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Budget Battles : The List
A $1 trillion face?

Debt-ceiling fight: Who should be on the $1 trillion platinum coin?

As the idea of neutering the debt ceiling with a mega-coin gains cache, it's time to start picking the trillion-dollar face

 
Budget Battles : Politics
To mint or not to mint?

Why the $1 trillion coin campaign is good for America

By meeting absurdity with absurdity, "mint the coin" advocates may show debt-ceiling hostage takers the recklessness of their own premises

 
Budget Battles : Analysis
Rep. Greg Walden (R-Ore.) is countering the Democrats' $1 trillion coin trick with a stunt of his own.

The GOP bid to ban the absurd trillion-dollar-coin trick

Liberals are floating an unorthodox plan to borrow more money without a fight over raising the debt ceiling. Conservatives are not pleased

 
Budget Battles : Politics
President Obama is stuck between a liberal rock and a constitutional hard place.

Does Obama have the power to unilaterally raise the debt ceiling?

Some of the president's allies say the 14th Amendment authorizes Obama to borrow whatever it takes to cover the government's bills

 
Budget Battles : The List
Sure, let's just mint a $1 trillion platinum coin or two to deal with U.S. debt. It's that simple.

4 reasons the government won't mint a trillion-dollar coin to prevent a debt-ceiling crisis

The bizarre gimmick is being discussed — seriously, by some — as a way for the government to keep paying its bills without a fight over raising the borrowing limit

 
112th Congress : The List
Leaders of the so-called "do-nothing 112th Congress": House Speaker John Boehner, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell

10 insulting labels for the outgoing 112th Congress

If the early reviews are any indication, history will not be kind to the class of lawmakers who occupied Capitol Hill over the past two years

 
Budget Battles : Opinion Brief
Former President George W. Bush waves while signing copies of his memoir Decision Points in Dallas in 2010.

Does the fiscal cliff deal vindicate George W. Bush?

Bush 43 has only slowly recovered from abysmal popularity numbers. Will this arguably symbolic win for his tax cuts speed the political rehabilitation?

 
Budget Battles : Politics
House Majority Leader Eric Cantor and House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan listen to Speaker of the House John Boehner.

What the fiscal-cliff deal says about Paul Ryan and Eric Cantor

One man wants to be president. The other craves the speaker's gavel

 
Budget Battles : Analysis
"I will not have another debate with this Congress over whether or not they should pay the bills that they've already racked up," President Obama said.

The looming debt-ceiling fight: Worse than the fiscal cliff?

Washington has averted potentially devastating austerity measures. But what happens when the Treasury Department runs out of money next month?

 
Budget Battles : Analysis
House Majority Leader Eric Cantor was one of 151 House Republicans to vote "no" on the fiscal cliff deal.

Why the fiscal cliff deal is good news for conservatives

Republicans should applaud the deal on ground of patriotism, policy, and politics

 
112th Congress : Politics
House Speaker John Boehner and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid: Not exactly BFF.

Fiscal-cliff drama: John Boehner reportedly told Harry Reid to go f--- himself

Passions, it seems, were running awfully high behind the scenes

 
Budget Battles : Winners and Losers
President Obama makes a statement after the House passed a bill to keep tax cuts for Americans making less than $450,000.

The fiscal-cliff fix: Winners and losers

Nobody loves the deal eked out to save us from dropping off the fiscal cliff, but some people still came out looking pretty good

 
Budget Battles : Analysis
House Speaker John Boehner walks to the House Chamber to oversee the New Year's Day fiscal-cliff vote.

After conservative revolt, the House clears fiscal-cliff deal

Despite a day of griping and intrigue among Republicans, the House sends President Obama a Senate deal to cancel a spate of fiscal discomfort

 
Budget Battles : Politics
John Boehner and House Republicans are all that stand in the way of a fiscal cliff deal.

Will the House sink the fiscal cliff deal?

The Senate did its part, ringing in the New Year at work and passing an 11th-hour fiscal cliff deal. Your move, Boehner

 
Budget Battles : Analysis
President Obama got Senate Republicans to agree to a tax hike for the wealthiest Americans. Now if only he could convince the House...

The fiscal cliff deal: A big win for President Obama?

The Senate passes a bill that would raise taxes on the wealthy. But a big fight over spending still looms...

 
Budget Battles : Politics
House Speaker John Boehner will likely see a $1,100 increase to his salary in 2013.

Fiscal cliff fail: Should Congress reject its pay raise?

Obama is lifting a freeze on federal employees, meaning the disgraceful Congress that can't even fix its own self-imposed fiscal wreck will get a pay bump

 
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