On the Radar: July 20, 2011

Bipartisan Plan for Budget Deal Buoys President
By Jackie Calmes and Jennifer Steinhauer, The New York Times
President Obama seized on the re-emergence of an ambitious bipartisan budget plan in the Senate on Tuesday to invigorate his push for a big debt-reduction deal, and he summoned Congressional leaders back to the bargaining table this week to “start talking turkey.” Read more

Obama Backs Latest Bargain
By Janet Hook, Naftali Bendavid and Damian Paletta, The Wall Street Journal
President Barack Obama, in a last-ditch bid for a bipartisan "grand bargain" on the budget, threw his weight Tuesday behind a $3.7 trillion deficit-reduction plan unveiled by six Republican and Democratic senators. Read more

New Debt Plan Gains Support In Senate; House Passes Balanced-Budget Measure
By Lori Montgomery and Rosalind S. Helderman, The Washington Post
President Obama and lawmakers in both parties latched on to a new strategy for reducing the federal debt Tuesday, saying an emerging plan to save $3.7 trillion over the next decade could help break a political impasse over the debt limit and avert a U.S. default. Read more

Big Is The New Black
By John Dickerson, Slate
President Obama has tried to guilt, shame, and cajole House Republicans into a more flexible position on raising the debt limit. Lately his public statements have contained new pieces of evidence aimed to show House Republicans how isolated they are. Read more

WSJ Poll
By John Harwood, CNBC
Results of the latest political poll reveal voters do not expect the economy to improve anytime soon, with CNBC's John Harwood. View

GOP Too Dug In On Debt Talks; Public Fears Default Consequences
By Dan Balz and Jon Cohen, The Washington Post
Majorities of Americans see both President Obama and congressional Republicans as not willing enough to compromise in their budget negotiations, but the public views the GOP leaders as particularly intransigent, according to a new Washington Post-ABC News poll. Read more

Watchdog Says U.S. Aid Money In Afganistan May Be Fueling Insurgency
By Yochi J. Dreazen, National Journal
The United States' inability to control the billions of dollars of American aid flowing into Afghanistan every year is increasing the risk that some of that money is inadvertently fueling the Afghan insurgency, according to a scathing new report by one of the U.S. government's own watchdogs. Read more

Obama To Support Repeal Of Defense Of Marriage Act
By Helene Cooper, The New York Times
President Obama will endorse a bill to repeal a law that limits the legal definition of marriage to a union between a man and a woman, the White House said on Tuesday, taking another step in support of gay rights. Read more

Murdoch Scandal: Father And Son Testify
By Martha Raddatz, ABC News
Rupert Murdoch and son James' testimony will decide media empire's fate. View

Murdoch Scandal: Feds To Investigate Extent Of Hacking, Bribes
By Pierre Thomas, ABC News
The Justice Department is preparing to launch a preliminary investigation into whether News of the World officials engaged in a systemic conspiracy to pay bribes to British police, ABC News has learned. Read more


Posted: Wed, 07/20/2011 - 12:00am