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Newslinks for Saturday July 30, 2011

Posted on 07/30/2011


6:00pm Opinion: Stephen Kokx: Washington style honesty

5:30pm Video:

5:00pm A day after the Senate voted down a House-written debt limit increase, the House Republicans return the favor

2:30pm The Republican: Senate Republicans slam the Reid plan

Screen shot 2011-07-30 at 18.40.10 1:30pm The Republican: Want to know what $15 trillion looks like?

1:00pm House Speaker John Boehner: At moments like this, the arrogance of Washington is most evident not in its actions, but in its inaction

11:15am Video: A plus for the pizza guy: Debt stalemate yields profits for Washington business

11:00am Rep. Randy J. Forbes: Cut the debt, but don’t undercut our military

9:15am Republican Weekly Address: Sen. Jon Kyl: It's clear that Democrats in Washington did not view this crisis as an opportunity to rein in spending, but rather an opportunity to impose huge tax increases on American families and small businesses

Video: From 'no' to 'yes': Rep. Jeff Flake explains why he changed his stance on the Boehner plan

Screen shot 2011-07-30 at 13.20.59 The debt battles continues into the weekend as the Senate swiftly blocks the Boehner plan

  • "House Republicans muscled through a revised plan, but it was quickly dispatched by Senate Democrats, setting the stage for an uncertain 72 hours as the deadline approaches." - New York TImes | Washington Post | Roll Call ($)
  • "Boehner was able to bring his caucus together over the debt bill, but some colleagues are angry at the Republican House members who forced the speaker to abandon what they thought was the party's best chance to rein in federal spending." - WSJ
  • Obama: House Republicans wasted 'precious days' with Boehner plan - The Hill
  • Steve Chapman: "The debt ceiling fight has been long and exhausting, but it will have a big payoff. After it's finally resolved — with the Boehner plan or the Reid plan or something else — we will have confronted our budget crisis, made tough choices and forced the federal government to live within its means. That's right. And I'm Katy Perry." - Chicago Tribune

Yesterday on The Republican: Boehner's plan actually cuts more than Reid's, says the CBO, just hours before the Boehner vote

"The decision to add a balanced budget amendment requirement to the House debt ceiling plan may have won over several conservative organizations on Friday, but tea party activists and their beltway cheerleaders remained staunchly opposed." - Roll Call ($)

  • Boehner plan receives 22 GOP 'no's' in the House - The Hill
  • Fred Barnes: "For House speaker John Boehner, Tea Party Republicans weren’t the problem as he sought support for a package of spending cuts attached to an increase in the debt limit. The biggest impediment to a House majority was Republicans fearful a primary opponent would use a vote to boost the debt limit against them." - The Weekly Standard

Reid, McConnell feud prevents Friday night vote on debt ceiling

Screen shot 2011-07-30 at 13.05.50 "Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) and Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) late Friday night clashed over when to vote on Reid's debt ceiling plan, as McConnell said Republicans would support an immediate vote, but Reid objected to the Republican demand for a 60-vote threshold for passage. Just before Reid filed cloture on his bill, McConnell said House Republicans are planning a 1 p.m. vote Saturday on the Reid proposal, and said he would be "more than happy" to allow the Senate to vote before, on Friday night. In response, Reid said Democrats would be happy to vote Friday if the Senate can approve it by majority vote, "just like the House" voted earlier in the day. Reid here was essentially asking Republicans to drop the threat of filibuster, by which they would force a 60-vote supermajority on cloture and allow the Senate to proceed to the bill." - The Hill

...leaving the Senate with a 1:00 am vote on Sunday

Screen shot 2011-07-30 at 13.13.43 "The Senate is driving toward a climactic and dramatic vote at 1 a.m. Sunday that could determine whether a bipartisan deal to raise the nation’s legal borrowing limit is possible or a government default is likely. What that deal might look was still deeply uncertain Friday, but talks were underway between Democrats and Republicans in the Senate about methods to circumvent some of the chamber’s most cumbersome procedures to allow the Senate to act more quickly if a compromise is reached. Speedier action would require unanimous agreement from all senators, including conservatives who have vowed not to raise the debt ceiling without congressional approval of a balanced budget amendment to the constitution, and it wasn’t clear that would be forthcoming." - Washington Post

  • "House Republicans will bring up Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid’s debt limit package Saturday just to vote it down, an attempt to show that the legislation is dead in the lower chamber, according to GOP leadership sources." - Politico | The Hill
  • Senator McConnell likely holds the key to a deal - WSJ
  • "Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) has revised his plan to raise the debt limit in a last-ditch bid to attract Republican support. The biggest change is that Reid would give the president almost unilateral power to raise the debt limit, borrowing an idea introduced by Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.)." - The Hill
  • A look at where common ground exists in debt-ceiling talks - Christian Science Monitor

