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  • Group begins campaign to stop Janet Yellen's confirmation as Fed chair

    Group begins campaign to stop Janet Yellen's confirmation as Fed chair
    WASHINGTON -- A conservative group has launched a campaign to stop Janet L. Yellen from becoming the next head of the Federal Reserve, arguing her confirmation would lead to an expansion of easy money policies that would cause prices to soar. American...
  • Beware an unchecked president

    In the face of congressional gridlock, President Obama has started taking more and more matters into his own hands. In recent months, he has announced new gun control measures, put in place limited immigration reform and made fixes to the Affordable...
  • The uncompromiser in chief

    If you wanted to hear words of sweet conciliation, the White House was the wrong place to go this week. "We're not going to pay a ransom for America paying its bills," President Obama said Tuesday, sticking to his demand that Congress pass a spending...
  • McConnell delivers; Boehner can't

    McConnell delivers; Boehner can't
    God bless Mitch McConnell. The Senate Republican leader isn't an especially lovable figure. Even many of his fellow conservatives are lukewarm about him. He's colorless and charisma-free. He's a thoroughgoing partisan who has launched more filibusters...
  • Tea party wants to take America back -- to the 18th century

    Tea party wants to take America back -- to the 18th century
    When matters become extremely dire and disheartening, as they have been in the blatantly dysfunctional Congress, historians are usually the designated dispensers of perspective. As bad as things are, we like to say, they have been worse and the nation...
  • 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...
  • For the GOP, rightward ho!

    The Republican Party is at war with itself. It's divided over how best to shrink the federal budget and how to undo President Obama's healthcare law. It hasn't been notably successful at either, which helps explain why the GOP's standing in the eyes of...
  • McManus: The president's hump year

    McManus: The president's hump year
    The sixth year of a two-term presidency is rarely kind. The public's initial romance with the president has faded. The brief momentum he thought he earned by winning reelection has faded too. The White House doesn't set the agenda any more; events are...
  • The student loan crisis: How middle-class kids get hammered

    The student loan crisis: How middle-class kids get hammered
    Last October, in between arguments over the debt ceiling, the federal government somehow found time to send me an email. My student loan payment was 70 days past due, the message read, so the government had negatively reported me to each major credit...
  • The tea party grows up

    Ever since a wave of conservative insurgents arrived in Washington after the congressional election of 2010, Congress has careened from one tea party-inspired fiscal crisis to another, from the debt-ceiling showdown of 2011 to last year's 16-day...