07.17.11

7 Best Moments From Sunday Talk

Herman Cain supports mosque ban, Marco Rubio says Obama ruined America, Tom Coburn unlikely to back the McConnell plan, and more in our Sunday talk roundup.

Cain: We Have the Right to Ban Mosques

GOP presidential candidate Herman Cain wants to be clear: Saying that any community has the right to ban a mosque is not discriminating against Islam. Instead it’s because of an “aspect” of building the mosque that “doesn’t get talked about.” On Fox News Sunday, Cain defended a Tennessee town trying to stop Muslims from building a mosque, by citing the differences in “our Constitution” and “Islam.” Well, so much for the American-Muslim vote.

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Coburn “Unlikely” to Support McConnell Plan

Maybe there is hope for a debt deal after all. Sen. Dick Durbin (D-IL) told Face the Nation that it’s about time that lawmakers “accept responsibility” and raise the debt limit to fund programs that are already in action. On the other side of the aisle, Senator Tom Coburn (R-OK) said it’s “unlikely” that he’ll support Mitch McConnell’s debt plan, because it fails to make any actual progress toward a debt deal. Are we finally be moving past political posturing?

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Rubio: Obama Ruined America

Has President Obama really ruined America? Tea Party Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL)  argued on Face the Nation that economy-wise, the nation is in shambles because of the president’s failed attempt at leadership. Rubio also said Obama intentionally left the debt deal to the last possible minute as a political move.

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Lew: Big Things Will Be Done

As we inch closer to the August 2 debt deadline, the White House came out firing on nearly every Sunday talk show with… Jack Lew? The soft-spoken White House budget director promised Meet the Press that “dramatic” and “big” things will be done. Watch as host David Gregory challenges Lew to give something more than a “programmed” answer.

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Kyl: President Obsessed With Raising Taxes

Senate Minority Whip Jon Kyl (R-AZ) is optimistic there won’t be a default. As for saving money with a deal, that’s another story. “Unless the president gets off of his absolute obsession with raising taxes, Republicans are not going to agree to do anything that will harm our economy,” Kyl said to This Week’s Christiane Amanpour.

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The Guardian: Exposing the Phone-Hacking Scandal

The media world is reeling from news that former News International executive—and Rupert Murdoch protégée—Rebekah Brooks was arrested Sunday. Reliable SourcesHoward Kurtz sat down with Alan Rusbridger, editor of The Guardian, to talk about how his paper never gave up on exposing the hacking scandal.

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Graham: U.S. Becoming Greece

This seems simple enough: If the House votes in approval of the “Cut, Cap, and Balance” legislation, then the GOP will raise the debt ceiling. At least, that’s what Sen. Lindsey Graham told Candy Crowley on State of the Union. If this doesn’t happen, a clearly agitated Graham warned that the United States is following the tragic path of Greece.

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