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A salute to a leader

07/13/11 08:00PM

Let me finish tonight with a salute to a leader.It took someone to break this crazed stranglehold on America's economy, someone to say that it's time to release the hostage, time to move on.Sen. Mitch McConnell came out yesterday and did it. read more

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07/13/11 04:00PM

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., has a solution to the debt crisis: Let President Obama raise the debt ceiling alone. Lawmakers on both sides of the aisle are taking issue with the Senate Minority Leader’s proposal. Rep. Steve King R-Iowa,and Rep. Jim McDermott, D-Wash., join us tonight, and we expect to hear their criticism.Then:... read more

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07/13/11 08:28AM

Good Morning! Here's what we're working on for today:The Debt Ceiling Debate: The talks are stuck and both sides are pessimistic about reaching a deal. President Obama hosts a late afternoon session with Congressional leaders today. Meanwhile, he may be trying to split his opposition, playing House Speaker John Boehner against Majority... read more

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... read more

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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... read more

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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

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