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Embattled Boehner holds on to Speaker’s post

Embattled Boehner holds on to Speaker’s post

Despite a rocky few weeks during the “fiscal cliff” fight, John Boehner won re-election as speaker of the House of Representatives on Thursday and will again lead Republicans as they take on the White House over federal spending. Boehner defeated House Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi 220-192 in a vote on the opening day of the […]

The fiscal cliff debacle: From hope to hopelessness

The fiscal cliff debacle: From hope to hopelessness

It began so optimistically. On November 16, after their first “fiscal cliff” session with President Barack Obama, the four leaders of Congress had stood in the driveway of the White House shoulder-to-shoulder for what is a rare photo these days, Republicans and Democrats together, smiling. There they were at the microphone, talking about a “framework” […]

House abandons political rhetoric, approves Senate bill averting ‘fiscal cliff’

House abandons political rhetoric, approves Senate bill averting ‘fiscal cliff’

Past its own New Year’s deadline, a weary Congress sent President Barack Obama legislation to avoid a national “fiscal cliff” of middle class tax increases and spending cuts late Tuesday night in the culmination of a struggle that strained America’s divided government to the limit. The bill’s passage on a 257-167 vote in the House […]

House Republicans throw monkey wrench into effort to avoid fiscal cliff

House Republicans throw monkey wrench into effort to avoid fiscal cliff

Emergency legislation to avoid the economy-threatening fiscal cliff ran into vehement New Year’s Day opposition from House Republicans, casting doubt on the divided government’s ability to prevent widespread tax increases and painful, across-the-board federal spending cuts. “I do not support the bill. We are looking, though, for the best path forward,” House Majority Leader Eric […]

Senate approves tax, spending deal 89-8

Senate approves tax, spending deal 89-8

Hours past a self-imposed deadline for action, the Senate passed legislation early New Year’s Day to neutralize a fiscal cliff combination of across-the-board tax increases and spending cuts that kicked in at midnight. The pre-dawn vote was a lopsided 89-8. Senate passage set the stage for a final showdown in the House, where a vote […]

Senate, White House reach tentative deal to avert fiscal cliff

Senate, White House reach tentative deal to avert fiscal cliff

Racing the clock, the White House reached a New Year’s Eve accord with Senate Republicans late Monday to block across-the-board tax increases and spending cuts in government programs due to take effect at midnight, according to administration and Senate Democratic officials. Under the deal, taxes would remain steady for the middle class and rise at […]

Stuborn disputes delay hopes for deal to avoid ‘fiscal cliff’

Stuborn disputes delay hopes for deal to avoid ‘fiscal cliff’

The White House and Senate Republicans sorted through stubborn disputes over taxing the wealthy and cutting the budget to pay for Democratic spending proposals as Monday’s midnight deadline for an accord avoiding the “fiscal cliff” drew to within hours. Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., spoke repeatedly Sunday to Vice President Joe Biden, a former […]

Obama looks at NRA guns in schools lunacy with skeptical disregard

Obama looks at NRA guns in schools lunacy with skeptical disregard

President Barack Obama said in an interview broadcast on Sunday he hopes to get new U.S. gun control measures passed during the first year of his second term and is skeptical of a proposal by the National Rifle Association (NRA) gun lobby to put armed guards in schools. Obama assigned Vice President Joe Biden to […]

Obama, Republicans draw lines on new budget deal

Obama, Republicans draw lines on new budget deal

Taking little time to celebrate, President Barack Obama is setting out to leverage his re-election into legislative success in an upcoming showdown with congressional Republicans over taxes, deficits and the impending “fiscal cliff.” House Speaker John Boehner says Republicans are willing to consider some form of higher tax revenue as part of the solution — […]

With hype and hyperbole over, the voters speak

With hype and hyperbole over, the voters speak

Two fierce competitors who’ve given their all, President Barack Obama and Republican Mitt Romney now yield center stage to voters Tuesday for an Election Day choice that will frame the contours of government and the nation for years to come. After a grinding presidential campaign that packed suspense to the finish, Americans head into polling […]

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