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debt-ceiling debate

Republican Business Lobbies and Tea Party Disagree On Debt Plan

The debt ceiling debate continues to reveal a deep rift in the the Republican Party between the business elite (including former Bush Administration officials who raised the ceiling without controversy or chaos) and the grassroots, anti-establishment Tea Party base. The split — which pits a single-minded focus on keeping business running smoothly against a single-minded […]

July 26, 2011

Obama Can’t Celebrate Yet

WASHINGTON — The wounded are especially dangerous fighters. President Obama now occupies the high ground in the debt-ceiling debate, having called the Republicans’ bluff on the debt. He showed that deficit reduction is not now, and never has been, the GOP’s priority. He dare not get overconfident. After thwarting the deal that House Speaker John […]

July 14, 2011

What Cantor Wants

Most people don’t think about their high school yearbook quote much after age 18. But Eric Cantor, the U.S. House majority leader, chose a quote 30 years ago that seems particularly prescient given the ongoing debt-ceiling debate: “I want what I want when I want it.” The lyrics from a Henry Blossom operetta appropriately describe […]

July 13, 2011