Jul 29, 2011

Cheat Sheet - Boehner's Debt Ceiling Meltdown

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JULY 29, 2011
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1.John Boehner's Debt Debacle

Despite a long day and night of threats and arm-twisting, John Boehner couldn't get the votes to pass his own debt bill. Some conservatives declared the bill "not good enough" and "too small," while others had wondered aloud why they would vote for an imperfect bill in the House, only to see it killed in the Senate. The Daily Beast's Patricia Murphy on the debacle that forced the House speaker to withdraw his measure.

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2.U.S.: Iran in Alliance with Al Qaeda

For the first time, the U.S. has formally accused Iran of entering into an alliance with al Qaeda. The Treasury Department described an extensive Iran-based fundraising operation designed to funnel money and weapons to al Qaeda's forces in Pakistan and Afghanistan. U.S. officials say that Iran is helping al Qaeda, despite differences in religious beliefs, to assert control in the region after the U.S. departs. The Treasury issued sanctions against six people it says are heading al Qaeda's fundraising network with the support of Iranian authorities. Iran denied the claims.

Read it at The Wall Street Journal

3.Soldier Admits to Ft. Hood Attack Plot

Close call. The Army says that Pfc. Naser Abdo, the soldier who was caught on Thursday with weapons and a bomb inside his backpack, has admitted to planning to attack Fort Hood. Oddly, though, Abdo had previously spoken out against the 2009 Fort Hood shootings. In an essay, he wrote that the shootings, in which an American-Muslim gunman killed 13 people, went against his beliefs, calling the attack "an act of aggression by a man and not by Islam." Police said they were able to catch Abdo after receiving a tip from a clerk at Guns Galore LLC, where Abdo attempted to purchase six pounds of smokeless gun powder, three boxes of shotgun ammunition, and a magazine for a semi-automatic pistol.

Read it at The Associated Press

4.Bush Explains Reaction to 9/11 Attacks

He might have overshot the mark. In an interview with National Geographic Television, former President George W. Bush explains his much-criticized blank reaction to the news of the September 11 terrorist attacks as his attempt at projecting calm. Describing getting the news while visiting a Florida classroom, he says: "My first reaction was anger. Who the hell would do that to America? Then I immediately focused on the children, and the contrast between the attack and the innocence of children." Then he realized a lot of people would be watching his reaction. "So I made the decision not to jump up immediately and leave the classroom. I didn't want to rattle the kids. I wanted to project a sense of calm."

Read it at Reuters

5.Alleged Rape Victim Comes to U.S.

Eman al-Obeidy, who got the world's attention when she ran into a Tripoli hotel and accused Gaddafi's forces of detaining and raping her, has made her way to the United States. After spending 54 days in a U.N. Refugee facility in Romania, Obeidy arrived in New York before going on to her final destination. Other than telling a CNN producer that she wanted to thank Hillary Clinton, Obeidy said she is not ready to speak to the media. After being dragged from the Tripoli hotel in March, Obeidy escaped to Tunisia with the help of a defecting army officer, and then moved to Qatar. But she was deported and sent back to Libya shortly thereafter.

Read it at CNN

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Bomb Hits Afghan Minibus
Nineteen dead, including 12 children.

U.S. Meets With North Korea
Gauging seriousness about abandoning nuke program.

Tiger Woods Will Golf Next Week
But his ranking plummeted after 11-week break.

No One Will Adopt Hitler Cat
Staff at charity blames 'stache markings.

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