Speaker Boehner on debt talks: 'Like dealing with Jell-O'
House Speaker John Boehner (R) OH and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D) CA are among the congressional leaders meeting with President Obama Wednesday at the White House for negotiations to raise the nation's borrowing limit and cut the deficit.
July 13th, 2011
05:11 PM ET

Speaker Boehner on debt talks: 'Like dealing with Jell-O'

Washington (CNN) - In a meeting to discuss the status of debt talks with reporters in his Capitol Hill office today House Speaker John Boehner said, ““What the President is asking us to do just won’t pass.” Of the White House he insisted, “The only thing they’ve been firm on is these damn tax increases.”

The Speaker believes the broad set of options discussed during the daily White House meetings would not muster enough support within his caucus because they would raise taxes and demand smaller, less meaningful cuts than needed.

Asked to respond to the Speaker’s comments White House Communications Director Dan Pfeiffer says “The President is ready, willing and able to make the tough choices on entitlements, but you can’t have a balanced approach that is good for the country if you are unwilling to ask the wealthy and special interests to pay their fair share, unfortunately that is the Republican position right now – seniors, middle class families, and college students should sacrifice, but not the wealthiest”
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Betty Ford is remembered.
Photo by David Hume Kennerly/Gerald R. Ford Library
July 13th, 2011
01:02 PM ET

Betty Ford is remembered.

First lady Michelle Obama, former President George W. Bush, former first lady Nancy Reagan, former first lady Roslynn Carter and former first lady and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton attend the funeral of  former first lady Betty Ford.  Mrs Ford will be buried next to her husband former President Gerald R. Ford in Grand Rapids, MI on July 14.


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POTUS schedule Wednesday July13, 2011
July 13th, 2011
06:41 AM ET

POTUS schedule Wednesday July13, 2011

It's like Ground Hog day here at the White House.   There's still no deal on raising the debt ceiling so  President Obama and congressional leaders will meet again to try and work out a plan.    We should get a photo of the afternoon meeting  in the Cabinet room, but at this point there is no plan to talk to the press.

full schedule is after the jump

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