Lots of posturing, no movement towards debt deal

Lots of posturing, no movement towards debt deal

Rival Democratic and Republican plans to raise the government’s borrowing ability have thrust Congress into a standoff just one week away from a potentially devastating debt crisis. President Barack Obama made a last ditch call for compromise, but House Speaker John Boehner said negotiations with the White House had been futile. “We can’t allow the […]

Scandal-tinged Congressman calls it quits

Scandal-tinged Congressman calls it quits

Rep. David Wu of Oregon was being pressured to leave Congress sooner rather than later after the House Democratic leader sought an investigation into a young woman’s allegation that she had an unwanted sexual encounter with him. Wu, 56, a seven-term Democrat from Portland whose unusual behavior had been the subject of news stories earlier […]

Boehner walks out on debt limit talks

Boehner walks out on debt limit talks

House Speaker John Boehner abruptly broke off talks with President Barack Obama Friday night on a deal to make major cuts in federal spending and avert a threatened government default, sending already uncertain compromise efforts into instant crisis. Within minutes, an obviously peeved Obama virtually ordered congressional leaders to the White House Saturday morning for […]

House budget plan faces defeat in Senate

House budget plan faces defeat in Senate

The Senate is moving to cast away a budget cutting plan passed by the Republican-controlled House, clearing the way for increasingly urgent government talks over raising the nation’s debt ceiling. President Barack Obama and House Speaker John Boehner searched once more for an ambitious $4 trillion grand bargain, but officials said wide differences remained. Less […]

Panetta set to end gay military ban

Panetta set to end gay military ban

Pentagon chief Leon Panetta has decided to end the ban on gays serving openly in the armed services and certify that repealing the 17-year-old prohibition will not hurt the military’s ability to fight, officials said Thursday. His decision, which was expected, comes two weeks after the chiefs of the military services told Panetta that ending […]

Obama open to stopgap debt deal

Obama open to stopgap debt deal

Running out of time, President Barack Obama softened his stand and signaled Wednesday he would back a short-term deal to prevent a disastrous financial default on Aug. 2, but only if a larger and still elusive deficit-cutting agreement was essentially in place. He called lawmakers to the White House in a scramble to find enough […]

New debt plan targets favored tax deductions

New debt plan targets favored tax deductions

A new bipartisan plan to reduce government borrowing would target some of the most cherished tax breaks enjoyed by millions of families — those promoting health insurance, home ownership, charitable giving and retirement savings — in exchange for lowering overall tax rates for everyone. Many taxpayers would face higher taxes — a total of at […]