The revelation that Wisconsin Rep. Paul Ryan and White House chief of staff Dennis McDonough had a successful secret beer date might be cause to fundamentally rethink skepticism that dinner diplomacy could end Washington gridlock caused by Republicans and Democrats holding diametrically opposed positions.
John McCain, Lindsey Graham, and Bob Corker told reporters they believe the presence of the chemical weapons signals that the Assad regime has crossed the so-called "red line" the administration laid out previously that should dictate increased action by the U.S.
The Speaker of the House talks with Martha Raddatz about the state of his relationship with the President, while Paul Ryan defends his budget from the criticisms that it's old, boring and a recycled campaign documents.
President Obama descended upon the Jefferson Hotel, "a neutral gathering place," Wednesday night for a secretive dinner date with a group of GOP senators. Encouragingly, a food fight did not ensue.
Colin Powell tells David Gregory why he thinks Hagel should be confirmed for Secretary of State, what he thinks of problems within the GOP, then gives a vague endorsement for gun reform. Elsewhere on the Sunday shows: Cory Booker dodges confirming a Senate run and more Hagel talk.
Senator Bob Corker, who serves on the Senate's Foreign Service Committee, revealed the date during an on-air interview with NBC's Andrea Mitchell.
It's a sign that maybe there's an emerging conservative consensus, given the growing number of Republican lawmakers suggesting the party should cave on lettings tax rates go up for the top 2 percent of income earners.
IMF head Christine Lagarde thinks this fiscal cliff thing is a pretty big deal; Tom Coburn thinks the Republicans should just give up already and let tax rates go up for the rich.
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