Cravaack in the spotlight on key debt limit bill Republican House Speaker John Boehner is still looking for enough votes to pass his latest bill to raise the federal debt limit. Minnesota Republican congressman Chip Cravaack was lobbied much of yesterday.8:45 a.m.
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As Deadline Looms, Debt Deal Eludes Congress
When the clock ticked closer to a scheduled House vote on Speaker John Boehner's plan to raise the debt ceiling last night, Boehner realized he did not have enough support from the Republican Party's right wing. He stalled, went into closed-door meetings, then called it a night. The votes that were supposed to happen are expected Friday instead — one day closer to default.
'Dogged' GOP Freshmen A Factor In Debt Debate
Arizona Rep. David Schweikert has been in Washington for just six months. He upset an incumbent in 2010 on the strength of strong Tea Party backing. We check in with Schweikert as he prepared to cast a vote on the debt ceiling.
How A Park Helped One Town Weather The Recession
During the worst of the recession, new development ground to a halt and small businesses closed their doors on many Main Streets. That wasn't the case in Greenville, S.C., and while it seems improbable that a city would thrive during the recession, the city's mayor credits a mix of good luck and good fundamentals.
Fire Made Arctic Spew, Rather Than Absorb, Carbon
The Arctic tundra has been relatively thunderstorm-free for 10,000 years. But conditions are changing in the far north, and in 2007 a lightning strike caused the biggest wildfire ever recorded on the North Slope of Alaska. The tundra is normally a carbon sink, but scientists report in the journal Nature that that single fire released more carbon into the atmosphere than the entire Arctic tundra absorbs every year.
Bahrain Sets Up Panel To Investigate Unrest
The king invited a renowned international legal scholar to lead the investigation into the deadly crackdown on protests earlier this year. But some Bahrainis are skeptical. They worry that Cherif Bassiouni might be too close to the government.
Ikea Loses Battle To Keep Union Out Of Va. Plant
This week, workers at an Ikea plant in Danville, Va., voted by a wide margin in favor of a union that will negotiate wages and benefits. Workers there have complained about poor working conditions and wages that are far below those of the furniture chain's workers in Sweden, where it's based.
Entrepreneur Bets On Happiness With Grilled Cheese
Jonathan Kaplan, a self-described "serial entrepreneur," has moved from his Flip camera venture to a chain of grilled cheese restaurants called The Melt. He sought out everyday Americans and discovered their reaction to grilled cheese was pretty much the same: They love it.
Ads In Britain Banned For Too Much Retouching
Advertisers routinely touch up models' faces for magazine ads, but L'Oreal may have gone too far. Britain's Advertising Standards Authority banned two of the company's ads — featuring Christy Turlington and Julia Roberts — calling them "misleading" and an "exaggeration."