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Coming up on Hardball...

07/26/11 03:07PM

Showdown! In dueling press conferences last night, President Obama and House Speaker Boehner made their cases to the American public—and appeared as far apart as ever on a potential debt deal. Now, exactly one week from the deadline, the plans being considered include no new taxes, no new spending, and possibly even a short-term deal. So haven’t the GOP and the Tea Party already won this fight?  We’ll go one-on-one with White House Press Secretary Jay Carney. Then we’ll ask Politico Executive Editor Jim VandeHei where we go from here. read more

Let Me Start...

07/26/11 09:34AM

Good morning...Still no debt ceiling deal, and if you heard President Obama and House Speaker John Boehner address the nation last night, the two sides are as far apart as ever. The Democrats have already offered plans with absolutely no revenues -- they're playing deep in their own zone -- the Republicans have essentially won the argument. So why no deal? read more

Matthews: Bring back Bill Clinton

07/25/11 08:00PM

Let me finish tonight with an idea. It's a bigger one than usual - because, in many ways, it's a life saver. Bill Clinton as Secretary of the Treasury. Let me give you the case, although I think merely the thought is enough to make it.The former president spends an hour a day right now trying to grasp the economic challenges facing our country and the world. He does it as a thoughtful person who realizes that that old campaign slogan of his - "It's the economy, stupid!' - is more vital than ever.Here is a man who presided over a fabulous economic period in American history. read more

Coming up on Hardball...

07/25/11 04:07PM

If someone told you months ago that a debt deal was on the table, and that it included no revenues and all cuts, which party would you say backed it? Welcome to the Reid Plan, the Democrats’ present best hope against the Boehner plan (which also includes no new taxes, and aims for spending cuts equal to any debt ceiling hike). As Mother Jones Washington Bureau Chief David Corn says, “The Democrat’s line in the sand is inside the GOP tent.” It’s our top story tonight. Corn and Huffington Post’s Howard Fineman are here to discuss. Plus, Sen. read more