| Nov 4, 2013
| 11:41 PM
C.J. Miles had 19 points, Kyrie Irving scored 15 and the Cleveland Cavaliers held off a late Minnesota rally to hand the Timberwovles their first loss of the season, 93-92, Monday night at Cleveland.
The Timberwolves erased almost all of a 23-point...
| Oct 30, 2013
| 9:58 PM
WASHINGTON — With another government shutdown looming as soon as January, congressional negotiators convened Wednesday to attempt to reach a budget compromise and end the brinkmanship that has left the capital lurching from one fiscal crisis to...
| 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 27, 2013
| 5:00 AM
WASHINGTON — Here's a side effect of the 16-day federal shutdown and debt ceiling crisis that could prove popular among tax-sensitive homeowners: The stalemate removed even the remotest possibility that Congress could undertake fundamental tax...
| 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 9, 2013
If you wanted to hear words of sweet conciliation, the White House was the wrong place to go this week.
"We're not going to pay a ransom for America paying its bills," President Obama said Tuesday, sticking to his demand that Congress pass a spending...
| Oct 16, 2013
God bless Mitch McConnell.
The Senate Republican leader isn't an especially lovable figure. Even many of his fellow conservatives are lukewarm about him.
He's colorless and charisma-free. He's a thoroughgoing partisan who has launched more filibusters...
| Oct 16, 2013
| 6:50 AM
The question may seem premature, since the threat of a debt-ceiling breach and a government default still darkens America's skies, like a thunderhead.
Yet Tuesday's utter collapse of the House Republican caucus surely demonstrates the severe...
| Oct 10, 2013
| 4:33 PM
WASHINGTON -- The standoff over the federal budget moved toward at least a temporary end as Speaker John A. Boehner announced Thursday that House Republicans would agree to a six-week extension of the federal government’s ability to borrow to pay...
| Oct 14, 2013
| 6:28 AM
There are so many to choose from, but these four take the cake. In no particular order:
1. The Vitter amendment. Concocted by David Vitter (R-La.), this majestically cynical measure is based on the common misconception that members of Congress and their...
| Oct 2, 2013
| 2:58 PM
You can always identify true ideologues -- their pitch never changes, no matter the weather, political or otherwise. That's the case with Fix the Debt, a lobby group for deficit hawks that's connected umbilically to hedge fund billionaire Peter G....