Lawmakers see ‘fiscal cliff’ deal slipping away

Lawmakers see ‘fiscal cliff’ deal slipping away

With anxiety rising as the country lurches towards a “fiscal cliff,” lawmakers are increasingly skeptical about a possible deal and some predict the best possibility would be a small-scale patch because time is running out before the yearend deadline. Sen. Joe Lieberman predicted Sunday: “We’re going to spend New Year’s Eve here, I believe.” Even […]

Congress shows more support for limitng size of gun magazines

Congress shows more support for limitng size of gun magazines

Lawmakers from both parties voiced their willingness Sunday to pursue some changes to the nation’s gun laws, but adamant opposition from the National Rifle Association has made clear than any such effort will face significant obstacles. NRA CEO Wayne LaPierre dismissed efforts to revive a ban on assault weapons as a “phony piece of legislation” […]

Failure on ‘fiscal cliff’ issue could sink John Boehner

Failure on ‘fiscal cliff’ issue could sink John Boehner

John Boehner is a bloodied House speaker following the startling setback that his own fractious Republican troops dealt him in their “fiscal cliff” struggle against President Barack Obama. There’s plenty of internal grumbling about the Ohio Republican, especially among conservatives, and lots of buzzing about whether his leadership post is in jeopardy. But it’s uncertain […]

GOP policies led to ‘fiscal cliff’ meltdown

GOP policies led to ‘fiscal cliff’ meltdown

Republicans seem shocked by their party’s meltdown on the so-called fiscal cliff. They shouldn’t be. The uncompromising conservatives who blocked Speaker John Boehner‘s tax bill were merely sticking to policies that Boehner and nearly all other GOP leaders have pushed, without reservation, for years: It’s always wrong to raise tax rates on anyone, no matter […]

Armed security in schools? Yep, that’s the NRA’s answer to school shootings

Armed security in schools?  Yep, that’s the NRA’s answer to school shootings

The nation’s largest gun-rights lobby called Friday for the placement of an armed police officer in every school, but parents and educators questioned how safe such a move would keep kids, whether it would be economically feasible and how it would alter student life. Their reactions ranged from supportive to disgusted. Already, there are an […]

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 […]