On the Radar: Deficit talks, Betty Ford funeral, Clemens trial, South Sudan, golf
Congressional leaders meet with President Barack Obama earlier this week to discuss a deal on the federal budget.
July 14th, 2011
08:25 AM ET

On the Radar: Deficit talks, Betty Ford funeral, Clemens trial, South Sudan, golf

Deficit talks - A fourth straight day of talks intended to head off a possible government default ended on a tense note Wednesday, with House Majority Leader Eric Cantor saying President Barack Obama cut him off by saying, "I'll see you tomorrow," before walking out. The exchange concluded almost two hours of talks that failed to achieve a breakthrough. Another session - the fifth in five days - was set for Thursday, participants said.

Betty Ford funeral - After a public viewing at the Gerald R. Ford Museum, a procession will travel to Grace Episcopal Church in Grand Rapids, Michigan, where a national tribute service will be held for former first lady Betty Ford. Lynne Cheney is expected to give the eulogy. In attendance will be former President Bill Clinton, former Vice President Dick Cheney and former Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld (who also served in the Ford administration). After the church service, the family will return to the grounds of the museum, also in Grand Rapids, where the private interment will take place.

Roger Clemens trial - Prosecutors in Roger Clemens' perjury trial are wasting no time telling the jury what they plan to show them. During opening statements, Assistant U.S. Attorney Steven Durham said the prosecution plans to introduce physical evidence in the form of needles and used cotton swabs - items they say contain the former baseball star's DNA as well as residue from anabolic steroids.

Clemens is facing charges of perjury, making false statements and obstruction of Congress about his alleged use of steroids and human growth hormone. The former all-star pitcher testified under oath before the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee in 2008 that he never used illegal performance-enhancing substances during his career.

New U.N. member - South Sudan becomes the 193rd member of the United Nations on Thursday. Its flag is expected to be hoisted after a vote in the U.N. General Assembly.

British Open - The 140th Open Championship, or simply The Open, is the oldest of the four major championships in professional golf. It is the only "major" held outside the United States. This year it returns to Royal St. George's Golf Club in Sandwich, Kent.

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  1. JB

    My mother is a lovely lady, and my sister is a virgin, I don't accept this type of comments towards my family....I'm gonna get him....sooo maddd....

    July 14, 2011 at 11:37 am | Report abuse |
  2. Scottish Mama

    I would just like to say, condolences to Betty Fords family and friends. That the contribution and sacrifice of her personal trials and afflictions have helped many stuggling with the same. Courage to speak out when so many can and do judge, and staring them down when you know in the future it will help many.

    July 14, 2011 at 11:49 am | Report abuse |
  3. HRH banasy

    Classic movie!
    The censors will not let me name it...but Mel Brookes is a genius...and Clevon Little was classic in it!

    Well said.

    July 14, 2011 at 3:02 pm | Report abuse |
  4. saywhat

    @ Mekell @ Scottish Mama@ HRH banasay
    thanks & take care.

    July 14, 2011 at 3:52 pm | Report abuse |
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