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More Debt Limit Talks; British Prime Minister Faces New Questions

Jul 20, 2011

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Now that House Republicans have passed a bill demanding a constitutional balanced budget amendment that doesn't address the looming debt limit deadline, there's more attention on a bipartisan plan in the Senate. NPR's David Welna tells Morning Edition six senators have crafted a federal debt cutting plan that reduces deficits and abolishes some tax deductions. Now President Obama is praising the so-called Gang of Six plan.

British Prime Minister David Cameron is facing questions from outraged MP's about his links to a suspect in the British phone hacking scandal. Cameron's former press secretary, Andy Coulson, is accused of involvement in the scandal, which Coulson denies. The Guardian reports Cameron hastily broke off a trip to Africa this week to deliver a statement in the House of Commons and MP's delayed their summer recess for the meeting.

Minnesota lawmakers approved a budget deal early today, ending a 20 day government shutdown. Politico says Democratic Gov. Mark Dayton dropped demands for tax increases; Republican leaders gave up demands for spending cuts and changes to abortion laws.

The UN says famine is ravaging two regions in Somalia controlled by rebels. AFP says up to 350,000 people are at risk but adds the world organization warns extreme drought in the Horn of Africa threatens 10 million people.

The National Hurricane Center warns Hurricane Dora is paralleling Baja Mexico as it moves north with winds of about 80 miles per hour. Dora is expected to get stronger but stay in the Pacific Ocean. Meanwhile, Tropical Storm Bret is churning in the Atlantic Ocean off the Carolinas with winds of 50 miles per hour. The NHS predicts Bret will swing right and speed out to sea, away from the U.S. coast and then lose strength.

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