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Debt Ceiling Talks

Jason Linkins

Want To Prevent More Debt Ceiling Fiascoes? Dick Gephardt To The Rescue! | Jason Linkins | Posted 02.12.2014 | Politics

On Tuesday, the House of Representatives did something that -- in the past -- wouldn't have garnered much attention: They passed a clean bill authoriz...

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...

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...

Jason Linkins

Debt Ceiling 'Suspension': All You Need To Know About This New Whack-A-Doodle Idea | Jason Linkins | Posted 01.23.2013 | Politics

The House of Representatives on Wednesday will take up the matter of What To Do About The Debt Ceiling, trying once again to resolve a crisis-inducing...

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...

Sabrina Siddiqui

Harry Reid, Senate Democrats Urge Obama To Bypass Congress On Debt Ceiling | Sabrina Siddiqui | Posted 01.11.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) and other members of Senate Democratic leadership issued a letter to President Barack Obama F...

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...

Script to Win the Debt Ceiling Fight

Paul Abrams | Posted 03.05.2013 | Politics
Paul Abrams

With a "clean" debt ceiling extension from the Senate, all eyes will again turn to the House. The fiscal cliff vote demonstrated that the mechanism of "letting the House work its will" avoids catastrophe.

Jason Linkins

David Brooks Thinks It Would Be Sporting If The GOP Would Hold Off On Threatening The Global Economy For A Year | Jason Linkins | Posted 12.04.2012 | Politics

Over in the op-ed pages of The New York Times, David Brooks continues his reliable Ahab act, yearning to see some sort of "Grand Bargain" harpooned an...

Boehner: 'Some Of The Dumbest' People In America Are Members Of Congress

The Huffington Post | Alana Horowitz | Posted 03.11.2012 | Politics

Great news, America! Some of the dumbest people in the country are leading your nation, according to Speaker of the House John Boehner. "We got so...

How the GOP Framed the Debt Ceiling Debate

Nancy Cronk | Posted 10.08.2011 | Politics
Nancy Cronk

How did the Tea Party wing of the Republican Party manage to convince so many Americans that the debt ceiling should not be raised? Voting to increase...

Obama: The President Who Wouldn't Make the Louisiana Purchase

Jeff Madrick | Posted 10.05.2011 | Politics
Jeff Madrick

Stimulus -- not spending cuts -- could have created jobs. The wonderful thing about being president is the bully pulpit. But Obama doesn't use it to persuade Americans about much of anything.

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.

Can We Focus on Unemployment Now?

Patrick Sharma | Posted 10.03.2011 | Politics
Patrick Sharma

Although the debt ceiling imbroglio is finally behind us, D.C. has set the economy up for a painful few years, and without a major change of course, we can expect to see higher unemployment and slower growth in the near future.

Howard Fineman

Mitch McConnell: The Great Dismantler Bests Obama | Howard Fineman | Posted 10.02.2011 | Politics

If you haven't noticed, this is Mitch McConnell's moment. Only instead of being this century's Henry Clay -- Kentucky's "Great Compromiser" -- McConnell is and wants to be the Bluegrass's "Great Dismantler."

Why the Deficit Deal May Pass -- But Can't Stand

Carl Pope | Posted 10.01.2011 | Politics
Carl Pope

So we won't default -- unless the extremist Tea Party gets its way. But we don't have a long-range fiscal plan, either, whatever the press releases say. Since the plan on the table is horrendous, that's a good thing.

Debt Ceiling? What Debt Ceiling?

Steven Van Zandt | Posted 10.01.2011 | Media
Steven Van Zandt

When people are looking for a place to point the finger after this disaster or near disaster they should look no further than the Media. When did their job become spewing out contradictory information 24/7?

Default Missile

Shan Wells | Posted 10.01.2011 | Denver
Shan Wells


Sam Stein

Debt Ceiling Deal Paves Way For Potentially Historic Lobbying Campaign | Sam Stein | Posted 10.01.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The super committee established under the still-to-be-passed debt ceiling deal has been granted immense powers to make its recommendatio...

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...

Motion Picture Association Of America Downgrades United States' Rating From PG-13 To NC-17

Spencer Green | Posted 09.30.2011 | Comedy
Spencer Green

"We're sorry to have to make this adjustment," said MPAA spokesperson Morton Isherwhile. "But, in recent months it has become clear that the United States' content is only appropriate for very limited audiences."

Jennifer Bendery

Days Away From Default, Democrats Nervously Eye Constitutional Route | Jennifer Bendery | Posted 09.29.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) may not be pushing the issue publicly, but in private she "clearly" supports President Bar...

The Debt Ceiling Crisis: Approaching the Witching Hour

Geoffrey R. Stone | Posted 09.29.2011 | Politics
Geoffrey R. Stone

What is the relevance of section 4 of the 14th Amendment to the current crisis? What it seems to say is that the government must honor all public debt "authorized by law." This suggests that non-payment of our existing debt is not a constitutionally-permissible option for the president.