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Ron Paul opts out of Congress

Ron Paul opts out of Congress

Texas Congressman — and twice-failed Presidential candidate — Ron Paul is effectively ending his political career by choosing to give up his seat in Congress to concentrate on a third try for a Presidency he can’t win. The 75-year-old Paul — a hard-line libertarian with a small but rabid following — announced Tuesday he will […]

Deadlock of inflexible rhetoric

Deadlock of inflexible rhetoric

President Barack Obama and GOP lawmakers, hundreds of billions of dollars short of their goal and seemingly trapped in inflexible bargaining positions, are struggling for agreement on $2 trillion-plus in budget cuts as the price for maintaining the government’s ability to borrow. Lawmakers were asked to return to the White House for talks Tuesday afternoon […]

Anatomy of GOP hardliners

Anatomy of GOP hardliners

On the surface, it would seem like an opportune time for Congress to include targeted tax hikes as part of a cost-cutting package to reduce the huge federal deficit. Federal taxes, as a share of the overall economy, are at their lowest levels since 1950. A return to the higher income tax rates of the […]

Debt limit: Tick, tick, tick…

Debt limit: Tick, tick, tick…

With pressuring continuing to build but no breakthroughs in sight, budget bargaining between President Barack Obama and top lawmakers resumes Monday at the White House, with both sides hoping to slash the deficit as the price for permitting the government to borrow more than $2 trillion to pay its bills. In a rare Sunday meeting […]

Taxes still a stumbling block

Taxes still a stumbling block

After months of effort, President Barack Obama and congressional Republicans are right back where they started as they try to avert a looming debt default: arguing over taxes. With a “grand bargain” to tame the national debt seemingly off the table, Obama, House of Representatives Speaker John Boehner and other top leaders will try for […]

No tea party unity on foreign policy

No tea party unity on foreign policy

Tea Party movement-backed lawmakers have marched in lockstep toward the goal of shrinking the government but that unity dissolves when it comes to America’s role in the world. Republicans who were elected to Congress with support of the grassroots movement have bucked Republican orthodoxy by supporting some defense spending cuts, and they have been at […]

Pawlenty blasts Bachmann

Pawlenty blasts Bachmann

Republican presidential candidate Tim Pawlenty says 2012 rival Michele Bachmann has a “nonexistent” record of accomplishment during her three terms in Congress. Pawlenty, who’s behind in the polls and lagging in fundraising, says that as a former Minnesota governor, he has executive experience and achieved results under challenging circumstances. A poll last month in early-voting […]

House mixes messages on Libya

House mixes messages on Libya

The House is sending mixed signals on President Barack Obama‘s military action against Libya, voting to prohibit weapons and training to rebels looking to oust Moammar Gadhafi but stopping short of trying to cut off money for American participation in the NATO-led mission. In a series of votes Thursday, Republicans and Democrats expressed their dissatisfaction […]

Bomb implants: Newest terrorism threat?

Bomb implants: Newest terrorism threat?

US officials have warned airlines terror groups may be mulling implanting bombs under the skins of passengers, reports said Wednesday, but stressed the alert was not linked to any specific threat. The Los Angeles Times said the US administration had warned airlines that extremist groups were considering surgically implanting explosives into people to try to […]