LAST TICKET: Down to the wire on debt ceiling; get your own ‘T-Paw’ hockey jersey

Chris Moody
Political Reporter
The Ticket

While we wait for the House to vote on the Republicans' new debt ceiling plan, here are the stories we took note of today but didn't give the full blog treatment:

• President Obama still planning 50th birthday bash. (Political Punch)

• Looks like the GOP has the votes for House Speaker John Boehner's debt plan (The Hill)

• Top House Democrat calls Boehner's plan "totally unreal." (The Hill)

• Massachusetts Republican Sen. Scott Brown might support Democratic debt ceiling bill. (Politico)

•White House rejects "Fourteenth Amendment solution" to raise debt ceiling by side-stepping Congress. (New York Times)

• Major conservative conference drops gay group from sponsor list. (Matt Lewis)

• The times they are a'changin': Presidential candidates distance themselves from the press. (Roger Simon)

• Tim Pawlenty campaign now selling hockey jerseys with "T-Paw" on the back. (Wall Street Journal)