What happens when Republicans are stuck on the tarmac?
If you’re reading this item while you’re stuck at the airport, don’t start cursing your airline just yet. The real culprit may be the sequester. READ MORE >>
After the Senate failed to expand gun background checks, the president flashes anger
The compromise on background checks died today in the Senate. And President Obama is as angry as we’ve ever seen him. READ MORE >>
An investigation into the barely regulated, unsafe business of looking after our children
It was 5:30 in the morning when Kenya Mire looked down READ MORE >>
Want to know whether bipartisan compromise on the budget has a future? Then watch very clearly over the next few days, to see whether Republican leaders distance themselves from Republican Congressman Greg Walden—and whether Walden himself walks back some rhetoric from yesterday. READ MORE >>
President Barack Obama’s new budget will call for cuts to Social Security and Medicare, according to the New York Times. This is a huge, shocking development—except for the fact that Obama called for these things already. READ MORE >>
Conservatives have a new darling: Ben Carson. Or, as they prefer to call him, Doctor Ben Carson. READ MORE >>
His new 'Path to Prosperity' budget looks a lot like the last one
Paul Ryan has released his new budget proposal, "The Path to Prosperity." It looks almost exactly like his old budget proposal. READ MORE >>
Concessions? No. Reports say his next plan will make new demands.
Paul Ryan is about to unveil a new proposal for how the government should spend its money. According to multiple media accounts, it will look a lot like the budget plans he's produced before, the ones that famously called for radically downsizing the government. The main difference? The cuts in this proposal will be even bigger. READ MORE >>
The automatic budget cuts of "sequestration" are starting to take effect, but most Americans probably aren't going to notice right away. The lines at the airport won't be longer on Saturday and the border gates to Canada and Mexico won't suddenly fling open. Officers from the Federal Bureau of Investigation and inspectors from the Agriculture Department aren't walking off the job. Come Monday, parents will be able to send their kids to Head Start and college students will be able to get their loans processed, just as they always have. READ MORE >>
What the newspaper scribe doesn't understand about the sequester
Gene Sperling once intimidated me. READ MORE >>