By Associated Press | 12/02/13 09:38 AM
U.S. developers boosted construction spending in October at the fastest pace in more than four years, propelled by a surge in government buildings. The increase suggests the 16-day partial government shutdown didn't slow public projects.
By Joseph Lawler | 12/02/13 08:59 AM
A slew of economic data coming out this week will answer the question of how well the U.S. has survived the government shutdown and debt limit fights -- and, possibly, what the Federal Reserve will do in response. The number-one economic indicator, the jobs report, is due out Friday morning...
12/01/13 12:46 PM
Since the end of World War II, more than a dozen high-profile bipartisan panels have been convened to tackle the nation's thorniest fiscal problems. Seldom have their recommendations spurred congressional action. Their ambitious, high-octane reports and recommendations are mostly gathering...
By Zack Colman | 11/21/13 04:12 PM
When Interior Secretary Sally Jewell sounded a call to support national parks last month, she imagined Republicans could come around to support the administration's conservation efforts in the wake of the federal government shutdown that kept the parks closed. "I think it's really clear from...
By Tom Coburn | 11/20/13 04:05 PM
In politics, nothing matters more than ideas. Ideas matter. Ideas have consequences. Look at what's happening with Obamacare. It's a failure not just of a law, but of an idea, and a set of assumptions about government's ability to solve problems. No matter how many times this idea has been...
By Kevin Freking | 11/20/13 10:09 AM
WASHINGTON — A Senate panel has approved legislation designed to ensure an array of veterans programs are exempt from the threat of any future government shutdown. Health care delivered through the Department of Veterans Affairs was unaffected during last month's 16-day shutdown because...
By Philip Klein | 11/19/13 06:47 PM
He’s a problem-solving Republican governor who fought entrenched special interests in a traditionally Democratic state. But he isn’t from New Jersey. And if Scott Walker gets re-elected in Wisconsin next year and chooses to run for president, he threatens to steal New Jersey Gov. Chris...
By Joseph Lawler | 11/19/13 12:05 PM
“I think the whole idea of debt limit reform is something we probably should think about,” Lew said Tuesday, citing the damage to consumer and business confidence that followed this year's and 2011’s political showdowns over raising the statutory cap on U.S. debt.
By David M. Drucker | 11/18/13 11:50 AM
Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell has reasserted his leadership on Capitol Hill, with the Kentucky Republican's aggressive maneuvering to end the October government shutdown reversing months of caution as he geared up for re-election.
By Michael Barone | 11/15/13 01:29 PM
“The Affordable Care Act’s political position has deteriorated dramatically over the last week.” That, coming from longtime Obamacare cheerleader and Washington Post blogger Ezra Klein, was pretty strong language. And it was only Wednesday. That was the day after the release of a...
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