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Sal Gentile

Multimedia Web Editor

Sal writes about politics and international news for Need to Know. He also co-produces Need to Know’s regular web series on the 2012 election, “Presidentiality,” and has produced podcasts for the Climate Desk. Before coming to Need to Know he covered New York politics, reported on-air for Baltimore’s public radio station and contributed analysis to The Leonard Lopate Show on WNYC. He proudly edited his award-winning college newspaper, Johns Hopkins News-Letter. Follow him at twitter.com/salgentile and salgentile.tumblr.com.

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Obama, Congressional leaders reach deal on debt limit, but left sees it as a victory for GOP

President Obama and congressional leaders announced a deal to raise the debt limit Sunday night, but the bill contained no new revenue and no stimulus measures, and was seen by the left as a victory for the GOP.

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‘Counter-jihad’ movement may be small, but its rhetoric has seeped into public discourse

The Norway bomber threw a spotlight on anti-Islam bloggers and activists. Here in the U.S., their rhetoric has influenced mainstream political discourse.

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Rival debt plans aren’t so far apart, but brinkmanship continues

The rival plans proposed by Boehner and Reid actually have a lot in common. But the two sides are staring each other down, waiting for the other to cave.

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As lawmakers push rival debt plans, only one person is still seeking compromise: Obama

A “grand bargain” would seem impossible at this point, but Obama is still pushing for one. Lawmakers in both parties meanwhile, planned votes on their rival debt plans.

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Portrait of ‘right-wing’ suspect in Oslo attacks emerges as ‘Jihadist’ link is debunked

The suspect in the bombing and subsequent shooting was described as a “right-winger with anti-Muslim views.” Some commentators, however, had seized on the now-debunked link to Islamic militants.

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Right-wing extremist seen behind Oslo attacks as Jihadists retract claim of responsibility

The reports confirmed earlier indications that the suspected gunman was a local Norwegian and not a Jihadist. An Islamic militant organization retracted an earlier claim of responsibility for the attacks.

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Maryland governor promises renewed gay marriage push, just in time for 2012 election

Martin O’Malley said he would campaign more aggressively for the measure after taking a back seat earlier this year. The fight could come just as the 2012 election beings in earnest.

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Should Congress investigate the News Corporation too?

Rupert Murdoch’s media empire has been a generous benefactor of lawmakers here in the U.S., too — even those who may one day be charged with investigating that empire.

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Moody’s: You know what? Just scrap the debt limit altogether

The novel proposal suggests that rating agencies would rather the government meet its obligations to creditors than grapple over how much spending to slash.