Will he or won’t he? All eyes are on Speaker John Boehner as he makes a last-ditch effort to corral his party and muster the 216 votes needed to pass his debt ceiling legislation. But even if he does, the deal’s dead-on-arrival in the Senate. Now’s the moment for Boehner and Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-KY) to lead their divided party to a reasonable... read more
Good morning.Boehner's Big Test... Today, the House of Representatives will vote on Speaker Boehner's debt reduction plan. It's a big test for Boehner, who's been hard at work behind the scenes trying to get his caucus in line. Democrats say the whole exercise is futile -- Boehner's plan doesn't have the votes to... read more
Let me finish tonight with why so many people look down on politicians.It's this.This skirmishing, this pie-eating contest, this sack-race, this absurd picnic atmosphere of one side against the other, the waste of beautiful summer afternoons with dank arguments in the basement.This isn't why I love politics - why I've loved it all... read more
Just weeks before Rep. Michele Bachmann called for the end of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, she took out a federally subsidized home loan backed by the mortgage giant. Mother Jones’ David Corn and The Daily Beast’s Michelle Goldberg discuss. watch
The debt ceiling negotiations are looking more and more like a political game of chicken—but this endgame has huge real-world consequences. After the Congressional Budget Office made it known that Speaker Boehner’s plan won’t decrease the debt as much as he intended, the Speaker is back to the drawing board and adamantly appealing to members of... read more
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