The National Debt

The National Debt : The List
The president's handling of the debt crisis gets slightly better marks than both congressional Democrats or Republicans in a new poll that some considered biased.

The 'dismal' new debt ceiling poll: 5 takeaways

Americans aren't thrilled with President Obama's handling of the debt-ceiling talks — but they're really unhappy about the Republicans' approach

The National Debt : By the numbers
Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner at a conference in Washington, D.C. in June: Without an increase to the $14.3 trillion debt limit, Geithner will have some tough choices to make in August.

The risk of a U.S. default: By the numbers

If Congress doesn't raise the debt ceiling by Aug. 2, Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner will have to make some very tough choices

The National Debt : Opinion Brief
President Obama is reportedly endorsing a debt deal that is heavy on spending cuts, and to the right of what most Republican voters want.

Obama's deficit proposal: A 'moderate Republican' plan?

The president is pushing greater spending cuts, and fewer tax increases, than the typical GOP voter wants. Does that make him a Republican?

The National Debt : Opinion Brief
President Obama walked out of Wednesday's debt-ceiling meeting, after House Majority Leader Eric Cantor reportedly interrupted him.

The Obama-Cantor spat: Is a debt deal still possible?

The House Majority Leader says the president stormed out of Wednesday's debt-ceiling meeting, and there's a rising concern that the talks can't be saved

The National Debt : Opinion Brief
President Obama warned that Social Security checks could be imperiled if Congress doesn't raise the debt ceiling, but some on the Right say seniors have nothing to fear.

No Social Security checks: Is Obama bluffing?

The president warns seniors that their benefits could dry up in early August if Democrats and Republicans don't strike a deal on the debt ceiling soon

The National Debt : Opinion Brief
Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) proposed a plan that would allow the president to unilaterally raise the debt ceiling, provoking a backlash from the Tea Party.

The debt showdown: Did Mitch McConnell blink?

The Senate GOP leader suggests Congress should let President Obama unilaterally nudge the debt ceiling higher — without any spending cuts in return

The National Debt : Opinion Brief
With the August 2 deadline to raise the debt ceiling looming, President Obama and House Speaker John Boehner remain at a negotiating impasse.

Obama vs. Boehner: Who's winning the debt debate?

While the president says it's time for both parties to "eat their peas" and strike a painful debt deal, the House Speaker counter-spins that it "takes two to tango"

The National Debt : Petty Controversy
Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wisc.) may be pushing a major budget overhaul with controversial cuts to social security, but in his free time he appears to be a bit of a high-roller.

Petty controversy: Paul Ryan's 'outrageous' $350 bottles of wine

The congressman who's advocating massive spending cuts indulged in some pricey Pinot Noir while at a dinner in D.C. Cue the condemnation

The National Debt : Opinion Brief
Obama and House Republicans continue to spar over debt solutions and some critics say it's time for the president to change his ambitious game plan.

Should Obama abandon his 'go-big' debt ceiling strategy?

Despite faltering talks with the GOP, the president remains steadfast that the House should seek to reach the "largest possible deal" in resolving the budget crisis

The National Debt : Opinion Brief
In order to secure a deal that prevents a U.S. default, President Obama may agree to Social Security cuts, and some Democrats say that concession is just too much to accept.

Will Democrats revolt over Obama's debt deal?

Liberals are furious over the president's proposed concessions on Social Security in his debt negotiations with Republicans

The National Debt : Opinion Brief
President Obama will reportedly push for Social Security and Medicare cuts in exchange for Republicans' willingness to raise tax revenue.

Will Obama cut Social Security to secure a debt deal?

The White House stuns progressives by suggesting cuts to popular entitlement programs as part of a deal to raise the debt ceiling

The National Debt : Opinion Brief
House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) and his Republican colleagues are stubbornly refusing a very favorable debt deal, says David Brooks at The New York Times.

Should sealing a debt deal be a 'no-brainer' for the GOP?

Democrats have caved to many Republican demands during negotiations over the debt ceiling, and yet, talks remain at an impasse

The National Debt : Opinion Brief
"Everybody else has been willing to move off their maximalist position," President Obama said Wednesday, referring to Republican intransigence on debt negotiations.

Can Obama scold the GOP into a debt deal?

The president swats at conservatives, telling them to "do their job" and accept higher taxes for the super-rich. Will that sway Republicans, or just vex them?

The National Debt : Opinion Brief
President Obama and Republicans continue to spar on the debt ceiling, but one Democratic senator suggests a broad reading of the Constitution could give the White House a new solution.

Is the debt ceiling unconstitutional?

A broad reading of the 14th Amendment might allow Obama to bypass Congress and continue piling up debt — without caving to GOP demands

The National Debt : Opinion Brief
House Majority Leader Eric Cantor says budget talks have stalled, and can only be restarted by President Obama and Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio).

Why did Eric Cantor bail on bipartisan budget talks?

The House Majority Leader pulls out of negotiations with the White House, casting doubt on the government's ability to avoid defaulting on its debt

The National Debt : Opinion Brief
Speaker of the House John Boehner (R-Ohio) and other GOP leaders overwhelmingly voted against raising the nation's debt ceiling on Tuesday night, a move Democrats are decrying as a political stunt.

The House's 'phony' debt-ceiling vote: A win for the GOP?

On Tuesday, 97 Dems supported the idea of raising the debt ceiling without any spending cuts, saddling their party with a politically unpopular vote

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