Today's Junkie: Searching For The Great Compromise

Speaker of the House Rep. John Boehner (R-OH) poses for photographs after his televised address to the nation about the federal budget and  debt ceiling crisis at the U.S. Capitol July 25, 2011. i i

Speaker of the House Rep. John Boehner (R-OH) poses for photographs after his televised address to the nation about the federal budget and debt ceiling crisis at the U.S. Capitol July 25, 2011. Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images hide caption

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Speaker of the House Rep. John Boehner (R-OH) poses for photographs after his televised address to the nation about the federal budget and  debt ceiling crisis at the U.S. Capitol July 25, 2011.

Speaker of the House Rep. John Boehner (R-OH) poses for photographs after his televised address to the nation about the federal budget and debt ceiling crisis at the U.S. Capitol July 25, 2011.

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Two things that America is waiting for and, in some cases, demanding: An agreement on raising the debt ceiling limit, and a new ScuttleButton puzzle.

Your ScuttleButton prayers have been answered for this week, with a special Talk of the Nation edition. As for a deal in Congress, lots of luck on that one.

This week's Political Junkie segment on TOTN focuses on the ongoing (and ongoing) debt talks, with special guest David Gergen on hand to talk about the lost art of compromise.

Plus: A new campaign manager (and strategy) for Jon Huntsman's presidential bid ... Who is (and who ain't) on the Ames Straw Poll ballot ... A farewell to former DNC chair Charles Manatt ... And David Wu's woes force the disgraced Oregon Democrat to quit Congress. Also: An early bird look at the battle for the Senate.

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).

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