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BUDGETS

WORLD / Politics
Oct 21, 2013
How much did the shutdown cost? Billions
Shutdowns aren't cheap. This year's closure, which ended Thursday, has probably cost the government and the economy billions of dollars, according to economists and policy analysts.
WORLD / Politics / ANALYSIS
Oct 17, 2013
U.S. debt deal sets up new risks to growth
The deal reached by Congress on Wednesday to end the government shutdown and raise the debt ceiling would avert a financial catastrophe but leave the weakened U.S. economy facing new threats.
Japan Times
WORLD / Politics
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.
Japan Times
WORLD / Politics
Oct 15, 2013
Senate leaders nearer deal on raising federal debt limit after flurry of talks
In a long-awaited breakthrough, Senate leaders close in on a deal to raise the federal debt ceiling and end a two-week-old government shutdown as Washington scrambled to avoid the nation's first default on its debt.
Japan Times
WORLD / Politics
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.
Japan Times
WORLD / Politics
Oct 10, 2013
Republican options tapering to 'surrender'
As the government shutdown and the threat of a federal debt default begin to merge into a singular Washington crisis, the only way out for House Speaker John Boehner may be something he disparaged earlier this week as "unconditional surrender."
Japan Times
WORLD / Politics
Oct 6, 2013
Deep political divisions at root of U.S. shutdown
The government shutdown did not happen by accident. It is the latest manifestation — an extreme one by any measure — of divisions long in the making and now deeply embedded in the country's politics.
Japan Times
WORLD / Politics
Oct 2, 2013
Federal budget deadlock could stretch into debt-limit fight
Washington begins bracing for a prolonged government shutdown on Tuesday, with signs on Capitol Hill that Republicans — knowing that blame almost certainly will fall most heavily on them — beginning to look for ways to lift some of the pressure.
WORLD / Politics / FOCUS
Oct 2, 2013
Founding Fathers having big say — with a little help
Early last Wednesday, Republican Sen. Mike Lee rose in the Senate to recite a quotation from George Washington. It was, Lee said, Washington's own account of his last day as president in 1797.
WORLD / Politics
Oct 2, 2013
GOP disappoints big-business backers
In 2010 and again in 2012, companies on Main Street and Wall Street did just about everything they could to help Republicans win elected office in Washington.
Japan Times
WORLD / Politics
Oct 2, 2013
Democrats find rare unity in budget fight
Shortly before the government shut down, House Republicans crafted their final spending offer, including two health care provisions designed to scare red-state Senate Democrats facing re-election battles: one to delay the Affordable Care Act's unpopular individual mandate and another removing subsidies for lawmakers and their staffs.
Japan Times
WORLD / Politics
Oct 2, 2013
New U.S. health care law exchanges see much interest, some glitches
Millions of Americans flooded government websites Tuesday to get a long-awaited look at insurance options available under the Affordable Care Act, but the high traffic contributed to widespread computer problems on what President Barack Obama hailed as a historic day.
Japan Times
WORLD / Politics / ANALYSIS
Oct 2, 2013
U.S. shutdown damages political system, but Republicans seen at greater risk
There will be plenty of collateral damage from the government shutdown that began early Tuesday — from federal workers to ordinary citizens — but the most serious effects are likely to be felt inside a Republican Party that appears divided and in need of leadership.
Japan Times
WORLD / Politics
Oct 1, 2013
World perplexed by U.S. shutdown
As the U.S. government creaked toward a shutdown Monday, the world looked on with a little anxiety and a lot of dismay, and some people had trouble suppressing smirks.
Japan Times
WORLD / Politics / FOCUS
Oct 1, 2013
'Not-so-conservative' Republicans may be key to solving U.S. fiscal drama
The most conservative tea party-backed members of the House GOP have been the center of attention in the ongoing fiscal drama, but the key to a solution in the coming days may be a different Republican bloc altogether.
Japan Times
WORLD / Politics / ANALYSIS
Sep 29, 2013
Shutdown quandary shows Washington's breakdown
Washington once again stands at a moment of crisis — only this time, Democrats and Republicans are not negotiating a way to avoid it. They are not even speaking to one another.
BUSINESS
Sep 27, 2013
Obama draws line in sand on health law, debt ceiling
To the chagrin of many in his own party, President Barack Obama has almost always been willing to negotiate — on taxes, on spending, even on the social safety net.
BUSINESS
Sep 27, 2013
Republican hard-liners block plan to avoid U.S. defaulting on debt
The Republican Party's right wing on Thursday blocked a strategy by House Speaker John Boehner for navigating a series of deadlines to keep the government funded and avoid a first-ever U.S. debt default.
Japan Times
WORLD / Politics
Sep 25, 2013
Cruz, party tangle over U.S. shutdown
Texas Sen. Ted Cruz escalated his conflict with fellow Republicans Tuesday when he stepped up his attacks on President Barack Obama's signature health care law, complicating House GOP efforts to pass a funding bill that would avert a government shutdown next week.
Japan Times
WORLD / Politics
Sep 15, 2013
Conservative Club for Growth targets 'Obamacare'
The first sign that Republican leaders could not control their new majority came on a vote to help Americans who lose their jobs to foreign workers. House Majority Leader Eric Cantor considered the measure routine and in February 2011 put it on a list of bills that were expected to pass without objection.

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