Boehner Yanks Debt Ceiling Bill – Doesn’t Have Votes

By |July 28th, 2011|

BREAKING - 10:30 pm: GOP Majority Whip Rep. Kevin McCarthy announces no vote tonight. ...as soon as the lights go out Eric Cantor is going to start measuring for drapes. ..at least not yet. From Sam Stein: House GOP leadership announced abruptly on Thursday evening that they were suspending a vote on Speaker [...]

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Fun with Sarah

By |July 28th, 2011|

As John Boehner counts votes and has one-on-one meetings, Sarah issues a veiled threat to the House Tea Party Caucus from the outskirts of Facebook. P.S. Everyone I talk to still believes in contested primaries. Of course they do, because the people Sarah talks to don't have to actually govern the country and be held [...]

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NBC Analysis: Democrats in ‘Retreat’

By |July 28th, 2011|

NBC's "First Read" has a devastatingly blunt headline on the Democrats this morning: "in retreat." But Democrats contend they will win the "longer-term war." But when you take a step back from the hour-by-hour movements in this debate, it's obvious how much ground the White House and Democrats have conceded. First, they retreated on their [...]

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Barney Frank: Gender Bias Against ‘Strong-willed Women’ Stopped Warren

By |July 28th, 2011|

Was it because Elizabeth Warren is a woman, which could have been part of it? Or is it because Pres. Obama simply wouldn't fight for her, because he certainly did not? From ABC News: Frank did not say who he blames for gender bias - the White House for not nominating her or Republicans in [...]

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Boehner Drags Tea Party Into Reality

By |July 27th, 2011|

These aren't the sounds of a Republican revolt. By the end of Wednesday, Republicans were totally on message about how they chose the best of three plans (the others being Harry Reid's plan or default) and would push it through. Democrats obsessed over which conservative groups were most annoyed, and they were whipping their own [...]

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Pelosi Falls to Austerity Craze, Clyburn – Becerra Cite 14th Amendment

By |July 27th, 2011|

**UPDATED** "If that's what lands on his desk, a short-term lifting of the ceiling, the debt ceiling, he should put it on his desk next to an executive order," Clyburn said at a press conference. "He should sign an executive order invoking the 14th Amendment to this issue." The Associated Press reported that he was [...]

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Fear of Making the Wrong Kind of History

By |July 27th, 2011|

Mr. Boehner now has the GOP positioned in sight of a political and policy victory. If his plan or something close to it becomes law, Democrats will have conceded more spending cuts than they thought possible, and without getting the GOP to raise taxes and without being able to blame Republicans for a debt-limit crackup [...]

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Reid Shoots, Scores, by Ending Wars

By |July 27th, 2011|

Well, at least Harry can count, not only doing proper math, but it's likely he's the one who has the votes he needs, while the jury's out for Mr. Boehner. In the battle of budget scores, the Senate Democrats deficit reduction bill is the clear winner thus far over an alternative by Speaker John Boehner, [...]

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Rewrite!

By |July 26th, 2011|

...and just when Republicans were ready to declare victory. The first installment of $900 billion is contingent on enacting 10 year caps on annual appropriations which the leadership had hoped would save well over $1 trillion. But CBO late Tuesday came back with a report showing the legislation would reduce deficits by $850 billion when [...]

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Clueless in Washington

By |July 26th, 2011|

The poll showed support for Obama's economic agenda has begun to slip in the past nine months. The percentage of people who said Obama has made the economy worse jumped six points since October to 37 percent. That creates a bigger opening for Republican attacks as the presidential campaign begins to heat up. The latest [...]

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