Dueling Talk on Debt Crisis: Join the Live Chat
President Obama, House Speaker John Boehner and others have held several debt negotiation meetings at the White House.
July 25th, 2011
09:47 PM ET

Dueling Talk on Debt Crisis: Join the Live Chat

Both President Obama and House Speaker John Boehner addressed the nation tonight on dueling plans regarding the nation's debt and raising the debt ceiling. We'll have the breaking news. Plus, the hotel maid who's accusing former IMF chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn of sexual assault is breaking her silence. And see why we're adding the Home Shopping Network to our 'RidicuList.'

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  1. molly

    Looking forward to the earlier time! Good night all!

    July 25, 2011 at 11:00 pm |
  2. Paula, Colorado

    Great program tonight, Anderson. Enjoy Los Angeles!

    July 25, 2011 at 10:59 pm |
  3. Gloria, Brooklyn, NY

    Another ridiculist moment!

    July 25, 2011 at 10:59 pm |
  4. Lori

    Good night Anderson. Sweet dreams.

    July 25, 2011 at 10:58 pm |
  5. Gloria, Brooklyn, NY

    Good Evening Everyone!

    July 25, 2011 at 10:58 pm |
  6. Cathy

    Mariah, do yourself a favor and allow your husband, Nick, to come on the show and sell your merchandise.

    Anderson, yes it's Nick. Too funny about Piers!

    July 25, 2011 at 10:57 pm |
  7. Nina

    Good night everyone

    Love the Ridiculist. Thanks Anderson for letting us laugh after listening to so much depressing news. Anderson, I think you would make a good stand up comedian :~)

    July 25, 2011 at 10:57 pm |
  8. Starr, formerly know as vincent

    Thank you and good night Anderson & Team 360. Very good show.

    Good night fellow writers, am really pleased to see how many of you have or are planning to contact Congress. If you run into delay, please, please keep trying.

    Prayers for Amy Winehouse.

    As always Love the Ridiculist. Too funny!

    July 25, 2011 at 10:55 pm |
  9. lisal -canada

    the only song I had ever heard of amy w's was 'rehab' – who knew there was so much more to her than just what made the major headlines

    July 25, 2011 at 10:55 pm |
  10. Gloria, Brooklyn, NY

    She had a wonderful voice, but the wine had a hold on her. I wish her family and friends a peaceful comfort of her loss.

    July 25, 2011 at 10:52 pm |
  11. Mike Bullion

    Tax the rich and corporations more, feed the poor, reduce the defense budget by 2/3, create more jobs here, end the wars, bring the troops home, rebuild AMERICA, do not cut medicare, medicaid, social security, healthcare or any entitlements that support the middle and poor classes. We are the greatest country in the world, let's not loose sight of that over greed...
    Thank you,

    July 25, 2011 at 10:52 pm |
    • Kaytee

      I with you Mike Bullion.

      July 25, 2011 at 10:58 pm |
  12. Erika Lynn, New Britain, CT

    It is very telling when the Republicans in the house are willing to throw away our entire economy. Just to make sure their wealthy supporters are taken care of. They are sacrificing the elderly,uninsured, and the entire middle class that fuels America. I thought they (Republicans) were my brothers and cared about America? Wow!

    July 25, 2011 at 10:51 pm |
  13. Grant

    I got through to a congressman and all I asked was that he stopped demonizing my liberal tendencies on TV we'll see.

    July 25, 2011 at 10:47 pm |
    • Starr, formerly know as vincent

      Hi Grant! Good for you, i'm glad you were able to get though to your congress Rep!!

      July 25, 2011 at 10:58 pm |
  14. Gloria, Brooklyn, NY

    Well, there you have it! It did happen to the maid unless it is a "20 stars" hotel!

    July 25, 2011 at 10:47 pm |
  15. molly

    Strauss-Kahn's credibility is the one that should be in question. A cleaning lady walks in on him in the hotel room and she WANTS to have sex with him? Really? He must have a very high opinion of himself.

