Fiscal Cliff
  • Obama and Boehner Star in “War of the Words"

    By Josh Boak, The Fiscal Times

    The government could teeter into default after Oct. 17, but President Obama and House Speaker John Boehner did little to settle their budgetary grudge match on Tuesday. Instead, both men played the...

  • Why the Reviled Tea Party Was Right about Obamacare

    Before we march the Tea Party off to the Guillotine, let’s remember what fired up that unruly crew to begin with. In the midst of the economic crisis, the government went on a spending spree,...

  • The Deep-Seated Roots of Divisive U.S. Politics

    By Dan Balz, The Washington Post

    The government shutdown did not happen by accident. It is the latest manifestation — an extreme one by any measure — of divisions long in the making and now deeply embedded in the country’s politics...

  • Yes, Mr. Boehner, Government Shutdown Is a Game

    By Josh Boak, The Fiscal Times

    “This isn’t some damn game,” Boehner said at a news conference. But, let’s be clear, this has a lot of the characteristics of gamesmanship. Just because the economic consequences are massive from a...

  • Republicans

    GOP Funders Tighten the Purse Strings over Shutdown

    By Josh Boak, The Fiscal Times

    House Speaker John Boehner has trusted the Tea Partiers in Congress enough to shut down the government … but GOP congressional leaders haven’t trust them with campaign donations. One of the big...