Barack Obama

And so it begins: Less partisan budget talks in Washington?

And so it begins:  Less partisan budget talks in Washington?

Lawmakers launched an effort to resolve budget differences in a less confrontational fashion on Thursday as Washington picked up the pieces from a political crisis that has slowed the economy and undermined the country’s international standing. As hundreds of thousands of federal employees returned to work, Republican and Democratic negotiators held their first meeting to […]

After budget, debt debacle, Obama tones down his agenda

After budget, debt debacle, Obama tones down his agenda

Regrouping after a feud with Congress stalled his agenda, President Barack Obama is laying down a three-item to-do list for Congress that seems meager when compared with the bold, progressive agenda he envisioned at the start of his second term. But given the capital’s partisanship, the complexities of the issues and the limited time left, […]

Speaker Boehner damaged but still on his feet after budget battle

Speaker Boehner damaged but still on his feet after budget battle

The debt and budget crisis that gripped Washington was the story of a Republican Party at war with itself. Rebellious conservatives, over the objection of party moderates, tried to use a government shutdown in an unsuccessful assault on President Barack Obama’s healthcare law. But within the halls of the U.S. Capitol, the budget showdown was […]

Obama says GOP role in government shutdown ‘encouraged’ America’s enemies’

Obama says GOP role in government shutdown ‘encouraged’ America’s enemies’

In withering day-after criticism, President Barack Obama declared Thursday that the 16-day partial government shutdown was a Republican-provoked spectacle that “encouraged our enemies” around the world. Elsewhere in Washington, and around the country, federal employees simply streamed back to their jobs. National parks reopened. The popular panda cam at the National Zoo came back online. […]

Lots of people lost but did anyone win in the government shutdown?

Lots of people lost but did anyone win in the government shutdown?

With most of the government workforce back on the job and Uncle Sam able to borrow what it needs to pay bills for the next three months, the question everyone is asking is:  “Did anyone win?” The simple answer, of course, is “no.”  Dysfunctional conditions that led to the first government shutdown in 17 years […]

Government reopens but lots still left to do

Government reopens but lots still left to do

The government reopened its doors Thursday after a battle-weary Congress approved a bipartisan measure to end a 16-day partial shutdown and avert the possibility of an economy-jarring default on U.S. obligations. Early Thursday, President Barack Obama signed the measure, which the House and Senate passed late Wednesday, ending a brawl with Republicans who tried to […]

What now for embattled Speaker John Boehner?

What now for embattled Speaker John Boehner?

Congress’ debt-and-spending breakthrough crystalized a political contradiction. House Republicans refuse to let their supposed leader, Speaker John Boehner, steer them toward big policy decisions, leaving him to endure repeated public embarrassments. Yet they rally around Boehner as much as ever, affirming his hold on the speakership Wednesday even as they choked down a Democratic-crafted bill […]

Effects from shutdown could linger into 2014

Effects from shutdown could linger into 2014

  Republicans eyeing possible White House bids in 2016 largely opposed a bill in Congress to avert a default and end a 16-day partial government shutdown, rejecting a measure that could shape upcoming elections. The vote split a group of GOP House members plotting Senate bids. A majority of Republicans in the Senate supported the […]

It’s finally over. Congress approves debt, budget deal

It’s finally over.  Congress approves debt, budget deal

After weeks of wrangling, 16 days of partial shutdown, and less less than two hours before the deadline for the government to lose its borrowing authority, Congress approved a last-minute compromise bill that puts the government back to work and allows the U.S. Treasury to continue borrowing money — sending the legislation to President Barack […]

Obama thanks Senate for passing debt, budget bill

Obama thanks Senate for passing debt, budget bill

President Barack Obama is thanking Democratic and Republican leaders in the Senate for passing a deal to end the partial government shutdown and avert a default. Obama says if and when the House approves the bill, he’ll sign it immediately. He says the U.S. will start reopening the government right away. Obama says now it’s […]