Sep 26, 2013
How Eight Lives Would Be Affected By the Health LawBy Sarah Kliff, Sandhya Somashekhar, Lena H. Sun and Karen Tumulty, Washington Post
When President Obama signed the Affordable Care Act in 2010, he declared that "health-care reform is no longer an unmet promise. It is the law of the land." Now, we get to see whether it works. Starting Oct. 1, millions of Americans who lack medical insurance or buy their own coverage will have their first chance to sign up for health insurance under Obamacare.Read more
What the Ted Cruz Spectacle is All About
This isn't the idealism of "Mr. Smith Goes to Washington."
It isn't as dark as "House of Cards," either.
So how about settling on something lighter, like say, "Animal House," in which the dean famously says, "The time has come for someone to put his foot down. And that foot is me."Read more
House Republicans Explore Strategy to Avoid Federal Government ShutdownBy Lori Montgomery and Juliet Eilperin, Washington Post
With federal agencies set to close their doors in five days, House Republicans began exploring a potential detour on the path to a shutdown: shifting the fight over President Obama’s health-care law to a separate bill that would raise the nation's debt limit.
If it works, the strategy could clear the way for the House to approve a simple measure to keep the government open into the new fiscal year, which will begin Tuesday, without hotly contested provisions to defund the Affordable Care Act.Read more
Sep 25, 2013
The Fall of the Heritage Foundation and the Death of Republican IdeasBy Molly Ball, The Atlantic
During the 1980 election, an up-and-coming Washington think tank called the Heritage Foundation undertook a massive task: to examine the federal government from top to bottom and produce a detailed, practical conservative policy vision.
The result, called Mandate for Leadership, epitomized the intellectual ambition of the then-rising conservative movement. Its 20 volumes, totaling more than 3,000 pages, included such proposals as income-tax cuts, inner-city “enterprise zones,” a presidential line-item veto, and a new Air Force bomber.Read more
For Obama, an Evolving Doctrine on Foreign PolicyBy David E. Sanger, The New York Times
For five years, President Obama has publicly struggled with the question of when America is willing to act as the world’s policeman, and when he will insist that others take the lead, or at least share the risks, costs and resentments it engenders.Read more
Barack and Bill Talk Up Health Care LawBy Alexis Simendinger, Real Clear Politics
There were bags under his eyes Tuesday. And when recalling the ins and outs of health care reform battles, he looked warily at the president seated across from him.
We’re not talking about Bill Clinton. We’re talking about Barack Obama, gripping a wireless mic, swallowed in a white, bouncy armchair on a stage with a sweeping backdrop that read “Clinton Global Initiative.”Read more
Debt Ceiling Hits Oct. 17, Treasury Secretary SaysBy Jeff Zeleny, ABC News
Treasury Secretary Jack Lew said today the nation will hit its borrowing limit on Oct. 17, when the treasury will have less than $30 billion to pay outstanding debts.Read more
After 20-Plus Hours, Sen. Cruz Still Talking in an Effort to Defeat ObamacareBy Ed O'Keefe, The Washington Post
Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Tex.) sustained a marathon talking attack on President Obama’s health-care law overnight and well into Wednesday morning — a feat of stamina that likely will complicate House GOP efforts to pass a funding bill aimed at averting a looming government shutdown.Read more
Sep 24, 2013
The Long GameBy John Dickerson, Slate Magazine
Hillary Clinton, in her first interview after leaving the State Department, offered a wise metaphor about the current state of presidential election madness. “This election is more than three years away, and I just don’t think it’s good for the country,” she told New York magazine, referring to the fevered speculation about her possible candidacy. “It’s like when you meet somebody at a party and they look over your shoulder to see who else is there, and you want to talk to them about something that’s really important; in fact, maybe you came to the party to talk to that particular person, and they just want to know what’s next,” she says. “I feel like that’s our political process right now. I just don’t think it is good.”Read more
Reid Vows Health Law Will Not Be DefundedBy Susan Davis, USA Today
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., said Monday that Republicans face two options by week's end: accept a stopgap spending bill that leaves untouched President Obama's health care law, or shut down the government.Read more
Obama, Bill Clinton to Launch Health Law PushBy Alexis Simendinger, Real Clear Politics
As House Republicans try to throttle the nation's health reform law, President Obama this week will try to nurture it -- and to make his pitch, he’s enlisting help from President Clinton.Read more
Iran’s UN Diplomacy Leaves Hard Work on a Nuclear DealBy Indira A.R. Lakshmanan, Bloomberg News
With international talks on Iran’s disputed nuclear weapons program now set to resume, world powers will test whether the country is moderating its policies or merely its rhetoric.
U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry will meet in New York with Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif on Sept. 26 in the highest-level formal talks between the two nations since before Iran’s 1979 Islamic Revolution, joined by their counterparts from five other powers and Catherine Ashton, the European Union’s foreign policy chief. Iran also will participate in nuclear negotiations in Geneva in mid-October.Read more