Melinda Pearson

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Obama says shutdown caused 'completely unnecessary damage' to economy

President Barack Obama said Thursday, as the federal government blinked back to life, that the 16-day shutdown and threat of national default had inflicted “completely unnecessary damage on our economy.”<p>“The American people are completely fed up with Washington,” he said from the White House. …

Obama wins

In the end, President Barack Obama got exactly what he said he wanted — a debt-limit increase, an extension of the federal government’s funding, and no overly binding strings attached — and he did it by keeping faith with his unusual watchwords: No negotiation.<p>Experience had taught Republicans, and …

US debt: 'Your shutdown is not an 'epic battle', it is bad governance'

The Republican Party has completely lost the public relations war over who was primarily responsible for Washington's latest damaging budget stand-off, writes Peter Foster<p>With cracked voice and snow-white goatee, the veteran of six Second World War naval clashes narrows his eyes towards a distant …

Understanding Obamacare

What the Fight's Really About<p>The story of two Georgia Republicans captures the essence of the fight over the law. One wants to wipe Obamacare off the books. The other says he needs it to stay alive.<p>The Big Change: Covering Pre-Existing Conditions<p>The major new benefit for consumers, as the law …

Health Care

Obamacare wins? See you in 2014

Obamacare wins!<p>Now, let’s talk about that website.<p>President Barack Obama’s signature health care law is now turning into a 2014 election issue, rather than the disastrous defunding fight that led the government to close for three weeks. With the shutdown out of the way, the health care law’s …

Treasury secretary says Obama will keep trying to ease spending cuts

<i>By Tom Curry, National Affairs Writer, NBC News</i><p>Treasury Secretary Jack Lew said on NBC’s Meet the Press that President Barack Obama will keep trying to undo or ease the cuts in spending that he reluctantly signed into law as part of the Budget Control Act in 2011.<p>“There's no question that the deep …