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Obama Sunday Night Statement // Update – Boehner PowerPoint Added

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Posted by  ▪  Sunday, July 31, 2011 at 8:37pm

Obama just gave a press statement.

Says the leaders of both parties in both chambers have reached an agreement “that will reduce the deficit and avoid default.”

Deal is $1 trillion in spending cuts, but not “so abruptly that a drag on our economy.”

Second part of agreement will have further reductions based on bipartison...

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Where are we?

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Posted by  ▪  Sunday, July 31, 2011 at 8:05pm

Thanks to Katie for helping out this afternoon with updates, as I was traveling.

I’ve heard bits and pieces, and posted last night the tentative deal.  Apparently there will not be any vote tonight, which is a good thing to me because we should get to see what’s in the bill before...

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Here we go again

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Posted by  ▪  Sunday, July 31, 2011 at 1:49pm

The Senate’s cloture vote on Harry Reid’s debt bill just failed 50-49.

What now? McConnell says an agreement with President Obama is on the horizon:

McConnell said he is “very very close to being able . . . to recommend to my members...

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Gonna Pay

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Posted by  ▪  Sunday, July 31, 2011 at 10:30am

From the Powerline Prize competition (h/t Glenn Reynolds):

 
 
 

The end of Harry Reid as we know it

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Posted by  ▪  Sunday, July 31, 2011 at 9:01am

We don’t know all the details of the negotiations between Mitch McConnell and the White House which apparently are closing in on an agreement, but one thing is clear, Harry Reid has become a sideshow.

The master of the Senate was left to denouncing Mitch McConnell as, basically, a liar for saying...

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It’s not that we don’t trust you, but …

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Posted by  ▪  Sunday, July 31, 2011 at 7:00am

Thanks to reader Jeff for forwarding this link in response to the Drug Addict video I posted yesterday.

I remember this video when it first surfaced, but it seems particularly timely to play it again:

 
 
 

Will we have 72 hours to read a final debt ceiling bill?

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Posted by  ▪  Saturday, July 30, 2011 at 10:11pm

Things seem, maybe, possibly heading towards some sort of debt ceiling deal negotiated by Mitch McConnell directly with the White House.  Harry Reid just took to the floor of the Senate to announce that the vote on cloture on his bill will be postponed from 1 a.m. until noon 1...

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Saturday Night Card Game (Nikki Haley is Veit like me)

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Posted by  ▪  Saturday, July 30, 2011 at 6:00pm

This is the latest in a serieson the use of the race card for political gain:

Democrats in South Carolina are angry (h/t Instapundit) that Gov. Nikki Haley checked the box “white” on a voter registration card a decade ago:

The South Carolina Democratic Party tried Thursday to make Haley out as a...

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Dear Harry Reid, your bill will fail, your vote will be lost

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Posted by  ▪  Saturday, July 30, 2011 at 1:53pm

Forty three Republican Senators have signed a letter telling Harry Reid not to bother with his bill (do not click on link until you consider bonus question below):

Forty-three GOP senators on Saturday signed a letter addressed to Senate Majority Harry Reid (D-Nev.) express...

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Least shocking headline of the day

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Posted by  ▪  Saturday, July 30, 2011 at 12:52pm

From The Hill:

Days after lauding McConnell, Democratic leaders rip him

 
 
 

Debt Ceiling Tweet of the Day – We are all terrorists now

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Posted by  ▪  Saturday, July 30, 2011 at 11:15am

Civility!  Compromise! The Politico!

From Jim Treacher:

 
 
 

How about he gives us his plan today?

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Posted by  ▪  Saturday, July 30, 2011 at 10:00am

Maybe he should stop issuing demands.  That would help.

How about he gives us his plan today?  Via Politico:

 
 
 

Spare me your self-defeating self-fulfilling prophecies

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Posted by  ▪  Saturday, July 30, 2011 at 8:40am

A frequent commenter quoted this post by Erick Erickson at RedState:

A week ago, the United States House of Representatives sent a bipartisan measure to the United States Senate where it fell five votes short of a majority.

Today, John Boehner sent over legislation that couldn’t even get all the Republicans to support...

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It’s not their fault, it’s the drug

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Posted by  ▪  Saturday, July 30, 2011 at 7:00am

I saw this ad on a Frank Luntz focus group segment last night on Hannity.

The lines for both Democrats and Republicans went through the roof.

 
 
 

Boehner 3.0 Tabled

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Posted by  ▪  Friday, July 29, 2011 at 8:26pm

Senate just voted to table the Boehner bill. No surprise, but the vote was 59-41, which means some Republicans voted to table it.  (Added, the Republican votes to table were DeMint, Hatch, Lee, Graham, Vitter, Paul,)

Claire McCaskill is complaining the Mitch McConnell told Harry Reid that he will not negotiate...

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Boehner 3.0 Passes House

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Posted by  ▪  Friday, July 29, 2011 at 6:20pm

The third version of the Boehner bill just passed the House.  (218-210, 22 Republicans voted against, no Democrats voted for.)

We are on the verge of a significant — although not very satisfying or triumphal — achievement.

Now Harry Reid gets to do what he does best.

The Senate Republicans better not sell out.

 
 
 

California Redistricting

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Posted by  ▪  Friday, July 29, 2011 at 5:03pm

I’ve posted before about nationwide redistricting gains by Republicans including in North Carolina.

When you hear Democrats gripe how unfair this is, keep in mind California, where Democrats are likely to gain seats:

The California Citizens Redistricting Commission approved new district lines Friday, setting off what is expected to be more competitive Congressional...

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