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Matthews on the 'dull' debt debate

07/26/11 08:00PM

Let me finish tonight with this dreadful, dispiriting, debasing, dueling diatribe over the debt.Both sides now have the other pegged. It's why the Spanish don't allow the fighting bull to be fought a second time. He now knows the matador as well as the matador knows "him."  You no longer hear the "Ole's" shouted from the stands, no longer see the heads of the crowd turning to catch each charge of the bull. It's gotten - dare I say it - dull.It isn't of course. Not if you count the stakes and not if you get past the rivalry out in the arena to the world at large. read more

Coming up on Hardball...

07/26/11 03:07PM

Showdown! In dueling press conferences last night, President Obama and House Speaker Boehner made their cases to the American public—and appeared as far apart as ever on a potential debt deal. Now, exactly one week from the deadline, the plans being considered include no new taxes, no new spending, and possibly even a short-term deal. So haven’t the GOP and the Tea Party already won this fight?  We’ll go one-on-one with White House Press Secretary Jay Carney. Then we’ll ask Politico Executive Editor Jim VandeHei where we go from here. read more

Let Me Start...

07/26/11 09:34AM

Good morning...Still no debt ceiling deal, and if you heard President Obama and House Speaker John Boehner address the nation last night, the two sides are as far apart as ever. The Democrats have already offered plans with absolutely no revenues -- they're playing deep in their own zone -- the Republicans have essentially won the argument. So why no deal? read more

Matthews: Bring back Bill Clinton

07/25/11 08:00PM

Let me finish tonight with an idea. It's a bigger one than usual - because, in many ways, it's a life saver. Bill Clinton as Secretary of the Treasury. Let me give you the case, although I think merely the thought is enough to make it.The former president spends an hour a day right now trying to grasp the economic challenges facing our country and the world. He does it as a thoughtful person who realizes that that old campaign slogan of his - "It's the economy, stupid!' - is more vital than ever.Here is a man who presided over a fabulous economic period in American history. read more