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Sachs: Debt ceiling battle getting 'extremely weird'

07/01/11 12:04PM

Dr. Jeffrey Sachs, Earth Institute: "This is a national breakdown that we're experiencing. I've just come back from two weeks of travel in Asia--I was in China, I was in the Middle East, I was in Europe. Nobody has politics like we have right now. And it's really not a matter of whether it's in Washington or not--nobody serious, no one's doing the slightest arithmetic, no one's actually looking at anything--this is a game, but it's a game for our country." read more

Must Read Op-Eds for July 1, 2011

07/01/11 11:09AM

Here are today's must read opinion and editorial columns.GREECE CAN BE SAVED -- HERE'S HOW TO DO IT  BY JEFFREY SACHSFINANCIAL TIMESIt’s hard to avoid the suspicion that G.O.P. leaders actually want the economy to perform badly. Republicans believe, in short, that they’ve got Mr. Obama’s number, that he may still live in the White House but that for practical purposes his presidency is already over. It’s time — indeed, long past time — for him to prove them wrong. TO THE LIMIT  BY PAUL KRUGMANNEW YORK TIMESIt’s hard to avoid the suspicion that G.O.P. read more

Morning headlines: Friday, July 1

07/01/11 05:54AM

Here's a look at stories we're following right now. What are you reading this morning?The Senate dropped its plans for a July 4 breakNew developments in the Strauss-Kahn caseMinn. government shuts down as budget talks failIs Treasury Secretary Geithner leaving?Mitt Romney uses closed Allentown shop to hit ObamaThe president is working feverishly at fundraisingThe FEC gave Colbert permission to form his 'Super' PACJustice Department to investigate deaths of two detainees in CIA custody read more

How Greece can be saved

How Greece can be saved

06/30/11 08:00PM

Must Read Op-Eds: Mika Brzezinski reads from Dr. Jeffrey Sach's Financial Times column "Greece can be saved – here's how to do it" and Paul Krugman’s New... watch

MSNBC suspends Mark Halperin for Obama comments

06/30/11 10:33AM

Statement from msnbc:Mark Halperin's comments this morning were completely inappropriate and unacceptable.  We apologize to the President, The White House and all of our viewers. We strive for a high level of discourse and comments like these have no place on our air.  Therefore, Mark will be suspended indefinitely from his role as an analyst.Statement from Mark Halperin:I completely agree with everything in msnbc’s statement about my remark. read more

President Barack Obama President Barack Obama press conference on financial obligations at the White House, Washington, DC, America - 29 Jun 2011 President Barack Obama discusses the current budgetary debate. He suggested that "Congress should stay in...

Top Talker: President Obama goes after Republicans at news conference

06/30/11 10:02AM

 In his first news conference in over 15 weeks, President Obama confronted congressional Republicans for failing to strike a deal on raising the $14.3 trillion debt ceiling. Speaking in the East Room of the White House, the President took questions from reporters for over an hour.  Using some harsh words, he warned lawmakers that if they can't reach a deal by the end of the week, they should cancel congressional vacations.  The President also blasted Republicans for refusing to consider raising taxes on the wealthiest Americans as part of any deal. read more

Morning headlines: Thursday, June 30

06/30/11 05:57AM

Here's a look at stories we're following right now. What are you reading this morning?The president gave his press conference yesterday and said GOP strategy on debt talks 'not on the level'Boehner says the president is 'sorely mistaken' on the debt limitWhy relief in Greece may only be temporaryRomney and the president both head to Pennsylvania todayWhy the attack on a Kabul hotel raises security concernsA new Marist/McClatchy poll shows the president still leads the GOP fieldA new NYT/CBS poll shows four in 5 approve of the president's plan for an Afghan drawdownU.S. read more