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Few signs of progress toward a fiscal cliff deal

December 3, 2012 John Boehner and Timothy Geithner both managed to crack smiles during televised interviews about the fiscal cliff on Sunday, and neither man raised his voice or grew visibly agitated. But nothing else from either the House speaker or the Treasury secretary -- not body language, not rhetoric -- suggested Washington ...

Analysis: Romney’s ‘47 percent' talk explains his struggles with swing voters

September 18, 2012 On pure philosophy alone, Mitt Romney’s Mother Jones moment offers two revealing glimpses into why he’s trailing President Obama even in a listless economy. Both revolve around how swing voters view economic policy. In a now-infamous video posted Monday at MotherJones.com, Romney tells the audience at a private fundraiser that ...

The quick economic case for V.P. Paul Ryan

August 10, 2012 Paul Ryan may be the only vice presidential short-lister who can save Mitt Romney from an economic crisis within the first month of his presidency. If that's not a good reason to put him on the ticket, what is? The quick argument here: Assume Romney wins in November, and that ...

Romney adviser: Cut entitlements to spare Defense, save jobs

July 25, 2012 President Obama and Congress should spare Defense from planned budget cuts by reducing entitlement spending instead, a campaign adviser to Gov. Mitt Romney said on Tuesday, arguing that Defense has a greater impact on jobs than spending on social programs. “If you want to reduce the impact of government cuts ...

Commerce chief resigns, citing effects of seizure

June 21, 2012 Commerce Secretary John Bryson has resigned, citing the effects of a seizure he suffered while driving earlier this month. President Obama, who will meet later Thursday with Bryson at the White House, said, "I want to extend my deepest thanks and appreciation to John for his service over the past ...

Commerce secretary takes leave of absence

June 12, 2012 Commerce Secretary John Bryson, involved in separate traffic accidents in California over the weekend, informed President Obama on Monday evening that he is taking medical leave to cope with an unspecified illness. Deputy Secretary Rebecca Blank will serve as acting secretary in his absence. Bryson had a seizure, according to ...

Obama’s jobs plan: timely, targeted, but incomplete

September 9, 2011 When the Obama administration designed its first economic stimulus measure in 2009, it tried to turn a double play of rescuing the country from recession while also advancing key liberal policy goals such as moving from fossil fuels to clean energy. The stimulus proposals Obama announced on Thursday, in contrast, ...

Stunning jobs report complicates debt deal for both Obama, GOP

July 8, 2011 June's woefully underwhelming increase in jobs is a climactic twist in the negotiations between President Obama and congressional Republicans over federal borrowing, government debt and America's economic future. Best-case scenario, it's a Michael Bay twist: dramatic, explosive, but it all works out in the end. Worst case, we're looking at ...

Playing with fire: A manmade debt-limit crisis

May 17, 2011 When summer dries the pine needles of the West's great forests and roasts scrub brush to a tinder brown, Forest Service workers sometimes roam the canopy with fuel tanks strapped to their back, lighting the ground on fire. Firefighters call these exercises "controlled burns" or "prescribed fire." Essentially, it means ...

The cost of battling bin Laden: $3 trillion

May 6, 2011 The most expensive public enemy in American history died Sunday from two bullets. As we mark Osama bin Laden's death, what's striking is how much he cost our nation-and how little we've gained from our fight against him. By conservative estimates, bin Laden cost the United States at least $3 ...