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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

Let Me Start...

Let Me Start...

08/01/11 08:36AM

 We have a deal. But perhaps the better headline is the hostages have been released. In reaching the deal to raise the debt ceiling, Republicans got nearly everything they want. Sure, the debt ceiling will rise, but that's pretty much the only thing President Obama and the Democrats got. read more

Smerconish: Force Congress to vote on...

Smerconish: Force Congress to vote on Simpson-Bowles

07/29/11 08:00PM

Let Me Finish: While Congress stands around waiting for its leaders to negotiate deals, why doesn't somebody force a vote on Simpson-Bowles? The commission’s proposal is not unlike now-discussed congressional panel to recommend future government savings. watch

Rep. Boehner’s debt-ceiling bill passes House

Rep. Boehner’s debt-ceiling bill passes House

07/29/11 08:00PM

Speaker John Boehner added a balanced budget amendment to his debt ceiling proposal, which won over enough Republicans for his House bill to pass. NBC’s Chuck Todd talks to MSNBC contributor Michael Smerconish about the next procedures in the Senate. watch

Countdown to Aug. 2

Countdown to Aug. 2

07/29/11 08:00PM

Republican Rep. Steve King of Iowa and House Democratic Whip Steny Hoyer talk to Hardball guest host Michael Smerconish. watch

Clyburn: ‘Democracy is messy’

Clyburn: ‘Democracy is messy’

07/29/11 08:00PM

Rep. James Clyburn, D- S.C., says none of Republicans from South Carolina voted for Speaker Boehner’s debt ceiling bill either, and discusses the process with msnbc’s Michael Smerconish. watch

Let Me Start...

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

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