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GOP leaves debt accord in dust

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Moving right and bleeding moderate votes, Republicans narrowly won House approval Thursday of their plan to shift tens of billions from poverty programs to protect the Pentagon from automatic cuts under the August debt accords. The long-term unemployed, who have swelled the food stamp rolls, are among the most vulnerable, together with single-mother households and working-class immigrant families. Depressed swing states like Florida would begin to feel the pinch in late summer, and the 167-page bill carries with it big implications for the November elections and the fiscal crisis facing Congress in the weeks after.

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