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Washington is looking for cuts in programs serving millions of Americans who are poor, sick and hungry. Private nonprofits and charities won't be able to make up the difference. We look at the prospects for people in need. Also, political fallout from the debt deal, and three days of riots in London began in the aftermath of a police shooting. Why has the violence spread, not just in London but other cities as well?

Banner image: A homeless man rests while panhandling on the street on June 20, 2011 in New York City. Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images

Making News Political Fallout of the Debt Deal? 7 MIN, 20 SEC

"It's not just the stock markets. The marketplace of public opinion is also turning thumbs down on the debt-ceiling deal." That's according to Steven Thomma of McClatchy Newspapers reporting on a survey by the  Marist Institute for Public Opinion.

Steven Thomma, McClatchy Newspapers

Main Topic Public Spending Cuts, Private Charities and the 'Truly Needy' 36 MIN, 48 SEC

As Washington looks for cuts in government programs, support for nonprofits is also on the line, and donations to philanthropies have not been growing. President Obama is targeting tax breaks for what George H.W. Bush called "a thousand points of light" that help make up for cuts in safety-net spending. At the same time, Christians on the Left and the Right argue about the duty to help the poor and the danger of creating dependence on others. What's in store for the aged, blind and disabled? What about the unemployed and those who can't afford medical insurance?

Stacey Palmer, Chronicle of Philanthropy
Dan Hawkins, National Association of Community Health Centers
Eric Teetsel, American Enterprise Institute
James Herbert Nelson, Presbytarian Church USA

Reporter's Notebook Rioting in London Widens 6 MIN, 16 SEC

Since police shot a young black man in North London last week, rioting, looting and arson have spread in London itself and to other cities as well. After three nights of violence, British Prime Minister David Cameron has called Parliament back in session, increased the presence of police on the street and had a stern message for the young people involved. One resident says it's no longer related to the original cause. Michael Goldfarb is London correspondent for Global Post, the international, online news service.

Michael Goldfarb, First Rough Draft of History (podcast) (@MGEmancipation)

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