On the Radar: Debt ceiling vote, economic reports, tropical storm, turmoil in Somalia
House Speaker John Boehner and other Republican House leaders discuss Boehner's debt plan this week at the Capitol.
July 29th, 2011
08:34 AM ET

On the Radar: Debt ceiling vote, economic reports, tropical storm, turmoil in Somalia

Debt ceiling crisis – House Speaker John Boehner's plan that would raise the nation's debt ceiling and enact sweeping cuts in government spending could come up for a vote Friday after House Republicans called off a vote late Thursday. The delay revealed a deep rift within the GOP that could undermine the party's latest attempt to avoid an unprecedented national default and stave off potential economic catastrophe.

Economic data – The government will report Friday how much the economy expanded in the second quarter but don't expect much good news. A CNNMoney survey of economists forecasts the economy grew only 1.8% in the second quarter, which would be a slight slowdown from the first quarter when it grew a lethargic 1.9%. The University of Michigan's consumer confidence report for July also is due Friday.

Alleged Fort Hood plot – The Army and local and federal law enforcement officials continue to investigate what they say was a foiled terrorist plot against Fort Hood, Texas. Pfc. Naser Jason Abdo acted on his own and is not connected to any terrorist group, a law enforcement official told CNN. Abdo said he wanted to attack Fort Hood soldiers, authorities said, and police reportedly found bomb-making materials in his hotel room in Killeen, Texas.

Tropical storm eyes Texas – Tropical Storm Don has its sights set on south Texas as it moves across the Gulf of Mexico, the National Hurricane Center said. The storm, which would bring much-needed rainfall to the parched state, is forecast to make landfall along the Texas coast late Friday night or early Saturday.

Somalia fighting, famine – In the midst of unrelenting famine, Somali government forces launched an offensive Thursday on Islamist strongholds in Mogadishu, killing 15 members of al Qaeda affiliate group Al-Shabaab. The World Food Program's relief efforts continued as the battle raged in the background.

Air France crash report – The French investigative authority BEA will release its final report on the Air France flight from Brazil to France that literally fell out of the sky two years ago, killing 228 people. The agency will present the exact circumstances of the June 2009 accident with an initial analysis and some new findings based on data recovered from flight recorders.

Polish plane crash report – Details from the plane crash that killed Polish President Lech Kazcynski and nearly 100 others were revealed at a press conference Friday in Warsaw. Pilot error, unclear instructions from air traffic controllers and bad weather caused the April 2010 crash, investigators determined. Polish officials have blamed Russian air traffic controllers for the crash.

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  1. guest

    Golf is too a fun game.

    July 29, 2011 at 8:36 am | Report abuse |
  2. michaelfury

    "some new findings based on data recovered from flight recorders"

    They recovered the black boxes from the bottom of the ocean, but not from Lower Manhattan.

    http://michaelfury.wordpress.com/2008/08/16/black-box/

    July 29, 2011 at 8:54 am | Report abuse |
  3. guest as well

    @Michael...they knew that we would figure out that the towers were demolished. We've been following their bread crumbs. You still are.

    July 29, 2011 at 8:57 am | Report abuse |
  4. Black Ops 4302 Gamer Nerd Alert

    Note to Somalians.. Move out of Somalia there isn't anything there.

    July 29, 2011 at 9:48 am | Report abuse |
  5. Black Ops 4302 Gamer Nerd Alert

    Re: 9/11
    @Mike: Your disinformation isn't any better than the Government's.

    July 29, 2011 at 9:50 am | Report abuse |
    • Mike

      Be specific please.

      July 29, 2011 at 11:04 am | Report abuse |
  6. Madame Royale

    @guest:
    Never said golf wasn't fun.
    It's boring.
    @Michael Fury:
    Give it a rest. I'm not going to go to your site. Just say you piece here, or quit spamming.
    @Black Ops:
    Re: 9/11:
    Word.

    July 29, 2011 at 10:35 am | Report abuse |
  7. Philip

    Michael Fury knows more about what happened on 911 than all of you put together. He spent more time last week looking into 911 than you folks did this past decade. So give it a rest.

    July 29, 2011 at 1:15 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Black Ops 4302 Gamer Nerd Alert

    @Philip: You're probably right, but he's selling propaganda and I can get that for free. Didn't know you were an expert with first hand experience in the matter. Maybe the CIA would give you a job.

    July 29, 2011 at 5:25 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Georgia Hull

    Legalize marijuana. Pay the farmer to grow it. Tax it. Agriculture can save America if we are allowed to. Signed a Kentucky farmer.

    July 29, 2011 at 5:46 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Celeste

    The things that outrage me the most is that The Republican party is playing a dangerous game at a dangerous time. They continue to work against the President and the best interest of the country. The Republican Congress is not only dysfunctional, but they are the perfect example of incompetence, useless trouble makers, without an ounce of any reasonable reasoning skills. The term a empty wagon makes a lot of noise. The more time you take to resolve what would have been a simple issue blown into a major problem now makes us an easier target for every fool out in the world. The other thing that I am furious about is that we are approaching the anniversary of 911. The dumb clucks Boehner and Cantor haven’t and can’t again pass a simple bill. Laying of FAA workers are beyond me. We are loosing 200 millions dollars a day, because the idiots couldn’t pass this bill. The airlines have picked up a windfall because of the incompetence Republican leadership. The President should up the entertainment since you Republicans are failures beyond imagination. The treasury department needs to hold your checks until you earn them. The President didn’t make these messes and he has been cleaning up your do do since he took office.

    July 29, 2011 at 5:54 pm | Report abuse |
  11. goldtracker

    It's the end of the world as we know it. Or Armageddon if all the hyperbole out of DC is to be believed. Well, August 3, will tell.

    July 29, 2011 at 6:09 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Black Ops 4302 Gamer Nerd Alert

    @Michaelfury: If you're such a concerned citizen then please do more than sell your propaganda. If it's as bad as you say and you're the good guy then you are obligated to do more than post some spam about your website. Your destiny is calling you..

    July 29, 2011 at 10:25 pm | Report abuse |
  13. TERROR ALERT

    EMERGENCY "GOVERNMENT SPONSORED TERROR" ALERT !!!

    REAL SHOOTING IN UTOYA or NORWEGIAN "AFTERLIFE" $$ FLASH MOB !!? http://stateofterror.blogspot.com/ or http://stateofterror.wordpress.com/ REAL TEARS OR TEAR GAS AND PURE THEATER ON FACES OF MANIACS !!? OSLO POLICE or COMMUNIST/LIBERAL CRIMINALS WHO WERE PREPARING FOR ACT OF TERROR AGAINST NORWAY AND EUROPE ALMOST HALF DECADE(collecting proofs and photos) AHEAD !!? WILL THERE BE APOCALYPSE NOW(total obedience or trans in abomination) OR TOTAL RESISTANCE(civil war against multyculturalism) !!? No doubt about bombing in Oslo, but what about shooting in Utoya !!!?

    ARIZONA = UTOYA and STOLTENBERG = BREIVIK (90 minutes vs 30 and for government vehicles or police even 20 minutes the most) !!!

    August 6, 2011 at 1:14 pm | Report abuse |