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Obama and Boehner accuse each other of risking U.S. default

The “terrible” and “unthinkable” threat of a US government default transfixed Washington Monday, as a standoff over raising the debt ceiling surmounted angst over a week-long government shutdown. Republican House Speaker John Boehner sparked alarm after warning on Sunday that he would not allow Congress to raise the government’s borrowing…

Republicans claim Obama attacking religion

WASHINGTON — US Republicans on Wednesday escalated their election-year attacks on President Barack Obama in a feud over health insurance coverage of birth control, accusing him of a “systematic” assault on religion. Republican House Speaker John Boehner charged a new rule that most employers — including church-affiliated entities — must…

White House accuses GOP of playing politics with tax cut

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The White House accused House of Representatives Republicans on Sunday of playing politics with the fate of the payroll tax cut and warned that Americans could face a “devastating” tax hike if Republicans do not act. Republican House Speaker John Boehner has distanced himself from a two-month…

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