April 9, 2011 Both sides had to give in Friday to last-minute budget talks. But Democrats and Republicans also showed they can bridge fierce differences, if only when they are staring into the abyss.
April 7, 2011 Speaker John Boehner avoided a no-win question when he declined to say whether he would or wouldn't "buck" the Tea Party in response to a question from ABC News' George Stephanopoulos. He also may have given some lawmakers heartburn when he said they shouldn't get paid during the shutdown.
April 7, 2011 President Obama called Speaker John Boehner and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid back to the White House for another try at breaking the impasse of spending legislation and avoiding a government shutdown. Reid said he was less optimistic Thursday morning than he was Wednesday, however.
April 6, 2011 With two days before a possible shutdown, Obama invited congressional leaders to the White House.
April 4, 2011 As the latest deadline for a federal government shutdown approached, House Speaker John Boehner said House Republicans still haven't agreed with Democrats on how much spending to cut. And he sought to position Democrats as the ones seeking a shutdown.
March 29, 2011 Sen. Schumer experienced the perils of the telephone conference call when he unwittingly rehearsed his anti-GOP talking points with his colleagues and, unbeknown to him, reporters who quietly listened.
March 24, 2011 Responding to charges by Speaker Boehner and others that White House officials failed to adequately brief Congress on Libya, Obama's top spokesman listed all the briefings. He also argued that many more Libyans would have died if Obama had waited to act until Congress returned from recess.
March 15, 2011 The spending bill contained $6 billion in cuts, including earmarks and unused census money.
March 8, 2011 Former Sen. Bob Dole is hard to ignore as a former Senate leader, GOP presidential nominee and wounded veteran. Speaker John Boehner and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid are not only pressured by Dole but by the fact that the dead veterans family has his body in Washington as they await a decision.
March 4, 2011 Speaker Boehner said President Obama focused on social issues instead of jobs, as voters wanted. That charge led a gay rights group, Human Rights Campaign, to accuse Boehner of hypocrisy for doing what he accused the president of.
March 4, 2011 House Speaker Boehner's offer to stand with Obama on cutting entitlements looks like one Obama can refuse. Obama is more likely concerned with the stance of the eventual GOP presidential nominee over Boehner. Also, entitlement spending cuts are more popular with Boehner's base than Obama's.
House Speaker John Boehner.
March 4, 2011 Congress' economists have credited the stimulus for economic growth but Boehner still refused to. It was extending the Bush tax cuts that made the difference, the speaker said.
March 3, 2011 The GOP base cares most about spending cuts, which explains why Boehner is under so much pressure for results. Tea Party Nation founder Judson Phillips called for Boehner to face a primary challenger.
March 1, 2011 House GOP leaders got a big win on the short-term spending bill, keeping Democrats on the defensive.
March 1, 2011 Boehner's media team accused economists, who argued that the spending cuts would weaken the economy, with being Democratic operatives. But Goldman Sachs and Mark Zandi at Moody Analytics both have their Republican ties and are seen as being fairly smart on economic issue.
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