Washington’s growing irrelevance is good

Our political system has fallen so low that just doing the minimum amount required to be a functional government is seen as a victory.

Washington’s growing irrelevance is good

After three years of sclerosis, Congress is poised to at last pass an actual budget. We’ve been so consumed with the dysfunction of the parties on Capitol Hill that this feat appears significant. In fact, it should be routine. Yet in the context of the past few years, it is anything but. The budget that […]

Ryan says budget deal helps Republicans

"We need to win a couple of elections. This, I believe, helps us better do that"

Ryan says budget deal helps Republicans

The Republican co-author of a rare bipartisan budget deal in Congress defended the agreement from opposition in his own party on Sunday as an asset that could help Republicans capture the Senate next year and the White House in 2016. In a pair of televised interviews, House of Representatives Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan said […]

Durbin: Senate short of votes needed to pass budget deal

Durbin: Senate short of votes needed to pass budget deal

Senate Democrats are still short of the votes needed to pass a budget deal that would avoid a government shutdown in January and blunt automatic spending cuts, Senator Dick Durbin, the chamber’s No. 2 Democrat, said on Sunday. “The struggle is still on in the United States Senate. We will need about eight Republicans to […]

McCain: CIA lied to Congress about missing American

"The CIA did not tell the truth to the Congress."

McCain: CIA lied to Congress about missing American

Sen. John McCain says he is disturbed the Obama administration has not been more forthcoming about an American who disappeared while on a secret intelligence mission to Iran. McCain said he is confident the U.S. is doing all it can to learn what has happened to Robert Levinson, but he told CNN’s “State of the […]

So, where’s political accountability for pension disasters?

So, where’s political accountability for pension disasters?

Five years after the financial crisis, there’s still a hue and cry about sending people to jail. After all, financiers were, at best, self-servingly optimistic about the future. At worst, they said things that weren’t true, and made promises they couldn’t keep. Investigations are still ongoing, and although it’s doubtful, maybe some big guys will […]

The new politics of budget compromise in Washington

The new politics of budget compromise in Washington

The muted market reaction to this week’s budget deal in Washington may initially seem like a disappointment. After all, uncertainty over government spending, debt and taxes has consistently emerged in business sentiment surveys as the biggest single factor holding back corporate investment and damaging financial confidence. Why then did Wall Street celebrate this breakthrough with […]

Dems to to push Obama nominees through filibuster-proof Senate

Dems to to push Obama nominees through filibuster-proof Senate

Democrats are ready to propel another one of President Barack Obama’s court picks through the Senate, now that outnumbered Republicans have less power to block the president’s nominees than they used to. The Democratic-led chamber planned Wednesday to consider Obama’s choice of Cornelia “Nina” Pillard to join the influential U.S. Court of Appeals for the […]

Pay gains for young women but inequality remains

Pay gains for young women but inequality remains

About 75 percent of young women believe the U.S. needs to do more to bring about equality in the workplace, a new study finds, despite a narrowing pay gap and steady employment gains for women at higher levels of business and government. Those women remain as pessimistic as their mothers and grandmothers regarding gender equality […]

The private shame, public blame of HealthCare.gov

The private shame, public blame of HealthCare.gov

The glitches that have dogged the government’s universal healthcare site have cast a dark shadow over the presidency and over the Democratic Party as they enter an election year when they could easily lose the Senate. The failure of anyone within the Obama administration to notice in the three long years of preparation that something […]

Web giants push for limits on government spying on Americans

Web giants push for limits on government spying on Americans

Eight U.S. web giants have joined hands to start a public campaign for new limits on how governments collect user information amid concerns of growing online surveillance. The companies — Google Inc, Microsoft Corp, Apple Inc, Facebook Inc, Twitter, LinkedIn Corp, Yahoo Inc and AOL Inc — issued an open letter to U.S. President Barack […]

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