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Next Read: Looking back at today

LOOKING BACK AT TODAY.
After meeting for about an hour and a half behind closed doors, Treasury Secretary Tim Geithner emerged with OMB Director Jack Lew and congressional negotiators. "We had a very civil, constructive discussion, very much in the spirit of the meeting at the White House yesterday," Geithner said. "No surprises. We went through everything on the table." http://broadcaster.msnbc.msn.com/t?ctl=22B73:B2CA5A050EF65E3223590737C7ABC21D&

House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer (D) reiterated that the will of House Democrats is to bring to the floor legislation that would only extend the Bush cuts for the middle class -- individuals who make $200,000 and below, and families at $250,000 and below, NBC's Luke Russert reports. But the politics of Hoyer's announcement struck some Republicans as somewhat surprising, given the goodwill that came from the White House's bipartisan meeting with congressional leaders yesterday. http://broadcaster.msnbc.msn.com/t?ctl=22B74:B2CA5A050EF65E3223590737C7ABC21D&

But speaking of goodwill (or the lack thereof), Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell announced that Republicans will block any legislation from coming to the Senate floor until two key economic issues are addressed: funding the government (the "continuing resolution" which must pass to prevent a government shutdown) and the extension of the Bush-era tax cuts. http://broadcaster.msnbc.msn.com/t?ctl=22B75:B2CA5A050EF65E3223590737C7ABC21D&

The continuing resolution to fund the government through Dec. 18 did pass the House, NBC's Russert notes. It needs to be passed by the Senate and signed by the president before it becomes law.

Will embattled GOP Sen. John Ensign pull off a David Vitter and win re-election in 2012, despite the news last year that he had an affair with an aide (who happened to be the wife of his administrative assistant). Well, he appears to have cleared an important hurdle, as Ensign announced he's no longer the target of a Justice Department investigation. http://broadcaster.msnbc.msn.com/t?ctl=22B76:B2CA5A050EF65E3223590737C7ABC21D&

And in a speech to the conservative-leaning American Legislative Exchange Council, former House Speaker Newt Gingrich urged legislators to not only reject liberal ideas but replace them with conservative policies. http://broadcaster.msnbc.msn.com/t?ctl=22B77:B2CA5A050EF65E3223590737C7ABC21D&


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