Let Me Start: Debt ceiling war

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By Hardball staff
President Barack Obama speaks about the debt limit in the East Room of the White House in Washington, Monday, Jan. 14, 2013.
President Barack Obama speaks about the debt limit in the East Room of the White House in Washington, Monday, Jan. 14, 2013.
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A confrontational President Obama warned Republicans not to play politics with the debt ceiling. He was talking tough ahead of the new round of fighting over the debt ceiling, urging Republicans not to hold the economy hostage for their own policy gains. He was blunt and kept things in simple terms, hoping to rally the American public to his side, but as Politico reports, there’s no easy way to avoid the looming chaos.

And the president says he’s willing to use executive orders to enact new gun safety measures to keep dangerous weapons from reaching the hands of would-be gunmen. Considering Republicans on Capitol Hill have lurched far to the right, it may be the only way to make progress on the issue of guns.

The House of Representatives takes up the aid bill for Hurricane Sandy today. Will Republicans continue to demand spending offsets before the help the victims of the storm?

Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas broke his seven-year silence. The taciturn Thomas hadn’t said a thing during arguments before the Court in seven years, until now. But if you’re expecting something profound, think again.

Former president George H.W. Bush is out of the hospital after nearly two months.

Let Me Start: Debt ceiling war

Updated