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07/18/11 08:00PM

As Republicans continue their theatrics over the debt ceiling, thousands of folks in Dallas fight for federal housing assistance. watch

Guest List, Monday 7/18

07/18/11 07:51PM

Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) Joan Walsh, Salon’s Editor at LargeE.J. Dionne, a Senior Fellow at The Brookings Institution and Washington Post columnist      The Republicans are throwing around a new catch phrase ("We have a spending problem not a revenue problem", anyone?) with their "Cut, Cap and Balance" proposal. Even with an overwhelming majority of Americans rejecting the Republicans' handling of the debt negotiations.... will the President cave and take McConnell's plan-- one that cuts and provides no new revenue, something he's previously said he needed included in the deal? read more

The Monday Outlook: The GOP's Tea Bag of Tricks

07/18/11 12:30PM

I tweeted last week that if you paid attention to how the government-shutdown debate ended up, the conclusion of the debt-ceiling fight won't be too much of a surprise. In fact, if you want to understand just how easily led the Tea Party is (what other political movement demands the end of the government entitlements it most vociferously demands?) all you have to do is look back to how the GOP leadership bamboozled them just three months ago.Here's what I was referring to in my tweet. The last catastrophe-averting showdown ended when the Republican leadership changed the terms of the debate. read more

Morning EDition: July 18, 2011

07/18/11 11:11AM

TODAYthe Senate debates military and VA spending.NO presidential-level talks scheduled on the debt ceiling. BUDGETBoth parties try to work up support for the McConnell Plan.Sen. Jim DeMint (R-SC) is working against the McConnell Plan.Congress sets up votes on the $1.5-trillion-cuts deal.House tomorrow brings to the floor a new debt-ceiling bill utterly devoid of compromise. (Note: It's hard for Villagers to deny that a party is devoid of compromise when they ran against the evils of compromise.)Analysis: "Cut, Cap and Balance" Act makes the Ryan Plan look like the New Deal. read more

Guest List, Thursday 7/14

07/14/11 06:47PM

Mike Papantonio, host of "The Ring of Fire" radio show     We're talking about the debt ceiling and the details still emerging from yesterday's tense meeting between the President and House Majority Leader Eric Cantor..  the clock is ticking while the blame game continues. We'll get into what comes next. read more


07/14/11 03:11PM

Sorry again about dropping out on yesterday's Outlook and Underbuzzed. As will likely be the case until the debt ceiling is raised -- or News Corp. is indicted -- a lot of stories are falling through the cracks, slow-movers and others. Add your own in the comments. Here are mine for today:The GOP is the party of defense. Here's the Republican Party expressing its agenda to troops and veterans in just the past 24 hours. Eleven Senate Republicans voted against spending on the military and veterans. read more