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BLITZER’S BLOG: It’s STILL the economy, stupid
In this December 22, 1995, image, House Speaker Newt Gingrich and President Bill Clinton meet at the White House to reach a compromise that will reopen the U.S. Government.
July 27th, 2011
01:43 PM ET

BLITZER’S BLOG: It’s STILL the economy, stupid

Washington (CNN) - At this point during President Bill Clinton’s first term at the White House, he, too, was facing an enormous challenge from emboldened House Republicans, including the then new Speaker, Newt Gingrich. The Republicans had taken the House majority in 1994 with their Contract with America. There was a huge battle over spending, and the government was shut down for a few days. The American public largely blamed Gingrich and the Republicans. Clinton, the following year, was re-elected.

President Obama is now facing a huge challenge from emboldened House Republicans, including Speaker John Boehner. The stakes this time are much higher if the government actually were to default on its financial obligations.
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Filed under: 2012 election • Debt • Economy • President Obama • Wolf Blitzer
July 27th, 2011
09:08 AM ET

Obama sidelined in debt debate?

CNN's Brianna Keilar reports on President Obama's changing role in debt ceiling negotiations.


Filed under: Brianna Keilar • Debt • President Obama • White House
July 27th, 2011
09:05 AM ET

Extremes controlling U.S. politics?

With a debt crisis looming, are the nation's political extreme's calling the shots in DC? CNN's Jim Acosta reports.

RELATED STORY: The 'big headache': Boehner backed into corner by tea party, Obama


Filed under: Debt • Jim Acosta • Politics • Washington
July 27th, 2011
08:16 AM ET

Analysts: Impact of U.S. default unclear

CNN's Lisa Sylvester reports no country as large as the U.S. has ever defaulted on its debt.

RELATED STORY: House delays vote on Boehner plan

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Filed under: Debt • Lisa Sylvester • World
July 27th, 2011
12:30 AM ET

Mikulski: Mood on Hill is 'toxic'

Sen. Barbara Mikulski supports Sen. Harry Reid's debt relief plan and urges her colleagues to put America first.

RELATED: Debt debate cheat sheet


Filed under: Barbara Mikulski • Debt • Interviews
July 27th, 2011
12:23 AM ET

Jordan opposed to Boehner's plan

Republican Jim Jordan opposes Speaker John Boehner's debt relief plan in favor of the "cut, cap and balance" plan.

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RELATED STORY: The 'big headache': Boehner backed into corner by tea party, Obama


Filed under: Congress • Debt • Interviews • Jim Jordan
July 27th, 2011
12:18 AM ET

Battle to break deadlock in debt talks

White House Sr. Adviser David Plouffe says there must be compromise to make sure the country doesn't default.

RELATED STORY: The 'big headache': Boehner backed into corner by tea party, Obama


Filed under: Debt • Interviews • White House
July 26th, 2011
06:29 PM ET

Citizen outrage towards Capitol Hill

CNN tracks the avalanche of calls and e-mails to politicians after the president's speech on debt ceiling gridlock. Brian Todd reports.

RELATED STORY: Phones swamped, servers crash as voters slam Congress

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Filed under: Brian Todd • Capitol Hill • Congress • Debt • President Obama
BLITZER’S BLOG: Political posturing in Washington worries me about a deal
July 26th, 2011
02:11 PM ET

BLITZER’S BLOG: Political posturing in Washington worries me about a deal

Washington (CNN) –- Now, with only a week to go before the Treasury Department’s August 2 deadline for raising the debt limit, I must confess I am getting increasingly gloomy. I’m very worried no deal will be reached between President Obama and the Republican and Democratic leadership in Congress.

There may be some serious backroom talks going on to achieve an agreement. I certainly hope there are. But all I see in public is a lot of political posturing. If there’s no deal, there will be default, and the consequences will be awful for all of us.
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Filed under: Debt • Politics • Washington • Wolf Blitzer
July 26th, 2011
11:40 AM ET

Debt battle sparks ad war

Lisa Sylvester reports on the money special interest groups are spending to sway opinion on the debt limit debate.


Filed under: ads • Debt • Lisa Sylvester • Washington
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