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George Stephanopoulos is anchor of ABC's "Good Morning America." He is also the network's chief political correspondent, reporting on political and policy stories for all ABC News broadcasts and platforms.

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Mayor Michael Bloomberg: 'We Have to Get Behind the President'


The majority of Americans say that the president doesn’t deserve another term - but for Mayor Mike Bloomberg that doesn’t matter. “For better or worse no matter what your political persuasion is, the president is our president. We have to...

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August 10, 2011 in 2012 Elections, Barack Obama, GMA, The Economy, Washington | Permalink | User Comments (56)

S&P: No Regrets on Downgrade


The head of the Standard & Poor's government debt rating unit told me he "absolutely" does not have second thoughts on downgrading the U.S. to a AA+ rating despite a barrage of criticism over the weekend. And when I asked...

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August 8, 2011 in Budget, GMA, The Economy, Washington | Permalink | User Comments (28)

Exclusive With Secretary Tim Geithner: 'Spectacle' in D.C. Damaged Economy; Hasn't Decided to Leave Treasury Yet


Congress may have avoided default when the House voted to raise the debt ceiling last night, but Sec. Tim Geithner said the chaotic negotiating process hurt our economy and the U.S. may still be downgraded. “I think confidence here was...

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August 2, 2011 in Barack Obama, The Economy, Washington | Permalink | User Comments (41)

Full Transcript: My Interview With Secretary Tim Geithner


I sat down for an interview with Tim Geithner yesterday. Here is the full transcript: GEORGE STEPHANOPOULOS: Mr. Secretary, thanks for doing this. TIM GEITHNER: Nice to see you. GEORGE STEPHANOPOULOS: So it looks like this deal is going to...

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August 2, 2011 in The Economy, Transcript | Permalink | User Comments (3)

Sec. Geithner on Debt Deal: Don't Know If We Will Avoid Downgrade


That’s what Treasury Secretary Tim Geithner told me when I asked if a credit rating downgrade is more likely because of the way the long, drawn-out process unfolded in Washington. “I don’t know. It’s hard to tell. I think this...

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August 1, 2011 in Capitol Hill, Washington | Permalink | User Comments (18)

White House 'Confident' Debt Deal Will Pass


That's what White House Senior Advisor David Plouffe told me this morning on "GMA" when I asked if President Obama had the votes to pass the last minute debt deal. The deal is likely to pass the Senate today but...

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August 1, 2011 in Barack Obama, Capitol Hill, Democrats, GMA, Republicans, Washington | Permalink | User Comments (9)

What a Day: Debt Ceiling Negotiations


What a day on Capitol Hill. Here’s our video wrap-up from GMA, This Week, World News and the special report: --George Stephanopoulos or become a fan on Facebook. GMA: This Week: World News: Special Report:

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July 31, 2011 in Barack Obama, Capitol Hill, GMA, This Week, Washington | Permalink | User Comments (1)

ABC News' Special Report: President Obama on Debt Ceiling Negotiations


Washington is at an impasse - the Republican House debt ceiling bill, if it passes the House, cannot pass the Senate while the Senate Democrats' bill cannot pass the GOP majority in the House. And with just a little over...

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July 29, 2011 in Barack Obama | Permalink | User Comments (6)

Sen. Durbin 'Disappointed' in Status of Debt Talks


Sources on both sides of the debt negotiations tell me that last night’s meeting did nothing to bridge the gap between Republicans and Democrats. The only thing negotiators could agree on was to keep meeting. That, plus a shared belief...

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July 11, 2011 in Democrats, GMA, Republicans, Washington, White House | Permalink | User Comments (33)

White House Chief of Staff on Debt Ceiling: No Veto Threat But GOP Can't Worry About 'Feelings'


The White House Chief of Staff refused to issue a veto threat if the debt ceiling compromise doesn't include the president’s demand of tax increases. But Bill Daley did have a strong message for the Republicans: get tough. Following President...

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June 30, 2011 in Barack Obama, White House | Permalink | User Comments (43)