Shades of Newt Gingrich and Bill Clinton... and some remember how that turned out. The deadline for continuing the funding of the federal government is the 4th of March, next week in fact. Jonathan Bernstein explains: Trapped between a rock and a hard place. And Obama surely knows it: Why? Because he has the Tea Party to the right of him... Allowing it to happen or no choice? Back in December, the president tightened the screws: So, what do Republicans do? Sounds OK, almost like a compromise. Except they're the same cuts: Steve Benen says it, not me: Oh, and Goldman-Sachs released a recent analysis of the Republican bill: I can't possibly imagine why tanking the economic recovery sounds like a good idea. Maybe someone can help me out?