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Debt Ceiling Vote

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...

White House, Republicans Clash As Debt Ceiling Deadline Looms

AP | BEN FELLER and DAVID ESPO | Posted 09.23.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON — With bipartisan talks stalled, House Republicans and Senate Democrats readied rival debt-limit emergency fallback plans in hopes of...

The GOP Doesn't Care About Us

Rev. Al Sharpton | Posted 09.07.2011 | Politics
Rev. Al Sharpton

During the presidency of George W. Bush, the national debt ceiling was raised umpteen times. So why the sudden about face?

How Much Would a White House/GOP Social Security Deal Cost You?

Richard (RJ) Eskow | Posted 09.05.2011 | Politics
Richard (RJ) Eskow

If the President and his party accept a proposed "chained CPI" benefit cut, they -- and not their opponents -- are likely to be painted as "Social Security slashers."

The GOP's Disastrous Debt Ceiling Game

Patrick Sharma | Posted 08.31.2011 | Politics
Patrick Sharma

Republicans have decided to play politics with the country's future at precisely the time that constructive economic leadership is called for.

Debt-Limit Chicken and the Spread of Political Fundamentalism

Paul Stoller | Posted 08.26.2011 | Politics
Paul Stoller

The flight from talks about enhancing revenues, cutting spending, and raising the debt limit ceiling underscores a much more disturbing pattern: the spread of political fundamentalism in our public life.

Conservative GOP Senator Issues Warning To Republicans

Posted 08.24.2011 | Politics

Senator Jim DeMint (R-S.C.) issued a warning to fellow Republicans in Congress: If you vote to raise the debt ceiling without massive spending cuts, y...

A Debt Ceiling Deal Is Only The Beginning

National Journal | Posted 08.23.2011 | Politics

A debt-ceiling deal would be the start, not the end, of an uphill climb to control federal entitlement spending....

A Thaw Before the Storm? How the Debt Ceiling Could Shock the U.S. Economy With Another "Lehman Moment"

Lawrence G. McDonald | Posted 08.20.2011 | Business
Lawrence G. McDonald

The Lehman legacy is one of a colossal failure of common sense. I hope members of Congress are listening for the sake of our country, all the warning signs are there. We can ill afford another "Lehman moment."

WATCH: Colbert Salutes Republicans For Standing Up Against Themselves

Posted 08.03.2011 | Comedy

"One is reminded of Patrick Henry's courageous cry, 'Give me liberty and I don't want liberty.'" The thing that makes a story like Anthony Weiner's...

Note to Congress: Stop Screwing Around and Raise the Debt Ceiling

Jared Bernstein | Posted 08.01.2011 | Politics
Jared Bernstein

In the interest on not endangering an economy that really doesn't need anything else to worry about, Congress should first raise the debt ceiling, then debate the budget. Right now the priorities are backwards.

Debt Ceiling Kabuki

Donald Kaul | Posted 07.17.2011 | Politics
Donald Kaul

The Kabuki tradition in Congress over raising the federal government's debt ceiling is in full flower. It's a more reliable Washington ritual than the Cherry Blossom Festival.

Debt-Limit Chicken

Paul Stoller | Posted 07.17.2011 | Politics
Paul Stoller

Even though the possibility of a federal government default is an issue with potentially catastrophic consequences, GOP leaders in the House and the Senate seem to be playing politics with the debt ceiling.

Who's Afraid of a Countdown Clock?

Marty Kaplan | Posted 07.13.2011 | Media
Marty Kaplan

Whether cable stations run a countdown clock for when we'll hit the national debt limit or not, the controversy draws viewers, so the networks win either way. I just wish that were also true for the country.

John Boehner, GOP Play Hard Ball In Talks Over Raising Debt Ceiling

AP/The Huffington Post | Posted 07.12.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- It was a tough-talking House Speaker John Boehner who warned Wall Street this week that Congress won't raise the government's debt ceili...

John Boehner: Tax Hikes 'Off The Table'

AP/The Huffington Post | Posted 07.10.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON - House Speaker John Boehner is insisting tax increases are "off the table" in negotiations with the Obama administration and congressional...

John Boehner: 'Trillions' In Spending Cuts Loom On Debt Ceiling Vote

AP | ANDREW TAYLOR and SAMANTHA GROSS | Posted 07.09.2011 | Politics

NEW YORK — The top Republican in Congress wants trillions of dollars in spending cuts as part of must-pass legislation allowing the federal gove...

Debt Ceiling Politics: 'Few Exercises Produce As Much Cynical And Overtly Partisan Behavior' | Posted 06.26.2011 | Politics

Iowa has two Senators, one a Republican (Charles Grassley), the other a Democrat (Tom Harkin). Each has voted seven times since 2002 on a bill to r...

Default On Debt Could Be Doomsday Scenario For Economy

AP | TOM RAUM | Posted 06.23.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The United States has never defaulted on its debt and Democrats and Republicans say they don't want it to happen now. But with partisan ...

Lobbying Push Targets New House GOP Lawmakers On Debt Ceiling Vote

Posted 06.20.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - They have been in Washington barely four months but the 85 first-term Republicans in the House of Representatives have foun...

Politics, Ideology Overshadow Debt Limit Talks

Posted 06.20.2011 | Politics

(Reuters) - In the looming fight over raising the debt limit, Washington will have its eye on two deadlines: July 2011 and November 2012. The first...

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...

Sam Stein

White House Opens Door To Non-"Clean" Debt Ceiling Bill | Sam Stein | Posted 06.13.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- One of the President’s top advisers opened the door on Wednesday to adding deficit-reduction elements to a bill that would raise the c...

Sarah Palin: 'Obama Is Hell-Bent On Weakening America' (AUDIO)

The Huffington Post | Nick Wing | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Sarah Palin came to the conclusion Friday that Obama's willingness to raise the debt ceiling could only be interpreted as a sign that he was "hell-ben...