It could be a very bleak Thursday on Thanksgiving if Congress' deficit committee fails to reach a deal by its Nov. 23 deadline. While many on the Hill cleared out before Veteran's Day last Friday, some committee members pressed on. Going into the weekend, the President urged co-chairs of the bipartisan panel "to get the job done," according to White House press secretary Jay Carney.
Obama called Sen. Patty Murray (D-Wash.) and Congressman Jeb Hensarling (R-Tex.) from Air Force One not only for a pep talk, but to restate his demands. The package must include spending cuts and revenue from taxes, he said. Carney added, "[The President] made clear he will not accept any measure that attempts to turn off part of the enforcement mechanism." If the joint committee deal fails to reach $1.2 trillion, the difference would come from cuts to defense and domestic programs evenly.
While the super committee has little progress to report, there appears to be major movement in the GOP's presidential competition. This morning, a new poll from CNN/ORC International shows Cain sinking and Gingrich surging. The poll has Romney at 24 points; Gingrich 22; Cain 14; Perry 12; Paul 8; Bachmann 6; Huntsman 3; Santorum 3.
Cain was a big loser, but why didn't Romney gain more traction? Should President Obama get more involved in the super committee? Are its bipartisan members feeling more pressure from special interests?
Gail Russell Chaddock, congressional reporter for the Christian Science Monitor
David Hawkings, journalist & editor at CQ Roll Call, where he writes the Daily Briefing