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‘Left, Right & Center’: Debt Limit, Obamacare’s Numbers and Gay Marriage

Truthdig Editor-in-Chief Robert Scheer and the other “Left, Right & Center” panelists discuss House Speaker John Boehner’s decision to allow a vote on a debt ceiling increase despite resistance from fellow Republicans, The New York Times’ call for an end of the debt limit and the Comcast-Time Warner Cable merger.

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Debt Ceilings

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John Boehner’s Sunshine Band

From now on, it’s the Zip-A-Dee-Doo-Dah House.

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Senate GOP Leader Rejects His Own Idea to Avoid Debt Limit Showdowns

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., announced Tuesday that he now opposes his own plan to avoid the kind of debt ceiling fiasco that nearly led the nation to default this month.

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Grand Reopening

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‘Kony 2012’ Snuck Into the Debt Ceiling Adjustment Bill

The deceiving viral video that helped America justify fighting proxy wars in Africa has left its mark; Obamacare critics rant against Canadian style health care, but there are key differences between our system and that of our neighbor to the north; meanwhile, France is belatedly outraged about the NSA leaks. These discoveries and more after the jump.

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U.S. Debt

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No Economic Disaster

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United States Debt Ceiling

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The Debt Ceiling Circus: The Show Must Go On

Rather than resolving the debt crisis, lawmakers’ 11th-hour deal to raise the debt ceiling, which threatened to push the global economy over the edge,  simply delayed it. Financial Times chief economics commentator, Martin Wolf, tells Bill Moyers the U.S. debt ceiling is “the legislative equivalent of a nuclear bomb aimed by the U.S. at itself.”

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Snidely Whiplash

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House Will Not Block Budget Deal

The Senate reached a budget compromise Wednesday that will end the government shutdown and raise the debt ceiling.

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Obama Can’t Waste This Moment

The key in politics is to snatch victory from the jaws of victory. 

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Emboldened by Shutdown Polls, Democrats Push Spending

Smelling blood in the water, Senate Democrats over the weekend rejected a Republican proposal to reopen the government and raise the debt limit.

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A Repo Implosion

Obama is determined to prevail in his battle with GOP leaders over the debt ceiling, but not for the reasons stated in the media.

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Boehner in the Catbird’s Seat

Don’t feel sorry for John Boehner. His party and his country may be losers in this absurd crisis, but he clearly intends to come out a winner.

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Over the Cliff

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House GOP Shutdown an Exceptionally Reckless Waste of Time

Abroad, what is happening in Washington remains to most a mystery of very little interest.

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Unaware

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A World Where No One Listens to the Planet’s Sole Superpower

Ever fewer countries, allies, or enemies, are paying attention, much less kowtowing, to the once-formidable power of the world’s last superpower. The list of defiant figures—from Egyptian generals to Saudi princes, Iraqi Shiite leaders to Israeli politicians—is lengthening.

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Oct. 17: The Day the Money Runs Out

Treasury Secretary Jack Lew has written House Speaker John Boehner to warn that unless Congress raises the debt limit, the United States of America is going to start bouncing checks.

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Twerkin’ Boehner

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Why Republicans Are Disciplined and Democrats Aren’t

When GOP leaders tell rank-and-file Republicans to call Obamacare’s cost controls “death panels,” or to say the rich are “job creators,” or the poor are “takers rather than makers,” they all repeat the same words. Democrats never stick to the same message. They rarely even say the same thing the same way twice. In fact, their messages often conflict.

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Filibuster Fanboy

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Terror Alert Redux

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Goldilocks Sequester

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Hagel Clashes With McCain, Geraldo Contemplates Senate Run, and More

A look at the day’s political happenings, including details on the newest version of Tennessee’s “Don’t Say Gay” bill and Denver’s mayor channels Ray Lewis after losing an NFL playoff bet.

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The New Extremism

The debate in both Washington and the mainstream media over austerity measures, the alleged fiscal cliff and the looming debt crisis not only function to render anti-democratic pressures invisible, but also produce what the late sociologist C. Wright Mills once called “a politics of organized irresponsibility.”

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Debt Ceiling Gun

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Obama’s Debt

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Clinton Accused of Fakery, Biden Eyes 2016, and More

A look at the day’s political happenings, including a victory for women in the military and why John Boehner thinks President Obama is out to “annihilate” the GOP.

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McConnell Blasts Obama ‘Liberalism,’ the Franken-Bachmann Contest, and More

A look at the day’s political happenings, including why House Republicans now want to ignore the debt ceiling and Michelle Obama’s epic reaction to John Boehner.

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Inauguration

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Economist Galbraith on Why Public Welfare Programs Are Sustainable

Is there ever a good time to cut “entitlements”—the code word used by austerity hawks to refer to and demean publicly funded social welfare programs—host Andrew Ross Sorkin asked University of Texas economist James K. Galbraith on CNBC’s “Squawk Box” on Friday.

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Blackmail With the Debt Ceiling

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Before Default, Let Republicans Bump Up Hard Against the Debt Ceiling

A prolonged confrontation over the nation’s debt ceiling—unlike the “fiscal cliff,” which provoked many scary headlines—could truly be grave for both America and the world.

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Biden Goes ‘Boom,’ Maddow Takes on NRA ‘Trolls,’ and More

A look at the day’s political happenings, including Michelle Obama’s social media foray and word on Karl Rove’s future at Fox News.

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Debt Ceiling Politics

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Jon Stewart Fires Latest Shot in Feud With Paul Krugman

“If someone’s ruining their brand with the trillion dollar coin idea, I don’t think it’s the non-economist,” Stewart said, adding that the deficit solution was still a “stupid fucking idea.”

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Office of the Speaker of the House/Bryant Avondoglio

Perpetual Dysfunction: How Republicans Govern

President Obama is set to begin his second term at a moment when the question is not what great things our nation can achieve but whether our government, in Obama’s words, can “stop lurching from crisis to crisis to crisis.”

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Obama Warns Republicans, Clinton at the Golden Globes, and More

A look at the day’s political happenings, including some good news for George H.W. Bush and Justice Clarence Thomas breaks his silence in the Supreme Court.

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Obama’s Debt Ceiling Gamble Depends on the GOP Being Sane

A week before his inaugural, Obama says he won’t negotiate with Republicans over raising the debt limit. But the president’s strategy depends on there being enough sane voices left in the GOP to influence others. That’s far from clear.

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White House / Pete Souza

Obama Is Right on the Debt Ceiling

According to the Obama administration, there is nothing the president can do on his own to raise the ceiling or maneuver around it. As much as some of us may disagree, Obama is correct. Here’s why.

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Colin Powell Talks GOP Racism, Paul Krugman Blasts Jon Stewart, and More

A look at the day’s political happenings, including the Treasury Department’s decision about minting a trillion dollar coin and another George Bush mulls a bid for public office.

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Congressional Issues

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Hopper and the Debt Ceiling Nighthawks

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Debt Ceiling and Guns: Using Presidential Authority to the Fullest

Anyone who thinks congressional Republicans will roll over on the debt ceiling or gun control or other pending hot-button issues hasn’t been paying attention.

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Debt Ceiling Pogo Stick

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Watch Out for the Right Hook

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