John Avlon (@JohnAvlon)
Work – the gender gap is likely to persist in 2012, in large part because of the social conservative agenda playing out in state legislatures. That said, Romney will close the gap as we get closer to Election Day.
Alexander Burns (@aburnspolitico)
If Obama’s overplaying his hand with women, there’s not much sign of it yet. There’s a risk that by being so explicit about courting women voters, the president ends up looking too transparently political. But that doesn’t mean the strategy will backfire and hurt him.
These events are just part of the president’s attempt to enlarge the gender gap, so they have to be seen as part of an entire effort to promote ‘women's issues'—like the Lilly Ledbetter act for pay equity, for example. So yes, they will work—but as part of a larger thematic effort.
Is America headed over a potentially disastrous cliff? Erin Burnett runs the numbers, and highlights the risks presented by the massive "debt cliff" that threatens us all.
House Speaker John Boehner is warning that he won't permit another increase in the debt ceiling without a larger amount of spending cuts and reforms approved in tandem.
"When the time comes, I will again insist on my simple principle of cuts and reforms greater than the debt limit increase. This is the only avenue I see ... to force the elected leadership of this country to solve our structural fiscal imbalance," Boehner will say Tuesday at a fiscal summit sponsored by the Peter G. Peterson Foundation, according to prepared remarks.
Erin Burnett is attending the summit, and will report live from Washington tonight at 7 p.m. ET.