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Saturday, May 26, 2018

With Majority Secure, Republicans Have No Interest In Compromising

A new poll reveals just how little Republicans want Congress to work with the president.

November 12, 2014

Obama And Black America: An Imperfect Marriage

Barack Obama has had close ties to the African American community throughout his political career. Somewhat paradoxically, he’s often faced counterparts in the community skeptical of his unusual background, his relative centrism on the issues, and his willingness to compromise with Republicans. And so we get the latest chapter in the hot and cold romance […]

September 29, 2011

Congressional GOP Less Willing To Compromise Than Rick Perry

Republicans in Congress made plain during the debt ceiling fight that they will never accept tax increases or new revenue of any kind, even if it is outweighed hugely by reduced spending. This apparently puts them to the right of even Texas Gov. Rick Perry, Tea Party champion and Republican presidential flavor of the month: […]

August 26, 2011

In Zeal For Compromise, Obama Supporters Crash House Communications

Late on Monday evening, when Barack Obama urged citizens who agree with his “balanced approach” on deficits and debt to “let your Member of Congress know” and “send that message,” most observers surely expected a mild reaction with some of the president’s staunch supporters calling in to support their man. What Washington got instead was […]

July 26, 2011

Not So Fast: Obama, Boehner Deny Reaching Any Deal on Debt Ceiling

WASHINGTON (AP) — House Speaker John Boehner predicted Thursday that a majority of House Republicans will end up supporting some kind of compromise to avoid a government default. Democrats insisted that higher tax revenue be part of a deal. White House budget chief Jacob Lew told reporters at the Capitol that “I’m unaware of a […]

July 21, 2011

Obama to GOP: “Don’t Call My Bluff”

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama bluntly told Republican congressional leaders Wednesday they must compromise quickly if the government is to avoid an unprecedented default, adding, “Don’t call my bluff” by passing a short-term debt limit increase he has threatened to veto. The presidential warning, directed at House Majority Leader Eric Cantor, R-Va., marked an […]

July 14, 2011

Obama Runs Out Of Patience

At long last President Obama seems to have run out of patience with the truculent Republicans who have rejected all of his overtures for a budget deal — just as Moody’s and other economic authorities again warned of the potentially catastrophic consequences of a debt default. On Wednesday afternoon, Obama finally stood up at the […]

July 14, 2011