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Obama seeks to rescue fiscal talks for post-Christmas deal

By David Lawder and Roberta Rampton, Reuters on Dec. 21, 2012, at 7:45 p.m.
WASHINGTON — The White House on Friday tried to rescue stalled talks on a fiscal crisis after a Republican plan imploded in Congress, but there was little headway as lawmakers and President Barack Obama abandoned Washington for Christmas. In remarks before flying to Hawaii for a break, Obama suggested reaching …

How business can recover from 2012 election debacle

By Steven Pearlstein, The Washington Post on Nov. 11, 2012, at 6:06 p.m.
Holy Solyndra, Batman. It turns out businessmen are even worse at making political investments than politicians are in making business investments. After spending hundreds of millions of their own and shareholder dollars to knock off a tax-and-regulate administration and deliver a permanent Republican majority in Congress, business leaders now face …

Is Boehner ready to bargain?

By Dana Milbank, The Washington Post on Nov. 08, 2012, at 1:31 p.m.
After Mitt Romney’s defeat on Tuesday, John Boehner is the undisputed leader of the Republican Party. Pity him. President Obama’s re-election and the Democrats’ successful defense of their Senate majority have put the House speaker in a vise. Squeezing him on one side are the tea party conservatives and their …
The ice skating rink in New York's Rockefeller Center shows the results of Tuesday's presidential election,  Wednesday, Nov. 7, 2012.

Obama, GOP both see mandate, hard road ahead

By Charles Babington, The Associated Press on Nov. 07, 2012, at 11:50 a.m.
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama’s re-election, coupled with Republicans’ continued hold on the House, gives both parties a chance to rethink, and perhaps undo, the bitter partisanship that has gripped Washington for four years and frustrated Americans who see big problems going unsolved. It won’t be easy. Both sides …

Obama to GOP: Act on jobs or get run out of town

By Ben Feller, The Associated Press on Oct. 06, 2011, at 8:04 p.m.
WASHINGTON — A combative President Barack Obama challenged a divided Congress on Thursday to unite behind his jobs bill or get ready to be run “out of town” by angry voters. Hoping to use public frustration and economic worry as leverage, he called his proposal an insurance plan against a …

Senate leaders agree to deal to avert shutdown

By Paul Kane and Rosalind S. Helderman, The Washington Post on Sept. 27, 2011, at 6:15 a.m.
The spending battle marked the third time this year that congressional acrimony has brought the government to the edge of calamity.

Senate funding vote needed to avoid shutdown

By Rosalind S. Helderman and Paul Kane, The Washington Post on Sept. 26, 2011, at 5:49 a.m.
WASHINGTON — With time running out, Congress returns Monday to try to pass a short-term funding measure to avert a government shutdown and avoid yet another market-rattling showdown over the federal budget. The Democratic-led Senate, which on Friday blocked a GOP House measure to fund the government through Nov. 18, …

Obama challenges Boehner, McConnell on home turf

By Jim Kuhnhenn, The Associated Press on Sept. 22, 2011, at 9:35 p.m.
CINCINNATI — Needling his top Republican adversaries on their own turf, President Barack Obama stood in the shadow of an outdated and heavily used Ohio River bridge Thursday and called his rivals out by name to demand action on his $447 billion jobs bill. Making a point to choose a …
Sen. Mary Landrieu, D-La., urges funding for the Federal Emergency Management Agency during a news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington. The GOP-controlled House is on track Wednesday, Sept. 21, to pass $3.7 billion in disaster relief as part of a must-pass bill to avert a government shutdown at the end of the month. After the measure passes the House, a battle looms with Senate Democrats. The two sides are divided over how much disaster aid to provide and whether any of it should be paid for.

Shutdown looms as bill to keep government running fails in House

By Rosalind S. Helderman and Paul Kane, The Washington Post on Sept. 22, 2011, at 6:08 a.m.
WASHINGTON — The potential of a government shutdown at the end of the month loomed slightly larger Wednesday after a critical measure to fund the government through mid-November was defeated in the House Wednesday evening. GOP leaders were unable to overcome objections from Democrats who believed the bill did not …
President Barack Obama gestures while speaking in the Rose Garden of the White House in Washington, Monday, Sept. 19, 2011.

