Debt Ceiling

Grover Norquist (Credit: JIM WATSON/AFP/Getty Images)

Opinion: Grover Puts Himself Before Party And Country

Grover is the ultimate in single interest constituencies in Washington. He is not accountable to anybody. He does not disclose who funds him, who pays him to do what he does or how much he is paid to blackmail GOP Members of Congress to sign his pledge not to raise taxes.


Sen. Mark Udall (credit: Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

Udall, Bennet Back Compromise Bill To Stop Default

Both of Colorado’s senators backed a compromise bill to prevent a government default — with some regrets.


U.S. Senate Minority Leader Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-KY) gives a thumbs up when asked whether a deal has been reached regarding the ongoing debate on the national debt reduction on July 31 in Washington. As the United States approaches the possibility of a default, the congressional leaders and the White House try to reach an agreement on measures to lift the debt ceiling. (credit: Astrid Riecken/Getty Images)

Debt Ceiling Deal: Do Not Open Until Christmas

It felt like a good ending to a July Hollywood movie blockbuster. And like any good summer blockbuster, it all but guaranteed us a sequel. The details of the big agreement set the stage for round two to be played out in just a few months.


Former Colorado Sen. Bill Armstrong

Former Colorado Senator Weighs In On The Debt Ceiling

With the deadline rapidly approaching, the debt talks are the hot topic of discussion at the Western Conservative Summit Meeting in Denver.


Rep. Doug Lamborn, R-Colorado Springs (credit:

Colorado Congressmen, Senators Weigh In On Debt Debate

Congressmen and senators representing Colorado at the U.S. Capitol are talking about the ongoing debt debate as the deadline quickly approaches on reaching the debt ceiling.


US President Barack Obama speaks with US Speaker of the House John Boehner during a meeting in the Cabinet Room at the White House in Washington, DC, on July 23, 2011. Obama summoned top lawmakers for crisis talks Saturday on averting an August debt default that could send shockwaves through the fragile global economy. With an August 2 deadline fast approaching, Obama warned that polarized lawmakers must have a plan for raising the $14.3 trillion US debt ceiling by the time world markets pass judgment Monday on the stalemate. AFP Photo/Jewel Samad (Photo credit should read JEWEL SAMAD/AFP/Getty Images)

“Emergency” Negotiations are the Only Kind Politicians Know

If I seem a bit cynical, it’s because I am experiencing an overwhelming sense of déjà vu. Is it just me, or does it seem that every set of negotiations between the White House and Congress over a major issue always comes down to some fabricated deadline?


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Local Economist Weighs In On National Debt Debate

A local economist from the University of Denver weighs in on the debt debate as the deadline looms closer for congress to raise the debt ceiling.


WASHINGTON - JUNE 14: U.S. Senate Minority Leader Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-KY) listens during a news conference June 14, 2011 on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC. The Republicans spoke to the press on several issues after their weekly policy luncheon. (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)

Shortsighted Reactions to McConnell’s Plan

But, even though I believe the plan has practical flaws, I think most of McConnell’s GOP colleagues are being short-sighted about the political advantages of McConnell’s plan. Frankly, it’s one of the more Machiavellian ideas to come out of Washington in a while.


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Debt Ceiling Line In The Sand

We’ll be marketed to believe that Republicans are gambling with our future by playing political games with our debt, or that Republicans are finally drawing a line in the sand on spending and are the only party brave enough to pull our country from the precipice of financial disaster. Which is the truth? As with all marketing campaigns, it’s somewhere in between.


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