The Presidential Planner: Obama To Award Medal Of Honor To SFC Petry

ABC News’ Mary Bruce ( @marykbruce ) reports:

Today President Obama will award the Medal of Honor to Sergeant First Class Leroy Petry for his courageous actions in Afghanistan, making him the second living, active duty service member to receive the honor for actions in Iraq or Afghanistan.

Petry lost his right hand and suffered severe wounds after throwing a grenade away from his fellow soldiers during combat with an armed enemy in May 2008.

The grenade later exploded and Petry’s action was credited with saving the lives of his comrades.

Later this afternoon, the deficit negotiations will continue at the White House, as they will every day until a deal is reached.

The stalemate continued after yesterday’s 90-minute meeting with Republicans still insisting on no new taxes and Democrats saying they need new revenues in order to get Democratic votes.

Negotiators were told to come back to the table today with ideas for how to reach $2.4 trillion in deficit reductions and close the gap between negotiated spending cuts and additional savings that Republicans want in order to raise the debt ceiling.

Yesterday the President upped the stakes by saying he would not pass a temporary extension and cautioned lawmakers that it was time to “ eat our peas ” and pass a deficit reduction deal by the August 2 deadline to raise the $14.3 trillion debt ceiling.

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