Originally published on Fri October 4, 2013 11:28 am
"This isn't some damn game!" House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, just declared, his voice rising, as he told reporters on Capitol Hill that he believes it's the Obama administration that's to blame for the four-day-old partial shutdown of the federal government.
Originally published on Fri October 4, 2013 9:13 am
President Obama and House Speaker John Boehner have had five years of fights and negotiations to learn how to work together.
The relationship has had ups and downs. Today it's as sour as it's ever been.
Even if they had a warm friendship, it might not be enough to solve the government shutdown. But the chilliness doesn't help.
'We Get Along Fine'
Their relationship has been a constant source of fascination in Washington. Interviewers ask the two men about it all the time. And they give pretty much the same response, year after year:
Originally published on Thu October 3, 2013 1:30 pm
The Treasury Department is issuing a warning of dire economic consequences that could rival the Great Recession if Congress is unable to agree on raising the debt ceiling and the nation defaults on its obligations.
Originally published on Thu October 3, 2013 11:35 am
Pick your comparison.
Originally published on Thu October 3, 2013 10:53 am
To understand House Speaker John Boehner's role in the government shutdown, you have to understand the 30 or so House Republican hard-liners and his relationship with them.
It's an uneasy one at best.
"Listen, we've got a diverse caucus," was how Boehner put it in mid-September, shortly after the 30 forced him to ditch his original plan for a temporary government funding bill.
"Whenever we're trying to put together a plan, we've got 233 members — all of whom have their own plan," he said. "It's tough to get them on the same track. We got there."