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Posted at 12:03 PM ET, 02/11/2014

Boehner bows to inevitable on debt ceiling

For a while, it looked as if House Republicans were going to pursue another fruitless confrontation with President Obama.

By Jonathan Capehart  |  12:03 PM ET, 02/11/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  debt ceiling, Republicans

Posted at 01:18 PM ET, 02/06/2014

The GOP is wasting time fighting over debt ceiling (again)

Just when you thought House Republicans learned a searing lesson from the debt ceiling debacle of last year, they go and do something to prove they are insane.

By Jonathan Capehart  |  01:18 PM ET, 02/06/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  debt ceiling, John Boehner, Republicans

Posted at 12:15 PM ET, 02/05/2014

Republicans’ newest debt-ceiling farce

The self-proclaimed party of fiscal responsibility plans to demand the debt ceiling not be raised unless the federal government spends an additional $8 billion.

By James Downie  |  12:15 PM ET, 02/05/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Affordable Care Act, CBO, debt ceiling, Keystone XL

Posted at 07:00 AM ET, 01/27/2014

Ted Cruz ‘irresponsible’ on debt ceiling

Peddling falsehoods about what the debt ceiling is and what it isn’t.

By Jonathan Capehart  |  07:00 AM ET, 01/27/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  debt ceiling, Republicans, Ted Cruz

Posted at 07:28 PM ET, 12/12/2013

House passes budget: ‘Are you kidding me?!’

This should be the slogan for John Boehner’s speakership.

By Jonathan Capehart  |  07:28 PM ET, 12/12/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  budget, debt ceiling, fiscal cliff, John Boehner, Obamacare, Republicans

Posted at 05:21 PM ET, 10/16/2013

Mad props to Mitch McConnell

When he had to choose, the senior Senator from Kentucky chose governing over playing politics.

By Jonathan Capehart  |  05:21 PM ET, 10/16/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  debt ceiling, government shutdown, Mitch McConnell, Republicans

Posted at 04:25 PM ET, 10/15/2013

It’s still extortion for the sake of extortion

What radical Republicans are up to

By Jonathan Bernstein  |  04:25 PM ET, 10/15/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  debt ceiling, government shutdown

Posted at 02:24 PM ET, 10/15/2013

What will happen on the Oct. 17 debt ceiling default date

The United States appears to be on the brink of the once unimaginable.

By Jonathan Capehart  |  02:24 PM ET, 10/15/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  debt ceiling, Republicans

Posted at 09:05 PM ET, 10/14/2013

The Insiders: Mitch McConnell faces personal risk in saving the GOP

Senator McConnell is one of the key players currently at the negotiating table in Washington. But will his leadership put him at risk in his primary back home in Kentucky?

By Ed Rogers  |  09:05 PM ET, 10/14/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Congress, debt ceiling, government shutdown, kentucky, primary, Republicans, Senate, senator mitch mcconnell, The Insiders

Posted at 02:38 PM ET, 10/11/2013

Depths of irresponsibility: GOP on the debt limit

They’ve taken a hostage, but they still haven’t even bothered to issue a demand

By Jonathan Bernstein  |  02:38 PM ET, 10/11/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  debt ceiling, government shutdown, house gop

Posted at 04:34 PM ET, 10/10/2013

GOP debt-ceiling proposal isn’t extraordinary

According to folks who get the economy, stopping the use of extraordinary measures is good.

By Jonathan Capehart  |  04:34 PM ET, 10/10/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  debt ceiling, Republicans

Posted at 08:34 AM ET, 10/10/2013

What default deniers don’t get about the market

The ripple effects of a debt-ceiling breach would smack the American people, too.

By Jonathan Capehart  |  08:34 AM ET, 10/10/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  debt ceiling, Republicans

Posted at 06:33 PM ET, 10/08/2013

GOP Rep. Sean Duffy caught in own Obamacare spin

Yet another display of the lunacy gripping the House Republican Party caucus.

By Jonathan Capehart  |  06:33 PM ET, 10/08/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Barack Obama, debt ceiling, government shutdown, health care, obamacare, Republicans

Posted at 02:18 PM ET, 10/08/2013

Debt-ceiling follies put retirement funds at risk

More than 60 million American workers with retirement accounts, 80 percent of whom earn less than $100,000 annually, stand to get burned.

By Jonathan Capehart  |  02:18 PM ET, 10/08/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  debt ceiling

Posted at 05:27 PM ET, 10/07/2013

Republicans are demanding a price for negotiations

Why Democrats shouldn’t negotiate over the short-term CR

By Jonathan Bernstein  |  05:27 PM ET, 10/07/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  debt ceiling, government shutdown

Posted at 01:13 PM ET, 10/07/2013

GOP complaint: Ted Cruz is no team player

“I probably agree with him on 95 percent of the issues,” said a GOP member of Congress, “but I’ll tell you one thing: He’s never played team sports in his life.”

