(Updated 12:35 p.m.)
Washington (CNN) - The U.S. Senate has passed a last-minute compromise plan to raise the nation's debt ceiling in exchange for spending cuts.
On a 74-26 vote, the Senate sent the bill to President Barack Obama's desk to be signed into law just hours before what would have been an unprecedented default.FULL STORY
(Updated 12:05 p.m. ET)
(CNN) - A majority of Americans disapprove of the deal struck Sunday by President Barack Obama and congressional leaders that will raise the country's legal borrowing limit, and three out of four believe elected officials have acted like "spoiled children."
According to a CNN/ORC International poll conducted Monday during a House of Representatives vote on the legislation, 52 percent of Americans say they are opposed to the debt ceiling deal while 44 percent are in favor of it. The Senate passed the legislation Tuesday in a 74-26 vote.
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(CNN) – The Justice Department has filed suit challenging Alabama's new immigration law, which is set to take effect September 1.
In documents filed in the Northern District Court of Alabama on Monday, the Justice Department said that various provisions of HB 56 undermine immigration enforcement priorities and objectives of the federal government.FULL STORY
(CNN) - As Vice President Joe Biden was leaving the House floor following the debt ceiling vote, he bumped into Marine Cpl. Todd Love and wound up inviting him over for breakfast Tuesday.
Todd was wounded by an improvised explosive device in Sangin, Afghanistan, in October 2010 and lost both his legs and an arm. He is a patient at Walter Reed Army Medical Center, where he is being treated for his injuries.
Biden joked with Love, who had a bright smile, then told a small group in the hallway, "I'm gonna keep my daughter away from this young man."FULL STORY
Washington (CNN) - The House adjourned for summer recess Monday night without resolving a Federal Aviation Administration funding impasse, almost guaranteeing that nearly 4,000 FAA employees will remain furloughed for the next month, and that the federal government will lose at least $1.2 billion in airline passenger tax revenue.
The only possible resolution, one official said, is if the Senate approves the House bill. But that was deemed highly unlikely.FULL STORY
(CNN) – U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords' dramatic and emotional return to Congress for a vote on the debt ceiling compromise sparked an almost immediate discussion of a possible re-election bid.
But a day after her triumphant appearance on the House floor, Giffords' political future wasn't immediately clear. Despite her astounding recovery, she still needed help to make sure she wouldn't fall, Dr. Sanjay Gupta noted on CNN's "American Morning." And she has much rehabilitation work ahead of her, he said.
CNN Radio's Bob Costantini talked to a reporter from Giffords' Arizona congressional district. Listen here:
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CNN: Senate vote set for Tuesday after House passes debt ceiling agreement
The U.S. Senate is scheduled to take up the debt-ceiling deal at noon Tuesday, as lawmakers stare down the deadline for the government to face possible default. The House on Monday passed the package on a 269-161 vote, overcoming opposition from liberal Democrats and tea party conservatives for ideologically different reasons.