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Saturday, July 23 | 9 pm eastern | 6 pm pacific |Virtually Speaking with Jay Ackroy | Jay returns. Olivier Knox – who covers Congress and politics for Agence France-Presse, the world’s oldest and third-largest news agency – calls in from the Senate Press Gallery to talk about the debt limit negotiations. Listen live on BTR.

Something to talk about

Bonnie Raitt:

Can we still be friends?

Daryl and Todd:

Scandinavian Neo-Nazis

Via BBC;

…Instead, (suspected Norway attacker Anders Behring Breivik) is said to be a right-wing extremist of the kind that police authorities in the West have feared for some time.

Their fear has been heightened by the potentially explosive mix of economic recession and unemployment, increasing racism and an ever stronger anti-Muslim sentiment, according to the Norwegian newspaper Aftenposten.

And further down;

Sweden, by contrast, has seen a sharp drop in far-right extremist activity since its peak in the mid-1990s, when every national newspaper in the country published identical editions with photos of every known neo-Nazi in the land.

Something to think about.

Restaurant scene

This so reminds me of the judge I used to date. Jules Shear and Susan Cowsill:

Forest for the trees

Robert Greenstein from the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities says the Gang of Six plan is not all that bad, and explains it in great detail. Read it, your blood pressure might go down at least a bit.

However, as I’ve pointed out before, policy wonks get so immersed in the details of a proposal (Ezra Klein comes to mind) that they simply miss the larger issues — like why a Democratic president even put us in the position of making a deal that includes Social Security, simply to get a routine raise in the debt ceiling – something on which he could assert 14th Amendment privilege and just do.

‘The left might actually be right’

A conservative columnist rethinks his position – and comes to a surprising conclusion that we have more in common than he likes to think.

Down in Mary’s land

I’m on my way down to the Chesapeake:

Weather

You might want to take a look at this, since Jeff Masters does such a great job explaining our extreme weather.

Street fighting man

Mick and the boys:

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