1. FINALLY

    Senate Clears Debt-Ceiling Bill

    Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid of Nev. speaks with reporters about the conflicting plans to deal with the debt crisis, July 26, 2011, on Capitol Hill in Washington.

    J. Scott Applewhite / AP Photo

    They ran down the clock again, but Washington has finally found a way out of its latest crisis. The Senate approved a plan to raise the nation’s debt ceiling and trim future deficits, gathering the 60 votes required and sending the bill to Obama for his signature. Before the vote, the Treasury was due to default on some of its loans at midnight Tuesday evening. The pending law, which passed the House comfortably with a bipartisan vote, will immediately raise the debt ceiling by $400 billion and also sets up a bipartisan joint committee of lawmakers to cobble together a new round of cuts by January. If they don’t succeed, an automated round of harsher cuts sets in.

    Read it at The Wall Street Journal