The themes of economic mobility and rising inequality will likely serve as the centerpiece of President Barack Obama’s State of the Union address next week. Continue reading
New Jersey Governor Chris Christie and Deputy Chief of Staff Bridget Anne Kelly (L) stand at the scene of a September 12 boardwalk fire in Seaside Heights, New Jersey. Photo by Phil Stilton/Getty Images
The revelations Wednesday that the September 2013 lane closures at the George Washington Bridge not only appeared to be part of a political vendetta, but that a top aide to New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie played a role in the incident, has thrown the potential 2016 GOP contender’s political future into jeopardy.
The details of the email and text message exchanges between Christie’s deputy chief of staff, Bridget Anne Kelly, and two appointees to the Port Authority, show that access roads from Fort Lee, N.J., to the bridge were shut down in retaliation for the town’s Democratic mayor, Mark Sokolich, declining to endorse the Republican’s re-election bid last year. That contradicted claims by the Christie administration that the decision was part of a traffic study ordered by the Port Authority.
Since John Boehner became speaker of the House in 2011, the Ohio Republican has attempted, with varying success, to appease tea party members within the GOP conference and the outside groups that helped sweep them into office. On Thursday, Boehner signalled an end to the dÃ©tente, charging his conservative critics with “misleading” their supporters and losing “all credibility” in opposing the bipartisan budget deal announced earlier this week.
It’s not often the Senate works through the night.
But Republicans — still fuming because the Democrats who control the chamber forced through a rule change to speed up the confirmation process for presidential nominees — have worked to throw a wrench in the works and slow it down as much as they are able.
Rep. Paul Ryan and Sen. Patty Murray walk to their joint news conference at the U.S. Capitol on Tuesday. Photo by Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg via Getty Images
Wisconsin Republican Paul Ryan and Washington State Democrat Patty Murray hailed the budget deal they unveiled Tuesday night as a “step in the right direction,” averting another potential government shutdown in the new year and breaking through the partisan gridlock that has plagued Congress in recent years.
The lead negotiators acknowledged the bipartisan agreement, which rolls back some of the sequester spending cuts while achieving $22 billion in additional deficit savings, involved compromise from both sides.
Rep. Paul Ryan listens to Sen. Patty Murray during a Nov. 13 budget conference meeting on Capitol Hill. The two are tasked with finding a compromise spending plan to fund the government by Friday. Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images
Members of the House and Senate on Monday will be in the same place at the same time, starting the clock on an intense week of necessary action on Capitol Hill.
Friday is the most critical deadline, with Budget Chairs Sen. Patty Murray and Rep. Paul Ryan tasked with presenting a compromise spending plan to fund the government and avoid another shutdown. READ MORE
Fast food workers in 100 cities are expected to walk off the job in protest Thursday. In this file photo from April, a McDonald’s worker chants during a protest for better wages in Harlem. Photo by Mario Tama/Getty Images
President Barack Obama on Wednesday outlined a sweeping populist agenda for the three years he has left in office, making the case that government cannot “stand on the sidelines” when it comes to addressing the issue of economic inequality.
“In fact, that’s our generation’s task — to rebuild America’s economic and civic foundation to continue the expansion of opportunity for this generation and the next generation,” the president said during remarks at an arts and education center in a working-class neighborhood not far from the nation’s capital.
President Obama speaks on health care in the Eisenhower Executive Building in Washington Tuesday. Photo by Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg via Getty Images
“If I’ve got to fight another three years to make sure this law works, that’s what we’ll do.”
President Barack Obama made clear Tuesday he won’t cede the ground he’s staked out on the Affordable Care Act, beginning what the White House says will be a three-week push to highlight the benefits of the law ahead of a Dec. 23 deadline for people to sign up for plans that start Jan. 1.
The Health and Human Services Department released a progress report Sunday on its effort get the troubled HealthCare.gov website on the mend. Administration officials said the worst of the online glitches, bugs and delays may be over. Photo by Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg via Getty Images
The White House announced Sunday that it had met its goal of making sure the beleaguered HealthCare.gov website was running smoothly for the vast majority of users, but the Obama administration still has work to do to repair the political damage from the troubled rollout of the program.
“The bottom line is HealthCare.gov on Dec. 1 is night and day from where it was Oct. 1,” said Jeffrey Zients, the administration official charged with overseeing the improvement effort. “The site is now stable and operating at its intended capacity at greatly improved performance.”
In the face of falling public support for his job performance and signature health care law, President Barack Obama on Tuesday tried to shift some of the blame to a group of lawmakers with ratings even lower than his: Republicans in Congress.