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Congress Gets Stuck in a Peanut Butter Jar; Reid and McConnell are the 'Doublemint Twins' -- Video

Jon Stewart is fed up with Congress, "The 112th Congress has been completely unable to muster a debt ceiling agreement to avoid a wholly unnecessary default probably because it's such a complicated thing that we've only been able to do it in the past ... a 102 times."

Today's Must See Moment -- Fast forward to 0:20, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid and Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell agree on everything except the debt ceiling.

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Posted: Tuesday, July 26, 2011 - 11:04am

Text of Boehner's Debt Ceiling Proposal

On Monday night, House Republican leadership released the text of House Speaker John Boehner's debt ceiling proposal, the Budget Control Act of 2011. The House Rules Committee will consider the measure today at 3 p.m.

Posted: Tuesday, July 26, 2011 - 11:04am

Afghan President Karzai's Half-Brother Killed in His Home

Afghan President Hamid Karzai's younger half-brother, Ahmed Wali Karzai, was shot dead in his home on Tuesday, allegedly by one of his personal bodyguards.

The younger Karzai, a key power broker in the south, was the head of the Kandahar Provincial Council and ran his own private militia there. While he was also a controversial figure, accused of being corrupt and a narcotics trafficker, his death could leave a power vacuum in the restive south as U.S. troops begin to draw down in the country.

Posted: Tuesday, July 12, 2011 - 9:52am

'What the Frick:' Panetta Aides Seek to Qualify Off-the-Cuff Remarks

Breaking out of his behind-the-scenes position as CIA director, Leon Panetta is already earning a reputation as a bold and outspoken Defense secretary. On his first overseas trip in his new post to Afghanistan and Iraq, Panetta made several headline-grabbing remarks -- some that were quickly qualified by his aides.

'DAMMIT, MAKE A DECISION'

Posted: Tuesday, July 12, 2011 - 9:52am

Hotline Sort: Cracks In The Granite

Welcome back to Hotline Sort. Voters head to the polls in Wisconsin and California today while the RGA goes up on TV in Kentucky. A Democrat wants to "put a shot across Obama's bow," and have Democrats found their man to run for Donnelly's seat? Here's today's rundown:

Posted: Tuesday, July 12, 2011 - 9:52am

Video: Jon Stewart on News of the World - 'I Think I Just Threw Up in my Mouth a Little Bit'

Jon Stewart feels better about the media in America after learning about the News of the World phone hacking scandal.

Stephen Colbert, on what his Super PAC and the most recent "Transformers" movie have in common, "I can also rake in millions of dollars for no apparent reason."

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Posted: Tuesday, July 12, 2011 - 9:52am

Administration Sending Officials to Help Struggling Cities

In a new effort to encourage economic recovery, the Obama administration is sending federal officials to work with six struggling cities for a year, The Wall Street Journal reports.

Posted: Tuesday, July 12, 2011 - 9:52am

PICTURES: Medal of Honor Recipients

Army Sgt. 1st Class Leroy Petry, who lost his hand while throwing a grenade away from two other soldiers, will receive the Medal of Honor on Tuesday. While Petry is the ninth soldier to recieve the medal since U.S. forces began fighting in Afghanistan in 2001, he is only the second who lived to receive it.

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Posted: Tuesday, July 12, 2011 - 9:52am

Second Living Medal of Honor Recipient to Be Honored

The shooting started without warning, and within seconds two U.S. Army Rangers—some of the military’s most highly trained soldiers—were pinned down inside an insurgent compound in eastern Afghanistan.

Posted: Tuesday, July 12, 2011 - 9:52am

Human Rights Watch: Investigate Bush Officials for Torture and Rendition

On September 26, 2002, Maher Arar, a Syrian-born Canadian engineer, ended his vacation in Tunisia with his wife and two children to return to Canada, his homeland since the age of 17. During a layover at New York’s John F. Kennedy International Airport, U.S. immigration officials pulled him aside, questioned him for eight hours, handcuffed him, and told him he did not have the right to an attorney. Maher was questioned, strip searched, vaccinated, and eventually put on a plane and sent to a Syrian jail where he languished for almost a year in a 3-foot-by-6-foot underground cell.

Posted: Tuesday, July 12, 2011 - 9:52am