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The Obama Morning News || July 29, 2011

House Republican leaders delayed until at least Friday a white-knuckle vote on legislation designed to ease the nation’s debt crisis, after hours of scrambling in vain to lock down the last votes needed for passage. Boehner’s speakership may be on the line.

Senate Democrats were talking compromise, saying they would essentially take the Boehner bill but without the requirement that recommendations from a new commission be accepted before a second vote on the debt ceiling at the end of the year.

South Carolina’s members, in the thrall of the state’s GOP Sen. Jim DeMint, refuse to budge. Boehner may try to alter the district of one of his chief opponents to get him removed from Congress.

Obama is expected this morning to announce gas mileage standards that will boost average fuel economy to at least 54 miles per gallon by 2025. He’ll also likely opine on the debt ceiling.

Lawmakers plan to gut the Defense Department as the nation engages in wars in Iraq, Afghanistan, Libya and against terrorism.

Michele Bachmann said she won’t support the Boehner bill and derided administration “scare tactics.” Sarah Palin tries to have it both ways, reminding Republicans about their commitments to reduce spending but not explicitly opposing the Boehner bill.

Jon Huntsman touts his green credentials.

Business leaders are airing their growing unhappiness with Obama.

And the White House says Iran has a secret deal with al Qaeda.

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10 Responses to The Obama Morning News || July 29, 2011

  1. We are getting nervous over here as well. A default and downgrading will have consequences globally. However, I like that the republicans are giving the democrats a match. It is healthy that they show a serious concern about the enormous deficit.Maybe investors around the world will take note and in various ways join in their efforts to get rid of Obama.So perhaps the looming default will be the turnaround for the US. But I hope there will be a deal of some kind in the eleventh hour. A weakened Obama is a good outcome. Were is he hiding nowadays ?

  2. Don’t think Sarah Palin is trying to have it both ways. By re-posting her letter to the newly elected conservatives, and highlighting the most important passages, she is asking them to remember the mission they were charged with when they were sent to DC.

    Many don’t want to give her credit, but she was very instrumental in many of the conservative wins in 2010. I have tremendous respect for her strength and determination to return America to the principles that made her great.

  3. Wow. Just when I thought Jon Huntsman could not possibly be any less relevant, he up and surprises me by globbing on to that HUGE voting block of republican environmentalists. Genius! Even if he were to get through the primaries, I am not sure this “cause” is all that hot with independents who will ulitmately elect the next president. Surely this man is delusional. He has not even begun to weather the storm of criticism of having been one of Barry’s ambassadors. He’ll be out before New Hampshire.