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WATCH: Any Hope For Common Ground In Congress?

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WATCH: Any Hope For Common Ground In Congress?

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The National Memo’s Editor-in-Chief Joe Conason joined MSNBC’s The Reid Report on Friday to discuss the White House-hosted lunch with congressional leaders. Now that Republicans hold majorities in both chambers, will leaders be able to negotiate on key legislation? Republican politicians may have won this election, but liberal ideals are still popular nationwide.

Video of his appearance is below, via MSNBC:

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  1. rustacus21 November 7, 2014

    There’s dialogue, which suggests conversation among mature, adult participants. Then, there’s monologue, which occurred today, between an adult & petulant brats, as the President held out yet another olive branch – futilely. Oh, what was the question again… as if we didn’t know the answer already?

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    1. itsfun November 8, 2014

      If you call telling people of our country, that he is willing to work with the other side as long as they agree with him holding out an olive branch, then we disagree on what handing out an olive branch means. He told us all its his way or the highway and he will do whatever he wants to. Before the election he told the world his policies were on the ballot. After the election he said the election had nothing to do with his policies. Kinda reminds me of “if you like your doctor you can keep your doctor”.

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      1. highpckts November 8, 2014

        Whatever! You certainly put the GOP slant on this article as usual!

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        1. itsfun November 8, 2014

          Its the way I feel. Didn’t he say that without a doubt this election was about his policies, then after the results, didn’t he say the results had nothing to do with his policies. I do think its amazing how he put the blame for losing on the people that didn’t vote. He always finds someone to blame for his failures. That’s what he did, its not a slant on anything, its what he did.

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          1. highpckts November 8, 2014

            Again, you deny the truth! When you have almost 2/3 of voters staying home in mid tem elections, then that spells failure! That is the truth! He has never blamed anyone for mistakes made by him or anyone else! You don’t like him so that is your problem but this President has done amazing things for this country since he took office by trying to fix the catastrophy the GOP made but we are a Nation of instant gratification and if he didn’t manage to fix everyone’s personal problem then he is a bad President! Talk about petulent children and I include Congress in that!!

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          2. itsfun November 8, 2014

            You are denying the truth. Did or did not Obama say the election was about his policies before the election and then after the election said the election was not about his policies? he just spews one lie after another. He did blame the people that didn’t vote for the outcome of the election. That is something every loser could say after any and all elections.

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          3. highpckts November 8, 2014

            You know, we could go back and forth on this so I’m just going to say you have your opinion of hate and I have mine! Have a nice day!

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          4. JPHALL November 9, 2014

            I know this is a waste of time and effort but, you do know that this election was mostly in Conservative states? The Presidential election in 2016 for Congress will be mostly Democratic states and their much larger populations. We will see then what the nation thinks.

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          5. itsfun November 10, 2014

            Are you saying this wasn’t a national election? Didn’t every state in the nation have people running for national office. Members of the House are elected for two year terms. The Republicans gained something like 10 seats in the House. My post was about how Obama told the world that the election was about his policies, then after the election he said the election was not about his policies. It is getting so that when Obama’s lips are moving he is either flip-flopping or outright lying to us.

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          6. JPHALL November 10, 2014

            YOU STILL DID NOT ANSWER MY REPLY THAT THIS WAS NOT A TRUE NATIONAL ELECTION. THAT IS WHY SO FEW VOTED!
            Subject: Re: New comment posted on WATCH: Any Hope For Common Ground In Congress?

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          7. itsfun November 11, 2014

            i would bet that the people that ran for the US House of Representatives and the US Senate would be surprised to learn they didn’t run for national office according to you. I believe there is is hope for common ground in Congress now, but that won’t matter because Obama will veto any thing that doesn’t conform 100% to his wishes. I think Congress will override a veto if they pass a bill to get rid of the medical device tax. Congress may override a veto of the keystone pipeline bill too.

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          8. JPHALL November 11, 2014

            It was not a real national election since no one could vote for anyone in another state. At best it was a series of regional elections held nationally. See you in 2016.
            Subject: Re: New comment posted on WATCH: Any Hope For Common Ground In Congress?

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      2. rustacus21 November 20, 2014

        Lets just count every ‘rational’ concession the president has made, then count up every threat-laced compromise ‘agreed to’ – not accepted, mind U – that has occurred between the two sides. It will take time getting a tally, but the ‘olive branches’ on the one tide of the President are piled pretty high, considering he’s been trying to ‘appease’ Republicans for all these years & gotten nothing but grid-lock & a further beaten down American public. Check the ‘ACTUAL’ (as opposed to the ‘fictional’) history for the REAL facts (as opposed to IMAGINED speculations)…

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