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Debt Talks Spark Anger; Former Staffers Contradict James Murdoch

Jul 22, 2011

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Details are slim of a possible budget compromise between President Obama and Republican leader John Boehner but they're enough to enrage several senators, according to Politico. Democratic senators reportedly blew up at Obama's budget director when they heard President Obama is considering delaying talks on tax increases in exchange for the GOP's help to boost the federal debt ceiling.

The former editor and attorney for the defunct News of the World claim James Murdoch misled British lawmakers this week who are investigating phone hacking. The Guardian reports editor Colin Myles and lawyer Tom Crone say they expressly told Murdoch of an email that revealed phone hacking at News of the World was more widespread that first thought. Murdoch told lawmakers he was unaware of the email at the time the three spoke.

The National Weather Service says the killer heat wave will force temperatures to between 105 and 115 degrees in the Midwest and Mid-Atlantic states. And this hot note - some local heat values will be higher than that.

The UN is calling for an emergency meeting Monday in Rome so countries can discuss the swelling drought and famine problem in the Horn of Africa, especially Somalia. Reuters cites a UN official who says the famine is the most dire in 20 years, and the civil war and anarchy make it worse. In a separate report, Islamist rebels told Reuters it really isn't that bad there, and the UN is only spreading propaganda about the drought situation to gain political advantage.

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