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Winning the debt ceiling war

07/12/11 10:03PM

Lawrence explains how President Obama continues to outsmart, out-strategize and out-talk the Republicans, in the debt ceiling standoff. Plus, Howard Dean joins The Last Word with more analysis. read more

President Obama meeting with House Majority Leader Cantor, House Minority Leader Pelosi and House Speaker Boehner at the White House on Monday.

Debt ceiling endgame - discuss

07/12/11 08:03PM

Lawrence called Obama's handling of the GOP "the most masterful rope-a-dope ever performed by a president against an opposition party." In your opinion, who has the upper hand in these debt negotiations and why? The comment thread is open, so give us your reaction in section below.Please keep your comments respectful. (Looking at you, trolls). Let's show these politicians how it's done. read more

First Word: Tuesday, July 12

First Word: Tuesday, July 12

07/12/11 08:00PM

President Obama has Republicans close to surrender. Rupert Murdoch is going to have to surrender what he knew and when he knew it. And Michele Bachmann's... watch

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell at a news conference in Washington D.C. on Tuesday.

McConnell punts on debt ceiling

07/12/11 06:12PM

Boxed in by President Obama’s strategy, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell tossed out his own "back-up plan" today on the debt ceiling. The Republican floated the idea of making Obama the main authority to raise the debt limit. read more

First Word: July 12, 2011

07/12/11 04:12PM

A look at stories catching our attention now. What headlines have you been clicking on today?Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell proposes giving Obama debt ceiling powerSpeaker John Boehner: "This debt limit increase is Obama’s problem"President Obama says he "cannot guarantee" Social Security checks if U.S. defaultsRupert Murdoch summoned by British Parliament as BSkyB bid implodesRep. Ron Paul won’t run for re-election A New York clerk resigns after refusing to sign same-sex licenses read more