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Reid Letter To Boehner Urges Swift FAA Fix Despite Congressional Recess

“Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) has fired off a letter to House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) offering an urgent compromise on Congress’ latest impasse: the partial shutdown of the Federal Aviation Administration.

The move comes just hours after President Barack Obama slammed the imbroglio for creating a “lose-lose-lose situation” and urged Congress to resolve the matter before the end of the week.

Complicating matters is the fact that many lawmakers are about to leave DC, or have left already, as this year’s Congressional recess has now begun.

Other top Democrats are adding their voices to the mix. Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz (FL), Chair of the Democratic National Committee, said it was “reckless and irresponsible” for the GOP House leaders to adjourn before settling the FAA matter. She demanded Speaker Boehner call the House of Representatives “back from vacation.””

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Paul Ryan To Dems: Show Us Your Budget…No, The Other One!

“Before yesterday, Republicans on Capitol Hill liked to feign anger about Senate Democrats’ failure to pass a budget in over two years.

Now that the debt limit deal is done — and it’s essentially a 10-year budget, with the force of law — Republicans are…still attacking Democrats for…not passing a budget!”

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RNC Chair: Pay No Attention To The Wisconsin Recalls, National Reporters

“RNC chair Reince Priebus, a former chair of the Wisconsin Republican Party, says there’s no need for national political reporters to try and glean anything about the 2012 elections from the state Senate recall fight underway in his home state, where Democrats seem to have the momentum.

“I don’t think its a test run,” Preibus said on a conference call with reporters this morning.”

While on Summer Recess, Congress Blocks Recess Appointments

“As many have noted, members of Congress left behind some unfinished business when they headed home for their August recess. But here’s something else you should know: Even though hoards of lawmakers have left D.C., neither chamber of Congress officially adjourned.

The reason? In an effort to block President Obama from making recess appointments—which the Constitution allows presidents to do—Congressional Republicans have kept Congress technically in session.”

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Iowa’s GOP Governor Vetoes Tax Break For The Poor Because It Didn’t Lower Corporate Taxes

“Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad (R) has a curious justification for vetoing a tax break last week for 240,000 Iowa families making $45,000 or less a year: the plan didn’t also include a tax break for corporations. Members of both parties in the Iowa House and Senate agreed to increase the state’s Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC), which reduces the amount of income taxes lower-income families owe.”

Obama Nominates Top Advisor To Tea Party Senator As U.S. Attorney

“President Obama nominated a very odd candidate to be the next U.S. Attorney in Utah, the chief legal advisor to the Senate’s most radical tenther, Sen. Mike Lee (R-UT):

President Barack Obama tapped Sen. Mike Lee’s legal counsel to be the next U.S. attorney for Utah, a move that infuriated Democrats from the state and ended a lengthy political drama over who would claim the high-profile position.”

GRAPH: U.S. Food Stamp Participation Is At An All-Time High

“Recently released data from the United States Department of Agriculture’s Food and Nutrition Service finds that the U.S. once again reached an all-time high in food stamp recipients in May, with 45.8 million people receiving these benefits. The blog Zero Hedge illustrates this statistic, showing how many more Americans are relying on food stamps than during even the height of the recession”

Judge Allows Torture Suit Against Rumsfeld

“A former military contractor says he was tortured during nine months in prison in Iraq and that the former defense secretary violated his constitutional rights by personally approving torturous interrogation techniques. The Obama administration argued Rumsfeld couldn’t be sued personally for official conduct, but the judge disagreed.”

Kosovo says will not accept NATO-Serbia deal

“PRISTINA (Reuters) – The NATO mission in Kosovo said Wednesday that it had drafted an agreement with Serb representatives to move roadblocks in northern Kosovo, but the Pristina government said the deal was unacceptable.”

Mubarak in the dock: historic trial of former Egyptian president begins

“Millions tune in as confusion reigns in Cairo courtroom and violence continues outside”

Hague calls for Syria to end crackdown after UN statement

“[Britain’s] foreign secretary welcomes condemnation by security council after Syrian tanks storm Hama amid heavy shelling.”

Satire: Obama: Debt Ceiling Deal Required Tough Concessions By Both Democrats And Democrats Alike

“A day after signing legislation that raised the government debt ceiling and authorized steep budget cuts, President Obama thanked Democrats as well as Democrats for their willingness to make tough, but necessary, concessions during negotiations. “I’m truly grateful that both Democrats and their Democratic counterparts were able to reach this consensus, accepting an agreement that is far from perfect not just for Democrats, but also for Democrats.”


Good News: Tuskegee Airmen Gather To Mark 70th Anniversary, And See An Old Friend

“America’s first black military pilots are celebrating their 70th anniversary, as nearly 100 veterans of the Tuskegee Air Corps have reunited in Washington, D.C., for their national convention this week.

Pilots in the famed 332nd Fighter Group and other Tuskegee units received their flight training at the Tuskegee Army Air Field in Tuskegee, Ala. Their first official training sessions took place on on July 19, 1941.”

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