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With sequestration certain, government shutdown is next crisis

With sequestration certain, government shutdown is next crisis

With big, automatic budget cuts about to kick in, House Republicans are turning to mapping strategy for the next showdown just a month away, when a government shutdown instead of…

Why doesn’t Washington work? Our leaders are just too human

Why doesn’t Washington work? Our leaders are just too human

Turns out politicians are people, too, only worse. Just ask pros who make their living in the trenches of everyday human drama such as divorce, family feuds or schoolyard scraps.…

GOP threats of cuts lead to voluntary downsizing by governments

GOP threats of cuts lead to voluntary downsizing by governments

Republicans and other fiscal conservatives keep insisting on more federal austerity and a smaller government. Without much fanfare or acknowledgement, they’ve already gotten much of both. Spending by federal, state…

Boehner backs off, lets other take the lead on issues

Boehner backs off, lets other take the lead on issues

John Boehner is pulling back. After two stressful years as Washington’s most powerful Republican and a pair of failed, high-profile rounds of budget talks with President Barack Obama — and…

Obama’s State of the Union brings quick oppositon from Congress

Obama’s State of the Union brings quick oppositon from Congress

President Barack Obama set up high-stakes clashes over guns, immigration, taxes and climate change in a State of the Union address that showcased a newly re-elected president determined to mark…

Democrats offer their own gun control proposal

Democrats offer their own gun control proposal

House Democrats will unveil 15 proposals for curbing gun violence that resemble President Barack Obama’s plan and will include a call for banning assault weapons, people familiar with the package…

Congress sends Obama ‘must do’ bill to raise debt ceiling

Congress sends Obama ‘must do’ bill to raise debt ceiling

Congress passed must-do legislation Thursday to permit the government to borrow hundreds of billions of dollars more to meet its obligations, averting a first-ever government default that had loomed as…

House members close to deal on immigration reform

House members close to deal on immigration reform

A group of a half-dozen House members, equally divided between Democrats and Republicans, is nearing completion of wide-ranging immigration legislation similar to proposals by Senate negotiators and President Barack Obama,…

Republicans willing to use spending cuts as leverage

Republicans willing to use spending cuts as leverage

Driven by frustration over deficits and debt, Republican conservatives are pushing a politically risky move to permit painfully large automatic spending cuts to strike the Pentagon and domestic programs alike…

GOP goal: Stalemate with Dems, no collaboration

GOP goal: Stalemate with Dems, no collaboration

Is Washington’s backroom dealing dead? House Speaker John Boehner says he no longer wants to negotiate deficit reduction with President Barack Obama. The president says he won’t negotiate raising the…