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Matthews: Betty Ford – 'a name for hope'

07/12/11 08:00PM

Let me finish tonight with the First Lady brave enough to be Betty Ford. The phrase itself – Betty Ford – is with us today as an admission that we need such a place. Many of us. "She's at Betty Ford."  "He's checked into Betty Ford."It's a haven for people with reality biting at their heels, people with addictions, people who keep doing the same thing expecting different results – until one bad day they decide "I need help."  "I need to go to Betty Ford."Before she was a place of haven and help, Betty Ford was a real, live person with problems of her own. read more

Coming up on Hardball ...

07/12/11 03:53PM

President Obama took on a “Dad-in-Chief” tone when he said yesterday that it was time for Republicans and Democrats to eat their peas—that is, swallow some unsavory portions of the budget deal in an effort to move forward. But Republicans are still saying no to raising taxes, a major Tea Party rallying cry. So when push comes to shove, is the establishment GOP more afraid of alienating the Tea Party, or inciting economic collapse? read more

Let Me Start...

07/12/11 09:17AM

Good Morning!Obama the Centrist: President Obama has positioned himself in the middle and above the fray in an attempt to look like the grown-up in the budget talks. He's championing the boldest plan on the table and telling both sides to eat their peas and get the deal done. It may be smart policy, but is it smart politics? read more

UK hacking scandal worsens

UK hacking scandal worsens

07/11/11 08:00PM

ITN’s Robert Moore and NBC’s Stephanie Gosk talk about the latest revelations and explain how it will influence the Murdoch empire and its hold on British politics. watch

Is it time to raise taxes?

Is it time to raise taxes?

07/11/11 08:00PM

Rep. John Culberson, R-Texas, shares his thoughts on the state of budget talks and whether he would vote for a bill, which included revenue increases. watch

Matthews: We need to concentrate on jobs

07/11/11 08:00PM

Let me finish with a powerful word: jobs!I spent a good deal of my life working in the U.S. Senate, then in the White House, then for a legendary Speaker of the House. One thing we concentrated on was jobs!One of my first jobs was working for a Senator in Utah. I was counting up the public works and economic development projects that were shovel-ready if the government would approve them. read more

Do Republicans want a deal?

Do Republicans want a deal?

07/11/11 08:00PM

USA Today’s Susan Page and the National Journal’s Major Garrett explain why the GOP is holding back from allowing Congressional leaders to reach a government compromise. watch

Marriage pledge spurs controversy

Marriage pledge spurs controversy

07/11/11 08:00PM

Rep. Michele Bachmann and Rick Santorum both signed a pledge by a pro-marriage group in Iowa that actually suggests slavery was good for African-American children. MSNBC political analyst Richard Wolffe and Newsweek’s Sushannah Walshie explain how it... watch

Deadlocked on the Hill

Deadlocked on the Hill

07/11/11 08:00PM

Rep. Donna Edwards, D-Md., explains whether she would vote against a deal that includes cuts to Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid. watch

Let Me Start...

Let Me Start...

07/11/11 09:28AM

 What's President Obama's next move now that House Speaker John Boehner scuttled the debt talks by rejecting the president's bold $4 trillion proposal? We'll get some clues at 11am, when the president holds a news conference “on the status of efforts to find a balanced approach to deficit reduction.” He'll later meet with Congressional leaders, but do the Republicans even want a deal? read more

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