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Voters played key role in debt-limit deal

Voters played key role in debt-limit deal

Dear voter: Want to know why Democrats and Republicans in Congress find it so hard to work together to solve tough problems like the debt ceiling, health care and Social Security? Look in the mirror. Americans gripe about cowardly, self-serving politicians, and Congress doubtlessly has its feckless moments and members. But voters are quick to […]

Jim DeMint relishes tea party role

Jim DeMint relishes tea party role

He calls himself Sen. Tea Party. That almost says it all about Sen. Jim DeMint’s role on the nation’s political scene in these nervous days of debt limit warfare and pre-election posturing. But unlike the fractious movement as a whole, DeMint is specific and focused on what change, exactly, he wants: passage — not just […]

Tea party extremism; buyer’s remorse

Tea party extremism; buyer’s remorse

House Republicans rode the tea party tiger to power last fall. Now it’s turning on them, forcing party leaders to endure embarrassing delays and unwanted revisions to crucial debt-ceiling legislation. This tiger did not change it stripes. When tea partyers emerged as a political phenomenon in 2009, they vowed to stand on principle and change […]

The debt-limit fiasco: Boehner versus Obama

The debt-limit fiasco: Boehner versus Obama

The fight over the debt ceiling has turned into a dramatic leadership test for President Barack Obama and House Speaker John Boehner, opponents in a divided government who’ve gone from negotiating in secret to facing off in public at a watershed moment for the country and their own political careers. As the standoff enters its […]

Iraq deadlier now than a year ago

Iraq deadlier now than a year ago

Frequent bombings, assassinations and a resurgence in violence by Shiite militias have made Iraq more dangerous now than it was just a year ago, a U.S. government watchdog concludes in a report released Saturday. The findings come during what U.S. Special Inspector General for Iraq Reconstruction Stuart W. Bowen Jr. called “a summer of uncertainty” […]

Senate Democrats overestimate deficit cuts

Senate Democrats overestimate deficit cuts

Senate Democrats‘ legislation to reduce the U.S. deficit and increase borrowing authority would cut $2.2 trillion from deficits, about $500 billion less than Democrats claimed, the Congressional Budget Office said Wednesday. The non-partisan budget scorekeeper for Congress also confirmed that about half of the Democrats’ proposed savings would come from reduced costs as the United […]

Dysfunctional Republicans spotlight Capitol Hill chaos

Dysfunctional Republicans spotlight Capitol Hill chaos

Demoralized House Republicans are trying for a third straight day to pass a debt-ceiling bill that has almost no chance of surviving the Senate, even as the clock ticks closer to next week’s deadline for avoiding a potentially calamitous government default. House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, suffered a stinging setback Thursday when, for a second […]

Debt limit stalemate threatens defense spending

Debt limit stalemate threatens defense spending

Once unthinkable in a time of two wars, Democrats and Republicans alike are insisting that the billions spent on the military can be significantly cut back over the next decade as the nation struggles to reduce its spiraling debt. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid‘s plan to slash spending and increase the government’s borrowing authority would […]

Divided Republicans postpone debt limit vote

Divided Republicans postpone debt limit vote

The endgame at hand, House Republicans struggled Thursday to pass legislation to prevent a looming government default while slicing nearly $1 trillion from federal spending. Senate Democrats pledged to scuttle the bill — if it got to them — in hopes of forcing a final compromise. As afternoon debate headed toward evening, GOP leaders ordered […]