We were just discussing in the office the fact that Sen. Bob Corker (R-TN) has now joined Sen. Lindsay Graham (R-SC) in saying the debt-ceiling battle is the Republicans' fault. My take?They're throwing House GOP Leader Eric Cantor under the bus. Specifically, they're sending him a signal -- that if the US defaults because the House fails to pass something that can pass both the Senate and the president's desk -- Cantor will have been pre-thrown under the bus.Because if the US does default, the false-equivalence media will try to put some of the blame on Democrats. And Sens. read more
Sorry no Outlook or Underbuzzed yesterday, I was off the grid. Here's today's Morning EDition:TODAYThe president gives a handful of TV interviews about the debt-ceiling talks.The president meets with congressional leaders for new debt-ceiling talks at 4:15pm.
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***There's breaking news out of the White House tonightso please note the Guest List is subject to change*** Sam Youngman, White House Correspondent for The HillSen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) Rumors surface that Obama walked out of what's being called yet another "tense" meeting with congressional leaders on the US debt today... After which, House Majority Leader Eric Cantor told reporters "We're so far apart and going back on the momentum." We'll talk about what this means for the already shaky negotiations. read more
McConnell's cave looms over the political landscape today, as political leaders contemplate its depths and roar into it to test the strength of their echoes. There's other stuff out there, too, and it's all (except for the stuff I missed) in today's Morning EDition:TODAYThe president meets at 4pm with congressional leaders on the debt ceiling.Fed Chairman Ben Bernanke testifies before the House Financial Services Cmte.The House votes on a balanced-budget amendment.The House takes up a bill to let states skirt clean-water rules.THE CAVEIf Dems are on board, does Sen. read more