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Another day, another stumbling block to budget, debt deal

Another day, another stumbling block to budget, debt deal

Senate Republicans and Democrats hit an impasse Sunday over spending in their last-ditch struggle to avoid an economy-jarring default in just four days and end a partial government shutdown that’s entering its third week. After inconclusive talks between President Barack Obama and House Republicans, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., and Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, […]

Obama staying out of sight as Senate works on budget, debt deal

Obama staying out of sight as Senate works on budget, debt deal

President Barack Obama will stay out of the public eye on Sunday as Senate leaders try to work out an elusive deal ahead of a Thursday deadline for lifting the U.S. government debt ceiling. Just before noon, the White House gave the pool of reporters and photographers who travel with the president notice that it […]

Senators hope their leaders can succeed where others have failed

Senators hope their leaders can succeed where others have failed

Senators put faith in party leaders Sunday to devise a plan that would reopen the government and steer clear of a potential default this week, saying it’s unthinkable that political obstinacy would prevent the United States from paying its bills. With House leaders sidelined, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., and Senate Minority Leader Mitch […]

Senate takes lead in financial crisis as debt limit deadline looms

Senate takes lead in financial crisis as debt limit deadline looms

Racing the calendar and the financial markets, Senate leaders have taken the helm in the search for a deal to end the partial government shutdown and avert a federal default. “This should be seen as something very positive, even though we don’t have anything done yet, and long ways to go,” Senate Majority Leader Harry […]

Right wing looking for new hot-button issues to attract followers

Right wing looking for new hot-button issues to attract followers

Seeking a new generation of leaders, social conservatives are looking for a lot more than opposition to gay marriage and abortion. An annual summit of faith leaders and conservative activists gave a platform to a new wave of Republican leaders, who derided President Barack Obama’s health care law, his steering of the economy and foreign […]

As Congress spits and sputters, default looms for America

As Congress spits and sputters, default looms for America

Republicans and Democrats in Congress lumbered through a day of political maneuvering Saturday while a threatened default by the Treasury crept uncomfortably closer and a partial government shutdown neared the end of its second week. “We haven’t done anything yet” by way of compromise, Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., said after Senate leaders took control […]

Hope for resolution of fiscal crisis shifts to Senate

Hope for resolution of fiscal crisis shifts to Senate

The focus of efforts to end the government shutdown and prevent a U.S. default shifted to the Senate on Saturday, where leaders were in talks aimed at resolving the twin stalemates. Word of the negotiations between Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., and the top Republican, Sen. Mitch McConnell of Kentucky, emerged as the Senate, […]

Disgust with government spawns effort in Maryland to secede

Disgust with government spawns effort in Maryland to secede

Scott Strzelczyk is fed up with what he calls political slavery in Maryland and sees one way out – creating a breakaway state, a feat that has not been accomplished since the American Civil War. Riding a wave of anti-government sentiment across the United States, the small-town information technology consultant has launched a long-shot bid […]

Hopes for a deal to end debt, budget crisis stall on Capitol Hill

Hopes for a deal to end debt, budget crisis stall on Capitol Hill

Hopes for a resolution of Washington’s fiscal crisis in the next day or two faded on Capitol Hill on Saturday, as President Barack Obama’s efforts to reach a deal with Republicans in the House of Representatives sputtered. The focus has now shifted to Senate Republicans’ ideas for reopening the government and raising the government’s borrowing […]

Obama to Republicans: Open government, raise debt ceiling

Obama to Republicans: Open government, raise debt ceiling

President Barack Obama pressured Republican lawmakers on Saturday to agree to raise the U.S. debt ceiling for longer than they would prefer, as their fiscal impasse dragged into the weekend with five days left to find a deal. The budget battle between Obama and Republicans who control the House of Representatives has idled hundreds of […]

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