Washington (CNN) - While Sen. Harry Reid will lead the fight to table the Boehner bill Thursday night, he will not introduce his own plan immediately, according to a Senate Democratic leadership aide. Instead, says this source, Democratic leaders will deliver an ultimatum: There will be a short window for all parties to "negotiate in good faith," this source says. Failing any progress within this "short" time-frame, "we will start the clock on passage of the Reid proposal."
He refused to specifically say what that window would be, but he called it "narrow"-which could mean as little as a day, given Senate rules. He says the Senate Democrats will speak about this tonight, presumably after the vote to table Boehner.
Washington (CNN)- Looks like the president doesn't appreciate being "left at the altar." According to White House Chief of Staff Bill Daley, President Obama and House Speaker John Boehner haven't spoken in days.
In an interview with CNN's "The Situation Room" anchor Wolf Blitzer Thursday, Daley said of Obama, "He's not spoken to the speaker in a few days."
NEW YORK (CNNMoney) - The debt ceiling debate has degenerated into another messy display of congressional dysfunction.
And if the Republican bill to raise the ceiling is enacted in its current form, the horror show will return for an encore performance in just a few months.
Washington (CNN) - President Obama's lead over a generic Republican candidate in the 2012 presidential race dipped recently, according to a new national survey.
The Pew poll released Thursday showed 41 percent of registered voters would like to see Obama re-elected while 40 percent said they would prefer a Republican to win the White House. The new numbers are significantly closer than the 11-point lead the president held in May.
(CNN) – New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie checked into a hospital Thursday morning after he had difficulty breathing, the governor's press secretary, Michael Drewniak, said in a statement.
"In line with someone dealing with asthma, he is being given routine tests as a precautionary measure," Drewniak said.
(CNN)-Texas Gov. Rick Perry wants you to know he isn't fine with gay marriage.
In an interview with Family Research Council President Tony Perkins he hedged controversial comments made at a dinner in Aspen last week when he said, "Our friends in New York six weeks ago passed a statute that said marriage can be between two people of the same sex. You know what? That's New York, and that's their business, and that's fine with me."
Washington (CNN) - Republican presidential candidate Michele Bachmann again brushed off warnings from leaders in both parties that the country would face disastrous economic consequences if the government fails to raise the debt ceiling by next Tuesday.
"I do not believe for one moment that we will lose the full faith and credit of the United States," Bachmann said Thursday during a question-and-answer session at the National Press Club in Washington.
Washington (CNN) – House Speaker John Boehner continued to lobby fellow Republicans to back his debt bill Thursday, telling members at a closed-door meeting, "We don't have the votes yet," according to a Republican in the room. But he added, "Today is the day we're going to get it passed."
As part of that lobbying effort, House GOP leaders agreed to add a last minute sweetener for conservatives who have been pushing for a balanced budget amendment to ensure future spending cuts actually happen.
(CNN) - If the House passes a Republican proposal Thursday to increase the debt ceiling, the Senate will take it up immediately and defeat it because the measure fails to resolve the problem through 2012, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid said.
Washington (CNN) – Freshman Republican Rep. Joe Walsh took issue with Senate stalwart John McCain's criticism of tea party efforts regarding the debt ceiling and blamed the old guard for the fiscal failures of Congress.
"Folks like Sen. John McCain have been in this town for too long and they're the ones who have gotten us into this mess year after year after year," the Illinois congressman said Thursday on "CNN Newsroom." "Folks like him … have no clue as to the troubles Americans are going through right now. They don't understand this crisis anymore."