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Wed July 13, 2011

Debt-Ceiling Deal? 'Hell, No Caucus' Stands Firm

A fourth consecutive day of talks at the White House for a deal to raise the debt ceiling by Aug. 2 ended abruptly Wednesday night, with President Obama walking out on a meeting with congressional leaders. That was hours after the credit-ratings agency Moody's threatened to cut the U.S. credit rating, warning of an increased risk of a government debt default.

Meanwhile, GOP congressional leaders in particular are increasingly at odds with members of their own party in the debt-ceiling debate.

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Wed July 13, 2011

Moody's Puts U.S. Credit Rating Under Review

Moody's Investor Services is putting the United States' top-notch credit rating under review for a possible downgrade. The credit ratings agency's action comes as lawmakers continue talks on how to raise the U.S. debt ceiling. Robert Siegel talks to NPR's Jim Zarroli.


Wed July 13, 2011

Roger Clemens Lied About Steroid Use, Jury Told

Baseball pitching star Roger Clemens (right) walks with his attorney, Rusty Hardin, as he arrives at the U.S. District Court for the start of his perjury trial on Wednesday in Washington, D.C.
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Baseball pitching star Roger Clemens, winner of a record seven Cy Young awards, sat silently in federal court on Wednesday, as his trial opened on charges of perjury and obstruction of Congress — charges that carry a maximum penalty of 30 years in prison.

Clemens remained expressionless as the prosecutor, Assistant U.S. Attorney Steven Durham, told the jury that the government had physical proof that the 48-year-old one-time pitching ace had been repeatedly injected with anabolic steroids and human growth hormone.

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Wed July 13, 2011
The Two-Way

Moody's Puts U.S. Credit Rating On Review For Possible Downgrade

As the clock ticks down to the Aug. 2 deadline to raise the debt ceiling, Moody's Investor Service became the first of the big-three rating agencies to put the United States' Aaa credit rating on review for possible downgrade.

Reuters reports:

In a statement, Moody's said it sees a "rising possibility that the statutory debt limit will not be raised on a timely basis, leading to a default on U.S. Treasury debt obligations."

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Wed July 13, 2011
It's All Politics

Bachmann, Other House Conservatives, Accuse Obama Of Debt Scare Tactics

Rep. Michele Bachmann speaks while fellow Republicans representatives Louie Gohmert of Texas (l) and Steve King of Iowa wait.
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Rep. Louis Gohmert, a Texas Republican, suggested Wednesday that he'd like President Obama to be more like President Franklin D. Roosevelt.

No, he wasn't talking about wanting Obama to massively expand the federal government or engage in more Keynesian pump-priming.

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