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Federal Debt Limit

Can Debt Ceiling Debates Be Useful? History Says Maybe.

Joseph J. Thorndike | Posted 10.28.2013 | Politics
Joseph J. Thorndike

Are threats to oppose a debt ceiling increase ever defensible? More specifically, can they ever be justified as a form of leverage--as a tool to force...

House Dems Urge Obama To Use His Power

Posted 03.11.2013 | Politics

By JIM ABRAMS, The Associated Press WASHINGTON -- House Democrats say President Barack Obama should consider invoking a little-known constitutional...

Chart: U.S. Debt Ceiling Explained

Posted 07.26.2011 | Politics

Congress, the White House and various political onlookers have been debating the seriousness of the U.S. debt ceiling and outlining different scenario...

Debt Ceiling Debate Poses Conundrum For Freshman GOP Lawmakers

The Washington Post | Philip Rucker | Posted 06.18.2011 | Politics

They ran against debt. They swore and swore again that they'd cut up the nation's credit card. But now the 87 freshmen House Republicans are facing i...

Dan Froomkin

Experts: Don't Play Chicken With Debt Limit | Dan Froomkin | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Republican lawmakers are threatening to vote against raising the federal debt limit this spring unless Democrats agree to dramatically cut government ...