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Debt Ceiling Negotiations

3 Ways Regular Americans Will Be Hurt by a Debt Ceiling Default

Adam Levin | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics
Adam Levin

Many Americans may be asking themselves: Why should I care about the debt ceiling, or the -- barring Congressional action -- coming default? Put simply, unlike corporate tax cuts, a debt ceiling default will have a trickle-down effect that will affect your wallet in one way or another.

Sabrina Siddiqui

White House Rejects House GOP Debt Ceiling Offer | Sabrina Siddiqui | Posted 10.14.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- House Republicans said Saturday that the White House has rejected their offer to temporarily increase the debt ceiling and open the gove...

Stocks Surge On Debt Ceiling News

Reuters | Posted 10.11.2013 | Business

* Wall St indexes up 2 pct each; European shares also gain * Dollar up against yen, euro steadies * Gold down more than 1 pct, extending Wednesd...

Obama Vows No Debt Ceiling Negotiations

The Huffington Post | Arthur Delaney | Posted 09.16.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- President Barack Obama won't negotiate with congressional Republicans over the U.S. government's borrowing limit, he said in an intervie...

Increasing the Debt Ceiling Should Be Paired With... Nothing!

Jared Bernstein | Posted 11.12.2013 | Politics
Jared Bernstein

You want to know what's actually well-established in American fiscal policy? It's a budget process where both sides lay out their visions in terms of future receipts and outlays, hammer out a compromise in conference, and pass a budget.

Jason Linkins

Pat Toomey Revives Terrible Debt Ceiling Plan | Jason Linkins | Posted 01.08.2013 | Politics

The most dangerous people involved in the upcoming debt ceiling crisis are the ones who do not believe that breaching the debt ceiling is that big a d...

A Deficit Hawk Earns His Seat in Heaven

Richard (RJ) Eskow | Posted 03.08.2013 | Politics
Richard (RJ) Eskow

Three public figures associated with the movement to cut government spending appeared in the news this week. All three characters -- the Senator, the Lobbyist, and the Economist -- have encouraged steep cuts in government spending. But only one of them is going to heaven. Which one?

Sam Stein

White House On Taxes: 'A Lot Has Changed' | Sam Stein | Posted 12.05.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- House Republicans on Wednesday morning resurfaced a not-so-distant quote from President Barack Obama that seemed to endorse their curren...

Are Political Negotiations Dead?

William Pierce | Posted 01.23.2012 | Politics
William Pierce

Given the passion and commitment and monumental issues the Founders struggled over and compromised over -- most of them were, after all, willing to die for their beliefs -- it is hard, perhaps impossible, to understand our politicians today.

Sam Stein

Super Committee Presentation Goes Over Required Cuts | Sam Stein | Posted 12.26.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Democrats on the congressional super committee have produced a "presentation" that would include a roughly equal mix of spending cuts an...

The Art of Negotiation

Sophie Gold | Posted 12.04.2011 | Business
Sophie Gold

Negotiation in business is vital; it affects every part of your business. Even though negotiation is vital some entrepreneurs fail to understand negotiation etiquette.

Jason Linkins

Beltway Media Slain By Satire | Jason Linkins | Posted 11.29.2011 | Media

Washington, D.C., was the scene of a devastating satirical attack this morning, as a tweet from The Onion, the well-known fake-news site, intersected with the most humorless residents of the most self-absorbed city in the world, touching off a tsunami of ultra-seriousness.

Of Debt Ceiling Debates, Non-Denial Denials and Non-Default Defaults

Adam Levin | Posted 10.04.2011 | Politics
Adam Levin

Although there wasn't a default in terms of America's payments, there was a gaping, unprecedented, and embarrassing default in our political process, Democratic philosophy, and the social contract of the United States.

What If Women Were in Charge of the Debt Talks?

Dr. Sasha Galbraith | Posted 10.04.2011 | Women
Dr. Sasha Galbraith

The posturing, strutting and "acting out" being done by the men in Congress is a direct result of testosterone gone wild under stress.

Stock Market Plunges. The Free-Market God Is Angry With His Followers!

Richard (RJ) Eskow | Posted 10.02.2011 | Business
Richard (RJ) Eskow

No sooner did the president and Boehner announce their agreement than the stock market fell dramatically. The all-knowing Stock Exchange, that Delphic Oracle of their cult, has looked upon their handiwork... and frowned.

Default Missile

Shan Wells | Posted 10.01.2011 | Denver
Shan Wells


Jason Linkins

The Democrats May Have Lost Now, But They Can Win Later (Unless They Also Lose Later) | Jason Linkins | Posted 10.01.2011 | Media

Some say the pony in the Bad Loser Debt Deal is that the tax cuts will expire at the exact same moment they would have expired if there wasn't a Bad Loser Debt Deal. O-kay! Except I've seen this movie before, and I know how it ends.

Sam Stein

Harry Reid Tentatively Signs Off On Debt Ceiling Deal | Sam Stein | Posted 09.30.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) has tentatively signed off on a deal to raise the nation's debt ceiling, which has been prima...

Tea Party May Face Make Or Break Moment In Contentious Standoff

Washington Post | Amy Gardner | Posted 09.30.2011 | Politics

The partisan standoff over raising the federal debt ceiling could do more than destroy the nation's credit rating and economic health. It could make o...

LIVE UPDATES: Debt Ceiling Deadline Looms, Default At Stake

AP/The Huffington Post | Posted 09.28.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON — White House and congressional negotiators sought on Sunday to reassure the nation that they would beat a Tuesday deadline for averting ...

It's Time To Suck It Up And Pay Our Bill

Alec Baldwin | Posted 09.28.2011 | Politics
Alec Baldwin

Americans are caring. And what those who are opposed to raising the debt ceiling are essentially attempting to do is insist that we stop caring.

From The Outside Looking In: How The Debt Debate Could Affect You

Posted 09.27.2011 | Politics

Amid the fallout in Washington over plans to raise the debt ceiling, local leaders and residents from across the country have something to say about t...

Q&A: Local Debt-Ceiling Repercussions? County Layoffs, Delays

Richmond Heights, MO Patch | Nate Birt | Posted 09.27.2011 | Politics

In light of the Tuesday deadline for Congress to raise the federal debt ceiling, Clayton-Richmond Heights Patch spoke with St. Louis County's chief op...

Jason Linkins

CNN Reporters Encounter Ordinary Americans In The Wild, Are Confused To Learn They Aren't Also Obsessed With Beltway Kabuki Play | Jason Linkins | Posted 09.27.2011 | Media

We should probably applaud CNN for recently doing something unique among American cable news media -- they actually made an effort to find out what life is like for actual Americans, instead of creating a bunch of hodgepodge panels out of political strategists to expel balloon juice from their word holes. In the most recent case, the most trusted name in news dispatched a reporter to chat up some senior citizens in Pasadena, California. That's a nice start! But there's room for improvement here: The CNN reporters and anchors could try actually listening to what their interview subjects are telling them.

Why Business Owners Aren't Hiring

Brian Hamilton | Posted 09.27.2011 | Business
Brian Hamilton

Small business represents 64 percent of net new jobs for the past 15 years, but -- in spite of their profits and growth -- small businesses haven't been hiring lately, according to the still-elevated unemployment rate.