Debt Limit Photos on Townhall

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    Posted: 8/1/2011 7:00:49 AM EST
    A man bows before an alter to offer his prayer at Kabuto shrine, a small shrine worshiped by workers of financial circle in Tokyo, Monday, Aug. 1, 2011. Asian stock markets jumped Monday after President Barack Obama announced a last-minute agreement to raise the government's debt limit and avoid a default. (AP Photo/Junji Kurokawa)
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    Posted: 8/1/2011 7:00:47 AM EST
    A man stops and check stock update and dollar rate outside a securities firm in Tokyo, Monday, Aug. 1, 2011. Asian stock markets jumped Monday after President Barack Obama announced a last-minute agreement to raise the government's debt limit and avoid a default. (AP Photo/Junji Kurokawa)
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    Posted: 7/31/2011 8:05:48 PM EST
    FILE - In this July, 20, 2011, file photo White House Press Secretary Jay Carney speaks during his daily news briefing at the White House. The debate over raising the federal debt limit has triggered a spiral of rhetorical one-upmanship that has all sides stretching for new analogies and catchy one-liners to sway public opinion. It was one thing when the president spoke of his desire for a "big" deal, and quite another when press secretary Jay Carney explained that "reasonableness and bigness walk down the street hand in hand." (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais, File)
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    Posted: 7/31/2011 10:20:46 AM EST
    The White House is seen early Sunday, July 31, 2011, in Washington as the debt crisis continues. White House officials and congressional leadership will continue working Sunday to reach a potential end to their bitter debt limit showdown, raising hopes that a deal could be in place by Tuesday to avert a possible federal default. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)
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    Posted: 7/30/2011 1:40:46 PM EST
    FILE - In this June 29, 2011, file photo Sen. Jim DeMint, R-S.C., a member of the Senate Banking Committee and the Joint Economic Committee, leads other Republican senators in a call to bypass the holiday recess to stay in Washington and work on the debt crisis on Capitol Hill in Washington. As debt limit warfare and pre-election posturing continue DeMint, who calls himself Sen. Tea Party, is specific and focused on what change he wants, exactly: passage ? not just a vote ? of a balanced-budget amendment to the Constitution. Without it, he says, no consideration should be given to raising the nation's borrowing limit. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, File)
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    Posted: 7/30/2011 1:40:46 PM EST
    FILE - In this June 29, 2011, file photo Sen. Jim DeMint, R-S.C., left, Sen. John Cornyn, R-Texas, and Sen. Pat Toomey, R-Pa., right, leave after a Capitol Hill news conference during which they said they and other GOP senators wanted to forgo the holiday recess to work on the debt crisis in Washington. As debt limit warfare and pre-election posturing continue DeMint, who calls himself Sen. Tea Party, is unlike the fractious movement as a whole. He's specific and focused on what change he wants, exactly: passage ? not just a vote ? of a balanced-budget amendment to the Constitution. Without it, he says, no consideration should be given to raising the nation's borrowing limit. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, File)
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    Posted: 7/30/2011 1:40:45 PM EST
    FILE - In this June 14, 2011, file photo Sen. Jim DeMint, R-S.C., speaks to media on Capitol Hill in Washington. In these nervous days of debt limit warfare and pre-election posturing DeMint, who calls himself Sen. Tea Party, is specific and focused on what change, exactly, he wants: passage ? not just a vote ? of a balanced-budget amendment to the Constitution. Without it, he says, no consideration should be given to raising the nation's borrowing limit. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon, File)
  •  - Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid speaks to the media about the debt limit talks on Capitol Hill in Washington

    Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid speaks to the media about the debt limit talks on Capitol Hill in Washington

    Posted: 7/29/2011 1:37:49 PM EST
    Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) speaks to the media about the debt limit talks on Capitol Hill in Washington July 29, 2011. REUTERS/Yuri Gripas (UNITED STATES - Tags: POLITICS BUSINESS HEADSHOT)
  •  - Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid  speaks to the media about the debt limit talks on Capitol Hill in Washington

    Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid speaks to the media about the debt limit talks on Capitol Hill in Washington

    Posted: 7/29/2011 1:36:15 PM EST
    Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) speaks to the media about the debt limit talks on Capitol Hill in Washington July 29, 2011. REUTERS/Yuri Gripas (UNITED STATES - Tags: POLITICS BUSINESS HEADSHOT)
  •  - Senate Majority Leader Reid and Sen. Schumer speak about debt limit talks on Capitol Hill in Washington

    Senate Majority Leader Reid and Sen. Schumer speak about debt limit talks on Capitol Hill in Washington

