| Sep 20, 2013
| 11:34 AM
For the fourth consecutive year, lawmakers have failed to pass any of the 12 annual spending bills that fund the federal government and so must pass a stopgap measure (called a continuing resolution, or CR) to keep Washington's lights on past Sept. 30....
| Oct 1, 2013
| 6:12 PM
There's an ancient adage that in war, truth is the first casualty. The war being waged over the federal budget, mostly by Republicans fighting with themselves, is a perfect example.
The biggest untruth may be that by pressing their demands the...
| Sep 29, 2013
| 9:12 PM
WASHINGTON — The debate over President Obama's signature healthcare law enters a crucial phase this week as the real effect on consumers starts to come into focus after more than 3 1/2 years of partisan claims and counter-claims.
For both sides in...
| Sep 25, 2013
| 4:41 PM
The Wall Street Journal's Holman Jenkins, in the course of a fairly conventional conservative's screed against the Affordable Care Act published on Wednesday, made one eye-opening assertion I've never seen anywhere else.
He claimed that I'm "rooting for...
| Sep 23, 2013
| 9:43 AM
Hollywood is gearing to help with ensure the success of President Obama's healthcare law.
The Times' Maeve Reston reported Saturday on the effort.
Mike Farah and his team at Funny or Die studios are developing as many as 20 projects involving the...
| Oct 17, 2013
| 10:44 AM
One seldom acknowledged fact about the "fog of war" is that it can persist long after the final battle is over. That's true of the battle that ended the shutdown/debt ceiling war.
So because they may still be obscured, here is a quick rundown of the...
| Oct 29, 2013
| 10:38 AM
You have to hand it to the Peter G. Peterson Foundation for its craftiness. The offspring of hedge fund billionaire Pete Peterson, the foundation knows no obstacles when it comes to pushing its agenda of cutting government spending, especially on Social...
| Oct 28, 2013
| 3:59 PM
You know a bill is in trouble in Congress when its opponents come up with increasingly infantile reasons for killing it. That's the coming fate of immigration reform in Washington. To hear House Republicans talk, it's worth killing because (a) passing...
| Oct 28, 2013
A budget panel composed of Democratic, Republican and independent members of the Senate and House is working on ways to avoid another government shutdown like the nightmare we all were just forced to endure.
As a member of that committee, I realize that...
| Oct 16, 2013
| 2:48 PM
Now that Congress is set to lift the current limit on how much the government can borrow, here are four facts about the national debt that, polls indicate, many people don’t know.
1. The U.S. debt burden is starting to decline. That’s...
| Oct 18, 2013
| 10:38 AM
WASHINGTON -- As Democrats and Republicans prepare for negotiations over the next round of the scheduled budget cuts known as the sequester, incentives for both have swung toward a small deal, rather than the sort of “grand bargain”...