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Obama: Boston arrest closes ‘important’ chapter

President Barack Obama declared Friday night that the capture of a second suspect in the Boston Marathon bombings “closed an important chapter in this tragedy.” But he acknowledged that many unanswered questions remain about the motivations of the two men accused of perpetrating the attacks that unnerved the nation. “The families of those killed so […]

Hypocrisy rules in Washington

Hypocrisy rules in Washington

Hypocrisy is nothing new in Washington. The long-running debate over taxes and spending, however, is producing especially blatant examples of politicians contradicting themselves or attacking opponents for taking the very stances they’ve taken themselves. Lawmakers, for instance, denounce the deficit but refuse to let the Postal Service close money-losing offices or end Saturday delivery. They […]

Ohmigod! Obama sends actual budget to Congress

Ohmigod! Obama sends actual budget to Congress

President Barack Obama on Wednesday is sending Congress his 2014 budget, an effort to achieve an elusive “grand bargain” to tame runaway deficits that have soared above $1 trillion for each of the past four years. Obama’s spending blueprint for the 2014 budget year would accomplish the deficit cuts through a combination of further tax […]

White House to GOP: Work with us on budget or face defeat

White House to GOP: Work with us on budget or face defeat

The White House on Sunday warned Republicans that a “my way or the highway” approach would spell the GOP’s defeat in upcoming budget negotiations and told its Democratic allies that they, too, will have to bend on President Barack Obama’s delayed spending plan set to be released this week. White House senior adviser Dan Pfeiffer […]

Obama will accept entitlement cuts in exchange for taxes

Obama will accept entitlement cuts in exchange for taxes

President Barack Obama will offer cuts to Social Security and other entitlement programs in a budget proposal aimed at swaying Republicans to compromise on a deficit-reduction deal, a senior administration official said on Friday. Under a proposal that would cut the deficit by $1.8 trillion over 10 years, the president will offer to apply a […]

GOP Rep. Young calls Hispanics ‘wetbacks,’ then bows to pressure and issues ‘apology’

GOP Rep. Young calls Hispanics ‘wetbacks,’ then bows to pressure and issues ‘apology’

Alaska Republican Rep. Don Young, a long-time Congressman with a reputation for typical GOP bigotry, opened his mouth and inserted his rancid foot Thursday when he called Hispanic workers “wetbacks,” a strong slur against those who come from South of the border. “My father had a ranch and we used to have 50-60 wetbacks to […]

Congress finds budget cuts can hit home

Congress finds budget cuts can hit home

Members of Congress are traveling less and worrying more about meeting office salaries. Their aides are contending with long lines to get inside their offices and fewer prospects of a raise. Such are the indignities thrust upon the men and women who brought the country $85 billion in government spending cuts this month. There probably […]

Obama’s ‘charm offensive’ on budget is turning sour

Obama’s ‘charm offensive’ on budget is turning sour

Over dinner at a swank hotel a few blocks from the White House, Republican senators wanted to know if President Barack Obama would support a gradual increase in the age of eligibility for Medicare, set at 65 since the program’s inception more than four decades ago. The president hedged, according to several at the event, […]

Grand bargain? More like a another grand debacle

Grand bargain? More like a another grand debacle

For all the talk of a presidential “charm offensive” and possible thaw in partisanship, ample signs show that Congress is far from reaching a “grand bargain” to shrink the deficit. The Senate’s top Republican, standing just outside the Capitol room where President Barack Obama was meeting with Democratic senators Tuesday, said he will push for […]