10:12am

Fri July 29, 2011
The Two-Way

Coming Up: Obama On Debt Ceiling Status

President Obama addresses the nation on the debt ceiling from the East Room of the White House in Washington on Monday.
Jim Watson AP

Here we are: four days away from when the U.S. Treasury says the country will not be able to pay its bills unless Congress raises the debt ceiling. As we reported, yesterday Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) spent his day arm twisting and negotiating one-on-one with his own caucus and ended up calling it a night without a vote on his budget plan.

Now, President Obama is stepping into the spotlight. He's expected to address the issue at 10:20 a.m. ET. We'll live blog here.

Update at 10:24 a.m. ET: So where do we stand?

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9:51am

Fri July 29, 2011
Business and the Economy

Jobless Rates Down in the Past Year

Unemployment rates fell in 96 Kentucky counties between June 2010 and June 2011, while 19 county rates increased and five counties remained the same, according to the Kentucky Office of Employment and Training. Woodford County recorded the lowest jobless rate in the Commonwealth at 7.4 percent while Jackson County had the highest rate at 16.8 percent.

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9:29am

Fri July 29, 2011
The Two-Way

Report: Receiving Asylum, Iman Al-Obeidi Arrives In U.S.

Iman al-Obeidi first made news in March, when she burst into a Tripoli hotel filled with foreign journalists. She tried to tell her story, but government authorities dragged her away screaming, as dozens of cameras rolled.

Since then, Obeidi was released and she fled to Tunisia and eventually found her way to Qatar only to be deported back to Libya. In early June, Obeidi left for a U.N. refugee facility in Romania.

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8:45am

Fri July 29, 2011
Opinion

Foreign Policy: Fail, Britannia

Great Britain has been hit with political and media related scandal in recent weeks.
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Chandrashekhar Krishnan is executive director of Transparency International UK.

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8:43am

Fri July 29, 2011
The Two-Way

In Interview, President Bush Explains His Initial Sept. 11 Reaction

One of the strking moments of news photography from Sept. 11 came when President George W. Bush received news that a second plane had crashed into the Twin Towers in New York City.

Bush was at an event at Florida elementary school when White House Chief of Staff Andy Card came into the room, walked over to the president and told him the country "was under attack."

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8:00am

Fri July 29, 2011
Opinion

New Republic: Silly GOP, Obama Won't Sign That

Rep. Joe Wilson, R-S.C., arrives at the Capitol office of House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, as the scheduled vote on his debt plan bill is delayed in Washington, Thursday night, July 28, 2011.
J. Scott Applewhite AP

Jonathan Chait is a senior editor at The New Republic.

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7:59am

Fri July 29, 2011
Opinion

Weekly Standard: Reagan Had The Right Idea

President Ronald Reagan poses for photographers in the Oval Office of the White House, Jan. 11, 1989 after delivering a televised farewell address to the nation. In the parting address, Reagan said that during his eight years in office, "we meant to change a nation and instead we changed a world."
Ron Edmonds AP

Fred Barnes is the executive editor for The Weekly Standard.

What would President Reagan do in the debt limit battle? That's unknowable, but we do know what his goal would be: get the best deal possible under the circumstances. Reagan never let the perfect or the unattainable keep him from achieving the good.

Reagan spent the 1980 campaign promoting a 30 percent, across the board tax cut on individual income. It would be phased in over three years, starting in 1982.

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7:33am

Fri July 29, 2011
Kentucky Arts and Culture

Hidden Rivers, Veiled Faces

Artist Bill Fontana opened a public art sound installation in the landscaped passageway between the Financial Center Tower and its garage on July 29. The sound sculpture incorporates the sounds of the subtarranean Town Branch River.
Hannah Potes Lexington Herald-Leader

The hidden is unveiled this weekend in Lexington.  A sound sculpture, sponsored by Lexarts, resurrects a buried river.  And, an exhibit at the University of Kentucky lifts the veil on veils.  Arts and cultural reporter Rich Copley of the Lexington Herald Leader newspaper offers a preview of both artworks.

6:55am

Fri July 29, 2011
Politics

Boehner's Bill In Limbo As GOP Tries To Regroup

House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) attended a news conference Thursday in Washington, D.C., hours before Republicans were forced to postpone a vote on his debt-ceiling legislation.
Alex Wong Getty Images

The House Republican leadership was in overdrive Friday trying to wrangle tea party conservatives into passing a debt-ceiling bill, picking up where they left off after failing to garner enough support to bring it to a vote the night before.

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6:52am

Fri July 29, 2011
Strange News

Man Celebrates Hot Dog Month With Daily Dose

To celebrate Hot Dog Month, Rob Merlino has eaten a frank every day in July, according to the Boston Globe. The 47-year old father of five is eating them grilled, steamed, boiled and fried at shacks and diners throughout New England.

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