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NOW Today: Doubling down

It could be strategic, or it could be coincidental.

Today President Obama will welcome lawmakers from both parties to the White House to discuss economic policy and the President's Congressional objectives. Top leaders from both sides will be in attendance, including Rep. Nancy Pelosi, Sen. Harry Reid, Sen. Mitch McConnell, and Speaker John Boehner.

Just yesterday, though, Speaker Boehner signaled that despite the polite overture, little if any tension has eased between the parties over the budget. He doubled down on the so-called Boehner Rule: No increase in the debt ceiling without equal spending cuts.

If it seems like the debt nightmare wasn't that long ago - you're right. And this time, it could happen just before the Presidential election. Our question for you this morning? Does that potentially help or hurt Mitt Romney? Let us know.


Alicia Menendez, Political Commentator (@aliciamenendez)

Fmr. Gov. Ed Rendell (D-PA), NBC News Political Analyst

Fmr. Gov. George Pataki (R-NY)

Michael Steele, Fmr. RNC Chair/MSNBC Political Analyst (@steele_michael)


David Wood, Sr. Military Correspondent, The Huffington Post (@woodwriter)

James Wright, Author, “Those Who Have Borne The Battle”