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The U.S. is 11 days into the partial government shutdown and less than one week away from a possible breach of the debt ceiling, but everyone is talking, including the president. Is President Obama negotiating, even though he said he wouldn’t? Or is the GOP caving?
In the Crossfire tonight, Rep. David Schweikert, a Tea Party ally who wants Speaker Boehner to stand firm, and former Governor Brian Schweitzer, Montana’s first Democrat to hold the office in 20 years.
They'll join hosts Stephanie Cutter and S.E. Cupp to make their case at 6:30pmET.
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Former Speaker of the House and host of CNN’s Crossfire, Newt Gingrich takes us through his experience negotiating a way out of a government shutdown, arguing that a shutdown of the U.S. government isn't a unique situation.
When negotiating the way out, talking is one of the most important factors, he says. Gingrich explains that he and Clinton spent many long hours discussing and listening to each other’s point of views.
Gingrich also suggests for our current leaders to start with what they do agree on to build momentum, otherwise you will “crash and burn” on the more complicated issues.
(CNN) - The Los Angeles Times headline said it all: "Rep. Paul Ryan Fails to Close Republican Divide."
When this became Ryan's job, or whether his now "controversial" Wall Street Journal op-ed was even an attempt at doing that, is anyone's guess.
But once again, Republicans have decided to cannibalize themselves viciously and needlessly instead of uniting over common goals.FULL STORY