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In this image from House Television, Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, D-Ariz., appears on the floor of the House of Representatives Monday, Aug. 1, 2011, in Washington. Giffords was on the floor for the first time since her shooting earlier this year,...

Top Talker: Almost a Done Deal...

08/02/11 08:35AM

With just hours to go before tonight's midnight deadline, the Senate is expected to vote at noon today on a deal to raise the nation's debt ceiling. It comes after the House vote last night, where 95 Democrats and 174 Republicans, including Speaker John Boehner,  voted in favor of the bill.   The bill is expected to pass in the Senate with an even higher margin than the House.  Then, it will head to President Obama, where he will sign the legislation into law before the United States defaults on its obligations. read more

Morning Headlines: Tuesday, August 2

08/02/11 05:53AM

Here's a look at the stories we're following right now. What are you reading this morning?Today is the dayRep. Giffords makes a dramatic return to D.C.What the debt-ceiling battle means for 2012Why defense cuts may hurt the D.C. economyPutin calls the US a parasite on the global economyJoe Biden, Mitch McConnell and the making of a debt dealGOP unity belies tension in tea partyProtesters arrested in House gallery after jeering BoehnerTea Party candidate compares US public schools to Nazi Germany read more

President Barack Obama speaks from the White House briefing room, Sunday, July 31, 2011, in Washington, about a deal being reached to raise the debt limit.

Top Talker: Senate, House expected to vote on new debt deal today

08/01/11 09:25AM

 The House and Senate are expected to vote today on a package to raise the nation's debt ceiling. President Obama announced from the White House last night, that congressional leaders reached a last-minute agreement to avoid default, admitting the deal has some flaws. The President said, "Is this the deal I would have preferred? No. I believe that we could have made the tough choices required on entitlement reform and tax reform."     The agreement proposes a two-stage process to raise the debt ceiling by at least $2.1 trillion. read more


08/01/11 07:52AM

Erin Andrews and Kirk Herbstreit join Morning Joe to talk about the upcoming NCAA football season. And if Joe's Crimson Tide can over power Willie's Commodores this year.  And new this season, Erin will host the 9am E.T. hour of GameDay on ESPNU. read more