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9:42am

Thu July 21, 2011
It's All Politics

Partisan Debt-Ceiling Fight Makes Even Expediency Less So

Originally published on Thu July 21, 2011 9:17 am

President Obama and Congressional leaders at the White House, July 14, 2011.
Chip Somodevilla Getty Images

About the only thing certain right now in the debt-ceiling fight is that the yellow light has come on for negotiators who have pretty much run out of time to get a long-term deficit cutting deal done by the Aug. 2 deadline.

That's the date on which the U.S. Treasury says it will have exhausted all the financial tricks it has used since May to stave off a default by the federal government.

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9:42am

Thu July 21, 2011
All Songs Considered Blog

Tweet to Unlock St. Vincent's New Single

Originally published on Thu July 21, 2011 9:00 am

Tina Tyrell

Disingenuous girls. Kitty cannibalism. Both are the topics of videos teasing St. Vincent's new album, Strange Mercy. Out September 13, buzz is already pretty high for her third album, but she's helping nudge things along by launching her own Twitter campaign to promote the record.

Taking a Jerry Lee Lewis telethon approach, the more times you tweet #strangemercy the closer you get to unlocking the first single off of the album.

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9:00am

Thu July 21, 2011
National Security

ATF Whistleblower Case Triggers Retaliation Inquiry

The Justice Department's Inspector General has opened an investigation into possible retaliation against a whistle-blowing agent at the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms, according to two people briefed on the inquiry.

Watchdogs are examining whether anyone at the Justice Department improperly released internal correspondence to try to smear ATF agent John Dodson, who told the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee last month that he repeatedly warned supervisors about what he called a reckless law enforcement operation known as "Fast and Furious."

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8:45am

Thu July 21, 2011
The Two-Way

IG Probing Whether 'Fast And Furious' Whistle Blower Was Punished

Breaking news from NPR's Carrie Johnson:

"The Justice Department inspector general has opened an investigation into possible retaliation against a whistle-blowing agent at the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms, according to two people briefed on the inquiry.

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8:23am

Thu July 21, 2011
The Two-Way

Report: U.K. Probe Goes Beyond Murdoch's Newspapers

"British Phone-Hacking Probe Expands Beyond Murdoch Papers" is the headline on one of CNN's main stories right now.

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