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McConnell punts on debt ceiling

07/12/11 06:12PM

Boxed in by President Obama’s strategy, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell tossed out his own "back-up plan" today on the debt ceiling. The Republican floated the idea of making Obama the main authority to raise the debt limit. read more

First Word: July 12, 2011

07/12/11 04:12PM

A look at stories catching our attention now. What headlines have you been clicking on today?Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell proposes giving Obama debt ceiling powerSpeaker John Boehner: "This debt limit increase is Obama’s problem"President Obama says he "cannot guarantee" Social Security checks if U.S. defaultsRupert Murdoch summoned by British Parliament as BSkyB bid implodesRep. Ron Paul won’t run for re-election A New York clerk resigns after refusing to sign same-sex licenses read more

First Word: Monday, July 11

First Word: Monday, July 11

07/11/11 08:00PM

John Boehner became speaker of the house with help from tea partiers like Michele Bachmann and Sarah Palin, and with help from Rupert Murdoch's media empire.... watch

Palin on the latest cover

Palin says she's a winner

07/11/11 06:24PM

Sarah Palin seemed to learn a thing or two from her fake pizza summit with Donald Trump: how to revitalize a fake presidential campaign. In a rare break from Facebook-only postings, Palin granted an interview with Newsweek."I’m not so egotistical as to believe that it has to be me, or it can only be me, to turn things around,” she said in the article, keeping the 2012 buzz alive. read more

Obama to GOP: 'If not now, when?'

07/11/11 04:57PM

President Obama publicly pressed both Democrats and Republicans, urging them again to make compromises on the nation’s debt.In today’s press conference at the White House, Obama gave off the vibe of grown-up-in-chief, telling lawmakers to "pull off the Band-Aid" and "eat our peas." He said, "it’s not going to get easier; it’s going to get harder. So we might as well do it now."Obama reiterated his stance to find a long-term solution by the August 2 deadline. read more

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