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Budget Control Act of 2011

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  • Government shutdown: Plenty of lessons to go around

    Obama and the Democrats won; Republicans and the tea party lost. And both sides are gearing up for next time. Now that our recent brush with financial crisis is behind us, it's time to start planning for the next one. That's the problem Congress set...
  • A to-do list for Republicans

    A to-do list for Republicans
    The feeling inside the GOP these days can be summed up in a paraphrase of a line by an old French Marxist: "Hell is other Republicans." After a government shutdown that was foreseen as a failure even by many of those who haplessly provoked it, the party...
  • 2014 forecast for D.C.: Still stormy

    "Congress is finishing this year less popular than a cockroach," Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) said the other day. The reason, he charged, was simple: "mindless, knee-jerk obstruction from Republicans." Sen. Bob Corker (R-Tenn.) sees things...
  • And the budget winner is ... the defense sector.

    "Whenever a fellow tells me he is bipartisan," said Harry Truman, "I know he is going to vote against me." The hosannas to bipartisanship accompanying the budget deal passed this week should have served as fair warning to the rest of us that we lost...
  • How big an Army do we need?

    Almost every time this country finishes a major war, we cut the Army appropriately — and then we cut too much. After World War II, we demobilized massively, but then went too far. The result in 1950 was Task Force Smith, the first U.S. Army ground...
  • Departing Obama economic advisor remains optimistic about recovery

    Departing Obama economic advisor remains optimistic about recovery
    WASHINGTON -- Despite recent disappointing job growth, departing White House economic advisor Gene Sperling said Tuesday he remained hopeful the recovery is strengthening. “I still think there is reason for optimism, though there’s...
  • What's missing in budget deal? Federal jobless benefits extension

    What's missing in budget deal? Federal jobless benefits extension
    Congress averted another government shutdown by reaching an $85-billion budget deal late Tuesday night, but the new agreement, critics say, leaves out one vulnerable group of Americans: the long-term unemployed.   At the end of the year, federal...
  • Fitch takes U.S. credit rating off downgrade watch after debt deal

    WASHINGTON -- Fitch Ratings on Friday upgraded its outlook for the U.S. AAA credit rating, removing the nation from a downgrade watch after politicians put off another debt limit battle until next year. The company, one of three major credit rating...
  • House Republicans backing off to avoid debt standoff

    WASHINGTON — With another major fiscal deadline looming at month's end, House Republicans are preparing to seek only modest concessions from President Obama to raise the nation's debt ceiling and will instead try to press their political advantage...
  • Proposed Pentagon budget cuts would shrink Army, retire aircraft

    Proposed Pentagon budget cuts would shrink Army, retire aircraft
    WASHINGTON — The Army will shrink to its lowest troop levels since before World War II under a budget proposed Monday by the Obama administration that seeks to downsize the Pentagon from the wartime buildup of the last 13 years, and calls for...
  • Is Cruz out of control?

    What you think of Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) depends on who you believe. Is the freshman senator on an "ego trip," putting himself before country (Dana Milbank, The Washington Post), or is he standing on his principles (Cruz's conservative supporters)? ABC...
  • President Obama ignores budget deal; GOP to follow?

    President Obama ignores budget deal; GOP to follow?
    Like many Democrats, President Obama greeted last December’s budget deal the way a hungry child greets a carrot stick: It wasn’t what he wanted, but it was acceptable under the circumstances. “This agreement doesn’t include...