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Debt Dance

Action on raising the debt ceiling and cutting the deficit moves from the White House to Capitol Hill this week.  After President Obama’s nearly daily talks with Congressional leaders last week, the House and Senate will take the lead in a convoluted legislative dance.  The House is scheduled to vote tomorrow on a balanced budget amendment (which we hope will have no chance in the Senate). Meanwhile, the Senate majority and minority leaders will be finalizing a plan that will allow the U.S. to avoid default while letting members avoid responsibility for taking on more debt.  In any case, the President is winning the public relations battle: polls show that Americans blame the recalcitrance of the GOP for the debt crisis.

Will Murdoch Scandal Jump the Pond?

As Americans are finding out this month, Fox News owner Rupert Murdoch plays dirty in other countries besides the U.S.  The British phone-hacking and police bribery scandal—in which reporters for Murdoch-owned media outlets broke into thousands of phones, including that of a murdered 13-year-old girl, and later impeded a police investigation—has already led to the closure of one of London’s oldest newspapers, the arrest of leading political and journalistic figures and the resignation of Scotland Yard’s most senior officers.  Now U.S. officials are investigating whether any of the hacked phones belonged to Americans. As they might say on “Fox and Friends”: stay tuned.

Noteworthy

  • In addition to House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi, ADA’s annual banquet September 13 will honor National Education Association president Dennis Van Roekel and ADA counsel Jack Blum.  Sen. John Kerry says of Blum: “Jack doesn’t just deserve this award, he defines it.”  Tickets are available and ADA needs your support!
  • Activists with ADA’s organizing project Working Families Win in Iowa and New Hampshire are confronting GOP presidential candidates with tough questions and recording their responses.  Read and watch how Tim Pawlenty would undermine Social Security and Medicaid.
  • Read a review of “A Liberal Mandate”, a new book that urges progressives to seize the political debate. Author Keith Martin has generously pledged a portion of the book’s sales to ADA.

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