In this image released by NBC's Meet the Press, Sen. John Thune, R-S.D., appears on NBC's "Meet the Press" in Washington, Sunday, July 31, 2011. The U.S. Senate plunged on Sunday into what many ... more 
In this image released by NBC's Meet the Press, Sen. John Thune, R-S.D., appears on NBC's "Meet the Press" in Washington, Sunday, July 31, 2011. The U.S. Senate plunged on Sunday into what many lawmakers, the White House, and millions of Americans hoped would be an all-but-decisive last-minute effort to raise the nation's debt ceiling and defuse a crisis that still could lead to an unprecedented government default. (AP Photo/NBC, William B. Plowman) less 
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Associated Press | Photo By NBC, William B. Plowman
Sun, Jul 31, 2011 3:53 PM EDT