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President Obama made a brief statement on ongoing debt ceiling negotiations with congressional leaders Tuesday.
President Obama made a brief statement on ongoing debt ceiling negotiations with congressional leaders Tuesday. Win McNamee/Getty Images
The only difference between this week and last week is that we are seven days closer to the August 2 deadline to raise the nation's $14.3 trillion debt ceiling. But there seem to be some stirrings of movement on the horizon; the bipartisan Senate Gang of Six have the framework of a proposal on the table, while there remains some support for the plan offered by Senate GOP leader Mitch McConnell. Neither plan is satisfactory, however, for House Republicans, but polls show they are taking the biggest hit for their reluctance to compromise.
And if that subject doesn't thrill the socks off you, there's more in this week's Political Junkie segment on NPR's Talk of the Nation: As the impending August 13 Iowa straw poll in Ames might send signals about which presidential candidate might not survive 2011 — proof that Republicans other than Michele Bachmann can get headaches — we're still awaiting signals from Texas Gov. Rick Perry about what he plans to do. Elizabeth Warren doesn't get to head up the new consumer agency she helped create, but that might be good news for Massachusetts Democrats. And Minnesota ends its shutdown, while Rep. Maxine Waters wants a shutdown of her ethics probe.
Join host Neal Conan and me every Wednesday at 2 p.m. ET for the Junkie segment on TOTN, where you can often, but not always, find interesting conversation, useless trivia questions and sparkling jokes. And you can win a Political Junkie T-shirt!
If your local NPR station doesn't carry TOTN, you can always hear the program on the Web or on HD Radio. And if you are a subscriber to XM/Sirius radio, you can find the show there as well (siriusly).