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Sarah Palin, Christine Lagarde, Debt Deal, and More

Obama’s chief of staff on the debt deal, Christine Lagarde on Strauss-Kahn, and more.

Lagarde: Pre- and Post-DSK France

While new head of the IMF Christine Lagarde told This Week that she “can’t imagine” the United States will default on debt, the most interesting moment of her interview with Christiane Amanpour came when discussing the fallout of the Dominique Strauss-Kahn scandal. Watch as she talks about the wounds the IMF must heal in a “post-DSK” France.

Pawlenty: Science on Homosexuality in ‘Dispute’

Republican presidential candidate Tim Pawlenty sure believes in toughness and science. Unfortunately for him, the American people are probably not too keen on electing someone who shut down Minnesota’s government. As for science, Pawlenty told David Gregory the science on sexual orientation is in “dispute.” Remember, folks, he’s a politician. Not a scientist.

Daley on Obama’s ‘Big Deal’

Looks like it’s go big or go home for President Obama. In an exclusive interview with Christiane Amanpour on This Week, chief of staff Bill Daley said the president is determined to reach a “big deal” in the budget negotiations. But did Obama arrive at his $4 trillion price tag too late?

Can Sarah Palin Win?

In the current issue of Newsweek, Sarah Palin talks about her prospects for 2012. Is the platform of positive change enough to win the election? Watch as the Meet the Press panel examines her unconventional style. Plus, see this week’s Newsweek cover.

Geithner: Failure Not an Option

On Face the Nation, Treasury Secretary Tim Geithner promised that failure is not an option in the debt talks. So what will ensure that the government doesn’t default? “What the president wants to do,” Geithner said, “and he's bringing the leadership to the White House this evening … he wants to do the largest possible deal that's going to do the most for the economy."

McConnell: Sabotage Not GOP’s Game

Do the Republicans want to see Obama fail in 2012 so badly that they’re willing to sabotage debt talks and sacrifice the economy? While Mitch McConnell told Fox News Sunday that electing a Republican in 2012 is his single most important political goal, there are more important things on the table in Washington right now. But don’t try to get McConnell to go into the specifics on negotiations. As host Bret Baier found out, that’s none of his business.

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Santorum Still in the Race … Sort of

Who is Rick Santorum? On State of the Union the Republican candidate was reminded that he is dead last in recent Iowa and New Hampshire polls, that his campaign has raised only a few million dollars, and that he’s occasionally left off lists of GOP candidates. It’s been a while since we’ve read The Little Engine That Could, but we don’t remember the children’s story being this depressing.