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Geithner: House Republicans Already Assured President They Would Raise the Debt Limit

Geithner: House Republicans Already Assured President They Would Raise the Debt Limit

Speaking on ABC’s This Week, Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner on Congressional Republicans, announcing that they assured President Obama that they would vote to raise the debt limit later this year.Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner says he is certain that Congress will raise the debt ceiling, saying leaders are “not going to play around with it” and risk the “catastrophic” consequences of defaulting on the nation’s debt obligations.“I want to make it perfectly clear that Congress will raise the debt ceiling,” Geithner said in an interview with ABC News “This Week” anchor Christiane...

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The Roundup

The Roundup

A quick one this evening:• Jim Webb not only with the announcement that Khalid Sheikh Mohammed will be tried in federal court, but he . He may need some attention.• By contrast, the ACLU on KSM, but not the little remarked-upon decision to try five other defendants in military commissions, which the ACLU considers a broken process. Maybe those five turned down that the Administration is reportedly trying to strike with detainees, in the hopes that they can get some more usable information in court. This quote is unbelievable:One defense attorney said federal prosecutors had so little on his...

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DeFazio’s Objections Could Set Off Other Members

DeFazio’s Objections Could Set Off Other Members

Rep. Pete DeFazio (D-OR)I don’t take Peter DeFazio’s entirely seriously. But his substantive argument – that Democratic leaders took out a Medicare reimbursement measure that would have changed geographic disparities – could shift other members of the caucus:“Unless they put that back in, I can’t support it,” Defazio said, referring to the medicare disparity fix. “This is under active discussion. They just decided yesterday morning they’re stripping this out. The senate budget committee staff deliberated for 20 minutes and it was out and our leadership was going to accept that. But a number...

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Endgame? Obama To Capitol Hill On Sunday

Endgame? Obama To Capitol Hill On Sunday

After months and months of sparring in the Senate Democratic caucus, , visiting the Capitol tomorrow.President Barack Obama will meet with Senate Democrats during the party’s scheduled caucus meeting at the Capitol on Sunday.The meeting will take place before lawmakers vote on a series of amendments to Democrats’ healthcare reform bill, which lawmakers will debate throughout this weekend.CNN that Democratic leaders want him to weigh in on the public option, to break the deadlock over the issue. That’s probably more about Senate Dems wanting to offload responsibility for the decision, but...

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Biden’s Actual Day One Agenda

Biden’s Actual Day One Agenda

Victor Juhasz This story is part of the Prospect’s series on how the next president can make progress without new legislation. Read all of our Day One Agenda articles .A year and a half ago, the Prospect started thinking about a for an incoming Democratic president—and now, day one is here. Starting at noon on Wednesday, there’s nothing standing in the way of tangible material benefits for millions of Americans except the will of the president to take action on his own authority.There is good news and bad news here. After significant chatter here and about what Joe Biden can do without new...

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Big Tech Critics Alarmed at Direction of Biden Antitrust Personnel

Big Tech Critics Alarmed at Direction of Biden Antitrust Personnel

, A last-minute campaign by a coalition of groups working to check monopoly is being launched to stave off what they worry could be a series of calamitous antitrust appointments by President-elect Joe Biden. The move follows from The American Prospect and The Intercept, confirmed and expanded on Sunday by Reuters, that Biden is leaning toward two attorneys with deep experience advising monopoly platforms to head the antitrust division at the Department of Justice.Renata Hesse, a former Justice Department official under President Barack Obama, worked alongside Sen. Ted Cruz defending Google...

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