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Michael McAuliff

'Weaponized' Debt Limit Should Be Repealed, Dems Say | Michael McAuliff | Posted 01.16.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Congressional Democrats on Wednesday accused their counterparts across the aisle of employing war-like tactics against their own country...

Time to Declare Victory Over the Deficit - And Start Fixing Our Real Problems

Richard (RJ) Eskow | Posted 03.17.2013 | Politics
Richard (RJ) Eskow

Let's stop pretending this is a debate about "fiscal responsibility" or "facing reality": It's about keeping taxes as low as possible for the wealthy and corporations while shifting as much pain as possible onto lower-and middle-income Americans.

The Hidden Danger in the Platinum Coin Debate

Kyle Hutzler | Posted 03.17.2013 | College
Kyle Hutzler

The continued failure of Congress risks creating newer and more complicated extra-constitutional moments that will test whether America's exceptionalism as a successful presidential democracy can much longer endure unchanged.

Congress Starting To Lose Leverage In Debt-Ceiling Debate

Mark Gongloff | Posted 03.17.2013 | Business
Mark Gongloff

Congressional Republicans may have leverage in the debt-ceiling debate, but it's an asset that is quickly turning toxic.

Congress Prepares To Destroy Economy

The Huffington Post | Mark Gongloff | Posted 01.15.2013 | Business

Science has determined that people need to know 7.5 things per day, on average, about the world of business. You can't argue with science. Lucky for y...

Polarization in 4 Steps

Michael Smerconish | Posted 03.16.2013 | Politics
Michael Smerconish

Why was it so difficult to avoid the fiscal cliff? Especially when, in the end, Congress couldn't salvage a grand bargain à la Simpson-Bowles, but instead settled for a quick fix?

Zombie Politics: 2013 Republicans

Bob Burnett | Posted 03.13.2013 | Politics
Bob Burnett

Republicans have no use for government. They hold tight to the zombie view that government is America's number-one problem, even when it comes to providing aid for American disaster victims.

'Toon: What's Raising The Debt Ceiling?

Posted 01.10.2013 | Latino Voices

Higher and higher the debt ceiling must go as spending soars. While raising the federal borrowing limit is currently a decision that requires congress...

Enough With the Fiscal Cliffs Already

Sen. Barbara Boxer | Posted 03.05.2013 | Politics
Sen. Barbara Boxer

Over the next couple months, members of Congress will have the responsibility of raising the debt ceiling, setting a budget for the coming year and deciding whether to allow $1.2 trillion in spending cuts to take effect. This is not a fiscal cliff. This is our job.


John R. Burbank | Posted 03.05.2013 | Politics
John R. Burbank

Before we declare victory, we might want to step back and recognize that the fiscal cliff deal essentially codified into permanent law the Bush tax cuts of 2001. And we know where that led to...

Legislation Constipation

Rep. Alan Grayson | Posted 02.25.2013 | Politics
Rep. Alan Grayson

What we've been seeing in the House of Representatives lately has been a series of massive and pervasive violations of Grayson's Laws of Legislating. Instead of "I'll vote for X because it's right," it's "If I don't get Z, I ain't votin' on nothin'." And that's the problem.

Michael McAuliff

Senate Clears Way For Debt Hike | Michael McAuliff | Posted 03.27.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The Senate voted Thursday to let the president raise the nation's debt limit by about $1.2 trillion, voting down a measure that would ha...

Americans Express Doubt, Disinterest Toward Supercommittee

The Huffington Post | Chris Gentilviso | Posted 11.16.2011 | Politics

Seven days separate the supercommittee from its fate. By Nov. 23, the 12-member panel is tasked with the difficult chore of finding $1.2 trillion to s...

GOP Senator: 'Good Thing I Can't Pack A Gun On The Senate Floor'

Posted 10.18.2011 | Politics

Sen. Tom Coburn (R-Okla.) blasted Congress for America's financial troubles and predicted that the debt ceiling agreement would unravel this fall, cal...

Governing Not Dealing

Emilie Townes | Posted 10.05.2011 | Black Voices
Emilie Townes

A deal is not what good government should be about, especially when the most vulnerable in our society are one of the major pawns in making the deal work.

Sam Stein

With Debt Ceiling Deal Done, Obama Makes A Plea To Focus On Jobs | Sam Stein | Posted 10.02.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Speaking just minutes after the Senate passed legislation to raise the debt ceiling -- removing the last political hurdle for that bill'...

Can Your Congressman Balance a Checkbook? (No Seriously, You Should Ask)

Keli Goff | Posted 10.01.2011 | Politics
Keli Goff

Many of our elected officials know a lot less about finance and economics than those responsible for the financial future of an entire country should. Even more terrifying, many appear to know even less about such matters than we do.

Michael McAuliff

New Dem Star Previews 2012 Argument In Debt Default Debate | Michael McAuliff | Posted 09.29.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The debt-ceiling battle may be a bitter fight in which the entire nation stands to lose, but Friday's House vote also revealed that Demo...

Obama: Republicans Wasted 'Precious Days' On Boehner Debt Ceiling Plan

AP/The Huffington Post | Posted 09.29.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON (AP/The Huffington Post) -- Claiming that the two parties aren't that far apart, President Barack Obama is urging Democratic and Republican...

Michael McAuliff

Harry Reid's Debt Ceiling Bill Puts His Cards On The Table | Michael McAuliff | Posted 09.28.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) unveiled a new debt ceiling bill Friday night that strongly resembles a plan first suggested ...

Sam Stein

John Boehner Yanks Debt Ceiling Bill, House Vote Postponed | Sam Stein | Posted 09.27.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- House GOP leadership announced abruptly on Thursday evening that they were suspending a vote on Speaker John Boehner's (R-Ohio) debt cei...

Compromise Is Not a Dirty Word

Madeleine M. Kunin | Posted 09.26.2011 | Politics
Madeleine M. Kunin

Compromise, contrary to popular opinion, does not mean selling out one's principles. Compromise means working out differences to forge a solution which fits the diversity of the body politic.

Sam Stein

Boehner's Debt Ceiling Plan Falls Short, CBO Finds | Sam Stein | Posted 09.25.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The debt ceiling deal introduced by Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) would save, by one measure, roughly $850 billion over the course of te...

What World Leaders Think About The U.S. Debt Ceiling Debate

Posted 09.25.2011 | Politics

As Washington struggles to find compromise on its way to a debt ceiling deal, international leaders have spoken out on the U.S. debt situation and the...

Jennifer Bendery

Obama: Debt Ceiling Talks Fell Apart, Boehner Walked Out | Jennifer Bendery | Posted 09.21.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Social Security and Medicare may have been saved by the Tea Party's refusal to accept President Barack Obama's "grand bargain." On Fr...