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08/02/11 08:20AM

On to the Senate: The U.S. Senate votes today at noon eastern on the deal to raise the debt ceiling and slash trillions in spending. Last night, the House of Representatives passed the measure 269-161, with one of those Aye votes coming from Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, who dramatically returned to Washington for the first time since an assassination attempt nearly took her life in January. Rep. read more

Matthews looks for options

08/01/11 08:00PM

Let me finish tonight with what I've been looking for in the entire show: options.I want to know what steps the president "could" have taken to avoid this hostage-taking. How could he have prevented the tea party-led Republicans from dictating this entire episode, dragging the entire country into its purposes, its way of doing things?I want to know about another option. Was there an alternative to this? read more

Boehner’s quacky ringtone

Boehner’s quacky ringtone

08/01/11 08:00PM

Sideshow: When House Speaker John Boehner got a phone call last night as he left the Capitol, it wasn’t the person on the end of the phone call raising... watch

Coming up on Hardball...

08/01/11 03:34PM

Congress finally reached a deal to raise the debt ceiling, but no one’s happy. Aside from averting default and (tentatively) getting the deal through before deadline, Democrats won very little in a “compromise” that included all spending cuts, and no tax increases. Republicans, for their part, don’t know when to declare a win. And we may have just witnessed the biggest display of Tea Party power to date. Tonight, Chris plays Hardball with OMB Director Jack Lew. read more

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