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Republican ‘young guns’ now draw more jeers than cheers

Republican ‘young guns’ now draw more jeers than cheers

A year after declaring themselves “Young Guns” ready to clean up Washington, these budget-slashing Republicans are drawing more jeers than cheers — and raising Democrats‘ hopes for next year’s election. Having rejected compromise and threatened government default, they and other Republicans have upset voters, who polls show are increasingly anxious about the economy and disgruntled […]

Battle-weary lawmakers avoid town hall meetings

Battle-weary lawmakers avoid town hall meetings

Too much yelling, not enough listening. Facing organized, often raucous confrontations at political events, some members of Congress this summer abandoned the long-time tradition of open meetings with the folks back home. It was goodbye to one of the few remaining opportunities for voters and lawmakers to talk face to face. Some cited security in […]

The real costs of the debt-limit deal

The real costs of the debt-limit deal

While the immediate crisis over a threatened default seems to have been averted by the eleventh-hour deal between the White House and Congress, the debt-limit drama has left behind crucial questions about the American political process, the viability of economic policy options and implications for the rest of the world. The long, tortured debate exposed […]

Tea party to Boehner: Stand firm

Tea party to Boehner: Stand firm

Tea Party activists demanded House of Representatives Speaker John Boehner deliver on budget cuts at a rally on Monday at his Ohio offices, urging the Republican leader to “stand strong” in debt negotiations. About 100 people chanted “no more spending” and hoisted banners and signs reading “No New Taxes” and “Do Not Cave” outside the […]