February 15, 2012 There'll still be plenty of disagreements. Compromise seems next to impossible on Democratic proposals to raise taxes on the wealthy, for instance. But the congressional Republican leaders are clearly becoming more selective on where they draw the line.
February 1, 2012 Obama's remarks came just days before the Nevada caucuses in which Republican voters will state their preference for GOP presidential nominee. Nevada, of course, is a swing state. It also has among the highest foreclosure rates in the nation so the timing of Obama's announcement certainly could be interpreted as sending voters a message about where their self-interest lies.
January 18, 2012 Now that President Obama has rejected the Keystone XL pipeline, an obvious question is what will it mean for the 2012 presidential election? The key to Keystone is which side will have the most success in framing its case to enough voters for it to make a difference.
House Speaker John Boehner announces a payroll tax cut extension agreement, December 22, 2011.
December 23, 2011 The two-month extension means Congress and Obama will need to negotiate a longer-term deal to continue past February the tax holiday and other policies like federal unemployment insurance benefits and continued higher payments to doctors who accept Medicare patients. Boehner's position going into those negotiations has arguably been weakened.
December 19, 2011 It's by now a familiar pattern. Speaker Boehner gives other leaders in Washington the impression that a deal has been reached on some fiscal matter. Or, similarly, he indicates that fiscal legislation he's behind can get through the House only to have everything fall apart once his fellow House Republicans, especially the Tea Party wing, weigh in.
November 3, 2011 If second marriages are the triumph of hope over experience, so is the belief that the congressional deficit super committee in a city riven by partisan distrust will reach agreement on spending cuts by its deadline now only three weeks away.
November 3, 2011 journalists couldn't help but notice how House Speaker John Boehner appeared Thursday after a reporter asked him about Grover Norquist's influence, to diminish the anti-tax activist's impact on congressional Republicans. The speaker downright seemed turned one of Washington's most influential issue advocates into a member of the 99 percent.
September 23, 2011 So long as Republicans control the House and Democrats the Senate and White House, a basic dynamic appears to be set. On any must-pass legislation, the House GOP will attach spending cuts Democrats find objectionable and reject in turn. A stalemate happens with both sides staring each other down.Only when a grand mal failure of government is at the threshold, a government shutdown or debt default, will a compromise be reached.
September 22, 2011 Less than a day after the House voted down a spending bill that would keep the government open past the end of the month, Speaker John Boehner vowed Thursday that Congress would avert a government shutdown. But it was clear he wasn't exactly sure how.
September 15, 2011 The latest rhetorical artillery shell to be launched in the trench warfare between Washington Keynesians and supply-siders landed Thursday in the form of House Speaker John Boehner's speech to the Economic Club of Washington.
August 17, 2011 Obama is preparing the ground to run a do-nothing Congress. He will propose, congressional Republicans will dispose, as in discard, and he will be able to accuse them of thwarting policies that could change the lives of millions of Americans for the better.
August 10, 2011 There were no real surprises among the GOP picks, just as with the Democratic selections announced Tuesday by Sen. Harry Reid. And just like Reid's choices, they don't exactly inspire optimism that the so-called super committee of 12 lawmakers, evenly split between Democrats and Republicans, will be able to reach an agreement on how to reduce deficits.
July 29, 2011 With Jim Jordan's guidance, the powerful new faction pushed the nation into unknown territory and economic uncertainty - resisting the pressure and pleading of Speaker Boehner and his team to help pass the plan, and rejecting as "scare tactics" ominous default warnings from the White House and others.
July 28, 2011 ANALYSIS: It should go without saying, this is a signal setback for the speaker, who in recent days had pleaded, cajoled and demanded that his conference get behind him if, for no other reason, to show solidarity as he confronts the Democrats who control the Senate and the White House.
July 28, 2011 With the debt-ceiling hanging Damoclean over Capitol Hill, politicians may not be speaking to each other very much, but they are using the latest technogadgetry to talk with – or, at least, to --their constituents.
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