| Oct 12, 2013
| 12:50 PM
WASHINGTON – For the first time since a political impasse shut down the government, the Senate’s top Republican and Democrat have started negotiations to try to resolve the stalemate.
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) and Minority...
| Oct 12, 2013
| 5:33 PM
WASHINGTON — As talks over how to end the government shutdown and avert a default on the debt collapsed Saturday between House Republicans and the White House, the Senate's top leaders launched their own negotiations to find a last-ditch compromise,...
| Oct 16, 2013
| 5:30 PM
Sen. Pat Toomey was among 18 senators to vote against a deal Wednesday night to reopen the federal government and raise the debt ceiling.
The Pennsylvania Republican joined the Senate’s most conservative lawmakers in their opposition to a last-...
| Oct 21, 2013
| 6:05 AM
Donations to the 400 charities in the U.S. that raise the most money are slowing in 2013 after climbing 4% the year before, according to a new report released this morning by the Chronicle of Philanthropy.
The slowdown in post-recession philanthropy...
| 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...
| Oct 21, 2013
| 8:01 PM
Donations to the 400 charities in the U.S. that raise the most money are slowing in 2013 after climbing 4% the year before, according to a report released Monday by the Chronicle of Philanthropy.
The slowdown in post-recession philanthropy comes despite...
| Oct 22, 2013
| 6:32 AM
WASHINGTON -- Americans are more pessimistic about the state of the economy after the partial government shutdown and debt limit fight, according to poll results released Tuesday.
Just 29% of respondents in a CNN/ORC International survey said economic...
| Oct 23, 2013
| 1:46 PM
Mayor Rahm Emanuel today unveiled a nearly $7 billion budget for 2014, but also focused on a year from now and warned what will happen if the city doesn't fix its pension system by then.
“Should Springfield fail to pass pension reform for...
| Oct 25, 2013
| 8:23 AM
WASHINGTON -- A leading barometer of consumer confidence tumbled this month to its lowest level this year as the partial federal government shutdown led to fears the economic recovery would slow down.
The consumer sentiment index from the University...
| Oct 29, 2013
| 2:58 PM
David Dayen spots a new blow for underwater homeowners that thus far has flown under the radar: the coming expiration of the Mortgage Forgiveness Debt Relief Act of 2007, scheduled for Dec. 31.
The act is a mouthful, but it's been a crucial factor in...
| May 28, 2013
| 7:45 AM
WASHINGTON -- Consumer confidence surged this month to its highest level in more than five years as optimism increased about the state of the economy and its prospects for the rest of the year, according to a closely watched private barometer released...