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Senate Democratic leaders have accused House Republicans of playing a dangerous game of political chicken by threatening a government shutdown unless Democrats meet their demands for deep spending cuts.
He was a rising star in Congress at lunchtime _ and out of office by dinner.
Brian McNamee spent two hours in a batting cage Friday night, tinkering with the swings of Anthony Aueletta and Matthew Piccione.
Well, Dear Readers, the D.C. statehood crowd is at it again. Instead of launching a serious, concerted national effort with arguments that appeal to Americans everywhere, they are back to their old incestuous ways.
The chairman of the House Appropriations Committee on Thursday announced deeper budget cuts than earlier proposed — a move intended to stem criticisms that House Republicans would renege on a top campaign promise.
House Republicans lost their first vote of the year this week on a measure to extend the USA Patriot Act after failing to count noses within their own caucus and shedding the support of dozens of Democrats who voted against the very same provisions they approved a year ago when they were in charge.
The Democratic-run investigative panel's 600 page report on what caused the financial crisis was promptly thrown onto a dusty shelf late last month where most congressional inquires are soon forgotten.
The White House is warning of financial Armageddon this spring if Congress fails to raise the Treasury's $14.3 trillion debt ceiling, but many on Wall Street are skeptical that the looming spending clash will produce anything but riveting political theater.
The Republican House leadership's realization that it's going to have to keep its pledge to trim $100 billion from the federal budget is proof that elections can matter. The GOP's fiscal hawks, especially those who joined the ranks after November's electoral blowout, balked at attempts to pass off a $40 billion cut as sufficient.