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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.
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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 …
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?”
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 …
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.
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.
Glenn Greenwald / Salon:   The myth of Obama's “blunders” and “weakness”
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 …
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Benjy Sarlin / TPMDC:
Romney Breaks Debt Ceiling Silence: ‘Cannot Support This Deal’  —  After a week of attacks from left and right alike over his failure to take a position on the latest round of Republican debt ceiling proposals, Mitt Romney has made up his mind on the final deal: he's against it.
Michael D. Shear / The Caucus:
Mitt Romney Opposes Debt Compromise  —  After sitting almost silent on the sidelines for weeks, Mitt Romney on Monday declared that he is opposed to the debt ceiling compromise hammered out in Washington over the weekend.  —  The former Massachusetts governor and presidential frontrunner …
Rasmussen Reports:
Romney, Perry, Bachmann Run Close Among GOP Primary Voters
Discussion: GOP 12 and Pajamas Media
Matt Lewis / The Daily Caller:
“The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena,” …
Discussion: GOP 12
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.
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Jay Newton-Small / Swampland:
Five Things for Liberals to Like in the Debt Ceiling Deal
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Josh Barro / National Review:
Debt Ceiling Deal—Less Than Meets the Eye
Bloomberg:
Debt-Limit Deal to Get Congress Vote Today
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 …
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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.
Nicholas Schmidle / New Yorker:
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Peter Beinart / Yahoo! News:
How the Tea Party Won the Deal  —  While the details of the debt ceiling deal remain fuzzy, this much is clear: Barack Obama may be president, but the Tea Party is now running Washington.  How did this happen?  Simple; this is what American politics looks like when there's no left-wing movement and no war.
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Alicia M. Cohn / The Hill:
Sen. McCain credits the Tea Party for deficit agreement
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New York Post:
Floundering Obama aims for '12 miracle  —  Then there was one.  With the Senate's tabling of Majority Leader Harry Reid's debt-reduction deal yesterday afternoon, the only game in Washington is a nearly $3 trillion, two-stage compromise plan worked out between the White House and congressional Republicans.
Discussion: National Review
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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
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Andrew Malcolm / Top of the Ticket:
More bad poll news for Obama as debt deal brings smiles to Capitol Hill
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
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Lee Fang / ThinkProgress:
Pam Geller Justifies Breivik's Terror: Youth Camp Had More ‘Middle Eastern or Mixed’ Races Than ‘Pure Norwegian’  —  Pam Geller with House Majority Leader Rep. Eric Cantor (R-VA)  —  Popular hate blogger Pam Geller has received scrutiny in recent days as the public became aware …
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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.
 
 
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