The National Debt : Opinion Brief
For the first time in history, the U.S. government's credit rating was docked, and some say House Speaker John Boehner and President Obama are to blame.

The U.S. credit downgrade: Who's to blame?

Standard and Poor's strips the federal government of its AAA status, and a fingerpointing epidemic breaks out in Washington

The National Debt : World Reactions
President Obama and Congress have not won rave reviews from foreign leaders for their rancorous debate over raising the debt ceiling.

How badly did the debt fight damage America's image abroad?

Foreign observers were horrified by Washington's bungling of a debt-ceiling hike, and Uncle Sam's reputation may never recover

The National Debt : Opinion Brief
U.S. Air Force Academy cadets at graduation: The Defense Department's long-term budget may be slashed by another $500 billion dollars, unless the GOP agrees to increases in tax revenue.

The next debt fight: Will the GOP cave on taxes to prevent defense cuts?

When a congressional "super committee" hammers out the debt deal's spending cuts, the Pentagon's budget could be the crux of the drama

The National Debt : The Bullpen
David Frum

David Frum: The debt deal's biggest losers

America's commitment to national security — and to our own poor, unemployed, and sick — should be called into question after this puzzling deal

The National Debt : Opinion Brief
Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-K.Y.) after the Senate passed the debt-ceiling deal Tuesday: Unfortunately, the deal, in large part, is just an agreement to engage in more partisan squabbling.

The debt deal: Who will win Round 2?

Brace yourselves: The bitter battle over exactly how to slash America's massive budget deficits is really just beginning

The National Debt : Opinion Brief
A U.S. Army National Guardsman at the U.S.-Mexico border: The U.S. military's budget may be slashed by hundreds of billions of dollars over the next decade.

Debt deal: Is the Pentagon the biggest loser?

The GOP wouldn't bend on taxes, but it made concessions on defense cuts — causing foreign-policy hawks to fret over a potentially weakened military

The National Debt : Opinion Brief
A deal to raise the debt ceiling through the 2012 election was signed into law on Tuesday, and House Speaker John Boehner says the final agreement gave him a whopping "98 percent" of what he wanted.

Debt deal: Did Boehner really get '98 percent' of what he wanted?

After weeks of being pummeled and embarrassed by Tea Partiers, the House speaker claims victory for the GOP — and himself

The National Debt : Opinion Brief
President Obama's capitulation on the debt deal helped conservative governance make "several extremely consequential strides," says Michael Tomasky at The Daily Beast.

Is the debt deal a disaster for Obama?

Republicans got just about everything they wanted in the debt deal, while President Obama got very little — at least for now

The National Debt : Opinion Brief
The New York Stock Exchange opened Monday as news of the debt deal spread: Though the deal will help Washington avert default, it could still spell disaster for the economy.

Will the debt deal actually hurt the economy?

Washington might have figured out how to raise the debt ceiling before the government runs out of money. But will that spare Americans new financial pain?

The National Debt : Opinion Brief
In 2005, Allison Janney, starring in "The West Wing," helped explain why the debt ceiling decision is often made at the last minute.

The West Wing's 'witty and wise' debt-ceiling explanation

Aaron Sorkin's acclaimed NBC drama breaks down the concept that's been confounding Congress — in an episode that aired in 2005

The National Debt : Winners and Losers
Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-K.Y.) gives a thumbs up when asked Sunday if a debt deal has been reached: The Senate Minority leader has come out of the debt debate a (relative) crowd favorite.

The debt deal: Winners and losers

Republicans and Democrats have hammered out a last-minute agreement to raise the debt ceiling and cut over $2 trillion. If it passes, will anyone be happy?

The National Debt : Wit
President Obama urged Americans to contact their Congressmen via Twitter, to bloggers' amusement.

Obama's 'call to tweet': The wisecracks

The president urges Americans to pressure Congress into a bipartisan debt compromise — using 140 characters or less

The National Debt : The List
House Speaker John Boehner did not secure enough votes Thursday night to pass his debt plan, and what happens next is anyone's guess.

John Boehner's debt-vote delay: 5 lessons

Unable to convince rogue conservatives to support his debt-ceiling bill, Boehner postpones the vote rather than be humiliated on the House floor

The National Debt : Opinion Brief
The House will vote on Speaker John Boehner's two-step debt-ceiling plan late Thursday, but it's unclear if far-right conservatives will fall in line.

Debt crisis: Do rogue Republicans want economic 'chaos'?

It seems that some conservatives think financial catastrophe would improve their negotiating position on the debt ceiling

The National Debt : Opinion Brief
According to certain Democratic leaders, It's time for President Obama to invoke the 14th amendment to nullify the debt-ceiling debate.

Debt-ceiling showdown: Time for Obama to invoke the 14th amendment?

House Democrats say if Republicans won't agree to a long-term solution to the debt crisis, the president should impose one on his own

The National Debt : Opinion Brief
House Speaker John Boehner is having a difficult time convincing his Republican caucus to support his two-step plan to raise the debt ceiling.

Will Republicans reject their own debt plan?

John Boehner is trying to muster GOP support for his proposal to trim the deficit and raise the debt ceiling, but few are confident he has the votes

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