Obama, Boehner, Congress and the ‘fiscal cliff’

Obama, Boehner, Congress and the ‘fiscal cliff’

Newly re-elected President Barack Obama will use a White House appearance to set the tone for upcoming talks with congressional Republicans on avoiding the so-called fiscal cliff. Republicans continue to draw a line in the sand against higher tax rates for upper-income earners as they seek to topple the conventional wisdom that Obama has the […]

Obama’s second term: Change or more of the same?

Obama’s second term: Change or more of the same?

Now that his re-election is secured, President Barack Obama has a freer hand to deal with a world of familiar problems in fresh ways, from toughening America’s approach to Iran and Syria while potentially engaging other repressive countries such as Cuba and North Korea and refocusing on moribund Middle East peace efforts. The first tweaks […]

Obama, Republicans draw lines on new budget deal

Obama, Republicans draw lines on new budget deal

Taking little time to celebrate, President Barack Obama is setting out to leverage his re-election into legislative success in an upcoming showdown with congressional Republicans over taxes, deficits and the impending “fiscal cliff.” House Speaker John Boehner says Republicans are willing to consider some form of higher tax revenue as part of the solution — […]

Amid tough times, Voters renew Obama’s four-year lease on White House

Amid tough times, Voters renew Obama’s four-year lease on White House

His lease renewed in trying economic times, President Barack Obama claimed a second term from an incredibly divided electorate and immediately braced for daunting challenges and progress that comes only in fits and starts. “We have fought our way back and we know in our hearts that for the United States of America, the best […]

Democrats post Senate gains but GOP holds control of House

Democrats post Senate gains but GOP holds control of House

Democrats strengthened their hold on the Senate but failed Tuesday to recapture the majority in the House of Representatives they lost two years ago. President Barack Obama, in his freshly authorized second term, will face the same divided Congress in 2013 that has bedeviled efforts to enact his major legislation. “Now that the election is […]

Voters give historic votes to legalize gay marriage, marijuana

Voters give historic votes to legalize gay marriage, marijuana

Altering the course of U.S social policy, Maine and Maryland became the first states to approve same-sex marriage by popular vote, while Washington state and Colorado set up a showdown with federal authorities by legalizing recreational use of marijuana. The outcomes for those ballot measures Tuesday were a milestone for persistent but often thwarted advocacy […]

With hype and hyperbole over, the voters speak

With hype and hyperbole over, the voters speak

Two fierce competitors who’ve given their all, President Barack Obama and Republican Mitt Romney now yield center stage to voters Tuesday for an Election Day choice that will frame the contours of government and the nation for years to come. After a grinding presidential campaign that packed suspense to the finish, Americans head into polling […]

Congress will be a problem for Obama or Romney

Congress will be a problem for Obama or Romney

No matter who is elected president, he’s likely to find that the next Congress will remain what the current one has been for President Barack Obama — a headache. Months of speeches, saturation TV advertising, uncountable events and more than $2 billion in campaign spending are coming together to produce a new Congress strikingly similar […]