Obama announces debt plan built on taxes on rich

By Jim Kuhnhenn, The Associated Press on Sept. 19, 2011, at 1:30 p.m.
WASHINGTON — In a blunt rejoinder to congressional Republicans, President Barack Obama called for $1.5 trillion in new taxes Monday, part of a total 10-year deficit reduction package totaling more than $3 trillion. He vowed to veto any deficit reduction package that cuts benefits to Medicare recipients but does not …
President Barack Obama at the White House this week.

Obama’s smoggy bid to win business

By Juliet Eilperin and Peter Wallsten, The Washington Post on Sept. 04, 2011, at 6:24 a.m.
WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama’s controversial decision last week to suspend new anti-smog standards offered hints – but not the full road map – of how the White House will navigate politically explosive battles with congressional Republicans over which industry regulations to sacrifice and which ones to fight for this …

As tea party reshapes GOP, some cheer, some worry

By Charles Babington, The Associated Press on Aug. 05, 2011, at 7:32 p.m.
WASHINGTON — The tea party is here to stay. The 2-year-old phenomenon’s muscular role in the debt-ceiling crisis made that clear, despite earlier predictions it would fade away when the national furor over health care cooled down. Now the GOP establishment wonders if the grass-roots movement will power Republicans to …

The real drama was in private as debt deal hatched

By CALVIN WOODWARD, on Aug. 03, 2011, at 6:31 p.m.
WASHINGTON — It played out on two tracks, the struggle to head off a national default. One was for show. The other was for real. That’s how most big things happen in Washington. The final votes were public, not even all that close in the end. But the crisis was …
The U.S. Capitol in Washington is illuminated as the debt-limit stalemate continues Saturday night, July 30, 2011.

Congress closing in on a deal to avert US default

By Jim Abrams, The Associated Press on July 31, 2011, at 1:16 p.m.
WASHINGTON — The U.S. Senate plunged on Sunday into what many lawmakers and the White House — and millions of Americans coast to coast — hoped would be an all-but-decisive last-minute effort to raise the nation’s debt ceiling and defuse a crisis that still could lead to an unprecedented government …
House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, and Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., speak at a news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington, Saturday.

GOP, Obama ‘very close’ to debt deal

By Lori Montgomery and Rosalind S. Helderman, Te Washington Post on July 31, 2011, at 5:05 a.m.
WASHINGTON — With the default deadline just two days away, prospects for a debt-limit deal seemed to significantly brighten early Sunday after the White House entered intense negotiations with Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell on Saturday in a last-ditch bid to forge a bipartisan agreement to raise the federal debt limit. …

Reps. Michaud, Pingree to vote against Boehner debt bill

The Associated Press on July 29, 2011, at 4:42 p.m.
AUGUSTA | Both of Maine’s U.S. representatives opposed House Speaker John Boehner’s latest proposal to avoid defaulting on loans. Reps. Chellie Pingree and Mike Michaud, both Democrats, say Boehner’s proposal would hurt working families. Pingree also said it protects tax breaks for big oil companies and the richest Americans. …

Obama says multiple ways out of debt ceiling mess

The Associated Press on July 29, 2011, at 10:26 a.m.
WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama says there are multiple ways to resolve the debt ceiling mess, but it has to be bipartisan and it has to happen fast. The president urged Democrats and Republicans in the Senate Friday to come together on a plan that can pass the House and …

Debt vote delayed into night as GOP seeks support

By David Espo, The Associated Press on July 28, 2011, at 7:40 p.m.
WASHINGTON — An intense endgame at hand, House Republicans waged an overtime struggle Thursday night to round up enough of their recalcitrant rank and file to pass emergency legislation to prevent a looming government default. Senate Democrats pledged to scuttle the bill — if it ever got to them — …

As debt threat grows, Congress keeps running in circles

By William Douglas, David Lightman and Adam Sege, McClatchy Newspapers on July 27, 2011, at 7:34 p.m.
WASHINGTON — With stocks tanking and next Tuesday’s debt-default deadline looming for the United States, no sign of compromise between Democrats and Republicans emerged Wednesday in Congress. Both parties continued to pursue separate tracks as Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., and House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, went back to …

Dueling debt plans may face votes in Congress starting Wednesday

By William Douglas, on July 26, 2011, at 7:19 p.m.
WASHINGTON — House Speaker John Boehner was rewriting his plan to cut federal spending and raise the debt ceiling Tuesday night after the Congressional Budget Office revealed that his bill wouldn’t cut as much spending as he’d promised it would. The non-partisan CBO determined that Boehner’s plan would cut spending …
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