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The Obama Morning News || July 25, 2011

House and Senate leaders are threatening to pursue different approaches to avert a government default, leaving negotiations over the federal debt limit at a standstill and teeing up a dramatic legislative showdown.

Senate Democrats were preparing a $2.7 trillion plan that would not raise taxes. House Speaker Boehner wants to raise the ceiling in two steps, but Democrats are cool to the idea.

President Obama may be quite comfortable sitting on the sidelines. He canceled two fundraising appearances that were slated for today. Republicans think he’s been mischaracterizing – lying about?? – the storyline on what caused the talks with Boehner to blow up.

Boehner and Treasury Secretary Geithner splashed some happy talk onto the Sunday shows. Conservative groups are outspending liberals in an effort to frame the debt ceiling debate.

Could the 14th amendment ride to the rescue?

Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders said he’s may encourage somebody to run against Obama in the primary, claiming the president has drifted toward Republican positions.

Tim Pawlenty and Michele Bachmann are having a nasty little spat.

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6 Responses to The Obama Morning News || July 25, 2011

  1. I hope that Speaker Boehner calls Obama’s “I’ll veto any short-term debt ceiling hike” bluff. If Obama does exercise the veto the resulting mess will be solely on him. Good plan!

  2. Do these people even consider the Constitution…you know that piece of paper that each and every one of them took an oath on a bible to protect and defend?

    First of all Harry Reid can not originate revenue bills in the Senate. There is a reason the founders restricted control of the purse strings to the House. The House is closer to the voice of we the people.

    The 14th Amendment gives the president no such authority to raise the debt ceiling. The NY Times is touting Section 4 of the 14th Amendment “The validity of the public debt of the United States, authorized by law, including debts incurred for payment of pensions and bounties for services in suppressing insurrection or rebellion, shall not be questioned.” The magic words here are “authorized by law”. Maybe they should have read a little further to Section 5. “The Congress shall have the power to enforce by appropriate legislation, the provisions of this article.” Doesn’t say anything about the President of the United States arbitrarily raising the debt limit.

    These people could stand to watch “I’m Just a Bill” by School House Rock…