Presidential Address Timing, Possible Hospital Merger Solutions: Today on Here and Now

1:06pm: There’s a lot of chatter today still about the dustup between President Obama and John Boehner over the jobs address — now scheduled for next Thursday. We’ll have some follow-up. 1:12pm: Many of America’s most powerful women are graduates of Trinity college, a small and little-known Catholic women’s college founded in 1897 by a […]

Despite Challenges and CBO Report, McConnell Supports Boehner Plan

Despite challenges within the Republican Party and projections that other congressional plans would result in more savings, U.S. Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., reiterated his support for House Speaker John Boehner’s plan Wednesday. Speaking on the Senate floor, McConnell said the proposal will prevent a government default before the August 2 deadline and reduce […]

President Obama Unveils Deficit Reducion Plan

Vowing to cut $4 trillion in federal spending over 12 years, President Barack Obama outlined his plan to reduce the country’s debt that pairs cost-cutting measures with tax increases for the wealthy. A summary of the proposal reins in entitlement program spending, cuts the defense budget, raises $1 trillion by closing loopholes in the tax […]

Budget Deal Reached, Shutdown Averted

An hour before the midnight Friday deadline, Speaker John Boehner said Friday night that a deal has been reached with Democrats on the federal budget to avoid a government shutdown. The proposal raised the level of cuts to $39 billion from this year’s budget, but spared slashes to groups such as Planned Parenthood while resolving […]

Yarmuth: Chances of Shutdown Deal Are “Very Slim”

With less than 11 hours before the midnight Friday deadline, U.S. Rep. John Yarmuth, D-Ky., called proposed cuts made by Republicans reckless and doubted a deal will be made to stop a government shutdown. Top Democrats and Republicans have publicly disagreed about the reasons for an impasse. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., told reporters […]

Shutdown Could Play Out as National Failure

In previous stories we’ve asked who the American people will blame if the federal government shuts down. As usual, political observers disagree and point back to the last shutdown as some sort of road map. The National Journal’s Matthew Cooper says no matter who is to blame—President Barack Obama, Speaker John Boehner or all of […]

Shutdown Negotiations Yield No Deal

With less than a day until a government shutdown, President Barack Obama and congressional leaders failed to reach an agreement Thursday night. The president met with Speaker John Boehner and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid to reach an agreement on a federal budget before the midnight Friday deadline. All sides have said their differences have […]