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Coming up on Hardball...

07/22/11 03:57PM

Check out Hardball tonight with guest host Michael Smerconish! Here’s what we have in store… At the close of another workweek, we’re left wondering: Are we any closer to a debt deal? True to expectations, the House GOP’s “Cut, Cap and Balance,” plan was shot down in the Senate today, and Dems and Republicans are finding more headaches than common ground in the potential Obama-Boehner plan. And if the President and the Speaker can make a deal, who would be the winners? We’ll ask Sen. Ben Cardin (D-MD). And we’ll ask msnbc Political Analyst and Fmr. read more

Boehner denies deal

Boehner denies deal

07/21/11 08:00PM

Rep. Steve Israel, D-N.Y., explains whether Congress is any closer to reaching a debt deal and whether political posturing is prolonging it. watch

What did Wendi Murdoch know about Pie-gate?

07/21/11 08:00PM

by Michael Smerconish, Hardball guest hostAllow me to share a lingering thought about what happened in the U.K. with the Tuesday testimony of Rupert and James Murdoch.I’m a bit of a cynic, but no a conspiracy guy. I think Oswald killed Kennedy and acted alone. I abhor those who float the notion that 9/11 was an inside job and I lamented the closing of a chapter today in our space program because I know man has walked on the moon.Having said this, I’m having doubts about the heroic efforts of Rupert Murdoch’s wife to thwart the pie thrower. Think about it. read more

Coming up on Hardball...

07/21/11 04:12PM

Tune in to Hardball tonight with guest host Michael Smerconish!Up first: Deal or no deal? The New York Times reported rumors this afternoon that President Obama and GOP leaders are cutting a deal that would decrease the debt by three trillion dollars over the next decade, cut agency spending and make changes to entitlement programs… but notably, that the deal does not include tax increases. And if there are no tax increases, isn’t it a total GOP win? Without increased revenues, how can Democrats vote for it? We’ll ask DCCC Chairman Steve Israel (D-NY) if it would have his vote. read more

Let Me Start...

07/21/11 08:33AM

Here's what we're looking at this Thursday morning: The Debt Standoff: As Senators from both sides start to coalesce around the Gang of Six proposal, what will House Republicans do? So far, Majority Leader Eric Cantor and the Tea Party wing are signaling pretty clearly that they won't vote for a plan that increases revenues by ending tax loopholes. Will they go for any plan that they could be construed as raising taxes? Probably not. read more

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