June 28, 2012 One of the greatest unknowns right now is whether the Supreme Court's decision will significantly change the public's opinion of the health care law. Until Thursday, numerous polls indicated a majority of voters opposed the law. The court's seal of approval could help change that.
June 8, 2012 President Obama seemed blissfully oblivious during a news conference to the problems he caused himself Friday when he said that "The private sector is doing fine." Republicans pounced, accusing him of being out of touch, among other things.
May 16, 2012 The descriptions of the White House lunch meeting from those on the opposing red and blue teams made it sound like yet another meeting featuring the nation's top policymakers that you could have accurately scripted beforehand.
March 27, 2012 One Republican who didn't seize on the chance to to jump on Obama for his open-mic remark to Russian President Dmitri Medvedev was Speaker John Boehner who rarely misses a chance to use Obama as a political foil, and vice versa.
March 27, 2012 The Supreme Court moved to take on the heart of the debate over the new health-care law's constitutionality... President Obama used humor to downplay a candid remark about missile-defense that was caught on an open mic... The EPA was expected to issue new rules to limit greenhouse gases from new power plants.
March 8, 2012 Partisan fighting took a rare backseat as the GOP-led House passed financial legislation that both President Obama and congressional Republicans agreed on. But despite the agreement, the partisan sniping was never far away.
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.
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