April 27, 2011 President George W. Bush's first Treasury Secretary, Paul O'Neill, pulled no punches in labeling as "our version of al Qaida terrorists" lawmakers who are threatening to not raise the federal debt ceiling. He also called them loonies.
Rep. John Boehner, R-OH, becomes speaker of the House this week.
Mark Wilson/Getty Images
January 3, 2011 As a new year kicks off, many eyes are on Washington -- where the new Congress convenes on Wednesday with Republicans in charge of the House and a narrower majority for the Democrats in the Senate. Austerity is the word of the week in D.C.
<iframe src="http://www.npr.org/player/embed/132616398/132616417" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no">
NPR thanks our sponsors
Become an NPR sponsor