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CNN: Obama calls for compromise amid stalemate in debt talks
President Barack Obama called on the American public to pressure elected officials to work out a compromise to raise the federal debt ceiling and avoid a potentially devastating default. A deal would allow the government to continue borrowing money to pay its debts after August 2.
Washington Post: Speeches by Obama, Boehner achieve political ends, but little else
The president and the House speaker couched their words Monday night in the language of compromise and reassurance. But at the start of a critical week of legislative maneuvering, each delivered a partisan message that cast blame on the other for a breakdown that threatens the nation’s credit rating, its financial markets and the fragile economy. By the time they finished, it was clear why Republicans and Democrats are no closer to agreement.
CNN: Debt debate cheat sheet
Where are we with the debt debate? After a weekend of no agreement, here's your simple guide to the plans in play right now, even as the playing field changes rapidly.
CNN: ATF 'stonewalled' agents on botched gun probe, report says
U.S. officials kept their Mexican counterparts in the dark about a widely criticized gun-trafficking probe even as rising numbers of weapons reached the hands of Mexico's drug cartels, a congressional committee reported Tuesday.
CNN: Obama: 'I need a dance partner' on immigration reform
America's immigration system is broken, but only a bipartisan political movement can fix it, President Barack Obama said Monday. …Speaking at the organization's annual conference in Washington, Obama said passing immigration reform measures will require support from both sides of the aisle in Congress.
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CNN: FAA: Congressional inaction forces furloughs, major project delays
Thousands of employees have been furloughed and dozens of major projects put on hold after Congress failed to reauthorize funding for the Federal Aviation Administration, the agency said Monday. Air traffic controllers will remain on the job, but the furloughs have hit many engineers, scientists, computer specialists, community planners and others.
CNN: California enacts law letting illegal immigrants pay in-state tuition
A law signed by California's governor Monday specifies that undocumented immigrant students in the state can be eligible for cheaper in-state tuition rates. The DREAM Act, which was signed by Gov. Jerry Brown on Monday in Los Angeles, is distinct from, if related to, a federal effort of the same name.
NPR: Study Shows Racial Wealth Gap Grows Wider
There's long been a big gap between the wealth of white families and the wealth of African-Americans and Hispanics. But the Great Recession has made it much worse — the divide is almost twice what it used to be. …The average wealth of a white family in 2009 was 20 times greater than that of the average black family, and 18 times greater than the average Hispanic family.
USA Today: Gulf oil spill victims weary of wait for payouts
Robert Campo once believed the TV commercials by oil giant BP that promised to "make it right" and compensate those along the Gulf Coast who lost work during last year's disastrous oil spill. …Campo joins a chorus of local fishermen, seafood processors, hoteliers and others who say that nearly a year since it opened its doors, the Gulf Coast Claims Facility that administers the BP fund has not moved fast enough to pay those hurt most by the spill.
CNN: Far right domestic terrorism on par with foreign threat, experts say
The threat of domestic terrorist attacks in the United States similar to last week's fatal bombing and assault in Norway is significant and growing, analysts said Monday. …While extremist animal rights and environmental groups also pose threats, those groups either have not tended to seek to kill or have only targeted individuals, according to researchers.
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CNN: U.N., donors meet on Somalia famine as aid groups seek more help
The World Bank has pledged more than $500 million for famine victims in Somalia as the United Nations met in emergency session Monday to address the aid response in Somalia, the hardest-hit nation in the region.
CNN: Suspect's father: Anders Breivik 'should have taken his own life'
The father of massacre suspect Anders Behring Breivik said his son should have killed himself instead of allegedly going on the killing rampage that left 76 people dead. "In my darkest moments, I think that rather than killing all those people, he should have taken his own life," Jens Breivik said in an interview with Norway's TV2. He said he also believes his son has mental issues.
CNN: Libya's Zlitan becoming a front-line city
Firefighters battled a blaze caused by NATO airstrikes at a food-storage complex Monday in Zlitan, increasingly a front-line city in the conflict between Libyan government troops and rebels fighting to oust longtime ruler Moammar Gadhafi.
Financial Times: Chinese fighter jets ‘repel’ US aircraft
Two Chinese fighter jets crossed an unofficial dividing line in the Taiwan Strait late last month in pursuit of a US spy aircraft, according to defense sources in Taipei and Beijing. The incident marked the first time in more than a decade that Chinese military aircraft have entered Taiwan’s side of the 180km-wide strait.
CNN: Vatican recalls envoy to Ireland over priest abuse scandal
The Vatican on Monday recalled its envoy to Ireland in the wake of a blistering report accusing church leaders of covering up extensive abuse of young people by priests. Archbishop Giuseppe Leanza was recalled to Rome "for consultations with the (Vatican) Secretariat of State," the official Vatican Information Service said in citing a statement from the Roman Catholic Church's leadership.
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Bloomberg: Dollar, Treasuries Fall on U.S. Debt Outlook
The dollar sank to a record low versus the Swiss franc and Treasuries fell as President Barack Obama and House Speaker John Boehner struggled to agree on the U.S. debt limit. Asian stocks rebounded as companies from Canon Inc. to Baidu Inc. forecast improving earnings.
CNNMoney: LulzSec and Anonymous are the least of your hacker worries
LulzSec took down the CIA's website in mid-June in an effort to prove to the world that the hacker group should be taken seriously. But in the truly grand ecosystem of cybercriminals, LulzSec, Anonymous, AntiSec and other so-called "hacktivist" organizations are much more of a nuisance than a serious threat. They're fringe groups that are by far the least worrisome of all cyber attackers.
New York Times: Federal Auditors Will Soon Review Health Insurance Rates in 10 States
The Obama administration will soon take over the review of health insurance rates in 10 states where it says state officials do not adequately regulate premiums for insurance sold to individuals or small businesses. At least one state, Iowa, has protested the federal decision and asked administration officials to reconsider.
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