**BREAKING NEWS**The House votes 269-161 to raise the debt ceiling and Gabrielle Giffords (D-AZ) makes a surprise return to the House floor. Tonight, our guests will delve into the details of this bill and what it means for economy, the Tea Party and the 2012 election cycle.Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT)Rep. read more
Nine questions that are really one:How insane is it to craft a deal to satisfy the Tea Party and then when the Tea Party balks, ask Democrats to make up the difference?If Boehner is finally at the point where he'll turn to Dem votes, why not just pass a clean bill after all?In other words, if it turns out Democrats were the ones needed to pass this bill, why weren't THEY in the driver's seat all along?If the Tea Party doesn't vote for the Boehner plan, whose votes were really in the balance here?How can we blame the Tea Party for their tactics, when the Democrats keep incentivizing the use of read more
Well, the big question now is, what will the House do? If they balk, it would seem two options remain: 14th Amendment and clean bill. The White House has ruled out one of these. As you'll notice, I don't see much else out there today -- although there is terrific news on the health-care front. Here's today's Morning EDition:TODAYThe Senate is expected to vote on a bill cutting spending and raising the debt ceiling.
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Rep. Barney Frank (D-MA) Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-OH) Dan Stone, White House Correspondent for NewsweekRep. John Garamendi (D- CA)Joe Madison, Sirius XM Radio Talk Show HostBob Shrum, Democratic Strategist and Professor at New York UniversityJoy-Ann Reid, msnbc Contributor and Managing Editor for TheGrio.com read more
Senate Democratic leaders slam republicans for filibustering the Reid bill. Thomas Roberts and Joy-Ann Reid, managing editor of thegrio.com, talk about what happens next in the fight over the debt ceiling. watch