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Top Talkers: Talks to Nowhere

Top Talkers: Talks to Nowhere

07/14/11 09:25AM

 Today with be the fifth consecutive White House meeting to try to reach a deal on raising the debt ceiling.  Without a resolution in site, House Speaker John Boehner is comparing the talks to Jell-O, saying, "some days it is firmer than others, sometimes it's like they've left it out over night."    But sources from both parties say yesterday was the most tense meeting yet with the big sparks coming from President Obama and House Majority Leader Eric Cantor. The main issue was reportedly Cantor's repeated push for a short-term deal on the debt limit. read more

Morning headlines: Thursday, July 14

07/14/11 06:22AM

Here's a look at stories we're following right now. What are you reading this morning? Deficit: Lawmakers to return to White House for talks today after Obama and Cantor reportedly battle it out over size of deal Moody's warns it could downgrade U.S. read more

Gov. Kasich: Ohio is open for business

07/13/11 10:51AM

Mika Brzezinski: How are things going there?Gov. Kasich (R-Ohio): We just passed a budget, we're $8 billion in the hole... We've reformed Medicare and actually have the AARP support our program… We did sentencing reform … We've privatized our development department…We've improved cost savings for higher education… We killed the death tax...Brzezinski: How's your approval rating?Watch the exchange below: read more

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell of Ky. gestures during a news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Top Talker: Scarborough on McConnell's 'strategic retreat'

07/13/11 09:53AM

 With both parties in a stand-off over tax increases and cuts to entitlement programs, Senate Minority leader Mitch McConnell is proposing a "back-up" plan to avoid a default.  The proposal would give the President authority to raise the debt limit in three installments until the 2012 election, without having to agree to spending cuts up front.  President Obama would also have to submit proposals for spending cuts with each request to raise the debt ceiling.  Senator McConnell says the plans is not his first choice, but Republicans want to send a signal to the markets that there is a wa read more