North America 7 July 2011 Beltway Briefing The top stories from US politics today. Print HTML 1. Michele Bachmann has released the first election advert of her campaign. In it she plays Bachmann Bingo, reeling off the Bachmann facts that are almost mandatory for any report on the Minnesotan congresswoman. Five kids? Check. 23 foster kids? Check. Tax lawyer? Check. It does have a jaunty soundtrack though. 2. Barack Obama's polling numbers were flat during June according to the latest Gallup poll, as the sheen from killing Bin Laden wears off and the US's stagnant economy takes its toll on voters. 3. Obama met with leaders from Congress for a debt summit in the White House today, with the aim of raising the US debt ceiling to prevent a potential default - the dealine for which is 2 August. Obama is expected to propose cutting the country's deficit by up to $4tr (£2.5tr) over a decade. The US currently runs an estimated $1.5 trillion (£932 billion) annual budget deficit. 4.Mitt Romney enjoyed some facetime with David Cameron today, according to his Twitter account. The PM appeared anxious not to be seen with the Repbulican Romney, and did not make a song and dance about the visit. Perhaps he is still mindful of the distatse triggered in some quarters by photos of Cameron and John McCain in 2008. Whether this one will prove as embarassing remains to be seen. › Closing the News of the World makes no legal difference From only £1 per week Subscribe More Related articles America’s domestic terrorists: why there’s no such thing as a “lone wolf” What it’s like to be a Syrian refugee in Paris Does the UK care enough about climate change to admit it is part of the problem?