September 13, 2012 |
WASHINGTON - No longer interested in shutting down the government, the Republican-led House approved legislation Thursday to keep it running into next year, jettisoning the GOP's earlier strategy of using the annual federal funding bill as leverage to extract spending cuts. The House approved the measure, 329 to 91. The Senate, where Democrats hold a narrow majority, is expected to approve it before the Oct. 1 deadline, averting a government shutdown at the start of the new fiscal year.
August 23, 2012 |
Cadillac's all-new flagship sedan, the XTS, is apparently a little confused about the difference between intern and interim. You and I both know that someone in an interim role will temporarily yet capably fill a vacant position. Meanwhile, interns sometimes stumble through tasks that might seem straightforward. The 2013 XTS is an interim at the top of Cadillac's sedan lineup. What came out was closer to an intern. General Motors' luxury marque has been without a flagship sedan since 2011, when the DTS and STS sedans reached the end of their life cycles.
June 26, 2012
With just days to go before the clock runs out, Congress appears ready to forge a reasonable compromise to keep interest rates low on federally subsidized college loans for the coming year. Without action, the rates would double from 3.4% to 6.8% on July 1. Under the compromise, Congress would keep the interest rates at their current level, raising much of the $6 billion it would cost to fill the gap by charging companies more to insure their pension programs, with proceeds to go toward the student loans.
March 13, 2012 |
Neil Olshey has listened to everyone clamoring for the Clippers to make a move before Thursday's noon (PST) trade deadline in an attempt to stop the team's current slide. The Clippers' vice president of basketball operations has heard from his coaching staff, the team's fans and media, all of them stressing the need to acquire a player in the wake of Chauncey Billups' season-ending Achilles' tendon injury that appears to have shaken the team. Olshey is making and taking phone calls from other general managers.
December 22, 2011 |
House Republican leaders, bowing to pressure from both the White House and their Senate colleagues, agreed to a stopgap measure that will forestall a tax increase on American workers that was scheduled to take effect Jan. 1. The deal is expected to come to a vote Friday under procedures that would require all members in both chambers to agree. If any members object, Speaker John A. Boehner (R-Ohio) would call the House back into full session next week for a vote, he told reporters Thursday.
December 21, 2011 |
With no endgame in sight to prevent a looming payroll tax hike, President Obama and congressional leaders took turns trying to convince Americans that they were hard at work to save the tax break - even though Congress has essentially closed for the holidays. Obama called House Speaker John A. Boehner (R-Ohio) on Wednesday to nudge him to compromise. Boehner assembled his top negotiators but, with no one to negotiate with, they talked among themselves. House Democratic leaders staged a lonely protest on the empty House floor, shouting for the chance to bring a bipartisan tax break bill to a vote.