How’s doomsday going in your neighborhood?

• CBO gave a fairly poor assessment of the Boehner debt limit plan that gets a vote tomorrow, saying that it only reduces deficits $850 billion over ten years, from the March baseline. It reduces more based on January, but March is current law. More on this tomorrow, because it actually gives us an indication of the discretionary cuts in the bill – which are probably mirrored in the Reid plan.

• Shades of “Donnie, you’re out of your element.”

• After a brief flirtation with sanity, David Brooks regressed back to the mean today.

• November will feature a real ballot battle in Ohio, with both the citizen veto of SB 5 and an initiative to invalidate the individual mandate for Ohio residents both set to appear. So ballot measures attracting liberal and conservative support will be on there.

• Great news! BP is back to making money again. Maybe we could garnish their profits to keep us from hitting the debt limit. I don’t think anyone in America would object.

• Watch Kaplan-owned WaPo wring its hands that widespread cheating on standardized tests could change the way schools perform assessments.

• We have a health care spending problem far more than any deficit problem.

• Anders Breivik’s lawyer thinks his client is insane. Good thing Breivik doesn’t have Pat Buchanan for a legal counsel, because he’d be trying to convince the jury that killing 76 Norwegians was a necessary and bold act.

• We’ve reached the bargaining stage of the Libyan stalemate. Now Britain is joining France in saying that Gadhafi can stay in Libya as long as he steps down.

• Speaking of deposed dictators, Hosni Mubarak is on a hunger strike in Egypt.

• The latest polling in Wisconsin with only two weeks to go shows three recall races with Democrats up and three races within the margin of error. The Democrats only need to win three to take back the state Senate.

• Those poor, dearly departed (and departing) Blue Dogs. They will be sorely not-missed.

• Contra John Boehner, the bigger the government, the taller the people.

• Getting closer to those redistricting maps in California.

• Newt Gingrich deeply, deeply regrets ever saying climate change was a problem.

• Consumer confidence actually rose in July. Hopefully this debt limit debate will take care of that!

• The NAACP calls for an end to the war on drugs, with a formal resolution.

• If you have some spare volunteer time, you can work for the New Jersey US Attorney’s Office for free.

• Bigots in California will try to overturn at the ballot box the state’s Fair Education Act, which mandates the teaching of LGBT figures in textbooks.

• The company formerly known as Blackwater is moving to Arlington, Virginia, a better place to pick up federal contracts.

• You could write a book on lazy plot devices in movies that ought to be retired.

• Ron Artest pulls an Anthony Weiner.

• Good idea for more healthy Happy Meals, I guess, but why do I get the feeling that landfills across America will soon be filled with McDonald’s apple slices and carrot sticks?

• I’d say this qualifies as the worst fiction writing of the year: “Cheryl’s mind turned like the vanes of a wind-powered turbine, chopping her sparrow-like thoughts into bloody pieces that fell onto a growing pile of forgotten memories.”

David Dayen

David Dayen

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