| Oct 2, 2013
| 5:45 AM
WASHINGTON -- A majority of Americans want Congress to raise the nation's $16.7-trillion debt limit and would blame Republicans if it isn't, according to a poll released Wednesday.
About 56% of respondents said it would be bad for the country if the...
| Sep 23, 2013
| 8:04 AM
House Republicans are behaving like children in their threats to shut down the government, especially when they have better options to move their agenda.
The House has passed a bill to keep the government funded at current levels after September 30,...
| Jan 2, 2014
| 5:40 PM
WASHINGTON — Federal officials swooped in to rescue mortgage finance giants Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac in 2008 with the largest of all the financial crisis bailouts — a combined $187.5 billion — because they were considered too big to...
| Oct 6, 2013
| 1:33 PM
Two major topics of conversation are burning up the Twittersphere these days: Miley Cyrus and the government shutdown. Both came together on Saturday night when Cyrus hosted "SNL" and starred in a racy video called "We Did Stop (the government)" where she...
| Dec 10, 2013
As Senate Budget Committee Chairwoman Patty Murray (D-Wash.) and House Budget Committee Chairman Paul D. Ryan (R-Wis.) work toward yet another makeshift budget deal, they should do us all a favor and instead just scrap the congressional budget process....
| Dec 11, 2013
Here's what counts as success in Washington these days: a budget deal that almost everyone hates and that doesn't solve any of the country's major problems.
The spending bill that Sen. Patty Murray (D-Wash.) and Rep. Paul D. Ryan (R-Wis.) unveiled...
| Oct 4, 2013
A vast scholarly literature spanning more than six decades exists on the subject of leadership. The characteristics of effective leaders have been pored over, cataloged and debated. Among them, one trait stands out as axiomatic: Effective leaders take...
| Oct 8, 2013
This is the first year in more than four decades that I haven't been in the legislative branch of government. During that span, I've witnessed government's greatest potential as well as its calamitous capacity for dysfunction. Unfortunately, the latter is...
| Oct 16, 2013
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...
| Oct 16, 2013
In 1942, the popular detective fiction writer Rex Stout published a book about Congress featuring "the silliest, stupidest and most dangerous statements that have ever been made by men laying claim to being leaders of the American people." The book's...
| Oct 15, 2013
Two different narratives have been at play in Washington lately to explain what caused the government shutdown. In the first, House Republicans are to blame for trying to hold Democrats and the president hostage over a law that was duly passed by...