| Oct 6, 2013
| 12:33 PM
WASHINGTON — Neither side in the standoff over the federal budget showed signs of movement Sunday as the shutdown of government agencies moved toward its second week, although both hinted at some aspects of what a potential deal eventually could...
| Oct 7, 2013
SACRAMENTO — Ten years ago, California erupted in an anti-government, anti-establishment convulsion unlike any ever seen.
Disgruntled voters seized the chance for a rare do-over, recalling their staid and serious governor, Gray Davis, and...
| Oct 7, 2013
| 12:38 PM
WASHINGTON -- After a taking the weekend off, President Obama resumed his public pounding of House Republicans on Monday even as a top aide laid out a possible avenue for defusing the fiscal fight that has frozen parts of the government and threatens a...
| Oct 8, 2013
| 1:12 PM
WASHINGTON — Failure by Congress to raise the nation’s debt ceiling would “cause economic chaos,” President Obama warned as he pressed House Speaker John A. Boehner (R-Ohio) to allow votes to reopen government agencies and allow...
| Oct 9, 2013
It was deja vu all over again in Washington on Tuesday as the federal government entered the second week of its partial shutdown. Calling on Democrats to negotiate a budget deal, House Republicans proposed a new version of the deficit-reduction...
| Aug 30, 2013
| 2:41 PM
Congress started the official countdown this week: It's T-minus 31 days to a government shutdown.
OK, so I made up the part about the official countdown. But I don't see any other likely outcome, now that the only folks trying to negotiate a budget deal...
| Sep 2, 2013
| 12:23 PM
NEW DELHI — India passed into law Monday an ambitious program to provide nearly free food to some 800 million Indians. Supporters hailed it as a long-overdue fix for the nation’s rampant poverty, while critics slammed it as a shameless and...
| Sep 4, 2013
| 6:43 AM
WASHINGTON -- The U.S. trade deficit jumped by 13% in July after hitting a more than three-year low the previous month, as the nation imported more goods, such as crude oil, and exports fell, the Commerce Department said Wednesday.
The increase in the...
| Sep 3, 2013
| 7:15 PM
Is it that time again?
Syria will be foremost on Congress' mind when it returns from vacation next week, but lurking on the horizon like an ever-present cloud bank will be the debt limit. Treasury officials say the limit, currently set at $16.7...
| Sep 6, 2013
| 9:29 PM
Everybody wants to see the perpetrators of the financial crisis punished, but you have to feel a little sorry for Standard & Poor's, the credit rating firm being sued by the federal government for its role in the disaster.
S&P clearly has its back to...
| Sep 10, 2013
| 5:00 PM
How do you try to stop House Republicans from doing something counterproductive and, potentially, politically ruinous to stop the 2010 healthcare law?
If you're House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-Va.), evidently, it's by proposing something even...