"House Republicans made a show of voting down a standalone debt limit increase Tuesday, but the failure of the measure will have no effect on ongoing bipartisan negotiations led by Vice President Joseph Biden," Roll Call writes.
The Hill: "The House overwhelmingly voted down an unconditional increase to the $14.3 trillion debt limit Tuesday, as the Republican majority delivered a symbolic rebuke to President Obama ahead of a meeting at the White House."
The New York Times: “Republicans brought up the measure, which was defeated 318 to 97, to show the lack of support in the House for raising the $14.3 trillion debt ceiling without concrete steps to rein in chronic budget deficits. The preordained outcome followed several acts of odd political theater on the House floor: Republicans urged the defeat of their own measure, while Democrats — who not long ago were seeking just such a vote to raise the debt ceiling without attaching spending cuts — assailed Republicans for bringing it up, saying its certain defeat might unnerve the financial markets.”
"Wall Street recognizes Tuesday night's vote on the debt ceiling as nothing but a kabuki dance that likely won't send the stock market into a tizzy, analysts said," the New York Daily News writes.
But The Hill notes, "Wall Street so far has shrugged off Washington’s fight over raising the debt ceiling, but experts warn patience will wane and nerves will fray after the Fourth of July holiday."
Rep. Anthony "Weiner called one reporter a 'jackass' for repeatedly interrupting to ask if the Queens Democrat had really posted the photo," the New York Daily News writes of Weiner being pestered yesterday about someone hacking his Twitter page and posting a lewd photo.
Politico’s Ben Smith: “After a long weekend’s fuss over a photograph of a man’s crotch, sent over his Twitter account, Weiner appears to have decided not to pursue an investigation that would conclusively settle how the image made its way online. He also refused repeatedly to answer direct questions about whether he’d taken or sent the photograph. Technical data could settle this question. The photograph was uploaded to the site yfrog.com, which is integrated with Twitter, and either Twitter, yfrog, or both almost definitely have logs indicating the unique digital address of the computer or device that sent the image.”
The New York Post throws this grenade as its top story: "It takes a certain type of woman to set his heart a-Twitter. Rep. Anthony Weiner follows only a select 198 of his nearly 49,000 Twitter fans -- and a surprising number of them are total babes."