Mon August 1, 2011
All Politics are Local

Most, Not All, KY Congressmen Compromise

A majority of Kentucky lawmakers assisted the US House in passing legislation to keep the government from defaulting on its loans. Lawmakers have gotten an earful from angry voters lately and that extended to the House floor.  Nine protestors were arrested in the Gallery after chanting their opposition to the compromise measure on raising the nation’s debt ceiling.

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Mon August 1, 2011
The Two-Way

Rep. Gabrielle Giffords Pays House A Surprise Visit For Debt Vote

The House of Representatives' vote to approve a bill raising the U.S. federal debt ceiling ended weeks of uncertainty and bitter debate. But even as the vote tally came in, the loudest cheers in the chamber were heard when Rep. Gabrielle Giffords (D-AZ) made her first appearance on the House floor since she was severely wounded by a gunman in January.

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Mon August 1, 2011

House Passes Debt Ceiling Bill

The House passes the bill to raise the debt ceiling. The final vote was 269 to 161. During the vote, Rep. Gabrielle Giffords made an appearance on the House floor for the first time since she was severely wounded by a gunman in January. She voted in favor for the bill. Melissa Block talks to NPR's Andrea Seabrook for more.


Mon August 1, 2011

House Votes On Debt Ceiling Plan

Originally published on Mon August 1, 2011 8:30 pm

The House is voting on the debt ceiling plan brokered by the White House and congressional leaders. Melissa Block talks to NPR's Andrea Seabrook and David Welna for the state of play.


Mon August 1, 2011
The Two-Way

House Approves Bill To Raise Federal Debt Limit

The House voted Monday to extend the federal debt limit and enact spending cuts. Here, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi arrives for a meeting with House Democrats and Vice President Joe Biden at the Capitol.
Chip Somodevilla Getty Images

The House of Representatives has approved legislation to raise the federal debt ceiling and prevent a possible U.S. default, as the nation moves toward ending a bitter standoff.

The bill passed by a vote of 269 to 161; it required only a simple majority to pass.

A loud round of applause broke out on the House floor as the votes came in — apparently prompted by the sudden appearance of Rep. Gabrielle Giffords.

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Mon August 1, 2011
The Two-Way

Obama, U.N Secretary-General, E.U. Condemn Syria After Deadly Attacks

A pro-Islamic human rights group chants slogans as they call for the removal of Syrian president Bashar al Assad and his regime during a demonstration outside the Syrian Embassy in Ankara.
Adem Altan AFP/Getty Images

U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon condemned Syria's use of violence against anti-government protesters, urging Damascus to halt its military attacks on those unhappy with the regime of President Bashar al-Assad. In a statement, Ban said that Syrian officials "are accountable under international human rights law for all acts of violence perpetrated by them against the civilian population."

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Mon August 1, 2011
The Two-Way

Killing Bin Laden 'Like Mowing The Lawn,' SEAL Tells Journalist

Policemen stand guard outside the compound used as a hideout by Osama bin Laden, the day after a U.S. raid killed the al Qaida leader in Abbottabad, Pakistan.
Aamir Qureshi AFP/Getty Images

The SEAL mission that resulted in the death of Osama bin Laden was in doubt for around a full minute after one of its helicopters crash-landed at the al-Qaida leader's hideout in Abbottabad, Pakistan. That and other details are in Nicholas Schmidle's account of the raid, in a piece in The New Yorker.

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Mon August 1, 2011
It's All Politics

Carl '60 Cent' Kasell And The Debt Ceiling

Carl "60 Cent" Kasell brings the pain as he explains the debt ceiling.
Illustration by Nelson Hsu

Confused by all the details about the debt ceiling?

NPR's legendary newscaster Carl "60 Cent" Kasell explains everything...in a RAP! (be gentle people, this was a rush job)

We've included the lyrics so that you can sing along:

Here's a little lesson,

Sit back for just a bit

Here's how we make a dollar out of 60 cents

It started years ago,

In 1917

Congress set a limit

On the U.S. Treasury

It capped what they could borrow

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Mon August 1, 2011

Ellison Offers Progressive View Of Debt Deal

Many members of the Congressional Progressive Caucus — the liberal wing of the Democratic Party in the House — are furious about the deal that the president has made with Republicans to get an increase in the debt ceiling. Melissa Block talks with Rep. Keith Ellison, a Democrat representing Minnesota's 5th Congressional District. Ellison is also the co-chair of the Congressional Progressive Caucus.


Mon August 1, 2011

FAA Debate Puts Subsidized Rural Airports At Risk

Construction crews at a new air traffic control tower at Oakland International Airport were told on July 19 to stop working after the U.S. House refused to reauthorize routine funding of the Federal Aviation Administration.
Justin Sullivan Getty Images

Construction projects at airports around the country have stopped and 4,000 employees of the Federal Aviation Administration are furloughed, all because Congress couldn't agree on an extension of the agency's authority to operate.

Democratic Sen. Jay Rockefeller, who chairs the subcommittee that oversees the FAA, indicates he will offer a plan as soon as Monday night to end the shutdown. Rockefeller's plan includes cuts in air service subsidies to some rural communities.

Those subsidies keep commercial aviation service in rural areas that would otherwise be isolated.

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