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Despite a days-long push to force their conservative members into line, and sneak Speaker John Boehner's (R-OH) debt limit bill through the House of Representatives, GOP leadership has postponed a scheduled vote on the legislation -- a sign that their efforts have thus far failed.

This evening, members were alerted that Boehner and his leadership team were delaying the vote, which had been scheduled for 6 p.m.

"Members are advised that the House GOP Leadership has postponed the votes on the motion to recommit and final passage of S. 627 - Speaker Boehner's Short Term Default Act (amending the Faster FOIA Act of 2011)," reads a notice from Minority Whip Steny Hoyer's (D-MD) office to his whip team.

The measure could still come up for a vote late Thursday, but not until the House holds a series of back to back votes on unrelated issues.

The announcement landed well after U.S. markets closed.

Texas billionare Allen Stanford, on trial for allegedly orchestrating an $8 billion international ponzi scheme, has sent a Louisiana bank on an "impermissible fishing expedition"—and the bank is refusing.

According to court filings, Stanford faxed Whitney Bank a subpoena two weeks ago, summoning them to testify at his criminal trial, and bring with them an "overbroad" list of documents.

The fax reads:

"To bring: Any and all bank records, account records, documents, papers, memorandum, electronic or otherwise, including but not limited to, checking accounts or any other bank relationships related to Robert Allen Stanford or any of the Stanford entities from the inception of your relationship until the present or end of your professional relationship."

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As he works to cram through a debt ceiling plan many on the tea party right don't like, reporters have started asking Republicans if Speaker John Boehner should keep his job. On Wednesday, Herman Cain -- who opposes raising the debt ceiling -- said he should.

A day later, Michele Bachmann, who is publicly opposed to Boehner's debt plan in the House as well as a boost in the debt ceiling under any circumstances, was not so eager to defend Boehner.

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With Congress careening towards a debt-ceiling deadline of Aug. 2 with no easy solution in sight, behind-the-scenes negotiations are beginning to focus on different trigger options that could break the partisan logjam and end the debt crisis before Washington plunges the country into default.

Even as both sides appeared to harden their positions publicly, Democratic and Republican aides have begun to discuss a variety of trigger options that could bridge the deep divide between the two parties, according to Democratic officials familiar with the negotiations.

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Michele Bachmann isn't happy with the attention her husband, Marcus Bachmann, has been getting in the press lately over allegations his clinic practices gay conversion therapy. In fact, she thinks he should be kept out of the campaign entirely.

"I am extremely proud of my husband, I have tremendous respect for for him," Bachmann said at a luncheon in DC on Thursday. "I am running for the presidency of the United States. My husband is not running for the presidency. Neither are my children, neither is our business, neither are our foster children."

But Bachmann has a very different take when it comes to other candidates' spouses: She's repeatedly attacked Michelle Obama in the harshest terms and specifically challenged the press to join in on her condemnations.

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National Institutes of Health Director Francis Collins complained Tuesday that overzealous atheists are giving the U.S. public a false impression of the world of science, according to USA Today, which hosted a recent editorial roundtable with the director.

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House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) doesn't sound all that confident that his debt limit bill would pass the smell test with credit ratings agencies, all of which are watching this debate closely.

At his weekly Capitol briefing, a reporter asked him if he believed his legislation, if enacted would allow the U.S. to maintain its AAA credit rating. Boehner wouldn't bite. "That is beyond my control," he said. "All I know is that this bipartisan bill is as large a step as we're able to take at this point in time that is doable, and signable and to become law."

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