• Republicans Divided Over McConnell’s ‘Surrender’ To Obama On Debt Ceiling

    Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell’s startling offer to hand near total control of the debt ceiling to President Obama is drawing condemnation from conservatives and tea party activists, even as Speaker John Boehner admits he doesn’t have the votes to pass any form of raising the debt ceiling in the House of Representatives. McConnell has admitted the move was motivated out of fear Republicans would be blamed for a government shutdown, including—as President Obama warned—a stoppage of Social Security and Medicare payments.