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John Boehner Debt Ceiling

Boehner Debt Ceiling Bill Faces House Vote

AP/The Huffington Post | Posted 09.27.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON (AP) -- House Republican leaders pleaded with their recalcitrant rank and file Thursday to back a plan to stave off an unprecedented govern...

Catholic Bishops Urge House Against Steep Budget Cuts

Posted 09.26.2011 | Religion

By David Gibson Religion News Service (RNS) The nation's Roman Catholic bishops are urging the GOP-led House to reject a cuts-only approach to the...

Boehner May Be Risking Tea Party Calls To Resign

AP/The Huffington Post | Posted 09.26.2011 | Politics

Tea Party activists rallying in Washington say House Speaker John Boehner should stay in his job -- for now. Gathered across the street from the Ca...

Michael McAuliff

GOP Sen. Bob Corker Disses Boehner, Praises Reid On Debt

HuffingtonPost.com | Michael McAuliff | Posted 09.26.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Conservative Sen. Bob Corker (R-Tenn.) sounded Wednesday like he prefers the looks of the Democratic budget-cutting plan better than Ho...

GOP Rep Apologizes For Aide's Email Targeting Republicans

AP | STEPHEN OHLEMACHER | Posted 09.26.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON — A leader of House GOP conservatives apologized to fellow Republicans Wednesday for an email sent by a staff aide to conservative gr...

Elise Foley

Tea Partiers To Republicans: 'Hold The Line' Against Debt Ceiling Deal

HuffingtonPost.com | Elise Foley | Posted 09.26.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- In the midst of tense negotiations over the nation's debt ceiling, an all-star cast of Republican lawmakers addressed a Tea Party rally ...

Jason Linkins

Ten Movie Scenes Rejected In Favor Of 'The Town' As A Means Of Psyching Up The GOP To Continue The Debt Ceiling Kabuki

HuffingtonPost.com | Jason Linkins | Posted 09.26.2011 | Politics

The fake debt ceiling negotiations have gotten so ridiculous that now the GOP is having movie nights to get themselves psyched up. Why identify with a bunch of murderous gangsters? Wish I knew! But as it turns out, there were worse choices they could have made.

Is an 8-48 Hour Default the Least Bad Option?

Miles Mogulescu | Posted 09.26.2011 | Politics
Miles Mogulescu

Allowing the August 2nd deadline go by without legislation passed by Congress and signed by the president to raise the debt ceiling (with severe spending cuts included in such legislation) may be the least bad option left on the table.

Washington's War on America

Dr. Maya Rockeymoore | Posted 09.26.2011 | Politics
Dr. Maya Rockeymoore

While most of the media elite has focused on whether our political leaders can achieve a bipartisan deal on the debt, the rest of the world has taken note of how dysfunctional our democratic institutions have become.

Reduce the Debt Limit?

Joe Minarik | Posted 09.26.2011 | Politics
Joe Minarik

In this light, to be logically consistent on principle, anyone who opposes increasing the debt limit today should in 2001 similarly have opposed President Bush's tax cuts.

Sam Stein

Ben Affleck Reacts To House GOP Using Clip From 'The Town' In Debt Debate

HuffingtonPost.com | Sam Stein | Posted 09.26.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Heads turned a bit on Tuesday night when the Washington Post reported that House Republicans were using a scene from the movie "The Town...

Understanding the Debt Ceiling Crisis is Easy: It's About Them, Not Us

Joanne Bamberger | Posted 09.26.2011 | Politics
Joanne Bamberger

It should come as no surprise to anyone that the little boys in Washington, D.C. who pretend to be the men who run our country have walked away from the single most important thing they need to do -- keeping our economy from defaulting.

Tea Party-Backed Congressman Fights His Own Party Over Debt Ceiling Deal

AP | STEPHEN OHLEMACHER | Posted 09.26.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON — When President Barack Obama complains about House Republicans unwilling to compromise on a deficit reduction package, he's talking ...

Boehner Rewriting Debt Ceiling Plan, Faces Tea Party Opposition

AP | DAVID ESPO | Posted 09.26.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON — Crisis concerns rising, House Republican leaders shrugged off a White House veto threat and an outbreak of tensions within their ow...

Did Republicans Really Watch This Ben Affleck Scene Behind Closed Doors?

Posted 09.25.2011 | Politics

This post has been updated. Amid contentious negotiations taking place in Washington on the issue of raising the debt ceiling, the Washington Post...

Sam Stein

Boehner's Debt Ceiling Plan Falls Short, CBO Finds

HuffingtonPost.com | 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...

Sparks Fly On Capitol Hill And Bachmann Racks Up Missed Votes

Posted 09.25.2011 | Politics

Contentious debate over the issue of raising the debt ceiling has sparks flying on Capitol Hill. A sex scandal-plagued congressman announced that he p...

Paul Blumenthal

Major Conservative Groups Divided On Boehner Debt Limit Plan

HuffingtonPost.com | Paul Blumenthal | Posted 09.25.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- In the home stretch of the debt limit debate, two of the biggest conservative groups have opened a fissure on the Republican side of the...

The Debt Titanic

Stuart Diamond | Posted 09.25.2011 | Politics
Stuart Diamond

Almost any agreement at a deadline is not a good one, as creativity and information processing plummet. Republicans and Democrats trying to reach a spending agreement are essentially rearranging deck chairs on the Titanic.

Sam Stein

Boehner's Debt Ceiling Plan Found Insufficient By Wall Street: Bank Of America Report

HuffingtonPost.com | Sam Stein | Posted 09.25.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- There has been a quick and concerted effort on the part of Democrats to paint House Speaker John Boehner's final debt ceiling proposal a...

The White House Now Conceals Plan to Cut Social Security

Rep. Dennis Kucinich | Posted 09.25.2011 | Politics
Rep. Dennis Kucinich

Social Security is 100% wholly funded up to the year 2036 without any changes whatsoever. It has no place in the debt ceiling debate at all. Furthermore, it is not the government's money but the money of the workers who have paid into the program their entire lives.

Boehner's Plan Faces Conservative Backlash

AP | CHARLES BABINGTON | Posted 11.08.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON — A top Republican House member says he thinks Speaker John Boehner lacks the GOP votes needed to pass his debt-ceiling plan in the H...

Debt Talks: As Positions Change By The Moment, Even Lobbyists Struggle To Keep Up

The Washington Post | Hide This | Posted 09.25.2011 | Politics

In one television commercial that began airing last week, a woman talks up the benefits of “Spenditol,” Washington’s miracle drug to fix all pro...

Compromise Does Not Preclude Drawing a Moral Line of Principle in the Sand

Clarence B. Jones | Posted 09.25.2011 | Politics
Clarence B. Jones

The president should veto any legislation that does not embody a shared sacrifice and a balanced approach between cuts and revenues enacted to reduce our deficit.

Rival Debt Ceiling Plans In Congress Create Stalemate

AP | CHARLES BABINGTON | Posted 09.25.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON — Stung by revelations that his plan would cut spending less than advertised, House Speaker John Boehner on Tuesday postponed a vote ...