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Don't expect any solutions to the debt ceiling or student loan issues to happen within the next five weeks.Full story

First Read Minute: Washington’s Week

  President Obama went on the road to promote his jobs plan, while Senators in Washington sparred over budget battles and another potential debt ceiling showdown.

Obama’s speech doesn’t fare well with GOP

  The president is back on the trail, heading to Jacksonville, Fla., following a series of impassioned speeches on the economy. Former Pennsylvania Gov. Ed Rendell, MSNBC’s Joy-Ann Reid, the Huffington Post’s Sam Stein, and Bloomberg View’s Jonathan Alter discuss the GOP’s reaction to the speech.

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  Obama to address economy on Wednesday

President Barack Obama is set to kick off a major campaign aimed at shifting the political conversation to the economy, as polls reveal grim approval ratings for the president’s handling of the issue. The New York Times’ Catherine Rampell and Jared Bernstein,  former economic advisor to Vice Preside

  First Read Minute: Hitting the road

President Obama will hit the road this week on a campaign-style tour to discuss the economy, framing the fall debate over the budget and debt ceiling, NBC’s Mark Murray and Domenico Montanaro report.

  CBO: Immigration bill reduces deficit by $700 billion over 20 years

Former Sen. Judd Gregg, R- N.H., says he  is encouraged by the Senate’s new “border surge” provision in its immigration bill but believes there is still too much dysfunction in Washington. Gregg also said that a debt ceiling fight between Speaker Boehner, R- Ohio, and Pres. Obama is inevitable.

  Rep. Van Hollen: Budget Reform in 'Limbo'

Rep. Chris Van Hollen, (D-MD), reveals his thoughts on raising the debt ceiling, and explains why it makes sense to invest in the nation's infrastructure and get immigration reform passed through Congress.

  GOP Rep: Young people are most hurt by Obama's policies

Rep. Luke Messer, R-Ind., joins Daily Rundown guest host Luke Russert to discuss the president’s plan on student loans, the IRS, and the debt ceiling.

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WASHINGTON, DC - JANUARY 23: (L-R) Senate Majority Leader Sen. Harry Reid (D-NV), Sen. Richard Durbin (D-IL) and Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-NY) participate in a news conference on the debt ceiling, on January 23, 2013 in Washington, DC. The Senate Democrats discussed the House's scheduled vote on suspen