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* Did Tom Donohue, the head of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, vow that his organization will work to “get rid” of any House Republicans who don’t vote to raise the debt ceiling? Sure sounds like it, according to a well respected Atlanta blogger who watched Donohue give a local talk:

In one of the funnier moments during his Rotary talk, Donohue was asked if Congress was going to raise the debt ceiling.

Yes, it will be raised, Donohue answered, mainly because the country can not afford to not pay its bills. To those newly-elected representatives who say they aren’t going to raise the debt ceiling and will shut down government, Donohue said the U.S. Chamber has its own message: “We’ll get rid of you.”

He seems to be joking, but man, that is one telling joke.

* E.J. Dionne has a useful guide to what you should watch for in tonight’s GOP debate, including this:

The whole crowd will be attacking President Obama again and again and again. How effective will these attacks be? Who sounds like the most effective opponent? Whose criticisms have the best chance of appealing beyond the Republican base? And how well does the Democrats’ instant response team take apart the criticisms?

* For a taste of what’s to come tonight, note T-Paw’s claim that tax cuts “almost always” raise revenues “if you just isolate the effect of the tax cuts.”

* In saying that, T-Paw has outed himself as a supply sider who’s entirely wrong about taxes and revenues.

* Sam Stein scoops an internal memo laying bare how Obama’s reelect team is trying to hang on to top donors by making them feel like they’re “being heard.”

* Obama, in an interview with NBC set to air tomorrow, says Weiner should go, according to the release:

I can tell you that if it was me, I would resign. Because public service is exactly that, it’s a service to the public. And when you get to the point where, because of various personal distractions, you can’t serve as effectively as you need to at the time when people are worrying about jobs and their mortgages and paying the bills, then you should probably step back.

* But Peter Beinart says those demanding that Anthony Weiner resign are reading from an outdated booklet of sexual etiquette.

* Josh Marshall seconds it: Anthony Weiner must stay.

* Mitt Romney’s new video suggesting Obama called high and chronic unemployment a “bump in the road” is hilariously misleading.

* The people representing the unemployed in Romney’s video are all from demographic groups that will be key to Obama’s reelection.

* And are we finally seeing that pivot to jobs we’ve been hearing so much about?

Greg Sargent writes The Plum Line blog, a reported opinion blog with a liberal slant -- what you might call “opinionated reporting” from the left.


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