Congress

5:50am

Tue July 31, 2012
The Two-Way

Reports: GOP Lawmakers Blame Five ATF Officials For 'Fast And Furious'

"Republican congressional investigators have concluded that five senior ATF officials ... are collectively responsible for the failed Fast and Furious gun-tracking operation that was 'marred by missteps, poor judgments and inherently reckless strategy,' " the Los Angeles Times reports.

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3:46pm

Mon July 30, 2012
It's All Politics

Texas GOP Senate Runoff Gives Tea Party An Opportunity To Flex Its Muscles

Originally published on Tue July 31, 2012 7:45 am

Ted Cruz, left, and David Dewhurst shake hands before their Republican Senate debate in Dallas on June 22.
LM Otero AP

The Republican race to succeed retiring Texas Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison wasn't supposed to be tough. But it's become one of the hardest-fought and most expensive intraparty races in the country.

Early this year, the race was expected to be a coronation for Texas Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst, 66.

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2:58am

Mon July 30, 2012
Book Reviews

A Portrait Of A Country Awash In 'Red Ink'

Originally published on Fri August 3, 2012 3:15 pm

As the federal debt balloons, reducing it would seem more and more pressing. Yet policymakers remain far apart. Debt, deficit and budget rhetoric is often accompanied by numbers cherry-picked to support a particular political view.

But a new book by Wall Street Journal economics writer David Wessel lays out the numbers that both political parties face.

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5:38am

Sun July 29, 2012
Economy

Business In A Slump: Scraping By Three Years Later

Originally published on Sun July 29, 2012 9:58 am

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3:57am

Sun July 29, 2012
Politics

Forget The Debt Ceiling? The 'Avalanche' Is Coming

Originally published on Thu August 2, 2012 12:21 pm

If Congress doesn't make a deal before January, massive spending cuts will go into effect automatically in 2013.
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In August, lawmakers will be heading home to their districts for the month's recess. Last summer, things weren't quite so calm.

A year ago at this time, Congress was in a nasty and protracted battle over whether to raise the debt ceiling. If they didn't make a decision, the government was going to go into default. It's a fight that cost Congress its already waning public support, and cost American taxpayers $1.3 billion.

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