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Congressional Insiders Say Debt Ceiling Won't Include Balanced Budget Amendment

Democratic and Republican Members of Congress don't expect that an eventual deal on the increasing the debt ceiling will include a provision for a constitutional amendment to balance the budget, according to this week's National Journal Congressional Insiders Poll.

Posted: Thursday, June 9, 2011 - 9:40am

Poll: Americans Disagree on Raising Debt Limit

While a large majority of Americans agree that failing to raise the debt limit would have negative consequences on the economy, only slightly more than half support it, according to a new Washington Post-ABC News poll. A record 20 percent have no faith that either party will address the nation’s other big problems.

Posted: Thursday, June 9, 2011 - 9:40am

Hotline Sort: California Hustle

Welcome back to Hotline Sort. Palin releases a new video, but a new poll shows she does not have a lot of GOP support. Meanwhile, Pawlenty and Huntsman court congressional support and is Weiner getting a crisis manager? Here's today's rundown:

Posted: Thursday, June 9, 2011 - 8:40am

Goldman, Other Companies Under the Microscope for Libya Fund Dealings

The Securities and Exchange Commission is looking into whether Goldman Sachs and several other financial companies violated bribery laws in their dealings with Libya's sovereign-wealth fund, according to a Wall Street Journal report that cites people familiar with the matter.

Posted: Thursday, June 9, 2011 - 8:40am

Obama Strong By Comparison

In a recent poll from Reuters/Ipsos, the president’s approval rating ticked up 1 percentage point from May, but his real strength is in his popularity-by-comparison numbers.

Posted: Thursday, June 9, 2011 - 8:40am

Sarah Palin's PAC Releases 'One Nation' Tour Video

Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin may not have officially announced her intentions to enter the 2012 presidential race, but a video she released Wednesday highlighting her weeklong "One Nation" tour looks a lot like a campaign commercial.

Posted: Thursday, June 9, 2011 - 8:40am

Senators Want Answers on Payment for Use of Surgical Devices

For some surgeons, the real money isn’t in operating, but in deciding what medical devices to operate with. But is it legal?

Posted: Thursday, June 9, 2011 - 8:40am

High Gas Prices Behind Pessimism of Obama's Economic Policy

Despite measurable evidence to the contrary, Americans’ mood on the economy is bleak.

Posted: Thursday, June 9, 2011 - 6:40am

Deficit Talks Continue On Two Fronts

A group of five senators, formerly the Gang of Six, remains at work on a long-term deficit reduction plan and is looking to cut $4.7 trillion over 10 years, which could grow to as much as $6 trillion with an expected bump in economic activity, according to Sen. Saxby Chambliss, R-Ga., a member.

Posted: Thursday, June 9, 2011 - 6:40am

White House Stepping Up Covert Airstrikes in Yemen

Citing government sources, The New York Times is reporting that the White House is intensifying covert U.S. airstrikes against militants in Yemen, using drones and fighter jets, after nearly a year-long halt to the strikes.

Posted: Wednesday, June 8, 2011 - 11:40pm