Leaders of a bipartisan "Gang of Six" are nearing agreement on a plan that "broadly mirrors" the White House proposal that would raise the federal debt ceiling and cut the deficit by more than $4 trillion over the course of a decade, President Obama said on Tuesday.
"The framework that they put forward is broadly consistent with what we've been working on here at the White House," Obama said. Read More
It takes at least six months to get a divorce in San Francisco, and now unhappy couples can add at least a year to that, thanks to planned budget cuts to the Superior Court.
Katherine Feinstein, the Superior Court’s presiding judge, gave a dire outlook to reporters at a Monday news conference, reiterating the court’s plan to lay off 200 employees and close 25 courtrooms in late September. Read More
To the surprise of few political observers, there will be no meeting today between President Obama and Senate Republicans.
White House Press Secretary Jay Carney emphatically dismissed the invitation from Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., for Obama to visit Capitol Hill Thursday afternoon, declaring, "That's not a conversation worth having." Read More
President Obama, continuing his heightened role in stalled deficit talks, will meet with Senate Democrats at the White House Wednesday.
Obama and Vice President Joe Biden will meet with Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., and Sens. Dick Durbin, D-Ill., and Charles Schumer, D-N.Y. Republicans aren't yet on the docket for another meeting, the White House said. Read More
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Mayor Ed Lee closed a $300 million deficit Wednesday in his proposed $6.83 billion city budget, but funding challenges remain, including passage of a November streets bond, influential labor unions agreeing to give up $23 million in raises, and concerns over cuts to social services. Read More
After losing a House seat in Tuesday’s special election, Republicans may be tempted to distance themselves from the Medicare reform plan proposed by House Budget Chairman Paul Ryan, R-Wis. That would be a mistake.The plan is not a voucher plan, nor would it deny treatment to low-income seniors. Read More
Federal spending is rising faster than the budget numbers imply. That’s because some increases are disguised as tax cuts. When the government gives a tax credit to homeowners who buy solar energy panels, it’s just like giving them a cash subsidy to buy those panels. But it’s recorded as a reduction in taxes rather than as an increase in outlays. Read More
Vice President Joe Biden on Thursday sought to assure skeptics that slow-moving budget talks with Congress are producing results.
"We're actually making progress," he told reporters after yet another meeting with lawmakers at Blair House Thursday. "What we've agreed to is tentative. I promise you this is serious. There is no hiding the ball. This is not a commission." Read More
Beloved Sheriff Mike Hennessey certainly picked a good time to get out of the lawman business. After almost 32 years of service, Hennessey will not seek re-election in November. Instead, six men have officially declared their intention to run for the office of sheriff, including Supervisor Ross Mirkarimi and 13-year veteran of the Sheriff’s Department, Matthew Haskell. Read More