With a government spending bill about to return to the House with Obamacare funding intact, Boehner is turning to the debt ceiling as a means to extract concessions from the Democrats.
Support for the tea party among Americans has slipped to 22 percent, a Gallup poll shows. Even as tea party politics (and a possible government shutdown) are center stage in Congress, the survey reflects public dissatisfaction with the tea party's push for conflict over compromise.
Ambassador Michael Froman, the United States trade representative, says the sequester has kept the USTR from filling positions and sending officials to negotiations or trade enforcement actions.
Ted Cruz didn't stop the Senate from opening debate on the House spending bill or stripping out the defunding of Obamacare. But, while burning bridges with the GOP establishment he became a folk hero for the party right.
Information released by the FBI on Wednesday indicates the man who killed a dozen people last week in a Navy Yard shooting in Washington was deluded. Aaron Alexis, shown in recently released video footage, believed extremely low frequency electromagnetic waves were controlling him, according to the FBI.
With Obamacare's health insurance 'marketplaces' set to launch on Oct 1, the Department of Health and Human Services released its first data on average health-care premiums, but what individuals actually pay varies widely.
Sen. John McCain went after the freshman senator for a reference to appeasement of Adolf Hitler that Sen. Ted Cruz made during his epic 21-hour talkathon against Obamacare on the Senate floor.