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Newslinks for Friday July 22 ,2011

Posted on 07/22/2011

6:30pm The Republican: A great example of the Left's lows: HuffPo can't resist itself and compares Michele Bachmann to Tammy Faye Bakker - but what about Arianna's eyelashes?

Screen shot 2011-07-22 at 7.13.44 PM 5:30pm Videos:

4:00pm The Republican: New Pew poll: Republicans getting whiter (is that possible?), younger, poorer

2:00pm The Republican: Jim Jordan and the House conservatives want a win matter what

Screen shot 2011-07-22 at 12.50.51 PM12:00pm Videos:

10:45am The Republican: Bill Kristol takes stock of the real adults in the room: House Republicans who have been the only people willing to put forward a plan they can stand by

Ryan Streeter on The Republican: The best news for America amidst all the doom and gloom: Barack Obama looks more vulnerable than ever

Screen shot 2011-07-22 at 12.10.20 Debt deal bill requested by House GOP

"Private talks between Speaker John Boehner and President Barack Obama have left GOP lawmakers on edge — frustrated about an information gap, ill prepared for quick review of any potential mega-deal and, perhaps most worrisome for Boehner, wary of anything their party leaders tell them. Rapidly shifting developments on deficit talks Thursday left House Republicans surprised when they learned that Boehner and Obama had returned to discussions of a large deal, just a day after they voted en masse to send their Cut, Cap, and Balance bill to the Senate, where it is dead on arrival. House Republicans say they don’t know what they can support other than what has already gotten their vote, leaving the contours of a passable deal an open question." - Politico

  • Amid debt talks, House budget plan faces Senate - The Associated Pres
  • Reid calls House 'untoward' for taking weekend off - MSNBC
  • "The next 96 hours could determine the future of the Republican Party. If the Tea Party is coronating its own third-party candidate next summer, the moment of schism will likely be traced back to this week of debate on raising the debt ceiling." - TIME

> Yesterday on The Republican: 

Obama, Boehner advance towards $3-trillion debt package

Screen shot 2011-07-22 at 11.39.10 "President Obama and House Speaker John Boehner are continuing to work on a deal that would allow a debt-ceiling increase, even as both sides denied reports Thursday that an agreement was imminent. According to a Democratic congressional aide, discussions have centered on a version of the so-called grand bargain the two leaders have sought -- minus a key element, new tax revenues, that has been rejected by Republicans. The White House told congressional Democrats about this proposal during the last 24 hours. The deal would amount to as much as $3 trillion in spending cuts, and would likely be deeply opposed by rank-and-file Democrats who have insisted that any package that includes cutbacks in Medicare and Social Security must also include new tax revenue." - LA Times | WSJ

  • "Each "Groundhog Day" of talks has brought a slightly different performance from the president." - NPR
  • Charles Krauthammer: The best debt ceiling fix - 'the half trillion plan' - Washington Post
  • David Brooks: "Even though the coming compromise to reduce the federal debt won’t please everyone, we all need to embrace it. The other options are worse." - New York Times

Screen shot 2011-07-22 at 11.40.17 "No sooner did influential anti-tax advocate Grover Norquist appear to open the door Thursday to allowing upper-income tax breaks to expire as part of a sweeping deficit reduction bill than both he and House Speaker John A. Boehner (R-Ohio) quickly shut it, saying such a move would be an unacceptable tax hike." - LA Times

  • Democrats erupt over latest plan on debt ceiling: Many worry that Obama might retreat from his demand that revenue increases, opposed by Republicans, be part of any plan to slash the federal deficit. - LA Times | Washington Post
  • Grover Norquist: Read my lips - no new taxes - New York Times

Debt limit uncertainty puts states at risk

"States that rely on the federal government for assistance with Medicaid, unemployment and highway construction may be faced with tough choices if there is no agreement on the debt ceiling." - New York Times

Meanwhile, 2012 hopefuls offer few details

"Candidates enjoy a luxury that those who actually hold office don’t have: They can take a stand without taking a position. Eager to establish themselves as fiscal disciplinarians, the Republican candidates for president are all offering tough rhetoric in the debate over the federal debt ceiling. But they have carefully avoided offering any messy — and divisive — details on how they would get the country out of the fix it will be in early next month if the government hits the limit of its borrowing authority." - Washington Post

‘Gang of Six’ to meet with Senate leadership

Screen shot 2011-07-22 at 11.41.58 "Members of the Senate’s bipartisan “gang of six” will meet with the chamber’s leaders Friday morning to discuss the possibility of moving their deficit reduction proposal through Congress. The meeting was originally planned for Thursday afternoon, but it was postponed after Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) and Senate Majority Whip Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) were called to the White House for an evening meeting with President Barack Obama and House Democratic leaders, according to Senate Budget Chairman Kent Conrad. The North Dakota Democrat and Durbin are members of the gang of six, which put forward a plan this week to cut about $4 trillion from the deficit over 10 years." - Roll Call ($)