By Jonathan Capehart  |  01:13 PM ET, 10/07/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  debt ceiling, Ted Cruz

Posted at 01:07 PM ET, 10/05/2013

House GOP is desperate for Obama to rescue it

They lack the awareness that President Obama is done rewarding their bad behavior.

By Jonathan Capehart  |  01:07 PM ET, 10/05/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Barack Obama, debt ceiling, Republicans

Posted at 12:17 PM ET, 10/03/2013

Stutzman, Obama and ‘disrespect’

This Ted Cruz-enabled government shutdown has produced many a maddening moment. But the person who wins the award for unmitigated gall -- so far -- is Rep. Marlin Stutzman (R-Ind.).

By Jonathan Capehart  |  12:17 PM ET, 10/03/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Barack Obama, debt ceiling, government shutdown, John Boehner, Republicans

Posted at 04:33 PM ET, 10/02/2013

Boehner must free himself from the right

He can’t trade economic survival for his job.

By Jonathan Capehart  |  04:33 PM ET, 10/02/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  debt ceiling, John Boehner, Republicans

Posted at 12:17 PM ET, 10/02/2013

Lew sends another dire default letter to Boehner

“There are no other legal and prudent options to extend the nation’s borrowing authority,” Lew says in his letter to Speaker Boehner.

By Jonathan Capehart  |  12:17 PM ET, 10/02/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  debt ceiling, John Boehner

Posted at 03:16 PM ET, 10/01/2013

The party of spoiled brats

Republicans are acting like the little kid in a toy store who won’t take “no” for an answer.

By James Downie  |  03:16 PM ET, 10/01/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  budget, debt ceiling, government shutdown

Posted at 04:51 PM ET, 09/30/2013

Invoking the 14th to avoid default on the 17th

As we get closer to that ‘X date’ for destroying the full faith and credit of the United States, divergent paths beckon.

By Jonathan Capehart  |  04:51 PM ET, 09/30/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Barack Obama, debt ceiling, economy, Supreme Court

Posted at 04:38 PM ET, 09/30/2013

Putting country over politics

Japan’s former Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda should be an example for President Obama and his Republican opponents.

By Fred Hiatt  |  04:38 PM ET, 09/30/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  budget, debt ceiling, Japan

Posted at 07:01 AM ET, 09/30/2013

Dancing on the debt ceiling: Brace for impact

Let me interrupt the fear over the government shutdown to warn you that if you’re not freaked out about the the debt ceiling, you should be.

By Jonathan Capehart  |  07:01 AM ET, 09/30/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  debt ceiling

Posted at 11:05 AM ET, 09/27/2013

Boehner’s choice: his caucus or our country

Unlike in 2011, when we all knew there would be an 11th-hour solution to the debt-ceiling crisis, there are no certainties this time.

By Jonathan Capehart  |  11:05 AM ET, 09/27/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  debt ceiling, John Boehner, Republicans

Posted at 10:08 AM ET, 09/27/2013

The Insiders: Obama’s weakness matters

A new poll shows that the number of people who think President Obama “cares a lot” about them is dropping. This could be a problem for Democrats on the ballot in 2014.

By Ed Rogers  |  10:08 AM ET, 09/27/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Barack Obama, Congress, debt ceiling, polls, The Insiders

Posted at 01:28 PM ET, 09/25/2013

Speaker Boehner’s ‘X date’ with default

The Treasury will exhaust the extraordinary measures it has employed to keep from hitting the legal borrowing limit by Oct. 17.

By Jonathan Capehart  |  01:28 PM ET, 09/25/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  debt ceiling, economy, John Boehner, Republicans

Posted at 04:11 PM ET, 09/20/2013

The Insiders: The president only adds confusion

After a bewilering statement about the debt ceiling during his Business Roundtable speech, does the president think our debt doesn’t matter?

By Ed Rogers  |  04:11 PM ET, 09/20/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Barack Obama, Congress, debt ceiling, Nancy Pelosi, Republicans, The Insiders

Posted at 04:02 PM ET, 09/20/2013

Exhibit D in GOP lunacy

Rep. Ted Yoho likens the courage of Rosa Parks, Lech Walesa and Martin Luther King to the conservatives willingness to shutdown the government over funding Obamacare.

