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July 29th, 2011
04:49 PM ET

BLITZER'S BLOG: Huntsman criticizes GOP rivals on debt ceiling debate

Washington (CNN) - Republican presidential candidate Jon Huntsman is not mincing any words in criticizing what he says is Mitt Romney’s absence in the debt ceiling debate. Huntsman says this is a time “for people to stand up and show real leadership.”

I had asked the former Utah governor and ambassador to China whether he agreed with Democratic political operative David Axelrod’s recent criticism of Romney. The former White House aide to President Obama had suggested Romney was missing in action in the whole debate.
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Filed under: 2012 election • Jon Huntsman • Mitt Romney • Wolf Blitzer
July 29th, 2011
10:02 AM ET

Jesus on the phone?

Is that Jesus on that telephone pole? CNN's Jeanne Moos has the 411.

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July 28th, 2011
07:11 PM ET

Are deficit 'hawks' handling their debt?

CNN's Brian Todd looks into some of the debt problems of the people leading the fight against raising the debt ceiling.

RELATED STORY: The debt ceiling battle: Where things stand

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Filed under: Brian Todd • Debt
July 28th, 2011
06:12 PM ET

John McCain taking on the tea party?

CNN's Jim Acosta reports on the flurry of Tolkien references John McCain used in challenging tea party congress members.

RELATED STORY: McCain refers to 'tea party hobbits,' blasts Bachmann-backed idea


Filed under: Debt • Jim Acosta • John McCain • Tea Party
July 28th, 2011
04:50 PM ET

BLITZER’S BLOG: Obama’s chief of staff is confident there will be a deal

Washington (CNN) – White House Chief of Staff William Daley is still optimistic that some sort of deficit crisis deal will be worked out by Tuesday’s Treasury-imposed deadline. But he says he’s not so certain about the future of America’s AAA credit rating.

In an exclusive interview with me at the White House, Daley said, “The four leaders of the Congress have said that the debt ceiling will be extended” and he’s “confident that they will come together.”
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Filed under: Debt • Deficit • President Obama • White House • Wolf Blitzer
July 28th, 2011
10:39 AM ET

West: Will not apologize

Rep. Allen West says he will not apologize to fellow Rep. Debbie Wasserman-Schultz and is moving on.

RELATED VIDEO: Tea Party Reps. divided on Boehner plan


Filed under: Allen West • Congress • Debbie Wasserman Schultz • Interviews
July 27th, 2011
10:47 PM ET

Debt limit doozies

Debt debacle dispenses doozies from rap videos to crime movies. Jeanne Moos reports.

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July 27th, 2011
09:35 PM ET

Tea Party says ignore Aug. 2nd deadline

Many Tea Party activists say fears of a debt ceiling armageddon are overblown and urge GOP lawmakers to hold the line.

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Filed under: Brian Todd • Debt • Tea Party
July 27th, 2011
09:29 PM ET

U.S. at risk of credit downgrade

Financial analysts say lawmakers should be very worried about a possible downgrade of America's credit rating. CNN's Mary Snow reports.

RELATED STORY: Debt ceiling fight: What a downgrade would mean


Filed under: Debt • Mary Snow
July 27th, 2011
08:24 PM ET

'The kid from Ohio' takes on a president

Lisa Sylvester reports on the background and upbringing of the legislator caught in the middle of a debt ceiling debate.

RELATED STORY: Boehner to GOP members: 'Get your ass in line'

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Filed under: Debt • Lisa Sylvester • Speaker John Boehner
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