    July 25, 2011 at 10:46 pm |
  16. Doug Dokis

    Yes, President Obama is correct, the world is watching with great sadness as a country once known for it's leadership destroys itself from within. As a Canadian who has had the the luxury of being able to live in the U.S. and see what the country can be when it is at it's best am know watching it at it's very worst when the world could use some real leadership and honesty.America is in no position to be telling others what to do when you can't get your own house in order. I really am bewildered by the Republican ideology of no taxes, how do they think any business gets things done, they generate revenue, please be honest with yourselves, government is in the business of running the country. It can't be left to the big companies, we all no that. Praying for your success America!!

    July 25, 2011 at 10:45 pm |
  17. Cathy

    Not telling the truth on her papers in that she was not raped really is a huge problem for her. I wonder how it worked out for the two men who were accused of the rape.

    July 25, 2011 at 10:43 pm |
  18. dena

    Agree 100%. They are trying to use any means to make Pres. look bad. They don't care about any of us. Pres. is right tired of circus in Washington. These people in Washington are among those people who will get their taxes raised if made to pay their fair share. Kinda of a conflict of interest. It is hard to pass a bill that will cut into your own wallet. I see none of these companies getting tax breaks, hiring people in this country. Maybe overseas where they outsource their jobs and take advantage of this country's tax loopholes. Tired of them making millions and paying nothing. You make 30,000 they get just about everything. Read an article that said the people made more in 1956 than now, when take into acount inflation. What does that say about this system where rich keeping richer and we go in the hole every week? Remember we have more votes they do, it seems republicans all over the country are trying to do anything they can to hurt the working class. We are getting hit in every direction, even on state level.

    July 25, 2011 at 10:43 pm |
  19. Gloria, Brooklyn, NY

    That's why those men do things like that, they think that they can get away with dirt!

    July 25, 2011 at 10:40 pm |
  20. Starr, formerly know as vincent

    It is unfortunate that the victim has a "past". However, i think the NY DA should prosecute this case.

    Using her past against her, has NOthing to do with rape! It seems that attacking the victim is the plan here. I am disgusted by this tactic.

    July 25, 2011 at 10:39 pm |
  21. harvey

    look what was threw in his lap when he took office.(DEBT)

    July 25, 2011 at 10:39 pm |
    • Cathy

      I assume of the debt ceiling was raised several times under previous Presidents that they too inherited debt.

      July 25, 2011 at 10:46 pm |
  22. dena

    Funny Boehner I always thought it was the people in this country purchasing items that help grow jobs. If we don't have money to spend who keeps these people in business. The rich are not going to hire more people. They are always looking for ways to cut and downsize. Usually by overloading the workers they have, who are just happy to have a job. Grow a set and tell that man you signed that no new tax pledge for, where he can get off and do what is right for us. He is only one vote. We are millions.

    July 25, 2011 at 10:35 pm |
  23. harvey

    speech's got everyone fired up.Huh!!!!!!!

    July 25, 2011 at 10:34 pm |
  24. Gloria, Brooklyn, NY

    I wish the people in Norway wellness! May God be with them all!

    July 25, 2011 at 10:33 pm |
  25. Lindy

    dear congress, please get your head out of your rear and pass the increase on the debt ceiling, and increase our taxes across the board a smidge! I would be willing to pay a little more in taxes if we had a chance of getting ourselves out of the giant gaping hole we are in! My husband and I just got our credit card paid off, sure we did without some things we wanted, but we did it because we had a goal, and that goal was to get rid of our credit card debt... Congress needs to get to work on a plan to pay off our debt.... not spend days on trying to figure if we should default or not....

    July 25, 2011 at 10:32 pm |
  26. Cindy

    So let me get this right....the rationale behind the Republican/Tea Party argument is that it is unfair to increase taxes or close loopholes on wealthy Americans and corporations when they are the ones responsible for creating jobs...that's what they are saying, correct? They have had these tax savings for how many years now? Since George W? WHERE ARE THE JOBS? Hello!!!! We are in a jobs crisis despite all the tax savings, loopholes, etc. I have to give Boehner credit...even his seems to wishing the Tea Party would just go away!

    July 25, 2011 at 10:31 pm |
    • Eric

      The hard truth that no politician has the guts to say is that the near 10% unemployment rate is the new norm. The jobs are gone and they are not coming back. These jobs were replaced by high-paying tech jobs that we cannot fill because of the education levels of many Americans, thus the recruitment of educated foreign nationals. The great sin is that big-business, big-government and big-union knew this and yet never did anything about it.

