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House of Representatives Speaker John Boehner emerged from White House talks on Wednesday to say that President Barack Obama again refused to negotiate with them to end a government shutdown.

After more than an hour of talks between Obama and congressional leaders, the top Republican in Washington told reporters it was a polite conversation, but essentially made no progress.


I might add that all those predicting that Obama was going to sell us out seeking a Grand Bargain, and that the shutdown was "kabuki" to that end, are not only clearly wrong, but don't understand politics very well.

I might also add that I imagine Speaker Boehner is well into his second bourbon right now, weeping tears of impotent rage.

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