PRESIDENT OBAMA: You have never seen in the history of the United States the debt ceiling or the threat of not raising the debt ceiling being used to extort a President or a governing party, and trying to force issues that have nothing to do with the budget and have nothing to do with the debt. So here’s where we are -- and I think this is th
STEPHANIE CUTTER: Governor Perry, the first question to you. You know, in your ads, you say, "Think Texas." So I want to think about a couple of statistics from your state. You have the highest number of uninsured, the highest number of minimum-wage workers, one of the highest poverty rates, and none of that appears in your ads. And I'm curious why
JOSE DIAZ-BALART, TELEMUNDO: The Affordable Care Act takes effect next month, The latest NBC/Wall Street Journal poll shows Americans oppose it, believing it will produce damaging results. Fifty-two percent believe the law will raise their health care costs. Is everybody wrong? PRESIDENT BARACK OBAMA: Yes, they are. ### OBAMA: The problem
CHARLES KRAUTHAMMER: Bashar al-Assad has a reputation -- has had for over the decade that he has been in power -- for being simple and stupid as opposed to the father whow as a wily dictator. I think if you watched him for the last hour you have to conclude the exact opposite. He is very smart, extremely sophisticated and one of the great liars of
ALEX WAGNER, MSNBC: Congressman, what do you make of Harry Reid's almost dismissal of the idea of getting anything done, saying we just don't have the votes on Capitol Hill? REP. STEVE COHEN (D-TN): Well, it's sad, but it's part of the 60-vote problem in the Senate. You can't get 60. I know that this issue is such a hot issue it would be difficu
CHUCK TODD: Bill, I thought the Washington Post on Monday – Sunday or Monday – had an interesting way that they talked about the upcoming budget fight: Here you have John Boehner and President Obama who couldn't be showing less ability to lead these days, in either one of their parties. BILL KRISTOL: I’ve rarely seen a time when, in a sen
FOX News: Syrian President Bashar Assad, in an exclusive interview with Fox News, claimed he is fully committed to carrying out a plan to turn over and destroy his government's chemical weapons -- while continuing to deny responsibility for last month's deadly chemical weapons attack despite new evidence that officials say implicates the Assad regi
ED HENRY: You say it is such a bad thing for Republicans to want to delay the health care implementation. The president has delayed pieces of the law and you have said it was a smart way to do it, you need to more slowly implement it, help businesses deal with it. So if the Republicans come up with it, why is it such a bad idea if they say lets slo
JAKE TAPPER: Mike Morrell, acting director of the CIA until earlier this year, doesn't necessarily share your confidence and optimism. He tells Foreign Policy magazine, “I think this is the Syrians playing for time. I do not believe that they would seriously consider giving up their chemical weapons.” So Morell obviously leading the CIA until s
REP. JIM MCDERMOTT (D-WA): "We are again catering to fringe agenda thought up by partisans obsessed with the deficit boogey man. That boogey man has been roaming around here for four years. ‘We’re going to have a terrible collapse, we’re going to have inflation, we’re going to have terrible things.’ And it has never happened."
HOWARD SCHULTZ, CEO, STARBUCKS: Well, I think it's very important just to start the conversation by framing the fact that Starbucks is not a policymaker. And, in fact, we're not pro- or anti-gun. However, we do believe that guns should not be part of the Starbucks experience. And as a result of that, making that decision, we are respectfully reques
GOVERNOR CHRIS CHRISTIE (R-NJ): Today’s signing also demonstrates what can be done when both parties cross the aisle to work behalf of our citizens. And these type of things are things that all of us know can happen when folks work together and that we see not only in other places across the country but in our nation’s capital, don’t happen w
Daily Show: When America needs context and clarity, it can depend on cable news to provide speculation and error. Reporting on a mass shooting in Washington, CNN doesn't let a lack of facts get in the way of drawing speculative conclusions.
Former Rep. Ron Paul, (R-TX), provides his take on the Fed and what a taper could mean for the future of the economy and markets.
JOSE DIAZ-BALART, TELEMUNDO: Iran's Supreme Leader said, today, that his country should embrace diplomacy over militarism. Is this the opening you've been looking you? Have there been exchanges in communications between the two governments? PRESIDENT BARACK OBAMA: There have been some exchanges. I sent him a letter after his election indicatin
President Barack Obama is touting positive gains in the economy but also warning that a "locked up" Washington is delaying progress on other issues that could build on that growth. OBAMA: The problem is right now that this town, Washington, is locked up. And we are not seeing the kind of progress that we should on these issues.
Rachel Maddow reports on how the suspected Washington Navy Yard shooter was able to obtain security clearance as a military contractor despite a well-documented history of mental instability.
Speaker John Boehner announces House Republicans' plan to include defunding of Obamacare in a stopgap spending bill. SPEAKER BOEHNER: The president thinks that American families and small businesses are doing just fine in this economy. Speech after speech is about justifying his failed policies. And one of his biggest failures is adding $6 trill
If we try to make sense of the causes of these tragedies, we might not like what we find.
It's good that we don't have another war on Syria, but for America that's about the only victory.
Steve Hayes, A.B. Stoddard, and Charles Krauthammer discuss details about the Navy Yard shooter's mental health history.