Obama is aiming for a deficit deal by July 22nd, Minnesota’s government has shut down after Democrats and Republicans could not compromise on a budget, the NBA enters a lockout, and the Strauss-Kahn case may be falling apart.
Also, DNC Chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz and Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi celebrate the 40th Anniversary of the 26th Amendment: http://bit.ly/ifZUXU; http://bit.ly/j63Mo9. Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez admits he has cancer, the Ohio governor signs a bill that allows guns in bars, and the demand for Google+ is through the roof.
From everyone at Rock the Vote, have a very happy Fourth of July!
Caitlin, Katie, + Perry
Obama Pushes for a Deficit Deal by July 22, http://on.wsj.com/moDUsm
With negotiations over a deficit deal seemingly falling apart, the Obama administration has announced that leaders in Congress have a strict deadline of July 22 to figure out a solution. A July 22 deadline would allow ten days to implement the plan before the Treasury defaults on August 2.
(via POLITICO Breaking News) Minnesota’s government shut down at midnight local time Friday after six months of negotiations between Democratic Gov. Mark Dayton and the state’s Republican-controlled legislature failed to produce a budget compromise. At a late-night capitol press conference attended by the very GOP legislators with which Dayton was sparring, the governor blamed Republicans for refusing to budge from a no-tax increase position. A GOP legislator said Dayton “threw in the towel.”
CBA expires, NBA locks out its players, http://es.pn/mNYRNJ
The negotiations between NBA players and team owners are looking as hopeless as that of the debt ceiling. The NBA lockout started today after its collective bargaining agreement expired. Both sides’ demands are millions of dollars a part and could potentially cause the entire 2011-2012 season to be cancelled.
Strauss-Kahn Case Seen as Near Collapse, http://nyti.ms/iMtV6U
Investigators have found some major holes in the sexual assault case against Dominique Strauss-Kahn. The housekeeper who is charging Strauss-Kahn with sexual assault, has since repeatedly lied, leading to discussions of whether or not to dismiss the felony charges.
Chavez Says Cancerous Cells Removed, http://nyti.ms/iYgNFd
In a morbid turn of events, oil markets reacted positively to the revelation that Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez has cancer. The anti-American and anti-capitalist leader is unpopular with businesses after he took over Venezuela’s oil industry. Poorer Venezuelans “widely love” Chavez for using oil revenues to build schools and clinics.
Ohio governor signs law allowing guns in bars, http://reut.rs/iiWUHf
Ohio gun owners will no longer have to leave their firearms at home when they go out for a drink. Republican Governor John Kasich has signed a new law that allows concealed weapons in not just bars, but shopping malls and sporting venues as well. Businesses can choose to ban or allow guns in their buildings.
Chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz Celebrates the 40th Anniversary of the 26th Amendment, http://bit.ly/ifZUXU
In honor of the 40th Anniversary of the ratification of the 26th Amendment, which lowered the voting age from 21 to 18, DNC Chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz has recognized the integral role young voters play in the electoral process. In a statement she released, Schultz expresses that “while Republican governors and legislatures across the country attempt to hinder young people from voting, the Democratic Party will continue fighting to expand the electorate and make sure young voters are able to exercise their Constitutional right to vote.”
Thad McCotter to join W.H. race Friday, http://politi.co/jDYjTV
Thaddeus McCotter may not be a very well-known politician, but he wants to be President. The four-term congressman from Michigan is the 8th Republican candidate to announce his campaign. He says new media tools like Twitter can let him compete with richer candidates that have better name recognition.
Google can’t cope with demand for Google+, http://bit.ly/jZClIw
Could Google+ surpass Facebook? It may be too soon to tell, but Google’s new social media program is off to a popular start. “Insane demand” for access to the invite-only beta version forced Google to shut off invitations until it could handle the new users.
Lil Wayne, Eminem Go Into Guinness World Records on Social Media Day, http://bit.ly/ltFdRr
So You Think You Can Dance: Inside The ‘Heated’ Elimination Deliberations, http://bit.ly/jn1Z8T
Ladies First: Sonya Thomas and the women’s movement in competitive eating, http://es.pn/k8e4A9
‘Transformers 3′ Makes $20+M Thursday; Breaks 2011 Opening Day Record On Way To $350M Global Cume For First 7 Days, http://bit.ly/lFapWJ