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GOP Senator: I Don't Care About Grover Norquist

Chambliss says he'll raise taxes if need be

(Newser) - Grover Norquist's once-solid hold on Republicans who took his anti-tax pledge seems to be loosening. Georgia Sen. Saxby Chambliss has publicly broken ranks, telling WMAZ that he will vote to raise taxes if it's right for the nation. "I care more about my country than I do... More »

Debt Deal's Winners and Losers

Mitch McConnell, Tea Party at the forefront: Chris Cillizza

(Newser) - The debt-deal dust has yet to settle, but that's not stopping anyone from analyzing its political consequences. In the Washington Post , Chris Cillizza notes the winners:
  • Mitch McConnell was “the Mariano Rivera of the debt deal. He waited until the game was in its final moments, came onto
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Obama OK With Short-Term Debt Deal, So Long As...

...those days are used to hammer out longer-term deal

(Newser) - All of the debt ceiling meetings have broken up for the evening, and, surprise, surprise, no breakthrough deal has emerged. But once again, there's hope: The big development of the day looks to be the White House declaration that President Obama would agree to a short-term deal to raise... More »

Behind the Gang of Six's Resurrection: Tom Coburn

Many Senate Republicans now back deal that includes new revenues

(Newser) - Tom Coburn got the old gang back together yesterday—the “Gang of Six” that is—reviving hopes that the Senate could forge a major debt reduction deal. “I’m back,” Coburn declared before a crowd of almost 50 senators from both parties, to a resounding round of... More »

House Passes Doomed Debt Measure

'Cut, cap and trade' plan expected to die in Senate

(Newser) - The House of Representatives passed the Tea Party-backed "cut, cap and balance" plan today, sending the measure to the Senate, where it stands next to no chance of passing. The measure, which requires trillions in spending cuts and a balanced-budget amendment to the Constitution in return for raising the... More »

Obama Praises Bipartisan 'Gang of Six' Debt Plan

President calls for end to 'posturing'

(Newser) - With time running short on the debt limit, President Obama today hailed a plan by a bipartisan senators' group on deficit reduction as the kind of "balanced approach" the nation is looking for. He said it's time for Congress as a whole to rally around such a proposal.... More »

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