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  • McManus: Debt-limit delay in the real world

    McManus: Debt-limit delay in the real world
    In 2008, as financial crisis threatened the U.S. banking system, President George W. Bush asked Congress to approve an emergency bailout. Leaders of both parties blessed the idea; both presidential candidates — Barack Obama and John McCain — endorsed it. But conservative Republicans and liberal Democrats rebelled, the House defeated the bill — and the stock market plummeted in real time during the roll call. It took the prospect of economic meltdown to get the House to reverse itself and approve Bush's Troubled Asset Relief Program.
  • McManus: Sadder but wiser pols

    President Obama took a posse of Republican senators to dinner last week, and this week he's giving Congress the unusual courtesy of no fewer than four presidential visits to Capitol Hill. Can a flurry of presidential schmoozing change Washington from...

    Tom Corbett and Allyson Schwartz clash reveals governor's desperation as he attacks gas tax idea

    It became apparent this past week where Gov. Tom Corbett will aim his biggest political cannons in what has become his desperate bid to get re-elected. The main salvos target U.S. Rep. Allyson Schwartz, a Democrat from Montgomery County who is seen as a...

    Sen. Flake's conservative quest to find Senate comity

    Sen. Jeff Flake of Arizona likes President Barack Obama, voted to give him the authority to strike Syria, supported the comprehensive immigration legislation favored by the White House, and works comfortably with members of the opposing party. The six-...

    Congress still gets paid while government is closed

    Congress still gets paid while government is closed
    Congress has failed so miserably that it can't even keep the government open for business. But our representatives and senators still will get paid for failing to do their job. Rest assured it's not because they are considered "essential" personnel...