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President Joe Biden speaks about the debt limit talks in the Roosevelt Room of the White House, Wednesday, May 17, 2023, in Washington.

Credit: (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

The panel: 

Audrey Haynes, professor of political science, University of Georgia

Charles Bullock, professor of political science, UGA

Kevin Riley, editor-at-large, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, @ajceditor

Tammy Greer, professor of political science


The breakdown:

1.  What you need to know about the debt ceiling as the deadline looms.

  • The "debt ceiling" or "debt limit" is a cap on how much debt the federal government is allowed to accumulate. 
  • It is up to Congress to vote to increase the nation's borrowing cap, known as the debt limit.
    • House Speaker Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) is in a standoff with President Biden over the limit. 
  • Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen has warned that the country could run out of borrowing authority by June 1.

LISTEN: Audrey Haynes explains why debt ceiling keeps rising.

2. Former President Donald Trump is set to come to the Georgia Republican Party convention.

  • WRBL reports that David Shafer, the outgoing chairman of the Georgia Republican Party, said the former president will stop in Columbus.

    • Kemp stated he won't attend the convention and has urged the party to move beyond Donald Trump.
  • The convention is set for June 9 and June 10.


Friday on Political Rewind: Dekalb County CEO Mike Thurmond joins the show along with Sam Olens.