Washington (CNN) - One source with knowledge of the "due diligence" New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie is doing as part of his decision-making process is a very basic question: Is he ready to run and become president?
This source says that Team Christie is dealing with the question in a methodical way. One obvious area of discussion: Does the governor have time, given the campaign calendar, to make this leap into areas such as national security with which he has little or no familiarity. "Christie is a very smart guy who can learn," this source says, "but there's not a lot of time."
Editor's note: Gloria Borger is CNN's chief political analyst, appearing regularly on shows such as "AC360," "The Situation Room," "John King USA" and "State of the Union."
Washington (CNN) - It's a problem that has been around for awhile, and the longer it stays, the tougher it is to reverse. That's because it's a riddle that's almost impossible to resolve: Americans want the government to fix our problems, but they don't trust the government to do it.FULL STORY
Washington (CNN) – Ever heard of a State of the Union speech in September?
Um, not usually. That is, except for tonight. The president called for the session-and Republicans couldn't figure out a way out of it, so they're attending, reluctantly. No Democrat-sits-with-a-GOP-buddy system this time; some Republicans have even threatened to boycott.FULL STORY
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) – There is a growing sense among Democratic and Republican Senate leadership aides that House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, will be able to get enough votes to get his deficit reduction and debt ceiling increase bill passed. And if that happens, says a Senate GOP leadership aide, "the psychology changes overnight."
Republicans argue that a House-passed Boehner plan would then put the onus on Democrats. "If you filibuster Boehner, you filibuster us into default," says one GOP aide. The Democrats see it differently: "Whoever blocks the last thing is the culprit," says a Democratic leadership aide. "And Boehner won't be the last thing."
Washington (CNN) – As increasingly tense debt limit talks continue Thursday afternoon, "revenue neutral items" are expected to be the focus, according to a senior administration official.
This is the moment, according to the source, when the administration hopes the GOP will deliver specifics on what, if any, revenue raisers Republicans would be willing to accept in exchange for tax cuts.
Editor's note: Gloria Borger is a senior political analyst for CNN, appearing regularly on CNN's "The Situation Room," "AC360°," "John King, USA" and "State of the Union."
Washington (CNN) - So all the congressional leaders and the president are locked in a room. They all have one goal: raising the debt ceiling. They all agree it's important. They also agree that it's urgent, because by August 2, the United States will have run out of money to pay its bills.
Washington (CNN) – Call me old-fashioned, but when the president and congressional leaders get into a tussle over who should be "leading" the country in matters of real national consequence, I feel like sending them to their rooms.
"Call me naive," President Obama said at his news conference today. "But my expectation is that leaders are going to lead."FULL STORY
Editor's note: Gloria Borger is chief political analyst for CNN, appearing regularly on CNN's "The Situation Room," "AC360°," "John King, USA," and "State of the Union."
Washington (CNN) - After George W. Bush famously strode onto the deck of the USS Abraham Lincoln in 2003 in front of a banner proclaiming "Mission Accomplished," there's no way a politician would emulate that now-derided photo op. Arrogant, self-assured and - most of all - wrong, it's a place no leader wants to find himself.