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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

When will Bachmann’s hypocrisy end?

When will Bachmann’s hypocrisy end?

07/27/11 08:00PM

Just weeks before Rep. Michele Bachmann called for the end of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, she took out a federally subsidized home loan backed by the mortgage giant. Mother Jones’ David Corn and The Daily Beast’s Michelle Goldberg discuss. watch

Matthews: Politics is about big ideas, reasons

07/27/11 08:00PM

Let me finish tonight with why so many people look down on politicians.It's this.This skirmishing, this pie-eating contest, this sack-race, this absurd picnic atmosphere of one side against the other, the waste of beautiful summer afternoons with dank arguments in the basement.This isn't why I love politics - why I've loved it all my life. This is the Florida recount. This is Al Gore picking out which counties he wants recounted, thinking that's the way to win. read more

Coming up on Hardball...

07/27/11 03:43PM

The debt ceiling negotiations are looking more and more like a political game of chicken—but this endgame has huge real-world consequences. After the Congressional Budget Office made it known that Speaker Boehner’s plan won’t decrease the debt as much as he intended, the Speaker is back to the drawing board and adamantly appealing to members of his party. But members—notably of the Tea Party caucus—oppose his ideas as “too liberal!” With his back against the wall, where will Boehner turn? And how can Congress salvage this mess before the Aug. 2 deadline? read more

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