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A White House spokesTwitter on the rumors of capitulation to the republican hostage takers:

@pfeiffer44 Dan Pfeiffer

Anyone reporting a $3 trillion deal without revenues is incorrect. POTUS believes we need a balanced approach that includes revenues. 1 hour ago via web

The answer to the question, apparently, is forty-four.

Congressional Teabaggers: Ahhh! Woooh! What’s happening? Who am I? Why am I here? What’s my purpose in life? What do I mean by who am I? Okay okay, calm down calm down get a grip now. Ooh, this is an interesting sensation. What is it? Its a sort of tingling in my… well I suppose I better start finding names for things. Lets call it a… teabagger base! Yeah! Teabagger base! And hey, what’s this roaring sound, whooshing past what I’m suddenly gonna call my head? Astroturf! Is that a good name? It’ll do. Yeah, this is really exciting. I’m dizzy with anticipation! Or is it the Astroturf? There’s an awful lot of that now isn’t it? And what’s this thing coming toward me very fast? So big and flat and round, it needs a big wide sounding name like ‘Debt’, ‘Default’, ‘Obligations’, ‘Global Recession’! That’s it! Global Recession! Ha! I wonder if it’ll be friends with me? Hello Global Recession!