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Politics of the Reagan legacy

Politics of the Reagan legacy

07/20/11 08:00PM

Former RNC Chairman Michael Steele and’s Joan Walsh debate whether former President Ronald Reagan would be considered too liberal for today’s Tea... watch

Matthews on why the GOP won't compromise

07/20/11 08:00PM

Let me finish tonight with Ronald Reagan.People make a mistake when they overdo this thing about the Great Communicator being the Great Compromiser.When he met with Mikhail Gorbachev he didn't give on missile defense.  He despised the very notion of mutually assured destruction and refused to accept Gorbachev's demand that the United States promise not to develop a missile shield. But there are other areas where he "did" compromise.  He did agree in 1982 to let taxes go up as part of a deal to cut the deficit. read more

Coming up on Hardball...

07/20/11 03:12PM

Gang Warfare! The clock’s ticking, and the debt ceiling debate is still going strong, just two weeks shy of the Aug. 2 deadline. The Gang of Six has a plan on the table—it’s crafted by members of both parties and President Obama stands behind its main tenets—but Tea Party Republicans are still saying “no deal!” How much longer can this go on?  Gang of Six member Sen. Mark Warner (D-VA) joins us tonight, as does Rep. Mick Mulvaney (R-SC), co-author of the “Cut, Cap and Balance” bill that passed in the House yesterday evening.   Then—What would Reagan do? read more

Let Me Start...

07/20/11 08:44AM

Here's what we're watching today: The Gang of Six proposal: Will momentum continue to build towards a deal based on the framework set forth by the bipartisan Gang of Six? President Obama gave it his blessing, Senators of both parties are lining up behind it, but what about House Republicans? They passed their "Cut, Cap and Balance" plan last night, but it has zero chance of going anywhere. read more

Congress continues to 'fiddle around'

07/19/11 08:00PM

Let me finish tonight with a bright picture we all know so well.You know, when you're in the city on a weekend - down near the art museum or the big downtown park and there's this guy in a Marcel Marceau costume who's doing mime. You know, pretending that he's pushing up against a wall. You must have seen that one - maybe too many times.That's what the Republicans in the House are doing this week - engaging in performance art. Miming out there on the sidewalk - pretending - like Marcel Marceau - to be pushing up against a wall. read more