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House Republicans Urge Two-Year Budget Deal

Reuters | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON, Nov 18 (Reuters) - Top Republicans on the House Appropriations Committee on Monday urged budget negotiators to agree on spending levels ...

A Four-Point "Scorecard" for the Budget Talks

Richard (RJ) Eskow | Posted 12.28.2013 | Politics
Richard (RJ) Eskow

The House-Senate budget negotiations scheduled to begin on Wednesday are an opportunity for our leaders to finally have a meaningful discussion about healing our damaged economy. That's the discussion Washington should have been having all along, but which it hasn't had yet.

Ashley Alman

Here's Everything We Know About Pete Sessions' Reported Clash With Obama | Ashley Alman | Posted 10.28.2013 | Politics

Things are getting out of hand in this latest edition of Capitol Hill he said/she said. One short version is that Rep. Pete Sessions (R-Texas) reporte...

Zach Carter

Why Democrats Might Cave On Social Security Cuts | Zach Carter | Posted 10.20.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Sen. Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) on Sunday opened the door to Social Security cuts as part of a budget deal with congressional Republicans. But...

Budget Deal

Jerry Jasinowski | Posted 12.18.2013 | Politics
Jerry Jasinowski

There is a growing sense of unease in the country that we are on an unsustainable path that demands radical action. I believe that many of the most outspoken advocates of reform do not really understand that it will affect their Social Security and Medicare benefits, but their concern is nonetheless credible.

Sabrina Siddiqui

Pelosi Defends Kentucky Dam Add-On In Government Funding Bill | Sabrina Siddiqui | Posted 10.17.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) said Thursday there were "bigger things to object to" in the bill that reopened the govern...

Obama Signs Budget Deal, Reopening Government And Averting Default

Posted 10.17.2013 | Politics

President Barack Obama signed a budget bill early Thursday morning to reopen the government and avert a potential debt default. The deal, which was...

Late Senator's Widow Benefits From Budget Deal

The Huffington Post | Ashley Alman | Posted 10.17.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Hours before Newark Mayor Cory Booker (D) won a New Jersey special senatorial election to succeed the late Sen. Frank Lautenberg (D), U....

McConnell Isn't Leaving Empty-Handed

The Huffington Post | Ashley Alman | Posted 10.17.2013 | Politics

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) struck a deal with Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) on Wednesday, averting a potential debt d...

Congress Shouldn't Raise the 'Debt Limit' -- It Should Repeal It

Scott Lilly | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics
Scott Lilly

The "debt-limit" resolution purports to be something that it clearly is not -- a tool for shaping and redefining the nation's fiscal policy -- and, in reality, plays a totally nonsensical role.

Ashley Alman

Boehner Tells Reid He'll Move Quickly: Report | Ashley Alman | Posted 10.15.2013 | Politics

The office of Speaker Boehner told the office of Majority Leader Harry Reid's on Tuesday night that they would be willing to send them a "message" so ...

Obama Has Plans For Key Issue After Budget Is Resolved

Reuters | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON, Oct 15 (Reuters) - President Barack Obama said on Tuesday that stalled immigration reform would be a top priority once the fiscal crisis...

'He Can't Control His Caucus'

Reuters | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics

(Updates with more quotes, background) By Steve Holland and Mark Felsenthal WASHINGTON, Oct 15 (Reuters) - President Bar...

State Becomes First To Cut Welfare Amid Shutdown

Reuters | Posted 12.15.2013 | Politics

By Marti Maguire RALEIGH, N.C., Oct 15 (Reuters) - North Carolina has become the first state to cut off welfare benefits to poor resid...

Sabrina Siddiqui

Senate Budget Deal 'Imminent' After After House Fails | Sabrina Siddiqui | Posted 10.16.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Moments after House Republicans failed to advance a plan to end the government shutdown and avert default, Senate leaders took matters b...

Notes on the Political Train Wreck

Jared Bernstein | Posted 11.30.2013 | Politics
Jared Bernstein

The House actually pinged two bills back to the Senate: one that conditions funding the government on defunding the health care law, and the other that exempts military pay from the shutdown. I suspect the Senate will unanimously approve the latter. The former will lead to the shutdown.

Why Obama and the Democrats Shouldn't Negotiate With Extortionists

Robert Reich | Posted 11.30.2013 | Politics
Robert Reich

Giving in to bullies just encourages them to escalate their demands.The president gave in at the end of 2011 when Republican bullies threatened to go over the fiscal cliff and take the rest of the nation with them.

Jason Linkins

Celebrate, America! The 'Grand Bargain' Is Still Dead! | Jason Linkins | Posted 08.30.2013 | Politics

In this time of tension and trouble, it's rare to have good news to bring you, but today I'm happy to say I have some: The "Grand Bargain" is still de...

GOP Senator: 'No Common Ground' In Budget Talks With White House

AP | JIM KUHNHENN | Posted 10.29.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The White House and a breakout group of eight Republican senators have been unable to find agreement in their attempts at reaching a bip...

Shutdown Threat Looms As Obama, GOP Leaders Aim For Deal

AP | JIM KUHNHENN | Posted 08.24.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Congressional Republican leaders and the Obama administration are trying to cut a deal that avoids a government shutdown in October whil...

Jason Linkins

Unsung American Hero Departs Capitol Hill! | Jason Linkins | Posted 08.09.2013 | Politics

Over at The Washington Post, Lori Montgomery gives us the good news and the bad news about some key Capitol Hill departures: With another showdown ...

Reid 'Disappointed' Over GOP, White House Talks

Reuters | Posted 09.29.2013 | Politics

* Reid "disappointed" with lack of Republican budget offers * Republicans: Obama tax demands a "sticking point" By David...

Congress Dodges Bruising Fight After Positive Report

Reuters | Posted 07.20.2013 | Politics

(Repeats story with no changes to text) By Jason Lange and David Lawder WASHINGTON, May 20 (Reuters) - The chances of a ...

GOP Sending Mixed Messages About Obama Effort

Posted 03.13.2013 | Politics

By JOSH LEDERMAN, THE ASSOCIATED PRESS WASHINGTON — House Republicans are sending mixed signals in agreeing to meet with President Barack Obama f...

Obama Doesn't Have High Hopes For Budget Deal

AP/The Huffington Post | Posted 05.13.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama is conceding "we're probably not going to be able to get a deal" on budget, tax and spending issues with Congres...