McConnell's cave looms over the political landscape today, as political leaders contemplate its depths and roar into it to test the strength of their echoes. There's other stuff out there, too, and it's all (except for the stuff I missed) in today's Morning EDition:TODAYThe president meets at 4pm with congressional leaders on the debt ceiling.Fed Chairman Ben Bernanke testifies before the House Financial Services Cmte.The House votes on a balanced-budget amendment.The House takes up a bill to let states skirt clean-water rules.THE CAVEIf Dems are on board, does Sen. read more
Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) Rep. Donna Edwards (D-MD) Sam Stein, Huffington Post political editor The debt ceiling debate is at a stalemate and the battle lines that are being drawn aren't as partisan as you might imagine.... We'll get into the latest. **EXCLUSIVE** John Becker, Truth Wins Out activist and op-ed contributor for The AdvocateHe spent eight days undercover, recording his therapy sessions at the Bachmann-run Minnesota practice allegedly practicing "ex-gay" or "reparative therapy". You've seen the video, tune in tonight to hear his first hand account. read more
In tribute to the unfolding Murdoch scandal, I'm going to start off today's Underbuzzed with a little nepotism -- a story of my own. You can add your own to today's Underbuzzed in the comments.Is it against the law for US corporations to bribe foreign officials as Rupert Murdoch's people are accused of doing? You bet it is. But not everyone thinks it should be. One of the most powerful lobbyists against the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act has been the US Chamber of Commerce. And who's one of their biggest bankrollers? read more
Legal experts say that News Corp., Rupert Murdoch's media empire -- which owns the Wall Street Journal, the New York Post, Fox News and the now-shuttered News of the World -- could face charges in the US for bribing officials overseas. US companies engaging in corrupt practices overseas can be prosecuted under the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act.So guess who was lobbying against the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act at the same times its executives were engaging in conduct that could open them to prosecution under it?The US Chamber of Commerce. read more
The debt-ceiling fight continues to dominate the headlines -- and that's a phrase I expect to use for the rest of the month. The Murdoch scandal is also expanding -- and I've got a point to make on that in today's Outlook that I haven't seen anywhere else, so check on back. Meantime, here's your Morning EDition for today:TODAYPres. Obama gives interview to CBS News.The president meets with congressional leaders this afternoon.The GOP House votes on America's #1 issue today: Light bulbs.
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John Becker, Truth Wins Out activist and op-ed contributor for The Advocate, spent eight days undercover at Marcus Bachmann's Minnesota therapy practice and tonight video from his therapy sessions there will air on ABC World News. Check out The Nation article where the first-hand accounts of the controversial practice broke and tune in tomorrow night for our exclusive interview with Becker himself. read more