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John Boehner Debt Ceiling

Better Late Than Never

Robert Kuttner | Posted 02.01.2013 | Politics
Robert Kuttner

In his budget proposal, the president offered no cuts in Social Security, and only $400 billion over 10 years in Medicare and other savings, money that can be gotten by allowing Medicare to negotiate bulk discounts with drug companies and other administrative savings, without raising the eligibility age or otherwise cutting into benefits. The Republicans, meanwhile are revealed as the people who would push the economy off a cliff in order to fight for tax breaks for the richest 2 percent; the party that would rather cut benefits in Medicare and Social Security than have the wealthy pay even the relatively low tax rates of the Clinton years. It was Winston Churchill who said that you can always count on Americans to do the right thing, after they've tried everything else. Obama, belatedly, is doing the right thing.

Michael McAuliff

Boehner On Fiscal Cliff Deal: 'We're Almost Nowhere' | Michael McAuliff | Posted 11.30.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) declared Friday that "we're almost nowhere" near a deal to avoid the fast approaching fiscal cliff, ...

On the Fiscal Extortion; Just Say No

Robert L. Borosage | Posted 01.30.2013 | Politics
Robert L. Borosage

Pressure for a deal to avoid the so-called "fiscal cliff" at the end of the year is building. Even minor tremors in the stock market are treated as auguries of the panic that will attend a failure to act.

Sarah Bufkin

What Could Fall Off The Fiscal Cliff? | Sarah Bufkin | Posted 11.15.2012 | Politics

As the media frenzy over the so-called fiscal cliff picks up, lawmakers are drawing their respective lines in the sand (at least publicly) with respec...

Michael McAuliff

Dem: Go Over Fiscal Cliff If Necessary | Michael McAuliff | Posted 11.13.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Democrats should be willing to go over the so-called fiscal cliff if that is what it takes to get a good deal on taxes and spending, lea...

Barack Obama Willing To Sacrifice Military Health Care, Flood Assistance In 2011 Talks: Memo

Sarah Bufkin | Posted 11.12.2012 | Politics

A leaked memo from President Barack Obama's staff to House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) details just how far the White House was willing to go to bot...

Elise Foley

Mitt Romney Closing Argument: I'll Get A Debt Ceiling Deal | Elise Foley | Posted 11.02.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney will attack the president for the debt ceiling during his "closing argument" in West Allis, ...

Jennifer Bendery

John Boehner: 'Not Confident At All" That Congress Can Avoid Credit Downgrade | Jennifer Bendery | Posted 09.11.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) said he is "not confident at all" that Congress can deal with the nation's debt problems and avoid a...

Sam Stein

Did Paul Ryan Cripple Debt-Reduction Deal With Obama Re-Election Concern? | Sam Stein | Posted 08.14.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- In its profile of newly minted, presumptive vice presidential nominee Paul Ryan Monday morning, The New York Times reported a new and po...

Jennifer Bendery

John Boehner Not Going To Get His Way With Debt Ceiling Fight, Senior Administration Officials Say | Jennifer Bendery | Posted 05.22.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Senior administration officials said Tuesday that House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) isn't going to win if he keeps up a fight about ty...

Capitalist Revolution: Forget the Deficit and Learn From Europe

Sanjay Sanghoee | Posted 07.18.2012 | Business
Sanjay Sanghoee

Before we go wild with our deficit-cutting scythe, let's make sure that we are not hacking away at our own feet in the process.

Vampires and Mattresses

Richard Klass | Posted 07.16.2012 | Politics
Richard Klass

The current occupants of the White House and the Congress will have to reach an agreement to accomplish anything. And if that seems difficult now, it is likely to be near impossible after the election. Our economy is not in the sad shape of Greece, but our political system surely is.

Michael McAuliff

Obama Uses Tea Party Freshmen As 'Excuse' For Gridlock, House Speaker Says | Michael McAuliff | Posted 02.06.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- It's not that the House Tea Party caucus gets in the way of compromise -- it's that President Barack Obama uses the group as an excuse f...

Michael McAuliff

Debt Limit Hike Fails In Symbolic House Vote | Michael McAuliff | Posted 01.18.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The Republican-led House of Representatives turned down President Obama's request to raise the debt limit Wednesday in a largely symboli...

Elise Foley

John Boehner: Relationship With Obama Has Grown 'Frosty' | Elise Foley | Posted 01.06.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The relationship between House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) and President Barack Obama has been "frosty" over the past two weeks, the s...

John Boehner: Debt Deal Will Include New Tax Revenues

AP/The Huffington Post | Posted 01.04.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- House Speaker John Boehner said Thursday that any bipartisan agreement reached by the congressional deficit-reduction supercommittee wil...

Obama Laments Lousy Birthday Gifts

Ben Ritz | Posted 10.04.2011 | Comedy
Ben Ritz

Sources in the White House reported that President Obama was disappointed with the pathetic presents he received from around the nation on his 50th birthday.

Leaked GOP Screening Series: 10 Movies Helping Republicans Stay Bold, Agressive and Insane

Katie Halper | Posted 10.04.2011 | Comedy
Katie Halper

This is a leaked list of the ten movies the GOP is screening to make sure they stay on the offensive, as they fight for the wealthy and attack middle and working class people.

Is Obama Charlie Brown to Boehner's Lucy?

David Latt | Posted 10.04.2011 | Politics
David Latt

Obama has to stop thinking he can make friends and influence Republicans and regroup, gathering around him his true supporters and create an alliance of progressives and independents.

Debt Ceiling Agreement: No Cause for Celebration

Bill George | Posted 10.02.2011 | Politics
Bill George

This week's agreement to increase the U.S. debt ceiling is no cause for celebration. The political landscape is covered with the blood of all the politicians who were losers in this "no win" battle.

The Debt Ceiling and Health Care

Linda Bergthold | Posted 10.02.2011 | Politics
Linda Bergthold

Now that the debt ceiling will be raised and we can pay our bills (for a while at least), we are left to wonder -- what will it really mean for some of the programs we care about?

Paul Blumenthal

Should Super Congress Be Super Transparent? | Paul Blumenthal | Posted 10.02.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The proposed so-called "super Congress," created by congressional leaders in the debt deal and required to find $1.5 trillion in debt re...

Debt Ceiling? What Debt Ceiling?

Steven Van Zandt | Posted 10.01.2011 | Media
Steven Van Zandt

When people are looking for a place to point the finger after this disaster or near disaster they should look no further than the Media. When did their job become spewing out contradictory information 24/7?

Which Three Democratic Senators?

Chris Weigant | Posted 10.01.2011 | Politics
Chris Weigant

In the new congressional joint committee, any plan will only require 7 votes out of 12 in order to move to Congress at large. Which means if one Democrat votes for a Republican plan, then that will be the committee's official plan.

Protesters Arrested In House Gallery After Jeering Boehner

AP | Posted 10.01.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Twenty-two protesters were arrested Monday after disrupting the opening of the House debate on a bill to resolve the debt limit crisis, ...