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July 30th, 2011
05:14 PM ET

Letters to the President: #922 'Confidence busters'

Reporter's Note: Many in the DC political crowd are spending this weekend grinding away on some kind of debt deal, with no guarantee that it will come through. So I am grinding away on yet another letter to the White House.

Dear Mr. President,

Can’t speak for you, but I’m feeling a bit whipped this weekend. Between the debt ceiling wrangling, being in New York most of the week, and all the regular things that keep us busy in this business, I could use a vacation. Unlike some of my media pals, I really don’t become energized covering fights such as the one we’re watching in DC. I often find them needlessly destructive, and I worry about the country.

And right now what worries me most, beyond the nuts and bolts of this mess, is the confidence factor. I think we’ve taken a huge, damaging shot to our national psyche, no matter how we work things out. (Well, I guess if somehow we found a magical solution that ended the debt, restored the world’s confidence, generated 10 or 20 million jobs, and brought back McRibs, we might recover pretty fast, but otherwise…)

Many of our worst fears about the weakness and inabilities of our leaders have been confirmed. Our faith that things will come out okay in the end has been badly rattled. And all of this has happened at a time when many Americans were already awfully concerned.
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July 30th, 2011
12:51 AM ET

Crime & Punishment: Combative moments at Jeffs trial

Editor's note: Gary Tuchman reports on the criminal trial of Warren Jeffs, the leader of polygamist sect who is representing himself.

Editor's note: Sect leader warns of 'death' to 'those who prosecute the church'

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July 30th, 2011
12:48 AM ET

Video: Zakaria on tea party's influence

Editor's note: Fareed Zakaria explains why he thinks the tea party movement is wielding un-democratic influence in the debt debate.

Related: Senate Democrats block Boehner debt ceiling plan after House approval


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July 30th, 2011
12:45 AM ET

Raw Politics: Republican voted 'no' on Boehner bill

Editor's note: Rep. Steve King, R-IA, explains why he did not support House Speaker Boehner's debt ceiling legislation.

Related: Senate Democrats block Boehner debt ceiling plan after House approval


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