Budget Battles : The List
House Speaker John Boehner in August 2011 after Congress reached a bipartisan deal on the debt-limit: Boehner seems to want to rehash that ordeal come December to satisfy his Tea Party constituents.

Why John Boehner wants another debt ceiling showdown: 5 theories

The House Speaker seems to be relishing the possibility of reliving the awful debt-ceiling drama of 2011 come December

112th Congress : Burning Question
House Budget Committee chairman Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wis): Proposed new cuts are being criticized for prioritizing defense spending over programs that aid the poor.

Are the GOP's budget cuts anti-poor?

Republicans in the House try to take an ax to programs for the poor, saying the cuts are necessary to shrink the deficit and protect national security

112th Congress : Opinion Brief
President Obama and House Speaker John Boehner can't agree on how to pay the $6 billion it would cost to prevent federal student loan interest rates from doubling.

Boehner vs. Obama: Who's really responsible for the mess in D.C.?

President Obama and House Speaker John Boehner trade shots as their parties head into an election-year showdown over student loan rates

Budget Battles : The Bullpen
Bill Frist

Bill Frist: 5 reasons deficit hawks should lay off global health initiatives

America's national debt is ballooning at a worryingly rapid pace. But some programs ought to be spared the chopping block

Budget Battles : Burning Question
Stewart Kern waits to apply for food stamps in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., in February 2011. Recent statistics show that 1 in 7 Americans receives benefits through the federal program.

Is it immoral for Congress to cut food stamps?

Religious leaders are taking Republicans to task for a House budget that would slash benefits to the poor

112th Congress : The Bullpen
Dana Liebelson

Dana Liebelson: How indefinite detention snuck into Obama's defense bill

It's now legal to seize suspected terrorists and throw them in jail without charge or trial. Why was this controversial law debated in a secret committee?

Budget Battles : Fact Sheet
Rep. Paul Ryan's (R-Wis.) budget would reduce the top individual and corporate tax rates to 25 percent.

8 reasons to love — or hate — Paul Ryan's budget

The GOP budget guru unveils the fiscal document Republicans will carry into this year's election. A look at the good, the bad, and the partisan

Budget Battles : Analysis
Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) unveiled a budget Tuesday that calls for repealing President Obama's health-care reforms, slashing Medicare, and overhauling the tax code.

Paul Ryan's new 'Medicare-killing' budget: Will it help the GOP?

Just as he did last year, the Wisconsin Republican again ignites a feud with a spending plan that calls for overhauling a popular, decades-old entitlement program

112th Congress : Instant Guide
"It's a welcome sign that we can put our differences aside and work together to help boost the economy," House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-Va.) said of the bipartisan JOBS act.

Is Congress finally working together to save the economy?

Lawmakers are in the midst of passing two job-creation bills — and both of them, to everyone's surprise, have the support of Democrats and Republicans

112th Congress : The Bullpen
Tish Durkin

Tish Durkin: Why Washington needs backroom deals

Pundits blame our rancorous politics for the retirements of moderates like Olympia Snowe. We'd be wiser to point the finger at good-government reforms

112th Congress : Opinion Brief
Rep. Darrell Issa (R-Calif.) sparked a controversy Thursday by convening a congressional hearing on contraception, and calling only male witnesses.

Congress' contraceptives hearing: 'Where are the women?'

The GOP-led House holds a hearing on Obama's controversial contraception compromise — and the five witnesses are all men

Budget Battles : Opinion Brief
President Obama shakes hands with Americans who benefit from the payroll tax holiday that congressional leaders have agreed to extend through 2012.

Did the GOP really cave on Obama's payroll tax holiday?

Republicans puzzle much of D.C. by suddenly backing off a demand to slash spending in exchange for extending a tax holiday. Is there more here than meets the eye?

Budget Battles : The List
In Virginia on Monday, President Obama speaks about his 2013 budget, which proposes tax hikes on the rich and increased spending on infrastructure projects.

Obama's 'nervous breakdown' budget: 5 talking points

The president's polarizing spending plan is dead on arrival in Congress, critics say. But it's still triggering plenty of debate

Budget Battles : The Bullpen
Paul Brandus

Paul Brandus: Obama's cynical, unpassable budget

The president knows the tax hikes in his spending plan have no chance of passing the GOP House. But that could still give him a great campaign argument

Budget Battles : Opinion Brief
If President Obama lets the Bush tax cuts expire at the end of the year, Grover Norquist and anti-tax Republicans will reportedly push for impeachment.

Could the GOP impeach Obama for ending the Bush tax cuts?

Though liberals are scoffing, that's the threat from Grover Norquist, the anti-tax activist who has essentially been setting the GOP's tax policy

Budget Battles : The Bullpen
Paul Brandus

Paul Brandus: The payroll tax shell game

The ballyhooed bill delays a de facto tax hike for millions of Americans — but also undermines Social Security and the economic recovery

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