1. Stubborn

    GOP Digs in on Debt Talks

    Speaker of the House John Boehner (R-OH) speaks with reporters after a meeting with House Republicans on Capitol Hill July 7, 2011 in Washington, DC.  Speaker of the House John Boehner (R-OH) was joined by other Republican House leaders to speak about the economy and today's meeting with U.S. President Barack Obama and Congressional leaders about increasing the nation's debt ceiling.

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    President Obama offered up another Democratic sacred cow in Monday’s debt talks, but Republicans still wouldn’t budge from their anti-tax stance. According to The Washington Post, Obama threw an offer to raise the Medicare eligibility age on top of previous offers to slash Social Security and Medicare benefits. Still, Republicans continued to reject his $4 trillion deal in favor of a $2.4 trillion deal that would not raise taxes on the richest Americans. That $2.4 trillion is the minimum figure of the U.S. needs to raise the debt ceiling by; still, Democrats and Republicans can only agree on $1.7 trillion in cuts. Democrats want the remaining $700 billion to come, in part, through new tax revenues, while Republicans want additional spending cuts, according to ABC News.

    Read it at The Washington Post