| Oct 20, 2013
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...
| Oct 24, 2013
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...
| Dec 22, 2013
"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...
| Dec 20, 2013
"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...
| Nov 15, 2013
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...
| Jul 30, 2013
| 7:44 AM
WASHINGTON -- President Obama on Tuesday plans to propose a new “grand bargain” that would couple an overhaul of the corporate tax code with investments in road and other construction projects around the country.
In a speech in Chattanooga,...
| Oct 22, 2013
| 2:30 PM
Conservative Republicans have lost their fight over the shutdown and debt ceiling, and they probably won't get major spending cuts in upcoming negotiations over the budget.
But they're winning the big one: How the nation understands our biggest...
| Dec 16, 2013
| 8:46 PM
WASHINGTON — The Senate appeared set to approve a budget deal this week after a handful of Republicans announced they would vote to advance the bill, which has deeply divided the party.
Their backing, along with that of most Democrats, would be...
| Jan 13, 2014
| 5:42 PM
WASHINGTON -- As senators narrowed their differences on a proposal to break a stalemate over unemployment insurance, congressional leaders reached agreement late Monday on a $1-trillion spending package to avoid a government shutdown this week.
| Jan 17, 2014
| 3:41 PM
KING WILLIAM – A new chapter in the centuries-long history of the Pamunkey Indian Tribe has begun.
Tribal officials learned Friday that the Pamunkey will soon join the 566 other tribal nations across the country that are recognized by the...
| Jan 15, 2014
| 8:07 PM
WASHINGTON — Partisan lawmakers feuding over the proper size of government reached a temporary truce Wednesday as the House easily approved a $1-trillion spending bill aimed at averting another federal shutdown.
House Speaker John A. Boehner (R-...
| Jan 16, 2014
| 3:35 PM
WASHINGTON -- Congress gave final approval Thursday to a $1-trillion spending bill, but not without a last-minute standoff in the Senate by tea party Republicans who opposed the measure.
Conservative Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) kept senators in suspense...