      July 25, 2011 at 10:39 pm |
      • Cathy

        And we never did anything about it by getting ourselves educated.

        July 25, 2011 at 10:41 pm |
  27. donald

    For the forst time in my life, i am actually embarrased to be an American. We have pushed the idea of an American dream and democracy around the world and down every other country's throats for decades. And now the dempcratic process we have proclaimed to be so great is preventing out country from potentially paying our debts. At a time when most Americans are struggling to pay their own bills, the institution we have counted on for years has just been writing blank checks. Congrees needs to do the job they were hired to do, regardless of political agenda. There is a right and a wrong way, not just a republican and democrat way.

    July 25, 2011 at 10:31 pm |
    • Nina

      Because we are not as democratic as we like to think we are

      July 25, 2011 at 10:34 pm |
    • Starr, formerly know as vincent

      Hello Donald. Great post ! Very well said.

      I have lived overseas, and have had the experience of looking at the USA in a different way. Many countries admire us, but don't want to BE us.

      July 25, 2011 at 10:37 pm |
    • murphy

      the only answer is to tax the rich the same way as the poor. obama is willing to do that. the only ones against it is the rich

      July 25, 2011 at 10:44 pm |
      • Nina

        Agreed. Make the tax rate a flat rate for everyone including corporations with NO deductions of any kind. Not for business, children or for any reason.

        July 25, 2011 at 10:48 pm |
      • Cathy

        That would be disastrous because the truly poor don't pay any taxes.

        July 25, 2011 at 10:49 pm |
        • Nina

          Neither do the very wealthy because Whatever % Tax on 0 = 0 in taxes due to huge amounts of write-offs...

          July 25, 2011 at 10:52 pm |
  28. Eric

    The only way that we will ever know the truth is if we default and our AAA credit is downgraded, then, the side that is wrong needs to simply shut up and go away.

    July 25, 2011 at 10:30 pm |
    • Nanci

      Unfortunately I must agree, regardless of the chaos it may create. Otherwise, this constant bickering and clashing will continue, no matter what the country needs.

      July 25, 2011 at 10:44 pm |
    • Nina

      China, India and Russia want to push the American dollar out of the world bank. I would be concerned if we lose the AAA rating, we could lose the world bank which would plunge us right into a depression.

      July 25, 2011 at 10:50 pm |
  29. Nina

    My condolences to the families for the loss of their children. My heart breaks with the knowledge that children were used as target practice by a crazy individual.

    July 25, 2011 at 10:29 pm |
  30. June

    Jameise.....I definitely concur with you!

    July 25, 2011 at 10:27 pm |
  31. Rahul Dhanda, San Antonio Texas

    So the politicians have taken a non-issue (deficits) and made it into a big deal. The idea that deficits crowds out private investment by raising interest rates is not TRUE in an global economy. If one examines the economic evidence under the Reagan era, one will find historically huge deficits and low interest rate. That is, the empirical evidence suggests a crowing in effect, results in higher investment and economic growth. Moreover, the idea that future generations will have a burden that will be passed on to them by the debt, assumes a rather gloomy picture in which the economy remains stagnant at current levels. Again, standard of living has increased over time, we earn more than our fathers and their fathers...the tea party says that raising taxes simply means that one is financing a larger government, but what they lose sight of is that if the is discussion is to reduce deficits (ie., expenditures that have already been contracted and now have to be paid) it can be done either by reducing the rate of growth of government expenditure, higher taxes and greater tax base. So this entire debacle created by ignorant politicians is based on the wrong premise. They all need to be educated....keep them honest Anderson

    July 25, 2011 at 10:26 pm |
  32. Paula, Colorado

    It's chilling hearing about the tragedy in Norway.

    July 25, 2011 at 10:26 pm |
  33. lisal -canada

    there must be so many people right now in norway who are in a state of traumatic shock – the unexpectedness of it kind of boggles the mind

    July 25, 2011 at 10:25 pm |
  34. mike

    I can't believe what obama and the dems say. The republicans are the only ones who came up with a plan to save this country and Reed killed it without "compromise" we don't have a revnue problem we have a spending problem. And 40 percent of all our debet belongs to obama!

    July 25, 2011 at 10:25 pm |
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