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Negotiators are once again looking to tap federal workers' benefits to help make ends meet elsewhere in the budget, saying government employees may have to pay more into their retirement plans.
No government has taken as much sheer wealth from its citizens as the United States has done this year. The record-breaking $2.8 trillion federal haul represents $24,000 from every U.S. household. On average, that's nearly half of each household's total income. That would be enough for Croesus, the ancient king of Lydia famous in his day as the happiest and wealthiest man on earth. Croesus had it all. But Nancy Pelosi could teach him a thing or two about greed.
NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell said he believes Washington owner Daniel Snyder is "way down the road" in consideration of whether the team should change its nickname.
House Republicans, encouraged by the start of debt negotiations with the White House, said Friday they are also rushing to reopen the government as soon as possible with a "continuing resolution," or "CR."
Nearly a year after his defeat as part of the 2012 Republican presidential ticket, House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan is getting back into the public arena, stepping into the middle of the shutdown and debt fights and preparing to speak Friday to a powerful slice of the religious right.
House Speaker John Boehner vowed the United States would not renege on its national debt, suggesting that Republicans who see similarly must put the pressure on colleagues to raise the ceiling — and even reach out to Democrats to forge a deal.
Faced with the most momentous foreign policy vote in years, Congress has decided on the go-slow approach, with leaders saying they will take their time in deciding whether to approve retaliatory strikes against Syria.
Ten members of Congress are urging the Washington Redskins to change their name because it is offensive to many Native Americans.
President Obama spent Sunday afternoon in Oklahoma surveying the damage of last week's devastating tornadoes, thanking first responders and visiting with victims whose lives were upended by the storms.
Rep. Tom Cole, Oklahoma Republican, said Wednesday that he was confident Oklahoma will get the help it needs in the wake of the deadly tornado that swept through the state, adding that "these are awfully tough people, and we've done this before, sadly, so we're pretty good at dealing with it."
President Obama continued to receive updates overnight on the devastating tornadoes that blew across Moore, Okla., Monday, and he will deliver a statement in the State Dining Room at 10 a.m. Tuesday.
House Speaker John A. Boehner said repeatedly on Tuesday that he will work with the Obama administration to make sure that it has the resources it needs to support Oklahoma in the wake of the deadly tornado that swept through the state Monday.
House Majority Leader Eric Cantor has proposed that the nearly $100 million taxpayers spend on presidential campaigns would be better spent on fighting autism and other childhood diseases.
Reports of the death of the Republican Party are greatly exaggerated, notwithstanding the release Monday of the details of an "autopsy" figuring out what went wrong in the 2012 elections.
With deadline fatigue setting in, a bipartisan House voted Wednesday to fund the federal government through the end of the fiscal year, which would head off the potential for a government shutdown later this month.
"If we don't arrive at some sort of agreement, then we're going to be at $967 [billion] and that's not good news for federal workers. There will be a lot more unpaid furlough days," said Rep. Tom Cole, Oklahoma Republican and one of the 29 members of the panel trying to negotiate a 2014 budget.
Mr. Cole said budget negotiators likely have until Wednesday to make a deal, and if one hasn't been reached, the House will move ahead with a stopgap "continuing resolution" to fund the government through January.