Report: Property taxes to go up most in south-central Minnesota It's been a week since a new budget was signed into law for the state of Minnesota, and we're still looking at how that budget is being implemented. Cities and counties around Minnesota predict property tax hikes and service cuts, because of the new state budget. The budget freezes state aid to local governments - locking in for the next two years cuts made during the Pawlenty administration. A report from the State House research department estimates those local governments together will raise property taxes by some $376 million as a result.5:51 p.m.
Dinner Party Download with guest Brit Marling On this edition of the Dinner Party Download, the guests of honor are Mike Cahill and Brit Marling, the creators of the Sundance award-winning "sci-fi romantic thriller" "Another Earth."6:20 p.m.
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No Resolution To Debt Ceiling Crisis In Sight
The House has passed Speaker John Boehner's debt ceiling bill, while Senate Democrats move ahead on their own plan, which faces lumbering procedural hurdles. The irony, President Obama says, is that "the two parties are not miles apart." He adds that "the time for putting party first is over."
Flake: Past Spending Limits Haven't Worked
Robert Siegel interviews Rep. Jeff Flake, a Republican from Arizona, about the debt ceiling negotiations. He tells Robert the inclusion of a balanced-budget amendment helped win his support for House Speaker John Boehner's revised debt plan.
Amid Debt Talks, Politicians Continue Fundraising
Despite ongoing debate about the debt ceiling — and an impending August 2nd deadline — politicians are still hosting fundraising events for future campaigns. Michele Norris talks to Wall Street Journal reporter Brody Mullins for more.
Week In Politics: Debt Ceiling
Robert Siegel is joined by Katrina vanden Heuvel, the editor of The Nation, and Yuval Levin, editor of National Affairs, to discuss this week's political debate over the debt ceiling.
System Makes It Hard To Prioritize U.S. Bill Payments
How will the government decide who to pay and who to stiff if it runs out of credit? It will be tricky since it has never had to tinker with the system to prioritize payments and has a limited ability to do so, a former Treasury official says.
At 7 Days, Egyptian Babies Mark First Rite Of Passage
In Egypt, families hold a ritual called the Sebou to formally acknowledge their baby to the world. The tradition dates back to the Pharaonic times. But since the revolution earlier this year, which affected the economy, the ceremonies have been tempered.
What Kind Of Deal Would The President Sign?
President Obama said Friday he would sign a bill based on the plan devised by Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid that raised the debt ceiling and set the stage for deep deficit reductions in the months ahead. Robert Siegel talks to Ari Shapiro for more.