Boehner's control of his caucus slipping

Oct 16, 2013

Boehner's control of his caucus slipping

Republican House Speaker John Boehner started Tuesday with a last-ditch attempt to exert control over his restive caucus, proposing a new plan to open the government and raise the U.S. debt ceiling in an effort to give Republicans a bit of leverage. But as ...

Senate opens talks on end to shutdown

Oct 13, 2013

Senate opens talks on end to shutdown

Senate leaders began negotiations Saturday aimed at reopening federal agencies and avoiding a government default after every other effort to end Congress’ impasse crumbled in the previous 48 hours. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid and Minority Leader Mitch McConnell took over the talks, which ...

Tax the rich? IMF report raises eyebrows

Oct 12, 2013

Tax the rich? IMF report raises eyebrows

Tax the rich and better target the multinationals: The IMF has set off shock waves last week in Washington by suggesting countries fight budget deficits by raising taxes. Tucked inside a report on public debt, the new tack was mostly eclipsed by worries about ...

GOP rushes plan to end shutdown

Oct 12, 2013

GOP rushes plan to end shutdown

Republicans in Congress rushed late Friday to develop a new plan for reopening the U.S. government and avoiding a first-ever default in hopes of crafting a strategy that can win the support of the White House before financial markets open Monday. Talks on Capitol ...

Oct 10, 2013

Vermont firm got huge order for tableware

Just before budgets were frozen and thousands of government staff were sent home without pay, the U.S. State Department awarded a contract of up to $5 million to a glassmaker for handcrafted tableware. The five-year deal, starting at a minimum of $25,000 but capped ...