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Obama Debt Ceiling

Obama Adviser: No Time For 'Doomsday Scenarios'

AP/The Huffington Post | Posted 09.25.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The chairman of the White House Council of Economic Advisers says the continuing stalemate over extending the debt limit is no place for...

Matthews: Obama Speech Sounded Like 'A Fox Commercial'

Posted 09.25.2011 | Media

Chris Matthews had a rather downbeat reaction to President Obama's debt ceiling speech on Monday night, comparing it to a Fox News commercial and doub...

The Debt Ceiling Impasse: The Myth of Grand Bargains and Win-Win Unicorns

Arianna Huffington | Posted 09.24.2011 | Politics
Arianna Huffington

There is still no deal in the debt ceiling impasse between Congressional Republicans and the president, so we can't say who "won." But we can definitely say who lost: America.

Agreeing on Austerity: It's Harder Than It Looks

Michael Likosky | Posted 09.24.2011 | Politics
Michael Likosky

If you believe the polls, Americans favor some sort of structural adjustment so long as it doesn't forever alter either our basic social contract or sense of rugged individualism. For this reason, it is likely that a solution will emerge in Washington.

Default Express

Jonathan Richards | Posted 09.24.2011 | Politics
Jonathan Richards


Another Debt Commission? Really?

Chris Weigant | Posted 09.24.2011 | Politics
Chris Weigant

Forgive me if I'm not impressed, Speaker Boehner. Because I've seen this movie before, and I know how it's going to turn out. Republicans will refuse to raise one thin dime of revenue, and Democrats will refuse to cut one thin dime from the social safety net.

Lucia Graves

House Republicans Take Aim At Environmental Regulations As Debt Crisis Looms | Lucia Graves | Posted 09.24.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- With eight days until the country officially defaults on its debts, likely sparking a worldwide credit crisis, the House of Representati...

A Bipartisan Move Against Democracy

Dave Johnson | Posted 09.24.2011 | Politics
Dave Johnson

Step back from the day-to-day, hour-to-hour details of the debt-ceiling negotiations for a minute and look at the bigger picture. Our legislators are being stampeded by a manufactured "crisis" into profoundly changing the nature of our country.

Responding to President Obama on the Art of Compromise

Miles Mogulescu | Posted 09.24.2011 | Politics
Miles Mogulescu

Obama's "compromise" principle follows a consistent pattern. His opening bid is to move more than halfway in the direction of Republican principles.

How Obama Finally Got Me to Pay Attention

Claudia Ricci | Posted 09.24.2011 | Politics
Claudia Ricci

For a few minutes on Friday evening, I felt like I was watching the Obama of the old days when he was campaigning, when he could muster an electrical response in audiences with his supreme rhetorical gifts.

Jennifer Bendery

UPDATE: Tea Party Coalition Rejects Boehner's Debt Proposal | Jennifer Bendery | Posted 09.24.2011 | Politics

UPDATE: 4:10 p.m. -- A coalition of Tea Party chapters and conservative lawmakers on Monday rejected the debt proposal put forward by Speaker John Boe...

Will the Budget Showdown Be Obama's "Game Changer" (or Not)?

Scot Reader | Posted 09.24.2011 | Politics
Scot Reader

In the last three presidential cycles, the share of the popular vote received by the two major parties' candidates was essentially the same as their parties received in the immediately preceding midterm. Why did the convergence witnessed in 2000, 2004 and 2008 not occur in 1996?

Debt Ceiling for Dummies: Why Compromise Is so Necessary

Jonathan_Miller | Posted 09.23.2011 | Politics

I offer the following straightforward, plain-English summary to hopefully help better explain the real-life impact of American credit default.

Amanda Terkel

GOP Tries To Set Stage For Short-Term Debt Deal | Amanda Terkel | Posted 09.23.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Republicans tried to set the stage for a short-term agreement to raise the debt ceiling on Sunday, even as Democrats continued to insist...


Carolita Johnson | Posted 09.23.2011 | Comedy
Carolita Johnson


Amanda Terkel

Tim Pawlenty On Obama: 'Is He Chicken?' | Amanda Terkel | Posted 09.23.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Republican presidential candidate Tim Pawlenty had some harsh words for President Obama on Sunday, accusing him of being too scared to l...

White House: Debt Ceiling Talks Moving Into 'Difficult Days'

Posted 09.23.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - White House Chief of Staff Bill Daley said Sunday that negotiations over the U.S. debt limit and deficit reduction were moving ...

Boehner: 'It May Be Pretty Hard To Put Humpty Dumpty Back Together Again'

Posted 09.23.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Republican U.S. House of Representatives Speaker John Boehner said Sunday that he would prefer to unveil a bipartisan deal to r...

Are There Any Republican Adults in the Room: The Challenge Confronting Our Country

Clarence B. Jones | Posted 09.23.2011 | Politics
Clarence B. Jones

At the hastily called White House news conference following the collapse of discussions with Speaker John Boehner, President Obama rhetorically asked: "Is there anything that the Republicans can say 'yes' to?" Yes, there is: his resignation or re-election defeat.

Geithner: 'Unthinkable' That U.S. Government Would Default

Reuters | Posted 09.23.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner said Sunday it was unthinkable for the United States not to meet its debt obligations ...

Boehner's Market Signals? Did August 2 Just Become Tomorrow?

Steve Clemons | Posted 09.22.2011 | Politics
Steve Clemons

Unbelievable. The scripting of this high stakes drama between House Speaker John Boehner balancing the White House on one side and the never compromise, never surrender Tea Party on the other keeps getting better and better.

Boehner: Debt Ceiling Crisis Will Be Resolved

Posted 09.22.2011 | Politics

(AP) WASHINGTON -- Precariously short of time, congressional leaders struggled in urgent, weekend-long talks to avert an unprecedented government defa...

Debt Ceiling Talks Collapse

AP/The Huffington Post | Posted 09.21.2011 | Politics

Precariously short of time, congressional leaders struggled in urgent, weekend-long talks to avert an unprecedented government default, desperate to s...

Michael McAuliff

Senate Kills Tea Party-Backed Bill On Debt | Michael McAuliff | Posted 09.21.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Senate Democrats shut down the draconian “Cut, Cap and Balance” bill Friday, declaring their action would clear the way to get to a ...

Obama Takes Case To American People

AP/The Huffington Post | Posted 09.21.2011 | Politics

Amid contentious negotiations taking place in the nation's capital to raise the debt ceiling, President Barack Obama is taking his case on the signifi...