DEAL APPROVED: The Senate passed a debt-ceiling deal Wednesday evening, which will allow the government to borrow more money to pay its bills through March 2015. President Barack Obama said he would sign the legislation into law: Tom Cohen for CNN: Senate passes debt-ceiling plain in blow to tea party
WORKING TOGETHER: With several big pieces of legislation passing Congress recently, is this a sign that Washington is working again? Not yet, according to Edward-Isaac Dovere. Many other issues, like immigration reform, are still unresolved: Edward-Isaac Dovere for POLITICO: Is Washington working again? Um…
DUELING PARTIES: “The Right has done a fine job convincing lots of Americans that Democrats are a party for the undeserving poor. The Left, meanwhile, has successfully portrayed Republicans as a party for the heartless rich. Neither party has done nearly as well at making a positive case for itself,” Lexington writes in The Economist writes. Both parties continue to bash the other side of the aisle. We need lawmakers to work together: Lexington: The Economist: Zero-sum politics
MILITARY PENSIONS: The Senate voted 95-3 Wednesday to roll back a recent pension cut for younger military retirees. The bill will now be sent to President Obama's desk for his approval: John D. McKinnon for The Wall Street Journal: Senate votes to roll back military pension cuts
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STAT OF THE DAY: According to Gallup, Alaskans are most positive about the state's standard of living. Its standard of living index score is 53. The lowest score of 34 went to Mississippi: Justin McCarthy for Gallup: Alaskans most positive about standard of living