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More Uncertainty Over House Debt Vote; Tropical Storm Draws Closer To Texas

Jul 29, 2011

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House Speaker John Boehner will try again today to win votes for his legislation raising the federal government's debt limit. On Morning Edition, NPR's Andrea Seabrook describes the shock that spread after Boehner yanked the bill from the House floor yesterday, as observers realized he didn't have the votes to pass it.

Colorado Senator Michael Bennet (D-Colo.) sounded like he was shaking his head in disbelief over the House's failure to vote on the debt legislation yesterday. Speaking with NPR's Steve Inskeep on Morning Edition, Bennet wondered if it's impossible for the House to pass either the Speaker's bill or a rival package sponsored by Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.), even though the nation could default on paying its debt early next week.

Norway is mourning the 76 victims of last week's bombing and shooting attack in Oslo and a youth camp Utoya island. AP says there are two memorial services, including one at an Oslo mosque. Norwegian police are again questioning the suspected attacker, Anders Behring Breivik, who has claimed he he had accomplices. Police think he acted alone.

The National Hurricane Center expects Tropical Storm Don to make landfall in Texas early Saturday morning. The AP says weather forecasters believe Don will strike near Corpus Christi, but not at hurricane strength; many residents, suffering from drought, are looking forward to the heavy rain.

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