August 10, 2011 There were no real surprises among the GOP picks, just as with the Democratic selections announced Tuesday by Sen. Harry Reid. And just like Reid's choices, they don't exactly inspire optimism that the so-called super committee of 12 lawmakers, evenly split between Democrats and Republicans, will be able to reach an agreement on how to reduce deficits.
August 2, 2011 In choosing Biden to be his vice president, he apparently got even more, seemingly the only person in the Obama White House trusted enough by Sen. Mitch McConnell, the Kentucky Republican and minority leader, to make the debt-ceiling deal happen and prevent the nation from a first-time ever default.
July 15, 2011 With the Aug. 2 deadline approaching, lawmakers are also working on a plan that would give the president authority to raise the federal debt ceiling. The president is due to hold a news conference about the budget discussions later this morning.
July 13, 2011 Negotiations will resume today. But the path to an agreement is "far from clear." The focus of attention is on Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell's suggestion to give the president authority to raise the debt ceiling.
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July 12, 2011 In a proposal that appears to be mostly about finding a way to raise the debt ceiling while protecting his fellow congressional Republicans from having to vote to do so, Sen. Mitch McConnell has suggested that Congress could effectively give President Obama the power to raise the debt ceiling.
July 12, 2011 There was more evidence Tuesday that congressional Republicans' theme song could be The Who classic: "Won't Get Fooled Again."For it's a complete lack of trust on the part of GOP lawmakers, stemming from how earlier fiscal deals have gone, that helps explain why Republicans have so far refused Democrats' demands for tax-revenue increases as part of an agreement to raise the debt-ceiling.
June 30, 2011 Thursday was another day lost to the political stare down between the nation's most powerful Democrats and Republicans in the Great Debt-Limit Debate of 2011. Sen. Mitch McConnell invited President Obama to the White House to hear once more why Congress wouldn't approve any agreement that included tax increases. Obama, for his part, essentially said no and headed to Philadelphia fundraiser.
June 24, 2011 The White House press office announced that President Obama and Vice President Biden will talk with Senate leaders Harry Reid and Mitch McConnell next week in a bid to restart stalled debt-ceiling talks.
January 7, 2011 Harry Reid and Mitch McConnell again demonstrated they inhabit alternate ideological universes. In separate interviews on All Things Considered they pretty much didn't agree on anything.
January 6, 2011 The Senate's top Republican held out hope of working with Obama on entitlement and tax reform. His Republicans are willing to talk. But his conciliatory tone belied the fierce partisan battle that's expected between the White House and GOP.
President Obama as he arrived at today's event in the Eisenhower Executive Office Building.
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November 30, 2010 The president met with Congressional leaders at the White House -- the first such gathering since the midterm elections.
November 15, 2010 McConnell's reversal was a victory for Sen. Jim DeMint who made earmark opposition a litmus test. McConnell's move allowed the GOP leaders in both chambers to be on the same page.
Sen. Mitch McConnell doubts President Obama will adopt Republican views so the GOP must keep the president from being re-elected, he said.
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November 4, 2010 McConnell said the only way Republicans can advance their goals was by denying Obama re-election. He was also confident the GOP won't be waiting long for Senate control since 21 Democratic seats will be in play in 2012 compared to 10 GOP seats.
November 3, 2010 Sen. DeMint warned Republican senators-elect that the GOP establishment would try to co-opt them. He urged them not to let that happen. Which places him in conflict with Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell whose goal is to co-opt them.
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