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07/29/11 08:27AM

Good Friday Morning.We begin this morning by looking at House Speaker John Boehner's big failure last night to hold a vote on his budget plan. He never had the votes, and the Tea Party wing of his party has proven especially difficult for him to corral. So what did we learn? read more

Matthews: The GOP is 'trouble'

07/28/11 08:00PM

Let me finish tonight with a simple thought about what we're watching.The first people to bow to the demands of those threatening to blow up the economy were the Republicans in the House, the leaders. The leaders did what the followers told them to do: meet the demands, hold up the country to get their way. Those followers didn't win the Senate, or the Presidency, just the House.But by using the House they were able to hold up the entire United States government. They threatened to blow things up economically and it worked. read more

Coming up on Hardball...

07/28/11 03:13PM

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, bi-partisan solution to avert default. Will it happen tonight? NBC Political Director and host of "The Daily Rundown" Chuck Todd joins us tonight, with msnbc Political Analyst Alex Wagner. Plus, we'll talk to Rep. read more

Let Me Start...

07/28/11 08:20AM

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 pass the Senate, where Harry Reid's plan has gained momentum. read more