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07/11/11 02:16PM

The debt-ceiling talks will continue to dominate the news more and more the closer we get to the Aug. 2nd deadline for defaulting. That, and the fact we're deep into summer, make it all the more important we don't let other stories fall by the wayside. Here are some of the stories that seem underbuzzed to me today.Ann Coulter's vile assault on Chris Hayes's mother illustrates just how low the Republican Party has sunk in the past decade. Not because it's an assault on someone's mother -- that's old school nasty politics. But because the basis for the attack is her work in public service. read more

The Monday Outlook: The Gordian Knot

07/11/11 01:04PM

A deal on the debt ceiling isn't going to happen now. One thing and one thing only has to change for the GOP leadership either to press their members into raising the debt ceiling -- or to accede to Democratic demands in order to pick up enough Democratic votes in the House to raise the debt ceiling without the Tea Party's support. And that one thing is beyond the ability of either Democrats or Republicans to change.It's the calendar. We've seen time and again with this Congress that Speaker Boehner is willing to fold. He just can't fold before he has to. read more

Morning EDition: July 11, 2011

07/11/11 11:03AM

Pres. Obama's news conference is starting. Here's the context for his remarks:TODAYPres. Obama news conference at 11am.White House meeting with congressional leaders on debt ceiling.House vote on undoing 2007 energy-efficient light-bulb requirements. read more

Murdoch's empire takes a hit

Murdoch's empire takes a hit

07/07/11 08:00PM

Ed talks with Eric Boehlert of Media Matters about the News of the World phone hacking scandal. What are the implications for Murdoch's American media outlets? watch

Guest List, Thursday 7/7

07/07/11 06:22PM

Rep. Peter Welch (D-VT)Michael Steele, Former Chairman of the RNCWe're getting into the battle over entitlements and taxes in the debt ceiling stand off-- keeping our eye on the status of Social Security now that it may be on the table. Adam Green, Co-Founder of the Progressive Change CampaignCould the Democrats lose the Senate over their politics throughout debt ceiling debate? read more


07/07/11 02:44PM

Hard to complain about the attention being given to today's big story. It certainly deserves it. That said, other stories deserve some attention today, too. Here's a handful that caught my eye, put your own links in the comments, please...Senate Republicans are blocking trade deals. Why? To protect American jobs? Nope. Just the opposite. They want the trade deals. read more

The Thursday Outlook: Infectious Insanity

07/07/11 02:16PM

Just days after David Brooks signals to the Democrats that they will have the upper hand if they stand their ground in the spending battle, what do Democrats do? They swallow whole almost-literally insane Republican talking points and put the three bedrock elements of the social safety net on the table: Medicare, Medicaid and, yep, Social Security. So let's look at some of what Democrats are saying on this stuff.First, what Democrats would get in return: Taxes. A big component of what Democrats are negotiating for here is an agreement to let the Bush tax cuts expire at the end of next year. read more

Morning EDition: July 7, 2011

07/07/11 10:55AM

Obviously, today's big political story is whether Pres. Obama is really willing to crack the frontline defenses of America's social safety net -- or whether he just wants to look like he is to woo independents and marginalize the Republicans. Either way, debate is raging over whether this is the right way to go. read more