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Flap’s Links and Comments for March 29th on 14:19

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These are my links for March 29th from 14:19 to 14:25:

  • Eric Cantor raises stakes, nixes another budget stopgap: ‘Time is up’ – House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-Va.) raised the stakes in the budget showdown on Capitol Hill Tuesday by ruling out another stopgap funding measure.

    “I want to see a long-term CR here,” he said. “We've got bigger things to deal with. Time is up here."

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    Ten days and counting for the GOP and Dems to come up with a compromise budget or the government closes.

  • Sen. Charles Schumer coordinates Democrat Budget Attack on GOP – Caught on Open Mic – Sen. Charles Schumer, D-N.Y., a member of the Democratic Senate leadership, got on a conference call with reporters Tuesday morning without realizing the reporters were already listening in. Schumer thought he was on a private line with four Democratic senators who were to talk with reporters about the current budget stalemate.

    Schumer instructed the group, made up of Sens. Barbara Boxer of California, Tom Carper of Delaware, Ben Cardin of Maryland and Richard Blumenthal of Connecticut, to tell reporters that the GOP is refusing to negotiate.

    He told the group to make sure they label the GOP spending cuts as "extreme."

    "I always use extreme, Schumer said. "That is what the caucus instructed me to use."

    Someone must have finally told Schumer that the media were listening and he stopped talking midsentence.

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    Well, how about that – the Democrats are political gaming the budget talks.

    Who would have known?

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