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2:18pm

Tue July 26, 2011
Economy

What A Credit Ratings Cut Could Mean For The U.S.

Traders work on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange in April. The country's credit rating could suffer if Congress fails to address the nation's long-term debt.
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With a debt ceiling deadline approaching, party leaders spent the day counting votes.

There are two plans: One, the handiwork of House Majority Leader John Boehner (R-OH), the other from Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV).

The problem is that it's not clear that either one can muster the votes necessary for approval.

Monday night, President Obama dramatized the threat this way:

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1:44pm

Tue July 26, 2011
The Two-Way

Wisconsin Politics Now Turns To A Bloody Balloon Incident

Wisconsin has been the scene of plenty of political altercations over the past few months: from legislators fleeing the state to avoid a union bill vote, to the state House being shut down because of protestors, to one Supreme Court justice holding another one

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1:00pm

Tue July 26, 2011
NPR Story

Egyptians At Odds Over Military's Role In Government

When the military stepped in and eased the way out for Hosni Mubarak earlier this year, its leaders insisted they only wanted to be a caretaker government, finding the best pathway to civilian and democratic rule. A new electoral law has been promulgated, and it looks like parliamentary elections will be held in November. Some in the military want the army to continue to play the role of safeguard for the new system that is emerging. But others — primarily the young — argue the military cannot be trusted with that kind of power.

1:00pm

Tue July 26, 2011
NPR Story

Rep. Wu Resigns In The Midst Of Sex Assault Allegations

Democratic Rep. David Wu of Oregon has announced that he is resigning from Congress. Recent allegations of sexual assault and abuse of prescription drugs have led to questions over whether he is fit for public office.

1:00pm

Tue July 26, 2011
NPR Story

Seniors Complete To Be 'Miss Alabama Nursing Home'

Monday in Birmingham, 75 contestants from the "retirement set" went toe to toe for the title of "Miss Alabama Nursing Home."

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