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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

Must Read Op-Eds for July 12, 2011

07/12/11 12:29PM

Here are today's must read opinion and editorial columns.THE MAGIC LEVER  BY DAVID BROOKSNEW YORK TIMESThe tragedy is that in Barack Obama and John Boehner we have leaders who would like to do something big... But they are bracketed on all sides — by the tax cut and Medicare brigades, by the wonks hatching budget gimmicks that erode trust, by political hacks who don’t want to lose their precious campaign issues: tax cuts forever, Medicare spending without limit. read more

The musical stylings of Herman Cain

07/12/11 09:16AM

Herman Cain is not just a GOP contender and pizza mogul  -- he's also a Gospel singer. Six tracks of his album "Sunday Morning," recorded in 1996, recently hit the Web.Listen below: Plus, Willie Geist takes a look at other singing politicos. read more

President Barack Obama gestures as he speaks about the ongoing budget negotiations in the briefing room of the White House, Monday, July 11, 2011, in Washington.

Top Talkers: Eat your peas!

07/12/11 09:13AM

 Congressional leaders are heading back to the White House today for yet another meeting to try to reach a deal on raising the country's debt ceiling. Officials familiar with the negotiations say majority leader Eric Cantor dominated yesterday's meeting.  Cantor laid out what was agreed upon in the deficit reduction talks led by Vice President Biden, specifically $2 trillion in cuts over the next decade.  The figure includes around $1 trillion in discretionary spending, $200 billion in Medicare and Medicaid, and roughly $200 to $300 billion in saved interest on the debt.  Sources famili read more