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Forget grand plans: Just cut small, workable budget deal

Forget a grand bargain. Reaching even a small budget deal will be a challenge when negotiators start meeting next week in an effort to...

Lots of talk about deficit reduction but little action

Liberals' loud objections to White House proposals for slowing the growth of huge social programs make it clear that neither political party puts a...

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...

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...

Republicans once again target Obamacare, Medicaid, etc.

House Republicans are sticking to their guns on the federal budget, promising to try to repeal so-called Obamacare, cut domestic programs from Medicaid to...

Some signs of cooperation between sides on budget debacle

The Obama administration and congressional Republicans are quietly working in tandem to blunt the impact of short-term spending cuts that kicked in with dire...

Obama faces widespread GOP skepticism on budget dealings

President Barack Obama must work with a deeply skeptical partner as he tries to undo painful spending cuts and set U.S. finances on a...

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...

Details of the tentative fiscal cliff deal

Highlights of a tentative agreement Monday between the White House and Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., aimed at averting wide tax increases and...

All sides are at fault in the ‘fiscal’ clifff’ mess

Publisher Doug Thompson returns to his column after a motorcycle accident nearly three months ago that almost killed him. Look at what he has to say about the mess in Washington that he found on his return.