Budget Battles

Budget Battles : Opinion Brief
To prevent a government shutdown, House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) may have to compromise with Democrats, alienate conservatives, and even lose his job.

John Boehner's government shutdown dilemma

The Republican leader faces one of the most critical decisions of his career: Cut a deal with Democrats, or stand with his party's hard-line Tea Partiers. What's a House Speaker to do? 

Budget Battles : Opinion Brief
Former Democratic National Committee chief Howard Dean says a government shutdown could benefit the Democrats, just as it did back in the mid-90s.

Are Democrats secretly hoping for a government shutdown?

Liberal standard bearer Howard Dean says Democrats should be "quietly rooting" for a shutdown, because of the political damage it would inflict on the GOP. Is he right?

Budget Battles : Opinion Brief
Everyone from John Boehner (R-Ohio) and the Tea Partiers to Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) and the media is being blamed for the budget stalemate.

Who's to blame for the looming government shutdown?

Budget talks between Republicans and Democrats have devolved into a finger-pointing stalemate. A deal by the April 8 deadline looks increasingly unlikely. Whose fault is that?

Budget Battles : In-depth briefing
USAID, a government agency providing U.S. economic and humanitarian help, holds a cholera awareness activity January 26, 2011 in Haiti.

Aid to the world

The budget debate has sharpened scrutiny of U.S. foreign aid. Are we getting our money’s worth?

Budget Battles : Opinion Brief
House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) is losing the support of conservative congressmen in his budget battle, forcing him to choose between a compromise with Democrats and a government shutdown.

Is Boehner ready to cave to Democrats on the budget?

House Speaker John Boehner passes a deal to avoid an immediate government shutdown, but admits he may have to compromise for a permanent fix

Budget Battles : Opinion Brief
Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) says the government has been "recklessly spending money it does not have," and he will not vote for any more short-term spending bills.

Will Marco Rubio shut down the government?

The Florida Republican pushes Tea Party demands for long-term spending cuts. Can he stop a deal to keep the government funded past Friday?

Budget Battles : Opinion Brief
California's Seal Beach Pier was closed by authorities after a tsunami warning, the sort of weather alarms the proposed GOP budget would cut.

Japan's earthquake: A case for more U.S. government spending?

The House GOP budget would defund the tsunami warning center that alerted West Coasters to danger last week. Is it time to reconsider the spending cuts?

Budget Battles : Opinion Brief
Athletes show off their medals during the Special Olympic European Youth Games in 2006. The GOP's budget proposal would reportedly cut programs for Special Olympics athletes.

Does the GOP want to defund the Special Olympics?

Liberals are outraged over a Mother Jones report claiming that the GOP's proposed budget would gut a program for children with special needs

Budget Battles : Opinion Brief
Paul Zarzyski (left) recites his poem "Black Upon Tan" at the National Cowboy Poetry Gathering, which Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) worries might be defunded by the GOP.

Harry Reid's 'crazy' defense of cowboy poets

The Senate Majority Leader frets that Republican spending cuts would mean the end of Nevada's beloved annual cowboy poetry festival

Budget Battles : Opinion Brief
Democrats may not like the sound of the GOP's proposed $61 billion in spending cuts, but libertarians insist it's actually just pocket change compared to the government's enormous expenditures.

Putting the GOP's spending cuts in perspective

While Dems say the GOP wants to cut far too much from the budget, $61 billion is actually mere peanuts, says the libertarian Cato Institute in this infographic video

Budget Battles : Best Column
House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) is showing some shrewd negotiating skills, says E.J. Dionne in The Washington Post, by demanding spending cuts that far exceed what the GOP could hope to get.

The 'perverse genius' of the GOP's budget plan

The House GOP is rather brilliantly insisting on far bigger budget cuts than Democrats will ever agree to, says E.J. Dionne Jr. in The Washington Post. Nixon would be proud

Budget Battles : Opinion Brief
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) and fellow Democrats conceded $4 billion in spending cuts this week to Republicans in an early budget battle.

The Democrats' budget 'defeat': Can they bounce back?

The Left agrees to GOP spending cuts to temporarily avert a government shutdown. Will they fare any better in the showdown over a long-term deal?

Budget Battles : Opinion Brief
Ending the government's spending binge will help the private sector create jobs, says a spokesman for House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio).

Would the GOP budget kill 700,000 jobs?

The Republican plan to slash federal spending would cost the economy hundreds of thousands of jobs, according to a new independent economic analysis

Budget Battles : Opinion Brief
Both sides have to "rein in government - not [shut] it down," says Speaker of the House John Boehner.

Would a government shutdown hobble the GOP... or Democrats?

Though it looks like disaster has been averted for now, the government could still grind to a halt in March. Which party would suffer most from a shutdown?

Budget Battles : Instant Guide
House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) says Congress will, at least, pass a short-term spending bill to keep the government running.

A citizen's guide to a 'government shutdown'

A budget showdown could grind the federal government to a halt next week. How exactly would that play out?

Budget Battles : Opinion Brief
Gov. Chris Christie (R-N.J.), who faces a multi-billion dollar budget deficit, is one of many Republican leaders aggressively focused on spending cuts.

Are Republicans too 'obsessed' with the deficit?

The GOP is cutting spending with the zeal of a party that won a mandate for change. Did the party take the wrong message from its big win last November?

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