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Obama Debt Ceiling

White House: Debt Ceiling Deal With Republicans Not Yet Final

AP | Posted 09.30.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- A top White House official says "we don't have a deal" between President Barack Obama and Republicans in Congress to avoid a crippling d...

Sam Stein

Reid Vote Delayed To Sunday As Hints Of Deal Emerge | Sam Stein | Posted 09.29.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- A final Senate vote on raising the nation's debt ceiling was put off 12 more hours as the two sides inched toward a long-sought agreemen...

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...

Jennifer Bendery

Democrats, GOP Have Now Rejected Each Other's Debt Plans | Jennifer Bendery | Posted 09.29.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- With just three days left until the country is set to begin defaulting on its debt, the House rejected a debt proposal by Senate Majorit...

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...

Sam Stein

43 GOP Senators Vow To Oppose Reid's Debt Bill | Sam Stein | Posted 09.29.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Hours before the Senate is set to vote on Majority Leader Harry Reid's latest debt ceiling legislation, Minority Leader Mitch McConnell'...

The 14th Amendment Is Obama's Briar Patch

Ken Allen | Posted 09.29.2011 | Politics
Ken Allen

Anyone who steps back from the swirl of current arguments will immediately see that there is an easy, almost unavoidable exit from our current paralysis, and President Obama controls it.

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.

William Alden

Debt Ceiling Debate Sows Fear Among Small Business Owners | William Alden | Posted 09.29.2011 | Business

NEW YORK -- Michael Gardner, owner of Siegel's Clothing Superstore & Tuxedos in San Francisco, has written orders for underwear and socks, but he hasn...

Debt Ceiling Battle Could Come At A Price For Obama, Boehner

AP | ERICA WERNER | Posted 09.29.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON — The fight over the debt ceiling has turned into a dramatic leadership test for President Barack Obama and House Speaker John Boehne...

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 ...

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 ...

Sam Stein

Democrats Outline Path To Passage For Debt Deal | Sam Stein | Posted 09.28.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- At a briefing with reporters late Friday afternoon, a group of top Democrats familiar with debt ceiling negotiations laid out the increa...

Can Obama Extend The Debt Ceiling On His Own?

The New York Review of Books | Ronald Dworkin | Posted 09.28.2011 | Politics

As the debt ceiling fiasco continues unresolved and increasingly dangerous, with no agreement among the House, the Senate and the White House yet in s...

Michael McAuliff

Senate Debt Bill Poised To Take U.S. To Edge Of Default | Michael McAuliff | Posted 09.28.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Senate Democrats think they see a path to raising the nation's debt ceiling, but it will literally take the country down to the wire -- ...

The Empty Bully Pulpit

Robert Reich | Posted 09.28.2011 | Politics
Robert Reich

How did we get into this mess? Part of the answer lies with the president -- and his inability or unwillingness to use the bully pulpit to tell Americans the truth, and mobilize them for what must be done.

Dancin' on the Debt Ceiling

Randall | Posted 09.28.2011 | Comedy

What's worse?: paying the bills and what's owed to peeps of this country or being viewed worldwide as "bad creditors" and defaulting? Then, what? We get smacked with higher interests and yoda, yoda, yoda.

Capitol Phone Lines Jam... Again

Posted 09.28.2011 | Politics

Phone lines in the Capitol jammed once again just days after a similar technical situation unfolded earlier this week. HuffPost's Ryan Grim report...

Obama: Time Is Running Out For A Debt Deal

Posted 09.28.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON, July 29 (Reuters/Richard Cowan and Deborah Charles) - With four days remaining until the United States hits its debt limit, President ...

Sam Stein

Key GOP Senator: More 'Healthy' To Extend Debt Ceiling Through 2012 Election | Sam Stein | Posted 09.28.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- GOP opposition to a deal that would extend the debt ceiling through the 2012 elections softened a bit on Friday as an influential Senate...

Unlikely Winner In The Debt Battle

AP | By JOELLE TESSLER | Posted 09.28.2011 | Technology

WASHINGTON -- The debt ceiling battle could produce an unlikely winner: smartphone users. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid's current plan would dire...

World Stocks Fall On Concerns That U.S. Will Not Reach Debt Ceiling Deal

Posted 09.28.2011 | Business

LONDON (AP) -- Concerns that American lawmakers won't agree a deal to raise the U.S. debt ceiling in the next few days continued to reverberate around...

Uncertainty Looms Large In Debt Ceiling Debate

AP | DAVID ESPO | Posted 09.28.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON — In an unforgiving display of partisanship, the Republican-controlled House approved emergency legislation Friday night to avoid an ...

Jon Ward

Bachmann Says Washington Is 'Deceiving' American People In Debt Ceiling Debate | Jon Ward | Posted 09.27.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Republican presidential candidate Michele Bachmann on Thursday said the debt ceiling debate is just the latest chapter in a long history...