John Boehner

9:24am

Fri October 4, 2013
Politics

'This Isn't Some Damn Game!' Boehner Says

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.

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3:06am

Fri October 4, 2013
The Government Shutdown

For Obama And Boehner, No Sign Of Thaw In Frosty Relationship

Originally published on Fri October 4, 2013 9:13 am

President Obama and House Speaker John Boehner take part in a ceremony to unveil a statue honoring the late civil rights activist Rosa Parks in the Capitol in February.
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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:

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9:28am

Thu October 3, 2013
Politics

Treasury: New Debt Ceiling Fight Could Derail Economy

Originally published on Thu October 3, 2013 1:30 pm

Treasury Secretary Jacob Lew leaves the Capitol after a visit on Thursday.
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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.

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5:00am

Thu October 3, 2013
Shutdown

On Day 3 Of Shutdown, It's Deja Vu All Over Again

Originally published on Thu October 3, 2013 11:35 am

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A gate leading into the Joshua Tree National Park California is latched (though not locked) because of the partial government shutdown. Though national parks are technically closed, national forests remain open — they're too large to close.
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3:17am

Thu October 3, 2013
Politics

Why A Handful Of Hard-Liners Has A Hold On Boehner

Originally published on Thu October 3, 2013 10:53 am

House Speaker John Boehner speaks to the media after a meeting with President Obama at the White House on Wednesday.
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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."

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