| Oct 3, 2013
Much is in flux in Washington this week. But two important realities have remained constant, whether certain elements in the GOP accept them or not: We must not default on the federal debt, and we shouldn't wait until we're on the brink of default to...
| Sep 18, 2013
| 5:53 AM
WASHINGTON -- President Obama will try to enlist help from business leaders in his standoff with congressional Republicans over government spending and a looming vote to raise the debt limit, a White House official said.
At a meeting with the Business...
| Jul 19, 2013
| 6:54 AM
WASHINGTON -- The shrinking budget deficit and improving economy has led Moody's Investor Services to affirm the nation's AAA credit rating and upgrade the outlook for government debt to stable from a negative watch that could have led to a downgrade....
| Jul 29, 2013
| 9:34 AM
The Pasadena Playhouse ended its fiscal year 2011-12 in the red, but company leaders are maintaining a sunny outlook for 2012-13, citing strong box office results for two recent shows -- "Sleepless in Seattle" and "One Night with Janis Joplin."
| Oct 2, 2013
| 5:52 PM
WASHINGTON -- House Speaker John A. Boehner (R-Ohio) pleaded for patience Wednesday from a nervous faction of Republicans clamoring for a resolution to the government shutdown, now headed into a third day after congressional leaders left the White House...
| Oct 2, 2013
| 6:42 PM
WASHINGTON — In 2011, with the government dangling on the edge of default, President Obama and House Speaker John A. Boehner (R-Ohio) engaged in nearly daily negotiations. There were regular phone calls, talks and red wine at the White House....
| Sep 20, 2013
| 2:11 PM
WASHINGTON – After weeks of dealing with hairy foreign policy issues and grave conflicts overseas, President Obama appeared ready to get back to more familiar political territory – a fiscal fight with House Republicans.
Obama, looking feisty...
| Aug 6, 2013
| 7:14 AM
WASHINGTON -- The U.S. trade deficit unexpectedly plunged in June to its lowest level since late 2009 as exports jumped to a record high, the Commerce Department said Tuesday.
A decrease in imports, particularly crude oil, also helped the deficit drop...
| Sep 23, 2013
| 11:51 AM
In my Sunday column, I complained that House Speaker John A. Boehner (R-Ohio) seems to have forgotten that one purpose of Congress, especially in an era of divided government, is to negotiate toward compromises without abandoning core principles....
| Sep 17, 2013
| 2:32 PM
As every legislative craftsman knows, the trick in giving your bill a name is, first, come up with a title that yields a catchy acronym. Second, make sure the title doesn't explain what the bill does.
Hence, the Inform Act.
The name certainly is...
| 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...