Everyone seemed to ignored one thing that made Boehner's Thursday press conference new and special: a chart — from Paul Ryan, no less.
The Republican Party has earned such a reputation for stubbornness that the kind of extralegal presidential powers George W. Bush used to handle terrorists are now popping up in discussions of Barack Obama's budget negotiations with Congress. But Republicans have not decided to block all things forever. "No" has its limits.
Some House Republicans are openly criticizing Speaker John Boehner, but right now, the threat that he could actually be deposed of his speakership remains small. So where's the mutiny coming from, exactly?
The latest poll numbers show that a record number of Americans favor raising taxes on the rich as a solution to our budget problems. With the fiscal cliff just weeks away, one question remains: Who cares?
This fiscal cliff is making people do crazy things. Case in point, 81-year-old Representative Bill Young coming very close to caning a protester who wanted "a commitment from him [Young] to extend the middle class tax cuts."
It's a sign that maybe there's an emerging conservative consensus, given the growing number of Republican lawmakers suggesting the party should cave on lettings tax rates go up for the top 2 percent of income earners.
Obama and Boehner met at the White House Sunday for an undisclosed amount of time and discussed an undisclosed amount of solutions.
If John Boehner fails to get a fiscal cliff deal done, a responsibility he's now put entirely on his own back, then he might have trouble on January 3rd when he's expected to be re-elected as Speaker of the House. A conservative group is angling to throw a monkey wrench in that process.
House Majority Leader Eric Cantor announced Wednesday afternoon that the House can't go home for the holidays until the fiscal cliff is resolved, which sounds horrible, but maybe isn't totally. We asked Sen. Claire McCaskill's daughter.
The president's latest attempt to portray congressional Republicans as unreasonable now boils down to something like this: What? What did I say? It was y'all's idea all along.
A group of economic advisers from the Clinton era thinks it may have stumbled upon a brilliant solution for America's current economic situation: make it more like the Clinton era. Which, given today's Washington gridlock, may not be all that brilliant.
Monday afternoon's question-and-answer session was just as measured as any campaign stop, controversial hashtag and all. The only genuine part of the whole thing, then, comes from the reactions.
Basically, they want half the tax increases and 50 percent more cuts to entitlements, and say their plan adds up to $4.6 trillion in deficit reduction. Here's how the plans look side-by-side.
With Democrats having more leverage on taxes in the 2012 fiscal cliff fight, Norquist's power has become not a Democratic fantasy so much as a GOP nightmare.
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We didn't need Jon Stewart to tell us how silly it is for Washington to threaten our economy with another downgrade. We need him to show us how silly this whole thing is making the rest of us.
The president asked for a whole lot in his opening offer to Republicans Thursday, and they rejected it.
Angry phone calls. Dismissive press conferences. Negotiations without details. Nobody said this fiscal-cliff thing would be easy, but can't everyone get along? Isn't the president having his other rival over to the White House right about now?
President Obama's sit down session with 14 chief executives on Wednesday afternoon went swimmingly. At least from the Obama administration's point of view it did.
After the president took the battle for the fiscal cliff over the edge of Twitter today, conservatives went right to work using the hashtag to push back up the social-media mountain — and quite successfully thus far.
America's biggest anti-tax advocate has gotten the vast majority of congressional Republicans to sign his pledge to never raise taxes. But with the fiscal cliff looming, some influential Republicans are suddenly offering to break the pledge. Here's why.
As Congress attempts to negotiate a way to cut the budget deficit and avoid a fiscal cliff, it's worth remembering that one sticking point of the negotiations was supposed to eliminate the deficit problem entirely: the Bush tax cuts.
The Chairman of the Federal Reserve explained it all quite simply today: the sooner it's over, the better—and the sooner we can enjoy a good 2013.
Maybe Rep. Paul Ryan is the one guy who can bring together conservative Republicans with moderates to pass a budget deal avoiding the fiscal cliff. Or maybe he can't bring together anybody.
The meeting between President Obama and congressional leaders on the fiscsal cliff went well, and you can tell not by the nice statements released afterward, but by House Speaker John Boehner's face.
The latest trend in Fiscal Cliff analysis is to point out that it's not actually a cliff at all.
Now that the Democratic Party has fully abused and discredited Mitt Romney's economic vision for America, they've suddenly decided that maybe that one idea he had about tax deductions wasn't so crazy after all.
On Twitter this morning, we woke up to the "news" of Grover Norquist using a kindergarten term. But to be clear, the Republican tax puppetmaster was paraphrasing, trying to make a point that immature Democrats were calling his candidate a "poopy head."
Both President Obama and Speaker of the House John Boehner have revealed their opening gambits in the great fiscal cliff chess match, and they are basically what everyone expected.
Most of the uncertainty over the fiscal cliff (which we discussed yesterday) was a result of neither side having taken a post-election stance on the issue. Now that Speaker of the House John Boehner has made his his first statement, things are not much clearer.
The New York Times reports that a group of Senators are quietly angling for a deal to avert mandatory government spending cuts in January, but liberal economic cheerleader Paul Krugman already sees the negotiation as an inevitable Democratic surrender.
Mitt Romney inadvertently blurted out an Obama campaign talking point last night while discussing the impending "fiscal cliff" facing Congress.
It was the Democratic talking point throughout last year's debt ceiling debate, "The Tea Party is taking the economy hostage," but now in a role reversal from last year, Democrats are the ones threatening economic ruin in an effort to wring concessions from Republicans.
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