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Obama draws the battle line

09/20/11 08:00PM

Let me finish tonight with this. Campaigns for president are long. We all know that. But, this one's going to be longer.President Obama began his 2012 campaign yesterday in the Rose Garden. He made the issue simple. Do the American people believe that people who make a ton of money should get off with a lower tax rate than people who make just enough to get by?That's a fair question, isn't it? It's not whether people have a right to get rich in this country. That's a fact. It's not whether people who get rich should have to pay more of their income in taxes than other people. read more

Obama shifts gears

Obama shifts gears

09/20/11 08:00PM

Democratic strategist Bob Shrum and former Gov. Jennifer Granholm, D-Mich., debate whether President Barack Obama’s new tone is key to a victory in 2012. watch

Coming up on Hardball...

09/20/11 04:27PM

Coming up on Hardball… Let the campaign begin! President Obama rallied the base yesterday with his powerful speech saying the wealth should pay higher taxes. Is this take-it-to-the-Republicans, no-negotiating tactic setting the stage for the 2012 campaign? Will it win over voters? We’re asking Fmr. Gov. Jennifer Granholm (D-MI) author of the new book A Governor’s Story, and Democratic Strategist Bob Shrum.   Gov. Rick Perry lobbed a strong accusation against President Obama today: that the President has a policy of “appeasement” in the Middle East. read more

Let Me Start...

09/20/11 09:13AM

President Obama's speech yesterday -- he finally went left and his base is happy. But what about the independents he needs to win re-election? That's where we start today. Who is playing class warfare? President Obama is -- saying the wealthy need to pay their "fair share" of taxes. But so are the Republicans - for decades. Rick Perry criticizes President Obama on Israel today -- accusing him of having a policy of appeasement. read more

The battle for suburbia

The battle for suburbia

09/19/11 08:00PM

Former RNC Chairman Michael Steele and former Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Ridge discuss whether Rick Perry would be a tough sell in battleground states and... watch

A note about being lucky

09/19/11 08:00PM

Let me finish tonight with luck. People notice it, talk about it. Many believe in it. A streak of luck. We know what it means because there seems to be something to it when you see it happening.  Getting the breaks. Some just get them - it seems.President Obama certainly has a confidence about him. It would be reasonable to assume it comes from his sense of being lucky. Things have worked out for him along the way. read more

Clinton on Clinton

Clinton on Clinton

09/19/11 08:00PM

Sideshow: The former president responded to comments made by Dick Cheney that his wife, Hillary, should run for president. watch

Coming up on Hardball...

09/19/11 04:53PM

Class Warfare? President Obama laid out his debt reduction plan today, including tax increases aimed at the wealthiest Americans. Is his bold three trillion dollar plan a smart strategy to win over independents? Will it work? Tonight, we’re talking with Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-NY) and The Huffington Post’s Howard Fineman. Speaking of independents: Can Gov. Rick Perry, with his far-right policies and Texas swagger, win them over? How strong is the Perry vote in the suburbs? For that, we’ll go to Fmr. Homeland Security Secretary and Fmr. Gov. of Pennsylvania Tom Ridge, and to Fmr. read more

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