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Sat July 23, 2011
It's All Politics

Obama-Boehner Breakdown Leaves Many Questions, Fewer Answers

President Obama leaves the White House press briefing room after discussing the breakdown in debt-ceiling talks with Speaker John Boehner, July 22, 2011.
Alex Wong Getty Images

Now that the one-on-one debt ceiling talks between President Obama and Speaker John Boehner have broken down, there are obviously more questions than answers about what exactly happened and where matters go from here.

Let's go through just a few of them.

The meta question is obviously will the nation's leaders be able to achieve a deal to raise the debt ceiling before Aug. 2, the date beyond which, the U.S. Treasury says, it won't be able to fend off a default?

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Sat July 23, 2011

Norway Rescuers Search Waters After Island Attack

Originally published on Wed May 23, 2012 9:37 am

Police and emergency services search the waters around Utoya island for victims of an attack, on Saturday.
Odd Anderson AFP/Getty Images

A gunman who opened fire on an island teeming with young people kept shooting for 90 minutes before surrendering to a SWAT team, police said Saturday.

Survivors of the shooting spree have described hiding and fleeing into the water to escape the gunman, but a police briefing Saturday detailed for the first time how long the terror lasted — and how long victims waited for help.

When the SWAT team arrived, the gunman, who had two firearms, surrendered, said Police Chief Sveinung Sponheim.

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Fri July 22, 2011

Sen. Lee Discusses Debt Talks Breakdown

Michele Norris talks to Sen. Mike Lee, a Republican from Utah, about the breakdown of the debt talks.


Fri July 22, 2011
Planet Money

When Patents Attack

Originally published on Wed April 18, 2012 11:58 am

Dan Lamont ZUMA Press

Update, July 26: This story from Planet Money's Alex Blumberg and NPR's Laura Sydell aired this weekend on This American Life. (Check out TAL's "Ways to Listen" page to find how you can hear the story.) A shorter version of the piece is also airing today on All Things Considered. Here's the story.

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Fri July 22, 2011

Reflection On The Debt Talks Breakdown

Michele Norris speaks with our regular political commentators, E.J. Dionne of the Washington Post and Brookings Institution, and David Brooks of the New York Times.