Democrats revive 14th Amendment option - Washington Post

How the world sees the US debt crisis - CNN

"The absence of leadership in the West is frightening—and also rather familiar" - The Economist

President debt ceiling spam prompts an 'unfollow Friday' on Twitter

Screen shot 2011-07-30 at 13.06.40 "Barack Obama generated a flurry of activity on Twitter Friday when he urged his more than 9 million followers to tweet at their congressional representatives to push for a compromise on the debt ceiling battle. While some responded to the call, many others celebrated "Unfollow Friday." Throughout the day, the @BarackObama account tweeted the account names of Republican Congress members at a rapid pace. In about six hours, the account sent more than 100 tweets. Several Twitter users expressed their annoyance and unfollowed the president's account. The account had lost more than 35,000 followers by 5 p.m. Pacific time. "I'm going to unfollow @BarackObama. You're blowing up my feed, shouldn't you be...idk, running the country or something? #cain2012," wrote Twitter user @Lguyton08." - LA Times

  • Peter Ferrara: "President Obama is no longer tethered to reality" - Forbes
  • Byron York: "Republican lawmakers are frustrated about a lot of things these days. Being unfairly accused of refusing to compromise is probably not at the top of the list, but it's giving the GOP a new lesson -- as if any were needed -- of how the White House fights." - Washington Examiner

Yesterday on Video: Peggy Noonan explains why she thinks Obama has been a "loser" during the debt talks

Unions launch ad war against the GOP

"Three major labor unions and a pro-labor outside group will run attack ads this weekend on Republican House members for blocking a deal to raise the debt ceiling. The campaign is backed by some of the biggest names in organized labor — American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees; Service Employees International Union; National Education Association; and the activist group Americans United for Change. The ad buy, which falls in the “low six-figures” according a group spokesman, will run Friday through Monday on local networks against Sen. Dean Heller (R., Nev.), Majority Leader Eric Cantor and six House Republicans, some of whom are top targets for Democrats in 2012." - WSJ

US experienced 'tepid' growth in spring quarter

"The economy inched ahead at a 1.3 percent annual growth rate last spring, held back by soaring gasoline prices and disruptions in manufacturing caused by the March earthquake/tsunami in Japan. The tepid growth rate reported by the Commerce Department Friday morning follows an even more paltry performance of 0.4 percent growth in the first quarter — making the first half of the year the worst since the Great Recession." - Washington Times

> Yesterday on The Republican: Top economic bloggers grow pessimistic, see government's over-involvement in our economy as a big part of our economic malaise

Governor Nikki Haley rejects NAACP push to remove confederate flag

Screen shot 2011-07-30 at 13.07.35 "South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley isn't retreating from her decision to keep the Confederate flag atop the north end of the Statehouse in Columbia despite complaints from the NAACP, whose president this week said the ethnic minority governor is a "contradiction" for allowing the flag to fly. Speaking to a crowd at an NAACP national conference in Los Angeles on Monday, NAACP President Benjamin Jealous attempted to shame Haley into removing the flag by comparing African American slavery to oppression Haley's ancestors in India faced under British rule." - Fox News

Screen shot 2011-01-15 at 12.54.13 News from the 2012 field:

  • Tim Pawlenty aims for a strong showing in Iowa - USA Today
  • Huntsman takes aim at Obama, Romney for lacking leadership - Politico
  • "Texas Gov. Rick Perry urged conservatives Friday to “push more liberals into the private sector” in the 2012 election - including the president - but the oft-mentioned potential presidential candidate declined to say whether he had decided to enter the race himself." - Washington Times

"California's new district lines would make some constituencies more moderate rather than distinctly red or blue." - LA Times

"The California Citizens Redistricting Commission approved new district lines Friday, setting off what is expected to be more competitive Congressional races than the state has seen in decades." - Roll Call ($)

Screen shot 2011-07-30 at 13.12.08 Judge prohibits Texas from denying driver's licenses to legal immigrants

"A judge this week ruled this week that Texas can no longer deny driver's licenses to legal immigrants with temporary visas and must issue standard licenses instead of non-standard ones approved by a state panel three years ago. Judge Orlinda Naranjo said in a ruling Wednesday that the Texas Department of Public Safety exceeded its legal authority when it adopted a policy in 2008 as part of a crackdown on identity theft and fraud that requires immigrants applying for driver's licenses to prove they're in the country legally." - Fox News

Other news in brief:

  • "Federal prosecutors formally charged an AWOL Army soldier with possession of an unregistered destructive device in an alleged plot to set off two bombs at a popular restaurant in Killeen, Texas, that is frequently patronized by soldiers stationed at nearby Ft. Hood." - LA Times
  • Top Libya rebel shot by 'Islamist militia' - BBC News
  • Judge orders Nixon Watergate testimony 'unsealed' - Washington Post
  • Thomas Joscelyn: Treasury exposes 'secret deal' between Iran and Al Qaeda - The Weekly Standard

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