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Need to Know News: Talks continue as debt deadline looms; heat wave plagues 15 states
July 11th, 2011
10:30 AM ET

Need to Know News: Talks continue as debt deadline looms; heat wave plagues 15 states

Each day, we here at "Piers Morgan Tonight" put together the news you need to know – from what happened last night to what will happen today.

For July 11, 2011 – Heat wave plagues 15 states, President Barack Obama and Hill leaders to meet again, U.S. holding back aid to Pakistan, funeral today for Rangers fan, U.S. women win a soccer classic...

• Record temperatures seen as heat wave plagues 15 states: "A heat wave is building and could reach dangerous levels in parts of the Midwest, the Plains and the Southeast this week. Fifteen states are under heat advisories, which means temperatures are expected to exceed 105 degrees Fahrenheit."

• Obama, Hill leaders to meet again as debt deadline looms: "President Barack Obama is set to host top congressional leaders at the White House Monday, continuing a marathon session of talks aimed at striking a deal to raise the nation's $14.3 trillion debt ceiling and avert a potentially devastating national default. Obama will hold a news conference at 11 a.m. - before the meeting - to discuss the state of the negotiations."

• U.S. holding millions in aid to Pakistan, says Obama's chief of staff: "The United States is holding back $800 million in aid to Pakistan, President Barack Obama's chief of staff said Sunday. Appearing on ABC's "This Week," White House Chief of Staff William Daley confirmed a report in the New York Times that the aid was being withheld. While Pakistan has "been an important ally in the fight on terrorism," Daley said, "now they've taken some steps that have given us reason to pause on some of the aid which we're giving to the military, and we're trying to work through that." A spokesman for the Pakistani military told CNN the military was not informed of any such plan."

Funeral services Monday for fan who died at game: "Funeral services will be held Monday for a Texas man who died at a baseball game last week. Shannon Stone will be buried in his hometown of Brownwood, Texas. The 39-year-old firefighter fell to his death Thursday while trying to catch a ball at a Texas Rangers game."

U.S. women win a soccer classic: "The U.S. women's soccer team stunned Brazil with a comeback victory... Abby Wambach's header tied the game in the closing seconds, sending it to PKs... Defender Ali Krieger converted the deciding penalty kick to give the U.S. the win."

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  1. John Turner

    Will someone please ask George Anthony to publicly take a polygraph and answer two questions: did you find your granddaughter Caylee drowned and did you ever molest your daughter Casey? He can restore his good name and expose the fraudelent defense by Baez.

    July 11, 2011 at 6:23 pm | Report abuse | Reply
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  3. Ernie Castaneda

    To Robin and all my favorite news anchors and show hosts,
    I’m really frustrated with our politicians not knowing what programs should be cut and wanting to cut on programs they that are really important to the American public. I have a suggestion that I hope you can pass on to them. I know that it will save the American public MILLIONS of dollars a year and perhaps we can save SSN and stop cuts in education.
    Here is my suggestion; I start out with minor things and build up to the real savings.
    1. Get rid of the cable TV in prisons and jails. The shows that inmates watch such as, Jerry Springer, Maury and cops are not conducive to rehabilitation. Educational and motivational programs such as Discovery are worthwhile and educational.
    2. Remove all weight lifting equipment. It only serves to make inmates stronger.
    3. Air condition only main areas and install air recirculation fans in living facilities and recreation areas. Comfort is not a necessity for survival.
    4. Cut higher learning benefits to inmates. Law abiding people can’t afford to send their children to college but inmates can enroll at the cost of the same people they have offended? Doesn’t sound right to me.
    5. Execute all prisoners serving multiple life sentences or sentenced to life without the possibility of parole as soon as they are found guilty. These cases are heinous, cut and dry, and unjust to victims and their families. It serves no purpose to anyone to keep these animals alive and I feel it’s actually inhumane to keep them caged up till they die of old age. If you find a rabid dog you put it down, you don’t cage it up and feed it till it dies.
    I feel that following these simple steps will not only save the American people MILLIONS but will also serve as a rehabilitative tool for other offenders, cut down on inmate population and will reduce the caseload for the judicial system. Why keep spending money on the Manson’s, Bundy’s, Berkowits’…. all individuals that will never rehabilitate or be productive law abiding individuals.
    We need social security and Medicaid, we need more teachers and more programs for our youth to deter them from a life of crime. We need less senseless spending on problem individuals that don’t want to be productive.

    July 12, 2011 at 1:18 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  4. michael mcgowen

    As most of you know, our Federal Government considers Social Security and Medicare payments a burden on our economy. There's more to the story. Social Security has been 100% funded by your grandparents and your parents and even you. Anyone that works in this country pays social security taxes every year. Where has all of that money gone? Into the Social Security Trust Fund? NO. Starting with President Johnson, and every President since, the money has gone directly to the Federal coffers. Used to pay the countries bills. Placed in the Trust Fund instead is a whole lot of Federal I.O.U.'s. They call them "T" bills. As of April 2008, the amount owed to the Trust Fund, was $736. That's 736 Billion Dollars. The Federal Government does not count these I.O.U.'s as a debt. Add this debt to the national debt and we are WAY OVER OUR HEADS. Can you say "misappropriation of funds"?

    Maybe it's time to start paying us back instead of sending billions in the form of aid to other countries. Increase Business taxes by a half of a percent. After all, the money will end up in your stores anyway. If you think everyone should help, then put a one cent tax on every roll of toilet paper. It may sound silly, but it affects everyone equally. People will still buy the product and it don't matter if your rich or poor.

    It is time our government starts doing the job we pay them to do. Stop arguing like a bunch of spoiled brats that only care about getting theirs. It is getting harder to be proud of this country and THAT IS A DAMN SHAME. Maybe we should privatize our federal budget. It is obviously more than the elected officials can handle.

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