  • Capital gains tax break threatened by bipartisan Senate plan - Bloomberg
  • "Senate budget chairman: Short-term extension is best answer" - Washington Times
  • Matthew Continetti: Say 'no' to the 'Gang of Six' - The Weekly Standard
  • George Will: "Tea Party would defeat Obama by supporting McConnell plan on debt" - Washington Post
  • Peggy Noonan: T"he Gang of Six puts forward some ideas worth pursuing." - WSJ

Yesterday on Video: Sen. Sessions: Gang of Six have met all year, and now at the 11th hour, we get not a plan but a bunch of talking points that raise taxes and do little else

GOP House votes to limit new consumer protection bureau - The Hill

Rep. Allen West stand by his email to Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz

Screen shot 2011-07-22 at 11.45.57 "Rep. Allen West (R-Fla.) said Thursday he was sticking by the harsh personal comments he made earlier this week in an email to Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-Fla.). West said he had been "patient" with the congresswoman, who heads up the Democratic National Committee, for some time before lashing out in the incident this week, and had no intentions of apologizing for his words. In an email Tuesday, West called Wasserman Schultz "vile," "despicable" and "not a Lady." "I have taken a lot of this," he said, noting that "the people back in my district know that I have been very patient." Making the media rounds on Thursday, West described the incident triggering the email — an apparent reference to West that Wasserman Schultz made in a speech on the House floor — as the latest segment of "a very ugly history" between himself and the Democrat." - The Hill

  • Editorial: "One apology that's not in order" - IBD
  • "From charges of sexism to “vile” words, the spat between representatives Debbie Wasserman Schultz and Allen West has gone on for months and shows no signs of letting up."- Miami Herald

Jon Huntsman's campaign manager resigns

Screen shot 2011-07-22 at 11.47.23 "As presidential candidate Jon Huntsman seeks to gain some traction in the GOP race, he’s shaking up his campaign team. His campaign manager, Susie Wiles, resigned Thursday. The campaign said Huntsman’s candidacy was moving into a more aggressive phase. "Susie has served the campaign well and was vital in getting it off the ground in such a short time frame,” said John Weaver, a senior advisor to Huntsman. 'In just under three months, Governor Huntsman has returned from China, launched a campaign and created a strong infrastructure in the three early primary states. He's built important relationships with donors, as well as political, policy and grass-roots leaders that other candidates have been courting for half a decade.'" - LA Times

Ex-La. governor Buddy Roemer launches presidential bid - USA Today

Despite massive media efforts,Tim Pawlenty struggles in Iowa

"Rep. Michele Bachmann's swift ascent in the polls has overshadowed Tim Pawlenty's presidential bid and raised questions about his viability in Iowa, site of the first-in-the-nation caucuses, and beyond." - WSJ

Yesterday on Video: New Pawlenty ice-hockey-themed video admits "the experts" are against him, says his proven record of opposing the unions and shutting down the government overshadows the "rhetoric" of others

Without running, Palin stays near top of GOP field - Washington Examiner

Margaret Hoover: How the GOP can win young voters

Screen shot 2011-07-22 at 11.48.20 "In order to win this generation over, Republicans need to minimize their emphasis on social issues and focus instead on jobs, jobs and jobs. The party should also showcase its significant ethnic and gender diversity in the wake of the 2010 elections, when the GOP put three female governors and two Hispanic governors in office. It also has two Indian-American governors, and it has fielded female and African-American presidential candidates. The Republican Party, in other words, is no longer a party of elderly white men. With a focus on positive, pragmatic alternatives to the tried-and-failed policies of the Obama administration, Republicans have a chance to win back the youth vote. But the party will have to make a persuasive case that it offers the hope and change millennials have been waiting for." - WSJ

"The Pentagon will announce [today] that it is ready to certify the repeal of "don't ask, don't tell," the controversial 1993 law that banned gays from serving openly in the military." - Fox News

Screen shot 2011-07-22 at 11.49.06 Also in the news:

  • FEC rules John Edwards must pay government $2.3M - USA Today
  • "A vaccine campaign designed to get bin Laden family DNA has stirred suspicion in Pakistan." - Washington Post
  • Gay spouses face tax issues - USA Today
  • Rep. David Rivera disputs report of FBI and IRS investigations - Roll Call ($)
  • "A bill with bipartisan support in Congress would require most of BP oil spill fines be used for restoration projects in Florida and other Gulf states." - Miami Herald

Also in opinion:

  • Editorial: Getting Gadhafi to leave is Libya's best option - LA Times
  • Michael Gerson: Cameron's headache - Washington Post
  • Senators Joe Lieberman and Kelly Ayotte: Send terror suspects to Gitmo - not New York - Washington Post
  • Kimberley A. Strassel: The Senate's 'lawsuit factory ' - WSJ



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