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Barack Obama yesterday told Republican congressional leaders that they need to compromise if the government is to avoid a default. The warning, “don’t call my bluff,” was directed at House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-Va.) who is being kind of a douche about the whole thing. Cantor told Fox that both sides are very far from reaching an agreement even after yesterday’s two-hour meeting, which according to Cantor, “ended with the president abruptly walking out of the meeting.”—-

"We are very far apart right now," Cantor told FOX, adding, "The progress we made seems to have been erased now.”

Rep. Mo Brooks (R-Ala.) doesn’t like undocumented immigrants. “As your congressman on the House floor, I will do anything short of shooting them," Brooks said. Like really doesn’t like them. "Anything that is lawful, it needs to be done because illegal aliens need to quit taking jobs from American citizens."

Huffington Post blogger Elena Lacayo writes that Brooks’ statement “is only the latest in a number of offensive remarks from elected officials who have used demonizing language toward immigrants to further their political agendas.” Yeah, because people compare them to rats or suggest shooting them from helicopters. Oh. 

Mitch McConnell says this whole “democracy” thing isn’t working anymore so we’re going to rewrite the constitution. “The time has come for a balanced budget amendment that forces Washington to balance its books. If these debt negotiations have convinced us of anything, it’s that we can’t leave it to politicians in Washington to make the difficult decisions that they need to get our fiscal house in order. The balanced budget amendment will do that for them. Now is the moment. No more games. No more gimmicks. The Constitution must be amended to keep the government in check. We’ve tried persuasion. We’ve tried negotiations. We’re tried elections. Nothing has worked.”

The United States Women’s national team will play Japan in the World Cup finals on Sunday after yesterday defeating France 3-1.

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