biden was set to return to Capitol Hill Monday to reassure Democrats before they start voting.
Discussion: CNN
Andrew Malcolm / Top of the Ticket:
More bad poll news for Obama as debt deal brings smiles to Capitol Hill
Brian Stelter / New York Times:
Al Jazeera English Arrives on N.Y. Cable  —  Every cable news channel has its moment.  —  CNN had the gulf war.  Fox News had the war on terror.  And Al Jazeera English had the Arab Spring.  —  But six months after widespread protests erupted in the Middle East, the Qatar-based Al Jazeera …
David E. Sanger / New York Times:
In World's Eyes, Much Damage Is Already Done
Peter Wallstenand David Nakamura / Washington Post:
Did Obama capitulate — or is this a cagey move?  —  It was President Obama's bottom line, a position he repeated in every recent public utterance on his debt-ceiling talks with Congress: Any deal must be “balanced” with spending cuts and tax increases.  —  But in his eleventh-hour stare …
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.
Kenneth P. Vogel / The Politico:
Ads tout Rick Perry as ‘better option’ for president  —  A new so-called super PAC supporting a prospective Rick Perry presidential campaign is going up Monday in Iowa with a statewide television buy touting the Texas governor as “a better option” for president.
Christian Heinze / GOP 12:
Palin film disappears at box office  —  The pro-Sarah Palin documentary, The Undefeated, suffered another huge drop in ticket sales over the weekend, earning just over $5,000.  —  Its weekend grosses:  —  July 29-31: $5,200 in 4 theatres.  —  July 22-24: $24,664 in 14 theatres.
Betsy Hiel /
Islamist factions jockey for power, vow religious rule  —  CAIRO — If a new political force here has its way, public stonings, whippings and the lopping-off of hands will become the law in the Land of the Pharaohs.  —  It all would help return Egypt to “an Islamic state (of) the Middle Ages,” in the words of one Salafist.
Discussion: Weasel Zippers
Jay Newton-Small / Swampland:
Five Things for Liberals to Like in the Debt Ceiling Deal  —  As the broad strokes of the debt ceiling deal began to leak out over the weekend, progressive groups filled reporters' inboxes with outraged e-mails.  “Seeing a Democratic President take taxing the rich off the table and instead push …
Discussion: Suburban Guerrilla
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