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07/14/11 08:01AM

Good morning. Here's what we're watching this morning:What happened at yesterday's debt meeting at the White House? Republicans were quick to say President Obama "walked out" while Democrats in the room say the president made an impassioned plea before ending the meeting. Regardless of which account is closer to the truth, it's safe to say that the two sides are very far apart. read more

A salute to a leader

A salute to a leader

07/13/11 08:00PM

Hardball’s Chris Matthews shares his thoughts on Sen. Mitch McConnell’s attempts to “break this crazed stranglehold on America’s economy.” watch

A salute to a leader

07/13/11 08:00PM

Let me finish tonight with a salute to a leader.It took someone to break this crazed stranglehold on America's economy, someone to say that it's time to release the hostage, time to move on.Sen. Mitch McConnell came out yesterday and did it. read more

Coming up on Hardball ...

07/13/11 04:00PM

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., has a solution to the debt crisis: Let President Obama raise the debt ceiling alone. Lawmakers on both sides of the aisle are taking issue with the Senate Minority Leader’s proposal. Rep. Steve King R-Iowa,and Rep. Jim McDermott, D-Wash., join us tonight, and we expect to hear their criticism.Then: The GOP is refusing to raise taxes, under the guise it will hurt small business and job growth. Is that even true? read more

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07/13/11 08:28AM

Good Morning! Here's what we're working on for today:The Debt Ceiling Debate: The talks are stuck and both sides are pessimistic about reaching a deal. President Obama hosts a late afternoon session with Congressional leaders today. Meanwhile, he may be trying to split his opposition, playing House Speaker John Boehner against Majority Leader Eric Cantor. read more

Matthews: Betty Ford – 'a name for hope'

07/12/11 08:00PM

Let me finish tonight with the First Lady brave enough to be Betty Ford. The phrase itself – Betty Ford – is with us today as an admission that we need such a place. Many of us. "She's at Betty Ford."  "He's checked into Betty Ford."It's a haven for people with reality biting at their heels, people with addictions, people who keep doing the same thing expecting different results – until one bad day they decide "I need help."  "I need to go to Betty Ford."Before she was a place of haven and help, Betty Ford was a real, live person with problems of her own. read more

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