July 21st, 2011
05:01 PM ET

Another day, another meeting

The White House has confirmed Democratic leaders from both chambers - Reid, Durbin, Pelosi, Hoyer - will meet with President Obama at 5:30 p.m. to discuss the latest negotiations surrounding the debt ceiling increase.

Partisan divide on debt ceiling
July 21st, 2011
01:49 PM ET

Partisan divide on debt ceiling

The country is divided along predictable lines over the issue of the debt ceiling, a new CNN/ORC poll shows.

Some of the highlights:

Prefer a budget plan with mix of spending cuts and tax increases:

Democrats:          83%
Independents:     65%
Republicans:       37%

Crisis or major problems if debt ceiling not raised?

Democrats:         72%
Independents:    60%
Republicans:      50%

Favor proposal to raise debt ceiling, cut $2 to $4 trillion and increase taxes on businesses and wealthy:

Democrats:         82%
Independents:    65%
Republicans:      43%


Topics: Poll
Briefing bites: Carney beats back reports of a deal
July 21st, 2011
01:13 PM ET

Briefing bites: Carney beats back reports of a deal

The White House is beating back reports from the New York Times and Jay Carney that a major deal on raising the debt ceiling is close.

From Jay Carney at the top of the briefing:

Before I take your questions I just wanted to anticipate – one in particular – and say that the breaking news report that you probably all received is incorrect. There is no deal. We are not close to a deal. We are, obviously the president is in discussion with all the leaders of Congress as well as other members – exploring the possibility of getting the biggest deal possible which is a position he has held for a long time now as you know. The fact is there is no progress to report. We continue to work on getting the most significant deficit reduction package possible because we believe it is the right thing for the economy and if done in the right way, the balanced way will be good for growth and good for job creation.

Still Carney insisted there is no question that the debt ceiling will be raised. The only question, he says, is the package accompanying it.

Topics: Briefing Bites
Picture of the week
July 21st, 2011
11:23 AM ET

Picture of the week

On Sunday night the first family gathered around a television in the Treaty Room in the residence of the White House to watch the World Cup soccer game between the U.S. and Japan.  The U.S. women lost to Japan in a shootout.

POTUS schedule for Thursday, July 21, 2011
A group plays street hockey on Pennsylvania Ave. outside the White House in the summer heat.
July 21st, 2011
07:44 AM ET

POTUS schedule for Thursday, July 21, 2011

President Obama has another day with no events planned for cameras. He'll spend the day with various meetings behind closed doors. At this point, there's nothing on the schedule for meetings with Congressional leaders on debt compromise but there is definitely room in his daily events to squeeze in more meetings. At this point, his list of meetings includes a meeting with Gen. Cartwright and then later a meeting with Ben Jealous of the NCAAP and Marc Morial of National Urban League. We'll update you if we hear of any changes. FULL POST