| Oct 17, 2013
| 12:04 PM
As The Times' editorial board noted Thursday, the Senate deal that reopened the government and raised the debt ceiling didn't resolve the dispute between Republicans and Democrats over fiscal policy, the 2010 healthcare law or other major issues. It...
| 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”...
| Oct 18, 2013
| 2:14 PM
WASHINGTON -- The White House is resuming public tours on a limited schedule after stopping the popular tourist draw when budget cuts hit federal agencies in March.
A scaled-back schedule of tours will begin Nov. 5, the White House said in a statement....
| Oct 20, 2013
Obama and the Democrats won; Republicans and the tea party lost. And both sides are gearing up for next time.
Now that our recent brush with financial crisis is behind us, it's time to start planning for the next one.
That's the problem Congress set...
| Oct 19, 2013
| 5:15 PM
WASHINGTON — The latest federal budget showdown has quickly set the stage for the next one, as Republicans and Democrats have just three months to craft a new agreement to avoid another shutdown crisis.
This time, though, the parties come to the...
| Oct 22, 2013
| 5:42 PM
WASHINGTON — The job market weakened in September amid a slowdown in key growth engines such as healthcare and leisure — a worrisome sign given that the employment picture probably worsened this month with the partial federal government...
| Oct 24, 2013
The feeling inside the GOP these days can be summed up in a paraphrase of a line by an old French Marxist: "Hell is other Republicans."
After a government shutdown that was foreseen as a failure even by many of those who haplessly provoked it, the party...
| Oct 31, 2013
| 3:25 PM
WASHINGTON -- Just as Interior Secretary Sally Jewell started her job in April, her department was faced with across-the-board budget cuts known as sequestration. Then there was the 16-day partial government shutdown last month, where the National Park...
| Nov 11, 2013
| 8:23 PM
SAN FRANCISCO — Interior Secretary Sally Jewell says she will recommend that President Obama act alone if necessary to create new national monuments and sidestep a gridlocked Congress that has failed to address dozens of public lands bills.
| Dec 11, 2013
Here's what counts as success in Washington these days: a budget deal that almost everyone hates and that doesn't solve any of the country's major problems.
The spending bill that Sen. Patty Murray (D-Wash.) and Rep. Paul D. Ryan (R-Wis.) unveiled...
| Nov 15, 2013
Almost every time this country finishes a major war, we cut the Army appropriately — and then we cut too much.
After World War II, we demobilized massively, but then went too far. The result in 1950 was Task Force Smith, the first U.S. Army ground...