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Fantasies of a Debt Deal From a Convivial Congress

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Let’s play Congressional supercommittee! — the fantasy football version. Democratic members, whose forebears created the entitlement programs that senior citizens cherish, really don’t want to cut them. But they fear that fiscal sanity requires it.

Super Committee Struggles With Deficit Endgame

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“It’s tougher than you think,” said Rep. Xavier Becerra, a Democrat from California, as he exited another super committee meeting Thursday afternoon. The good news was that lawmakers were still talking as a Nov. 23 deadline approached. The bad news was that Democrats were huddled with themselves in the Capitol and not with the opposing party, while Republicans were dug in elsewhere. Each side taunted the other across acres of cold marble, quarreling about the meaning of “balance” when it comes to $1.2 trillion in future deficit reduction.

Super Committee, Super Lie

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When I left the White House beat to cover Congress, I told people what the biggest difference was between the two beats. People in the White House and Congress lie to you, I would say; the difference is that on the Hill it’s not the same lie told by the same seven people. That was true until the super committee was created. Now, instead of politicians lying to their constituents and reporters, they are lying to themselves. Not rationalizing, or trimming the truth, or speaking in euphemisms. Lying. Bald. Faced. Lying.

War savings and debt reduction, take two

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The congressional “supercommittee” is looking to count as budget savings as much as $700 billion that the nation no longer plans to spend on the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan over the next decade, an accounting gimmick that has drawn fire from both Democrats and Republicans.

Justices' review of health care law adds to election tumult

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The Supreme Court's announcement Monday that it will hear challenges to the Obama-sponsored health care law opens the most important chapter in the legal battle over the law, amid the tumult of election-year politics.

New Questions About Insider Trading in Washington

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New questions about members of Congress profiting from insider stock trading. 

On supercommittee, growing doubts about reaching a debt deal

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With just 10 days left before a Thanksgiving deadline, members of the congressional “supercommittee” appear increasingly pessimistic about the odds of forging a debt-reduction deal, despite a new offer by Republicans to raise taxes.

Hints of Hope as Deficit Deadline Approaches

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Despite sharp divisions within Congress's special deficit-cutting panel, members of both parties say its goal of trimming at least $1.2 trillion from federal deficits over 10 years remains within grasp, and President Barack Obama tried to provide an additional push Friday.

Abramoff's Shocking Allegations

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Convicted former lobbyist Jack Abramoff makes shocking allegations about Congressional insider trading.

White House thinks Obama has regained 'upper hand' with GOP on economy

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President Obama has regained the “upper hand” on economic issues with voters, according to White House officials, who warned Republicans that running against tax cuts for the middle class is a “very dangerous place to be.”