The bad news is that Washington has to make hard choices now to avert disaster. The good news is that some members of Congress are showing real political courage.
Governments go broke all the time. When they do, the victims can be all of us.
A cofounder of the St. Louis Tea Party lays out his vision for a better America.
Gay rights activists cheered Obama's memo on hospital visitation rights, but the president faces increasing tension with constituencies who helped elect him and expected faster results.
The 'tea party' movement still has much to prove. Populist movements often fizzle. But it has reinvigorated the Republican Party and constitutional ideals in an era of fading federalism.
Congressional Budget Office director Douglas Elmendorf is confident that the CBO forecast about health care reform and the deficit is true. But he acknowledges tough deficit choices ahead.
They all rejected health care reform, but a great many Republicans once voted for the very programs – Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid – that conservatives now denounce as socialism.