Republican leaders in Senate kill Ted Cruz’s filibuster of debt-limit bill

It isn’t often that even a handful of Senate Republicans act like grown-ups, but we saw an exception Wednesday when a full dozen of them rebuffed an effort by Ted Cruz of Texas to block an up-or-down vote on raising the federal debt ceiling for a year. HERE are the details: It was a moment of real drama in a chamber known for its somnambulism. Senator Mitch McConnell of Kentucky, the Republican leader, counted votes on his hand, at one point holding up three fingers as he searched for the remaining votes. Senator John Cornyn of Texas,...

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It looks like congressional Republicans might surrender on the debt-ceiling issue

At long last, some of THESE GUYS seem to recognize a potential political disaster when they see one: Republicans are looking for ways to defuse the fight they’ve threatened to pick over the debt ceiling, having concluded that they’re likely destined for defeat. The fatalism reflects the fact that House GOP leaders are boxed in both by Democrats who’ll refuse to vote for a debt limit hike with policy add-ons, and by a significant faction of conservatives who aren’t interested in voting for any increase in the federal...

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Make no mistake about it: It was the Democrats and Obama who reopened the government

Let’s be clear about this: If it had been left up entirely to Republicans in the House and Senate, the federal government would be still be shut down, and the United States likely would now find itself in default on its debts. Granted, the resolution at issue passed the Senate by a wide margin, 81-18, with most Republicans voting in favor. But in the House, only 87 Republicans supported the compromise, while 144 opposed it. Not a single Democrat in either House voted against the measure, and it was a Democratic president who signed it...

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Poll: Most Americans concerned about debt ceiling, but two-thirds of Tea Partiers say it’s no big deal

THESE FOLKS truly are different from normal people: As the United States moves closer to the debt ceiling, a poll released Tuesday found the vast majority of tea party Republicans don’t think the looming deadline is all that significant. The latest findings from Pew Research Center showed that while a slight majority of all Americans — 51 percent — believe that it is “absolutely essential” for Congress to raise the debt limit before the Thursday deadline, 69 percent of tea partiers said the U.S. “can go past the...

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Poll: Americans of all political stripes — except for Tea Partiers — see disaster if debt ceiling isn’t raised

It’s my understanding that additional results of THIS POLL will be released later tonight show and will show that Americans generally find much more fault with Republicans than Democrats for the government shutdown: With House Republicans set to meet with President Barack Obama to discuss raising the debt limit and ending the government shutdown, a new NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll shows that 63 percent of Americans believe refusing to raise the debt ceiling would be a real and serious problem. Andrea Mitchell talks to Rep. Jeb...

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