A Short-Term Debt Limit Increase Would Be a Disaster
October 08, 2013
Let’s stipulate that yesterday’s acknowledgement that the White House is open to a short-term debt-limit increase didn’t deserve half the breathless coverage it received.
If the government shutdown is going to end any time soon, it seems likely that the vehicle of its demise will be a clean continuing resolution, a bill that would fund the government temporarily without defunding Obamacare.
Three Ways Obama Could Raise the Debt Ceiling On His Own
October 06, 2013
A law professor lays out the least unconstitutional options for resolving a national crisis
United Democrats Stand, Divided Republicans Fall
October 01, 2013
A little while ago, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid arrived at an event on Capitol Hill and got a huge applause from some fellow Democrats. That probably doesn’t seem surprising. Reid has always been popular with members of his caucus.
Countdown to Shutdown
September 29, 2013
The year 1996, the last time the GOP took its toys and went home rather than fund the government, hasn’t loomed so large in Washington since it actually was 1996.
The House GOP Wants to Throw a Temper Tantrum, and Boehner Can't Stop Them
September 27, 2013
Here’s the question to ask yourself while watching the government shutdown/debt-limit insanity play out these next few days: Is the congressional GOP a global menace, bent on destruction of an epic scale, or merely a goofy, intermittently-competent-a
If John Boehner Knows What's Good For Him, He'll Shut Down the Government
September 25, 2013
What the hell is John Boehner thinking? I don’t mean that strictly in a rhetorical sense, though it’s hard not to slap your head when you see the most powerful Republican in the country lurching from one cockamamie strategy to another.
This Optimistic News Actually Makes a Shutdown More Likely
September 23, 2013
Philip Klein of the Washington Examiner thinks a government shutdown, although possible, remains unlikely:...there’s still reason to believe that ...
The Big Budget Battle the GOP Has Already Won
September 20, 2013
If you enjoy silence, a good place to camp out for the next couple weeks is the room in the Capitol Building designated for Congressional negotiations on the budget.
On Monday I wrote a piece saying we’re headed for a government shutdown when this year’s funding runs out on September 30. The piece hinged on three assumptions.