GOP making strong party ID gains among whites
Matthew Yglesias at his ThinkProgress blog writes in response to a poll that found the GOP is making gains among white voters and in the process closing the income gap in its constituency. 

Mini-deal ahead?
At The American Spectator's blog, Joseph Lawler notes recent comments House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) made that a debt-ceiling increase deal without big entitlement cuts or tax increases might be on the horizon. 

Evil in Norway
At Commentary's Contentions blog, John Podohoretz writes about the rage he felt in response to the bombing and shooting in Norway on Friday. 

Getting to no
The New Republic's Jonathan Chait sees and explains an incentive for Republicans to simply resist any deal Obama wants on raising the debt ceiling.


'Don't ask, don't tell' policy will end Sept. 20, Obama announces
On Friday, President Obama certified the repeal of "Don't ask, don't tell," which bars gays from serving openly in the military, The Hill's Daniel Strauss reports. The repeal goes into effect Sept. 20. 

Boehner: 'We are not close' to reaching a debt deal with Obama
House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) reiterated that he and Obama are not close to reaching a deal on a debt-ceiling increase, The Hill's Erik Wasson and Russell Berman write