By Jonathan Capehart  |  04:02 PM ET, 09/20/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Congress, debt ceiling, Republicans

Posted at 11:49 AM ET, 09/20/2013

Exhibit C in GOP lunacy

Rep. John Fleming delivers the most dangerous exhibition of lunacy gripping the Republican Party when it comes to the debt ceiling.

By Jonathan Capehart  |  11:49 AM ET, 09/20/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  debt ceiling, Republicans

Posted at 11:10 AM ET, 09/19/2013

Exhibit B in GOP lunacy

A video from Speaker Boehner’s office speaks volumes about what’s wrong with the GOP and the nation’s current predicament.

By Jonathan Capehart  |  11:10 AM ET, 09/19/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  debt ceiling, Republicans

Posted at 12:51 PM ET, 09/18/2013

‘Disgruntled Democrats’ and Obama

Are there problems between Obama and Democrats on the Hill? Yes. I just wished folks focused on what they have actually achieved than on how they achieved it.

By Jonathan Capehart  |  12:51 PM ET, 09/18/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Barack Obama, debt ceiling, Democrats

Posted at 10:39 AM ET, 09/18/2013

Exhibit A in GOP lunacy

Gone are the days when a member of Congress accepted the notion that there are times when “what my district wants” must give way to what the nation needs.

By Jonathan Capehart  |  10:39 AM ET, 09/18/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  debt ceiling, Republicans

Posted at 06:01 AM ET, 09/16/2013

Obamacare, the debt ceiling and GOP insanity

That the electorate doesn’t understand the debt ceiling isn’t surprising. What’s scary is that some members of Congress don’t either.

By Jonathan Capehart  |  06:01 AM ET, 09/16/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  debt ceiling

Posted at 12:12 PM ET, 09/10/2013

On the road to default

If the debt ceiling isn’t raised, the United States will be a deadbeat nation. And that simply must not come to pass.

By Jonathan Capehart  |  12:12 PM ET, 09/10/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  debt ceiling

Posted at 12:29 PM ET, 08/30/2013

A quick shutdown/default overview

They'll probably avoid a calamity. Probably. Right?

By Jonathan Bernstein  |  12:29 PM ET, 08/30/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  debt ceiling, government spending

Posted at 01:55 PM ET, 05/09/2013

No 'faith' in House debt prioritization bill

That the prioritization craze won't die is further proof that the Capitol is the Land of Make-Believe, where reality is held hostage.

By Jonathan Capehart  |  01:55 PM ET, 05/09/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  debt ceiling

Posted at 01:19 PM ET, 01/18/2013

Conservatives try but can't quite let go of extremism

Underneath the gestures toward less brinksmanship, Republicans remain committed to the same extreme policies.

By James Downie  |  01:19 PM ET, 01/18/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Barack Obama, Congress, debt ceiling, Republican Party

Posted at 02:55 PM ET, 01/14/2013

Obama revives the 'McConnell Provision'

President Obama appeared to hand the GOP a way out of a position that will lead to the destruction of the full faith and credit of the United States.

By Jonathan Capehart  |  02:55 PM ET, 01/14/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  debt ceiling

Posted at 04:30 PM ET, 01/11/2013

The debt limit is bad law

It's a lousy bargaining chip and doesn't even do what it intends.

By Jonathan Bernstein  |  04:30 PM ET, 01/11/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  budget, debt ceiling

Posted at 03:13 PM ET, 01/08/2013

How Obama should open debt-ceiling negotiations

Using Paul Ryan's budget as leverage would be a strong opening bid.

By James Downie  |  03:13 PM ET, 01/08/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  budget, debt ceiling, Paul Ryan

Posted at 02:49 PM ET, 01/08/2013

The debt-ceiling drama in 5 charts

Fasten your seat belts, folks. The extraordinary measures Treasury is using to keep the U.S. from crashing through its $16.4 trillion debt ceiling could run out as early as Feb. 15. That's in 38 days.

By Jonathan Capehart  |  02:49 PM ET, 01/08/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  debt ceiling

Posted at 09:24 AM ET, 01/07/2013

Toomey's 'prioritization' scheme won't work

Sen. Toomey's idea to temporarily shut down the government over the debt ceiling made no sense in 2011 and still makes no sense in 2013.

By Jonathan Capehart  |  09:24 AM ET, 01/07/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Barack Obama, debt ceiling, economy, Pat Toomey

Posted at 05:24 PM ET, 12/05/2012

The McConnell Provision is a good idea

During the debt-ceiling scariness last year, Mitch McConnell devised a way for the debt ceiling to be raised by the president and signed off on by Congress. It was ingenious.

By Jonathan Capehart  |  05:24 PM ET, 12/05/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  debt ceiling, economy, Mitch McConnell, Tim Geithner