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[UPDATED 7:17am ET] Rep. Chris Van Hollen criticizes Speaker John Boehner’s comments about the debt ceiling, saying that the debate “will not have a good outcome if [Boehner] insists on drawing lines in the sand.” Rep. Van Hollen explains that the “House Republican budget would require that we increase the debt ceiling, so [Boehner’s] own budget violates the very rule that he lays out, so we should put all of the nonsense aside.”
[UPDATED 7:41am ET] Virginia Delegate Robert Marshall says that he voted against the judicial nomination of openly gay prosecutor Thorne-Begland because “activists” should not be judges and he had to lie about his homosexuality when entering the military. Delegate Marshall also says that “sodomy is not a civil right” and the pursuit of equal rights for gays and lesbians in the United States “shouldn’t be compared to the civil rights movement.”
[UPDATED 7:48am ET] “Mansome” producer Morgan Spurlock says that there was a time where men could be sloppy with their appearance, but the media is adding more and more pressure on them to look physically perfect.
[UPDATED 8:03am ET] Ali Velshi warns not to follow the hype one way or the other about the pros and cons of buying into Facebook. Velshi acknowledges that he social network “hasn’t quite met the challenge about how to advertise on mobile phones” but says, “why would I bet against Mark Zuckerberg?”
[UPDATED 8:08am ET] Rep. Jeb Hensarling says that not only is America’s debt “unsustainable,” but many Americans “also think it’s immoral.” The Texas representative also comments on the fact that Senate Democrats haven’t passed a budget in three years, saying that they don’t want even a “speedbump on the national road to bankruptcy.”
[UPDATED 8:22am ET] Ryan Young, who was suspended from his job at Safeway for breaking up a domestic assault, says that he’s “more worried than angry” about his suspension. Young describes the past month as “pretty much like being stuck in a bad dream” while he waits for news about his job.
[UPDATED 8:51am ET] Captain Chesley “Sully” Sullenberger says that we “need to get rid of this my way or the highway approach” to American politics. He says that the country needs “more people who can look beyond their own needs and who can occasionally take a longer view” of situations.