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Congress: Waving the white flag on the debt ceiling?

“House Republicans are getting ready to surrender: There will be no serious fight over the debt limit,” Politico writes. “The most senior figures in the House Republican Conference are privately acknowledging that they will almost certainly have to pass what’s called a clean debt ceiling increase in the next few months, abandoning the central fight that has defined their three-year majority.” 

Sen. Mike Lee (R-UT) in his Tea Party address accused Obama of the being the one who caused income inequality with Obamacare. “Obamacare – all by itself – is an inequality Godzilla that has robbed working families of their insurance, their doctors, their wages and their jobs.”  

(But that doesn’t really make sense given the least well off benefit most from the health care law.)

One hot Republican reaction had nothing to do with President Obama after the State of the Union. Rep. Michael Grimm went all Staten Island on a reporter from local NY1, threatening to “throw you off this (expletive) balcony” and that he’d "break (Scotto) in half" for asking about allegations involving his campaign finances. Here’s NBC’s and AP’s write ups.