New analysis of Census data by the Pew Research Center finds that the recession has erased decades of gains minorities had made in closing the country's wealth gap. That gap between whites and minorities is now the widest it's been in 25 years.
Speaker of the House John Boehner is seen after delivering his response to President Obama's remarks about averting default and dealing with the federal deficit, at the Capitol in Washington, Monday, July 25, 2011.
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Fred Barnes is executive editor of The Weekly Standard.
House speaker John Boehner's new plan to cut spending while raising the debt limit faces two obstacles. It must win the votes of most of the 240 Republicans in the House. And the plan, or something like it, needs to be accepted by Senate majority leader Harry Reid. At the moment, overcoming the obstacles is anything but assured.
Zachary A. Goldfarb of the Washington Post talks with Steve Inskeep about the possibility that the U.S. government may have extra time to negotiate a deal to raise the debt ceiling because of higher-than-expected daily tax receipts. The deadline for Congress to raise the limit is Aug. 2.
University of Wisconsin professor Sue Fondrie won the Bulwer-Lytton Contest, which asks people to come up with terrible first lines to imaginary novels. Foudrie's winning entry works in dead sparrows and forgotten memories. The contest honors British writer Edward George Bulwer-Lytton, who opened his novel with the immortal words: "It was a dark and stormy night."