    Posted: 7/29/2011 1:27:11 PM EST
    Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) (R) and Sen. Charles Schumer (D-NY) listen to a question as they speak to the media about the debt limit talks on Capitol Hill in Washington July 29, 2011. REUTERS/Yuri Gripas (UNITED STATES - Tags: POLITICS BUSINESS)
  •  - Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid speaks to the media about the debt limit talks on Capitol Hill in Washington

    Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid speaks to the media about the debt limit talks on Capitol Hill in Washington

    Posted: 7/29/2011 1:26:02 PM EST
    Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) speaks to the media about the debt limit talks on Capitol Hill in Washington July 29, 2011. REUTERS/Yuri Gripas (UNITED STATES - Tags: POLITICS BUSINESS)
  •  - Senate Majority Leader Reid speaks to the media about the debt limit talks on Capitol Hill in Washington

    Senate Majority Leader Reid speaks to the media about the debt limit talks on Capitol Hill in Washington

    Posted: 7/29/2011 1:23:22 PM EST
    Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) speaks to the media about the debt limit talks on Capitol Hill in Washington July 29, 2011. REUTERS/Yuri Gripas (UNITED STATES - Tags: POLITICS BUSINESS HEADSHOT)
  •  - Senate Majority Leader Reid speaks to the media about the debt limit talks on Capitol Hill in Washington

    Senate Majority Leader Reid speaks to the media about the debt limit talks on Capitol Hill in Washington

    Posted: 7/29/2011 1:17:30 PM EST
    Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) speaks to the media about the debt limit talks on Capitol Hill in Washington July 29, 2011. REUTERS/Yuri Gripas (UNITED STATES - Tags: POLITICS BUSINESS)
  •  - U.S. President Obama and House Speaker Boehner attend a meeting about the debt limit at the White House in Washington

    U.S. President Obama and House Speaker Boehner attend a meeting about the debt limit at the White House in Washington

    Posted: 7/29/2011 1:14:46 PM EST
    REFILE - CORRECTING DATE U.S. President Barack Obama (R) and House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) attend a meeting about the debt limit at the White House in Washington July 23, 2011. REUTERS/Yuri Gripas (UNITED STATES - Tags: POLITICS BUSINESS)
  •  - U.S. President Obama and House Speaker Boehner attend a meeting about the debt limit at the White House in Washington

    U.S. President Obama and House Speaker Boehner attend a meeting about the debt limit at the White House in Washington

    Posted: 7/29/2011 1:00:55 PM EST
    U.S. President Barack Obama (R) and House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) attend a meeting about the debt limit at the White House in Washington July 29, 2011. REUTERS/Yuri Gripas (UNITED STATES - Tags: POLITICS BUSINESS)
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    Posted: 7/29/2011 11:36:20 AM EST
    In this July 28, 2011 photo, trader Michael Urkonis, center, works on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange. Global stock markets fell Friday, July 29, after U.S. lawmakers put off a vote on raising the government's debt limit and avoiding a potential default.(AP Photo/Richard Drew)
  •  - A man in a Captain America costume wrestles with a large flag as dozens of Tea Party supporters rally near the U.S. Capitol against raising the debt limit in Washington

    A man in a Captain America costume wrestles with a large flag as dozens of Tea Party supporters rally near the U.S. Capitol against raising the debt limit in Washington

    Posted: 7/28/2011 8:54:03 PM EST
    A man in a Captain America costume wrestles with a large flag as dozens of Tea Party supporters rally near the U.S. Capitol against raising the debt limit in Washington, July 27, 2011. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst
  •  - A man in a Captain America costume wrestles with a large flag as dozens of Tea Party supporters rally near the U.S. Capitol against raising the debt limit in Washington

    A man in a Captain America costume wrestles with a large flag as dozens of Tea Party supporters rally near the U.S. Capitol against raising the debt limit in Washington

    Posted: 7/28/2011 8:53:49 PM EST
    A man in a Captain America costume wrestles with a large flag as dozens of Tea Party supporters rally near the U.S. Capitol against raising the debt limit in Washington, July 27, 2011. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst
  •  - President Barack Obama meets with House Speaker John Boehner about the debt limit

    President Barack Obama meets with House Speaker John Boehner about the debt limit

    Posted: 7/28/2011 10:48:49 AM EST
    U.S. President Barack Obama and House Speaker John Boehner sit during a meeting about the debt limit at the White House in Washington July 23, 2011. REUTERS/Yuri Gripas
  •  - A man dressed as Captain America poses as dozens of Tea Party supporters rally near the U.S. Capitol against raising the debt limit in Washington

    A man dressed as Captain America poses as dozens of Tea Party supporters rally near the U.S. Capitol against raising the debt limit in Washington

    Posted: 7/28/2011 1:09:14 AM EST
    A man dressed as Captain America poses as dozens of Tea Party supporters rally near the Capitol against raising the debt limit in Washington, July 27, 2011. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst