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A hint of compromise hidden in Obama and Boehner’s hyperbole?

A hint of compromise hidden in Obama and Boehner’s hyperbole?

President Barack Obama and House Speaker John Boehner offered hints of possible compromise but also traded heated rhetoric Tuesday, a frustratingly inconclusive combination that left the eight-day partial government shutdown firmly in place and the threat of an unprecedented national default drawing closer. “There’s a crack there,” Boehner said of the impasse near the end […]

Obama’s ‘slow boats to hell’ for suspected terrorists

Obama’s ‘slow boats to hell’ for suspected terrorists

Instead of sending suspected terrorists to Guantanamo Bay or secret CIA “black” sites for interrogation, the Obama administration is questioning terrorists for as long as it takes aboard U.S. naval vessels. And it’s doing it in a way that preserves the government’s ability to ultimately prosecute the suspects in civilian courts. That’s the pattern emerging […]

Senate Dems to try and pass increase in debt ceiling

Senate Dems to try and pass increase in debt ceiling

Democrats controlling the Senate are planning to try to pass a stand-alone measure to increase the government’s borrowing cap, challenging Republicans to a filibuster showdown that could unnerve financial markets as the deadline to a first-ever default on U.S. obligations draws closer. A spokesman said Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid could unveil the measure as […]

Are Obmacare’s glitches, problems fixable?

Are Obmacare’s glitches, problems fixable?

The federal government’s biggest foray into online commerce has left millions of tech-savvy Americans thoroughly bewildered. But the insurance industry and others experienced with rolling out new programs say there’s still enough time to fix the glitches with President Barack Obama’s health care law before uninsured people start getting coverage on Jan. 1. The online […]

Republicans see no problem with government defaulting on debt

Republicans see no problem with government defaulting on debt

The Obama administration says a U.S. default would be “catastrophic.” Economists say it could plunge the country into recession and prompt a global financial meltdown. To many Republicans, however, the prospect of the world’s lone superpower juggling its bills doesn’t seem so bad. The government could muddle through without a debt-ceiling increase as long as […]

Debt limit focus taking center stage away from shutdown debacle

Debt limit focus taking center stage away from shutdown debacle

A possible national default loomed closer on Monday as the partial government shutdown lingered, rattling markets in the U.S. and overseas. A gridlocked Congress betrayed little or no urgency toward resolving either of the threats. Stocks got a case of the jitters on Wall Street, and halfway around the world China stressed the importance for […]

Budget fight a crash course on how Congress fails to function

Budget fight a crash course on how Congress fails to function

If majorities in both the House and Senate would vote to reopen the government with no strings attached, or vote to repeal the new health care law’s sales tax on heart pacemakers and MRI machines, then why isn’t that happening? The rancorous budget fight offers a crash course in the arcane ways and language of […]

Health care law opponents smiling and saying ‘told you so’

Health care law opponents smiling and saying ‘told you so’

The glitch-ridden rollout of President Barack Obama’s health care law has opponents crowing: “Told you so!” and insisting it should be paused, if not scrapped. But others, including insurance companies, say there’s still enough time to fix the online enrollment system before uninsured Americans start getting coverage on Jan. 1. After emergency repairs over the […]

Short-term debt limit hike under consideration by Senate Democrats

Short-term debt limit hike under consideration by Senate Democrats

Senate Democrats are drafting legislation to raise the nation’s debt limit without the type of unrelated conditions that Republicans have said they intend to demand, officials said Monday, as the White House signaled it would accept even a brief extension in borrowing authority to prevent an unprecedented default. The details of the emerging measure were […]