WASHINGTON -- Treasury Secretary Jacob J. Lew said Congress should raise the debt limit without last-minute brinksmanship and warned Republicans that the U.S. can't "cut its way to prosperity."
"We need to get the debt limit extended in a way that doesn't create a crisis," Mr. Lew said in remarks broadcast today on NBC's "Meet the Press." "Congress needs to do its job."
Mr. Lew is appearing on news talk shows over the weekend as President Barack Obama is giving a series of speeches casting his differences with congressional Republicans as a struggle over the future of middle-class families. Mr. Obama is making the case that his proposals for spending on education, infrastructure and research are essential to help middle-income Americans.
"Washington has to stop playing these brinksmanship games," Mr. Lew said. "It's not about who wins and who loses."
Speaking on ABC's "This Week with George Stephanopoulos," Mr. Lew said Mr. Obama "has made crystal clear, he's not going to negotiate over the debt limit" and that "Congress can't let us default."
Gas prices rising
CAMARILLO, Calif. -- The average U.S. price of a gallon of gasoline has jumped eight cents over the past two weeks.
The Lundberg Survey of fuel prices released Sunday says the price of a gallon of regular is $3.67. Midgrade costs an average of $3.85 a gallon, and premium is $3.99. Of the cities surveyed in the lower 48 states, Charleston, S.C., has the nation's lowest average price for gas at $3.34. Chicago has the highest at $4.10.
Weiner's manager quits
NEW YORK -- In a new sign of tumult within Anthony D. Weiner's embattled political operation, his young mayoral campaign manager, Danny Kedem, has quit, leaving his already skeletal team without a day-to-day leader.
Mr. Weiner's staff was jolted by his admission last week that his habit of sending raunchy online photographs and messages to women had persisted long after he resigned from Congress in 2011. The disclosures clashed with Mr. Weiner's claims that he had been rehabilitated after undergoing therapy and his suggestion that such behavior had long ago stopped.
Senator wants mayor to go
WASHINGTON -- Sen. Dianne Feinstein of California on Sunday joined a growing list of Democrats calling on San Diego Mayor Bob Filner to resign after allegations that he has sexually harassed women, intensifying the pressure on him to step down.
"I don't think that somebody who is lacking a moral compass really sets a role model or really will provide the kind of leadership that San Diegans want," Ms. Feinstein, a former mayor of San Francisco, said on CNN's "State of the Union."
Mr. Filner, a Democrat, has rejected calls to resign. He said Friday that he was entering therapy for two weeks to learn how to behave better.
Also in the nation ...
A day after a bride-to-be was pulled dead from the Hudson River, the body of her fiance's best man, 30-year-old Mark Lennon, was found a mile downstream Sunday, the second victim of a nighttime crash involving a speedboat and a barge north of New York City. ... An Indianapolis congregation on Sunday mourned the deaths of their youth pastor Chad Phelps, his pregnant wife, Courtney Phelps, and chaperone Tonya Weindorf, who were killed when a church bus overturned with just a mile to go in a return trip from a Michigan summer camp.
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