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Debt Ceiling Vote Movie Preview

Posted by  ▪  August 1, 2011
The House is expected to vote between 6:30-8:00 tonight. Everything will be okay. There will be a morning after.  Just hold your breath for a few trillion seconds and then come up for air.
 

Please, let’s go through this again

Posted by  ▪  August 1, 2011
One of the consistent media talking points is that the nation “should not have to go through this again,” meaning the debate over raising the debt ceiling. I could not disagree more, and look forward to going through this — or something like this — when the “super committee” makes its recommendations…
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Dog, Car, Debt Ceiling

Posted by  ▪  August 1, 2011
I can’t remember an issue on which I have been as conflicted as on the pending debt ceiling deal. No sugar coating.  It’s not a good deal.  It does very little to solve the problem of our budget deficits and growing debt.  The law also leaves us at the mercy of the appointees…
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Wisconsin Sup Ct “Chokehold” Update

Posted by  ▪  August 1, 2011
The Dane County Sheriff’s Office, which was tasked with investigating allegations that Justice David Prosser put a “chokehold” on Justice Ann Walsh Bradley, has concluded its investigation without a recommendation of prosecution. As reported by JSOnline (via SteveEgg and Charlie Sykes): An investigation into an altercation between two state Supreme Court justices has…
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(Bipartisan) Debt Ceiling Tweet of the Day

Posted by  ▪  August 1, 2011
The interesting thing about this now-famous tweet is that the sentiment has widespread bipartisan support, although for different reasons:
 

Help me crowdsource the Bill

Posted by  ▪  August 1, 2011
Here it is. It’s 74 pages.  We’ve heard various explanations of “the deal.”  I have some views on the deal as explained, but I’d be interested in what readers find that may be at odds with what they’re hearing or at odds with the Boehner PowerPoint. I plan on weighing in on the…
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Social media and politics: What’s next?

Posted by  ▪  August 1, 2011
Politics has changed significantly in the past few years – not so much the political process itself, but the way the average citizen gets to observe and, more importantly, participate. Social media has quickly become a fundamental part of many people’s lives and even more crucial for politics. Elections are made…
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Obama Sunday Night Statement // Update – Boehner PowerPoint Added

Posted by  ▪  July 31, 2011
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?

Posted by  ▪  July 31, 2011
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

Posted by  ▪  July 31, 2011
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 that this is something that they ought to support.” “You’ll see…
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Gonna Pay

Posted by  ▪  July 31, 2011
From the Powerline Prize competition (h/t Glenn Reynolds):
 

The end of Harry Reid as we know it

Posted by  ▪  July 31, 2011
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 …

Posted by  ▪  July 31, 2011
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?

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