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March 16, 2011

Alarm over Japan’s nuclear crisis prompted a slumping stock market to slump some more in a third day of selling.

Boehner confident on getting budget deal, but admits it won’t be easy

March 16, 2011

House Speaker John Boehner, facing somewhat of a revolt in Republican ranks, says “it is not going to be easy” to craft and win passage of a bipartisan deal to cut spending and fund the government for the rest of this fiscal year.

Spending cuts an arrow through the heart of cowboy poets

March 8, 2011

Mean. That’s what Democrats say about Republican efforts to cut spending. They even want to rope in the cowboy poet.

Obama, lawmakers may lose own paychecks in government shutdown

March 2, 2011

President Barack Obama and members of Congress may soon have added incentive to reach a budget deal and avert a possible government shutdown: their own six-figure salaries.

Would Congress swing its spending ax at the war in Afghanistan?

January 21, 2011

AFGHANISTAN/You’d think the war in Afghanistan would be the sacred cow of  federal spending. The Republicans now in charge of the House have always embraced “Support Our Troops” and “Defeat Terrorism” as two of the most serious ”Thou Shalts” of their political playbook.

Bachmann for president? Tea Party darling blames media

January 6, 2011

RTXQELN_Comp-150x150Minnesota Republican Michele Bachmann, champion-in-chief of the House Tea Party caucus, blames the media for all the recent chatter about her status as a potential presidential candidate.

Bejeebers! A scary fiscal outlook and Tea Party politics

October 20, 2010

Tackling huge budget deficits and growing debt is essential for the United States to avoid a financial market crisis that would push interest rates higher and severely damage the U.S. economy, many economists have warned.