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Boehner got ’98 percent’ of what he wanted in debt deal

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House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) Monday told CBS’ Scott Pelley that he got almost everything he wanted in the deal to raise the debt ceiling.

“How did the grand bargain fail?” Pelley asked. “What was the breaking point? How did you tell the president you were walking away?”

“It really boiled down to two issues,” Boehner explained. “President was insisting on more taxes. President never got serious about the kind of spending cuts that were necessary in order to get America back on a sound fiscal footing.”

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“You were unable to get your own caucus behind your bill a few days ago,” Pelley noted. “Do you intend to remain Speaker of the House?”

“I do,” Boehner replied. “When you look at this final agreement that we came to with the white House, I got 98 percent of what I wanted. I’m pretty happy.”

Watch this video from CBS News, broadcast Aug. 1, 2011.


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‘Putin’s favorite congressman’ offered Julian Assange a pardon if he covered up Russian meddling: lawyers

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American prosecutors said this week that former Rep. Dana Rohrabacher (R-CA) offered WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange a pardon from President Donald Trump if he agreed to help cover up Russia's role in interfering in the 2016 presidential election.

The Daily Beast reports that witness Jennifer Robinson has testified that she attended a meeting between Rohrabacher and Assange in 2017 in which he made a direct quid-pro-quo offer.

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A Republican witness gets humiliated when the author of a study he cited refutes him

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During a hearing on Thursday, September 17, Bharat Ramamurti of the Congressional Oversight Commission questioned Republican Chris Edwards on the benefits of federal aid to states. Edwards, during the hearing, questioned the benefits of that type of aid. But Ramamurti skillfully used a study that Edwards cited to make a case in favor of federal aid to states — not against it.

Ramamurti, a Democrat who was appointed to the Congressional Oversight Commission by Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer earlier this year, noted that Edwards has claimed that a 2019 study by economics professor Valerie Rainey of the University of California shows that a dollar of federal aid to states results in less than a dollar of economic growth. And Edwards responded that yes, Rainey’s study did show that.

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Black voters in North Carolina are seeing their mail-in ballots rejected 4 times more than white voters

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Early voting has started in North Carolina, and many Black voters in the state are already seeing their mail-in ballots getting rejected at a higher rate than white voters.

FiveThirtyEight's Kaleigh Rogers reports that "Black voters’ ballots are being rejected at more than four times the rate of white voters" in North Carolina as of September 17th.

In total, Black voters have seen 642 of the 13,747 ballots cast rejected, a rejection rate of 4.7 percent. White voters, in contrast, have seen 681 out of 60,954 ballots cast rejected, which is a rejection rate of 1.1 percent.

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