On the Radar: July 29, 2011

GOP Torn By Sharp Divisions; Historic Deal Just Out Of Reach
By Charles Babington, Associated Press
Despite his image as a button-down Republican, House Speaker John Boehner walked to the brink of a dramatic and historic agreement to change the government’s spending habits.
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House Vote On Boehner Bill Delayed
By Billy House and Susan Davis, National Journal
House leaders decided to delay a vote late Thursday on legislation authored by House Speaker John Boehner to reduce the deficit and raise the nation’s debt ceiling, acknowledging that it still lacked the votes needed for passage. Read more

Debt-Limit Vote Is Canceled In House As Boehner, GOP Leaders Struggle To Gain Votes
By Lori Montgomery and Paul Kane, The Washington Post
House Speaker John A. Boehner abruptly canceled a vote on his plan to lift the federal debt limit late Thursday after failing to persuade recalcitrant conservatives to back the measure and help him avert an economy-rattling default. Read more

Debt Vote Delayed -- Are All Bets Off?
By David Wessel, Alan Murray and Paul Vigna, The Wall Street Journal
WSJ's Alan Murray, David Wessel and Paul Vigna join the News Hub panel to report on the fluid situation in Washington after a scheduled on House Speaker John Boehner's debt-reduction plan was postponed. View

Vote On Boehner Plan Is Delayed
By Naftali Bendavid and Carol E. Lee, The Wall Street Journal
The House postponed a Thursday night vote on Speaker John Boehner's plan to raise the federal borrowing limit after he failed to stem a revolt by conservative GOP members. The delay left the credit status of the U.S. government in jeopardy with five days remaining before it begins running out of money to pay all its bills. Read more

Boehner, Hitting Another Wall On Debt Limit Plan, Calls Off Vote
By Christi Parsons, Lisa Mascaro and Kathleen Hennessey, Los Angeles Times
A revolt by conservative House Republicans stalemated efforts by the party's leadership to pass a bill raising the nation's debt ceiling Thursday night, with Speaker John A. Boehner and his aides calling off a scheduled vote after determining they were on the verge of a humiliating defeat. Read more

Republicans Race To Revive Debt Plan
By Eamon Javers, CNBC
CNBC's Eamon Javers has an update on the GOP racing to revive a vote. View

Debt Threat: Boehner Plan To Advance?
By John Harwood, CNBC
CNBC's John Harwood has the latest on the deficit debate and insight on whether a decision will be made this morning. View

Huntsman 'Not Ashamed To Be A Conservationist'
By Coral Davenport, National Journal
Speaking against a backdrop covered in green elephants, former Utah Gov. Jon Huntsman sought to thread the needle on Thursday at the Republicans for Environmental Protection’s Theodore Roosevelt banquet, balancing an appeal to moderate environmentalists while keeping his conservative bona fides intact. Read more

Thwarted Fort Hood Terror Attack Raises New Questions About Radicalism Within Military
By Yochi J. Dreazen, National Journal
Law enforcement authorities in Texas thwarted an attempted terrorist attack at Fort Hood, the military base that was the site of a 2009 rampage that left 12 soldiers dead. But Thursday’s arrest of Pfc. Naser Jason Abdo raises questions about what can be done to prevent troops from adopting—and acting on—violent Islamist beliefs. Read more

Posted: Fri, 07/29/2011 - 12:00am