This spring, the greatest threat to the American people on the legislative calendar likely will come from appropriations -- the process for funding our government -- and the danger may be greater than it has been in previous years.
Allez les bleus! Ooops, no sorry, that's for football (what some call soccer, whatever). Saturday, July 5 saw the departure of the three-week long Tour de France starting in... Leeds, Yorkshire in the north east of England, don't ask.
With all the attention on the debt-ceiling, it was easy to miss some of the other news coming from Washington. The White House announced a proposed fuel-efficiency standard for passenger cars and trucks of 54.5 miles per gallon.