July 29, 2011 Friday's fuel economy announcement is just about the only thing happening in Washington this week (that we know of) that will make a positive difference for the country's future.
July 28, 2011 Think Progress counts 23 Republicans who have publicly stated their plans to vote against the bill. That's a critical number because in his 240 Republican conference, Boehner can lose no more than 23 votes and still pass the bill, assuming he gets no Democrats to vote for it.
July 27, 2011 Proving that you can rap about anything, the comedian Remy created a debt-ceiling satire in rap video form. Don't be fooled by rap's refrain: "Raise the debt ceiling." The rap is more Ron Paul than Jay-Z.
July 27, 2011 The Congressional Budget Office said Wednesday that Sen. Harry Reid's debt ceiling plan falls short of the kind of deficit reduction the proposal envisions, sending the Senate minority leader back to his numbers crunchers to try and find more savings. Still, it was good news for Reid since his plan was estimated to have $1.3 trillion more in savings than Speaker John Boehner's plan.
July 26, 2011 The threats to Boehner's legislation, which would raise the debt ceiling in two steps (the Boehner Two-Step, anyone) are coming from within his GOP conference as well as Democrats on the outside.
July 26, 2011 Americans are evidently responding to President Obama's request Monday evening that they contact their lawmakers. Congress' phone lines and web sites were jammed Tuesday, becoming unavailable for many who tried to communicate with Capitol Hill.
July 26, 2011 For those watching the ping-pong match between Washington Republicans and Democrats, seven more days of this back-and-forth feels like six days longer than anyone should be forced to endure. So what's the best way to escape mentally from this?
July 26, 2011 For months, the world has been focused on the Aug. 2 deadline for the U.S. to have a new and higher debt ceiling in place to stave off Defaultmageddon.The U.S. Treasury, however, could actually have a few more days before hitting the wall, thanks to higher-than-forecast tax revenues.
July 25, 2011 As political rhetoric, the speeches likely connected with the audiences they were intended for. But they likely did very little to change matters at the negotiating table for the better.
July 25, 2011 In case you were wondering if and when President Obama would make a prime time speech from the White House to argue his case on the debt ceiling, wonder no more. The White House announced the president is scheduled to speak to the nation at 9 pm eastern time Monday from the East Room.
July 25, 2011 Most trims to Medicare's budget have not directly affected care for beneficiaries. Instead cuts in Medicare spending have been directed at hospitals, doctors and nursing homes.
July 25, 2011 The deadline is eight days away now, and there's real concern there may not be enough time for either proposal — or a compromise version of the two — to get enacted by Congress.
July 25, 2011 Setting aside all the details, important as they are, about raising revenues and cutting spending, the crux of the fight is now clearly more about when to have the next debt-ceiling battle after the one now playing out before our eyes than anything else.
July 21, 2011 We turned to NPR's Capitol Hill correspondents, David Welna in the Senate and Andrea Seabrook in the House, to get their perspective on everything from timing to President Obama's spending limit options if the stalemate continues.