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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

Coming up on Hardball ...

07/12/11 03:53PM

President Obama took on a “Dad-in-Chief” tone when he said yesterday that it was time for Republicans and Democrats to eat their peas—that is, swallow some unsavory portions of the budget deal in an effort to move forward. But Republicans are still saying no to raising taxes, a major Tea Party rallying cry. So when push comes to shove, is the establishment GOP more afraid of alienating the Tea Party, or inciting economic collapse? read more

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07/12/11 09:17AM

Good Morning!Obama the Centrist: President Obama has positioned himself in the middle and above the fray in an attempt to look like the grown-up in the budget talks. He's championing the boldest plan on the table and telling both sides to eat their peas and get the deal done. It may be smart policy, but is it smart politics? read more

Is it time to raise taxes?

Is it time to raise taxes?

07/11/11 08:00PM

Rep. John Culberson, R-Texas, shares his thoughts on the state of budget talks and whether he would vote for a bill, which included revenue increases. watch

Do Republicans want a deal?

Do Republicans want a deal?

07/11/11 08:00PM

USA Today’s Susan Page and the National Journal’s Major Garrett explain why the GOP is holding back from allowing Congressional leaders to reach a government... watch

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