CHARLES KRAUTHAMMER: Unfortunately it seems to be an abstraction. When you offer people real cuts they generally will say, 'No, I don't want them. I want cuts that will cut somebody else.' Let me make two points on you reporting. The idea that the readout that this was a 'frank' discussion. Well, frank is a word they use in diplomacy. When it was u
On tonight's broadcast of MSNBC's "Rachel Maddow" show, guest Dan Rather was disappointed with President Obama after Susan Rice decided to withdraw herself from Secretary of State considerations. Rather said Obama talked tough, but didn't back it up. "He indicated in his press conference just after the election -- he made a lot of tough talk, di
ANDREA MITCHELL: A lot of Democrats are saying that the president did not show enough loyalty. A lot of women in the administration are very angry tonight, and I'm saying this at a very high level. Angry because they feel that she was not treated with respect, she was not given the support she needed and she was left to twist in the wind. RACHE
CNN strategists Donna Brazile and David Frum discuss Amb. Susan Rice's withdrawal from consideration as secretary of state. BRAZILE: President Obama has not even made his intentions known yet. For two months, she's been attacked viciously. I've been in Washington for 30 years, so I understand the attack game, but she was attacked for
RICK SANTELLI: You know, this country is a republic. And I'll tell you, there's a lot of various forms of government, but this really is important. A republic and a democracy are pretty much identical, pretty much on every level. Except for one. And this is where I think the fiscal cliff and Simon referring that, you know, president holds all the c
BRIAN WILLIAMS, NBC NEWS: Did you want the job? SUSAN RICE, U.N. AMBASSADOR: I would have been very honored to serve in that job, just as I'm delighted to do what I'm doing. But, yes sure. How can you not want, in my field, serve at the highest possible level.
White House press secretary Jay Carney says it is "fantasy economics" to say revenue can be achieved through "tax reform that somehow makes permanent the high-end tax cuts for the wealthy."
ANDREA MITCHELL: I think this had become sort of an impossible challenge for her to be confirmed, that she realized that, the White House realized it as well. I think they know they are on good political solid ground, as you were just pointing out. This is not going to help Republicans at all, the fact that a woman and a woman of color has been for
ESPN's Rob Parker: “My question, which is just a straight-up, honest question, is he a brother or a cornball brother? He’s not really --- okay he’s black he kinda does his thing, but he’s not really down with the cause. He’s not really one of us. He’s kind of black, but he’s not really, like, the guy you want to hand out with … I ke
NBC's Chuck Todd says the attack on Susan Race "was all driven, in many cases, by some conservative outlets who are making her the center of the Benghazi story -- when there were legitimate questions to ask about the Benghazi story. But the idea that she belonged in the center of those attacks never made a lot of sense, she sort of became a victim
Peter G. Peterson, founder and principal funder of The Peter G. Peterson Foundation, gives some sobering statistics on the state of the United States economy. Reflecting on the nature of the stagnant economy, Peterson fears that the American Dream is declining.
At his weekly press conference today, House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) underscored the need for serious spending cuts to avert the fiscal cliff, begin addressing our staggering debt, and support economic growth. "Republicans want to solve this problem by getting the spending line down. The president wants to pretend spending isn't the problem.
CARVILLE: "I think she has distinguished herself. I think she’s -- four years in that job is forever. Understand, four years as Secretary of State - in dog years, human years to dog is 97 - well, being Secretary of State in political years, you know, one years is like four. So she’s been doing that for 16 years. I mean, her daughter is star
U.N. envoy Susan Rice is dropping out of the running to be the next secretary of state. Brian Williams will have an exclusive interview with Rice on tonight’s “Rock Center With Brian Williams” at 10p/9c. Below is part of
Dennis Miller slams President Obama for not being the president of all Americans. MILLER: You know, we're part of this deal too and we feel completely estranged to you. Barbara Walters is there for life. I'm a guy out here thinking that this is the first time in my 59 years I've got a president who I believe actively dislikes people like me. Tha
Singer Harry Belafonte advises President Obama to punish his political enemies for blocking the political desire.
CHRIS MATTHEWS: "Let Me Start" with this tonight. Did you get the impression during the presidential campaign that the press was trying too hard to be even-handed? Did you think the people delivering the news were pushing what we call balance at the expense of the obvious facts, that the day-to-day stories never got across the obvious big fact, tha
MICHAEL MOORE: I'm very optimistic about the future, young people. Adelson and all those people will be gone, just like the people who voted for Reagan, the older generation that really was behind Reagan. You know, if were 55 or 60 years old in 1980, when Reagan ran, you're dead now. They're not alive, they left. And when they left, you know, thing
“The president campaigned on raising taxes and getting rid of the Bush-era tax cuts, and he’s going to get his wish. I believe we’re going to be raising taxes not just on the top earners. Everyone is going to be paying more taxes in the country, and I believe that’s what the president wants," outgoing Sen. Jim DeMint (R-SC) said on CBS' "Th
Charles Krauthammer and the "Special Report" panel discuss the state of the fiscal cliff negotiations.
Rachel Maddow highlights federal legislations that regulates the volume of television commercials.
Chris Matthews, Eugene Robinson and Chip Saltsman discuss Mitch McConnell's role in the fiscal cliff negotiations.