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Terence Smith | Posted 03.29.2013 | Politics
Terence Smith

Looking back over the last six months or so, the most striking development in American politics is not the reelection of the president or the relative status quo in Congress, it is the virtual disintegration of the Republican Party.

Boehner Faces Own Challenges

CNN | Posted 01.22.2013 | Politics

Washington (CNN) -- As speaker of the House, John Boehner faced battles on two fronts during his first term: fights with President Barack Obama on a s...

Boehner Still Out For Blood Despite Fiscal Cliff

NBC News | Posted 01.09.2013 | Politics

Republicans are signaling a willingness to go to great lengths to bend coming battles in their favor, especially versus a White House whom they view a...

Boehner Says He's Got GOP In His 'Back Pocket' For Controversial Move

The Huffington Post | Luke Johnson | Posted 01.08.2013 | Politics

While a Sunday Wall Street Journal interview with House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) mostly got attention for a deadpan remark that he needs the job ...

Republicans Should Listen to Gingrich

Hoyt Hilsman | Posted 03.09.2013 | Politics
Hoyt Hilsman

While Newt Gingrich represents much that has been wrong with the Republican party for the last 20 years -- and is as responsible as anyone for the extreme partisanship in Washington today -- he has clearly learned some lessons from the past.

Republicans Getting Weak In The Knees As Contentious Fight Looms

The Washington Post | Posted 01.07.2013 | Politics

House Speaker John Boehner spoke at length with the Wall Street Journal’s Stephen Moore about the coming confrontation over the debt ceiling, the se...

Tough Fights Loom For New Congress

Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics

By DAVID ESPO, THE ASSOCIATED PRESS WASHINGTON — A new Congress opened for business Thursday to confront long-festering national problems, defici...

Former GOP House Speaker Sounds Warning About Boehner

The Huffington Post | Luke Johnson | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics

Former House Speaker Dennis Hastert (R-Ill.) cast concern on House Speaker John Boehner's (R-Ohio) leadership after he moved to pass the fiscal cliff ...

GOP Starts New Chapter Bruised And Divided

Reuters | Posted 03.05.2013 | Politics

(Repeats with no change in content) * "Fiscal cliff" fight proved wrenching for Republicans * Next fight ahead - the deb...

Time for an American Spring?

Hoyt Hilsman | Posted 03.04.2013 | Politics
Hoyt Hilsman

Okay, it's clear they don't get it. After several elections, the Great Recession and lots of moaning and groaning about the stalemate in Washington, o...

GOP Leaders Split On Fiscal Cliff Deal

The Huffington Post | Elyse Siegel | Posted 01.02.2013 | Politics

Republican leaders in the House of Representatives split over the "fiscal cliff" deal that Congress passed on New Year's Day. While House Speaker ...

FIve Ways Congress Just Threw Your Money Over The Cliff

The Huffington Post | Catherine New | Posted 01.23.2014 | Business

As it has become clear that Congress will not vote on a deal in "fiscal cliff" negotiations by Monday's deadline, the automatic tax hikes and spending...

10 Ways Going Over The Cliff Will Hurt More Than You Think

The Huffington Post | Catherine New | Posted 12.28.2012 | Business

President Obama returned to Washington to resume "fiscal cliff" talks on Thursday, after cutting short his holiday in Hawaii. Unfortunately, the likel...

Michael McAuliff

Boehner Is a Dictator, Harry Reid Says | Michael McAuliff | Posted 12.27.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid accused the House of Representatives Thursday of being a "dictatorship" -- albeit an extremely poor on...

Why The Fiscal Cliff Will Mean More Criminals In The Streets

Posted 12.28.2012 | Business

The fiscal cliff could help out at least one group of Americans: Criminals. At the same time that areas like Lane County, Ore. struggle to house i...

Obama Will Cut Short Vacation To Work On Fiscal Cliff

AP | MATTHEW DALY | Posted 02.24.2013 | Politics

HONOLULU -- President Barack Obama will cut short his traditional Christmas holiday in Hawaii, planning to leave for Washington on Wednesday evening a...

Boehner Pressured By Some To Let Democrats Pass Fiscal Cliff Bill

AP | CHARLES BABINGTON | Posted 02.24.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- In case the public weren't frustrated enough over Congress' failure to resolve the "fiscal cliff," consider this: lawmakers probably cou...

Dear Huddled Masses, Please Come to America and Save Us!

Peter Samuelson | Posted 02.21.2013 | Politics
Peter Samuelson

To those 885,800 immigrants who arrived this year (up 110,000 from the year before), I say "Thank you for coming! We welcome and cherish your contributions to our economy. Please ignore the right wing nut jobs who want to send you away.

How to Avert Fiscal Cliff-mas: Use Speaker Powers and House Rules to Swiftly Pass Plan C

Michael Yaki | Posted 02.22.2013 | Politics
Michael Yaki

Using the powers of his Speakership to stage-manage passage of Plan C could be John Boehner's Profiles in Courage moment. Let's see if he takes it.

Obama, Boehner Take New Tone In Fiscal Cliff Talks

Posted 02.17.2013 | Politics

By JIM KUHNHENN, The ASSOCIATED PRESS WASHINGTON -- Just two weeks before the economy-threatening "fiscal cliff" is due to kick in, both President ...

Friday Talking Points -- Merry Cliffmas!

Chris Weigant | Posted 02.14.2013 | Politics
Chris Weigant

Here is our 238th installment of valiantly attempting to get Democrats to occasionally speak with one voice, and not get lost in the weeds of rhetoric.

The Real Economics of the Fiscal Cliff

Robert J. Shapiro | Posted 12.13.2012 | Politics
Robert J. Shapiro

The European sovereign debt crisis remains a serious threat, but not because a collapse of Greek, Spanish or Italian debt would infect confidence in U.S. Treasuries. The real issue is that such a crisis would threaten the solvency of many major French and German banks.

Boehner's Options

Chris Weigant | Posted 02.11.2013 | Politics
Chris Weigant

Is John Boehner just worried about his leadership position? Is he really putting his own re-election as Speaker of the House before all else? Here are Boehner's major possible routes out of the fiscal cliff discussions, in chronological order.

The GOP vs. Itself?

Elizabeth Blackney | Posted 02.09.2013 | Politics
Elizabeth Blackney

The reelection of President Obama gives the Republican Party a chance to do what it never did in 2008.

Going Over the Fiscal Cliff: Women and Kids First

Martha Burk | Posted 02.09.2013 | Politics
Martha Burk

If lawmakers don't do something quick, on January 1st we're all going to turn into Thelma and Louise and go over a cliff. Who's right? Who's wrong? And most of all, who gets pushed over first?