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

Posted by  ▪  July 30, 2011
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 p.m….
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Saturday Night Card Game (Nikki Haley is Veit like me)

Posted by  ▪  July 30, 2011
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

Posted by  ▪  July 30, 2011
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.) expressing opposition to his debt-ceiling legislation currently be…
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Least shocking headline of the day

Posted by  ▪  July 30, 2011
From The Hill: Days after lauding McConnell, Democratic leaders rip him
 

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

Posted by  ▪  July 30, 2011
Civility!  Compromise! The Politico! From Jim Treacher:
 

How about he gives us his plan today?

Posted by  ▪  July 30, 2011
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

Posted by  ▪  July 30, 2011
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

Posted by  ▪  July 30, 2011
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

Posted by  ▪  July 29, 2011
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 with…
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Boehner 3.0 Passes House

Posted by  ▪  July 29, 2011
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

Posted by  ▪  July 29, 2011
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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No need to kick the habit

Posted by  ▪  July 29, 2011
I received this note from a loyal reader: Tomorrow the family and I leave for a computer-free week at Cape May Point, NJ so I will be undergoing withdrawal from Legal Insurrection. There’s no need to go through withdrawal.  You can subscribe to posts via e-mail:  Get Le·gal In·sur·rec·tion delivered by email.
 

President twit

Posted by  ▪  July 29, 2011
He just can’t help himself. He can’t get out of campaign mode. After his absurd “I’m Mr. Reaonsable” speech earlier today, his campaign has taken to Twitter urging his supports to send tweets to Republicans in Congress:   This is laughable and childish.  But it’s what passes for presidential leadership these days. What a twit. Update: …
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Soon it will be up to Senate Republicans

Posted by  ▪  July 29, 2011
As it looks now, a revised Boehner bill will get a vote this afternoon and is likely to pass. In yesterday’s flash poll, here’s how the vote broke down on what the House does next: I voted for the last option, do nothing until the Senate passes a bill (actually, probably an amendment…
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Mr. Reasonable versus Intrigue and Drama

Posted by  ▪  July 29, 2011
Obama just gave his speech on the status of the debt ceiling negotiations, and endorses some version of McConnell and Reid plans.  Calls Boehner bill something that will not become law because does not extend debt ceiling beyond election. Calls for “bipartisan compromise” and calls on people to “keep the pressure on Washington” “The time…
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So Feminists are Islamophobic?

Posted by  ▪  July 29, 2011
As part of the continuing attempt to blame the “right wing blogosphere” for the shooting and bombing in Norway, two Norwegians take to the pages of The NY Times (h/t Left Coast Rebel) to decry the cabal of right wing bloggers and other supposed Islamophobes. Notice how easily they include even feminists, presumably because…
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Last night’s mistake

Posted by  ▪  July 29, 2011
The failure last night to pass the so-called Boehner bill was a mistake.  I hope it will be corrected today. I don’t disparage the intentions of the 25 or so who were not willing to vote for the bill.  In fact, I agree with them as to where we should end up. …
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