The American system of government requires compromise. And the tea party is making the GOP incapable of compromising.
An anonymous Republican congressman says Boehner won't allow default, even if that means relying on Democratic votes.
'What we’re seeing is the collapse of institutional Republican power," says the National Review's Robert Costa.
He's the guy in charge of the worst-performing part of one of the worst-performing Congresses in history
Ted Cruz is threatening to shut down the government. John Boehner is threatening to cause a global financial crisis.
If he does, he should pass immigration first.
This is not a safe way to govern the country.
There was a time when John Boehner was a revolutionary. But now he and his revolutionary colleagues are the establishment.
Will John Boehner break the Hastert rule and bring an immigration reform bill to the floor even if a majority of House Republicans oppose it? Maybe!
We probably won't have a major budget showdown until September at the earliest.
"Listen," House Speaker John Boehner said. "It was never a rule to begin with."
Is House Speaker John Boehner a liberal plant?
As some Republicans see it, they've broken the White House's hardline position on taxes and the debt ceiling. These fiscal cliff negotiations are going better than they possibly could have imagined.
Some smart analysts think so. But I doubt it.
Plan A failed. Plan B was a humiliation. Plan C, for Boehner, is clearly to pass a compromise with Democratic votes. But will Boehner's speakership last that long?
John Boehner wouldn't just lower taxes on estates and capital gains income. He'd raise them on poor families considerably.
Obama and Boehner have exchanged five offers since fiscal cliff talks started. Here they all are, in one easy chart.
This is a more centrist proposal than anything Boehner has offered in public before now. But it's similar to what he offered in his talks with Obama, and to what Bowles offered Republicans during the supercommittee. Which is understandable. Those deals must be looking pretty good to Boehner about now. But they're not available.
Boehner is offering $800 billion in tax revenues. That's what he offered a year ago. But because of how the budget works, matching his offer from a year ago would mean putting $950 billion in the table.
The Washington consensus on tax reform is that it'll solve all our problems: It slices, it dices, it cleans up after itself. But that’s not the economic profession’s consensus. If income tax reform solves any problem, it's a political one, not an economic one.