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National Debt Ceiling Negotiations

Polls show that the percentage of Americans concerned about the consequences of not raising the federal debt limit has gone up since May, when the president started working in earnest to make the case. What is the debt limit, why does it matter and who has prescribed what? This hour, we’ll hear from proponents and opponents of the president’s plan, and also from a national reporter covering the issue.


  • Lisa Mascaro (Reporter, Los Angeles Times Washington Bureau)
  • Tom Zawistowski (Executive Director, Portage County Ohio Tea Party)
  • Michael Ettlinger (Vice President for Economic Policy, Center for American Progress)