John Boehner

US president shrugs off claims he lacks bonhomie

Obama with John Boehner.

Barack Obama has dismissed claims he disdains the backslapping bonhomie a US leader sometimes needs to drive his priorities through Congress.

Wednesday, 16 January, 2013, 4:30am

Who said it?

South Korean President-elect Park Geun-hye (left).

The two sides must have a correct view of history and pursue a future of reconciliation

President-elect Park Geun-hye of South Korea on relations with Japan


The American dream is in peril so long as its namesake is weighed down by this anchor of debt

US House speaker John Boehner


5 Jan 2013 - 2:45am

John Boehner narrowly re-elected as House Speaker

Speaker of the House John Boehner holds up the gavel of authority after being re-elected on the first day of the 113th Congress. Photo: Reuters

John Boehner, the top Republican in Washington, has been narrowly re-elected to his powerful job as Speaker as the new US Congress opened for business, despite a mini-revolt in his own party over the "fiscal cliff" deal.

The 113th Congress welcomed dozens of new members to face festering problems and a partisan and crisis-driven era of divided government.

5 Jan 2013 - 6:18am

Small steps are enough

Vice-President Joe Biden negotiated a compromise deal when President Barack Obama's own talks with Republicans failed. Photo: Bloomberg

The just-in-time budget deal the US Congress passed on New Year's Day calls to mind Samuel Johnson's observation about dogs that walk on their hind legs: "It is not done well; but you are surprised to find it done at all."

4 Jan 2013 - 2:48am

US House leaders plan to vote on Sandy relief measures

John Boehner. Photo: AP

A chastened US House Republican leadership scrambled to tamp down seething bipartisan fury over a failure to approve emergency relief for victims of superstorm Sandy, saying a vote will now occur today.

4 Jan 2013 - 4:46am

Republican crazies scuttle deal with Obama

John Boehner. Photo: AP

A few years back, there was a boom in the US in poker television - shows in which you got to watch the betting and bluffing of expert card players. Since then, however, viewers seem to have lost interest.

23 Dec 2012 - 4:25pm 1 comment

Obama makes tax concession in fiscal cliff gambit

House Speaker John Boehner emphasises that government spending complicates negotiations on avoiding the so-called "fiscal cliff" last week. Photo: AP

US President Barack Obama and Republican House Speaker John Boehner on Monday edged towards a deal to avert a potentially disastrous year-end tax and spending crisis that could spark a new recession.

29 Aug 2013 - 4:13am

Boehner offers tax rise on wealthy, in sign of movement on fiscal cliff

John Boehner. Photo: AP

Republican leader of the US House of Representatives John Boehner has offered to raise income tax rates on households earning more than US$1 million a year in exchange for containing the cost of federal entitlement programmes, as part of a deal with President Barack Obama to cut the federal deficit.

17 Dec 2012 - 6:33am

Who said it?

John Boehner

To say [John] Boehner is between a rock and a hard place is minimising the problem he faces

Political consultant Tobe Berkovitz, on the U.S. House Republican leader and talks to avoid the "fiscal cliff"


[Vice-President] Xi [Jinping] knows how to draw the line between being tough and friendly

10 Dec 2012 - 1:28am

John Boehner's dilemma in fiscal cliff showdown

Speaker of the House John Boehner faces a possible revolt from his right flank should he agree to a deal raising high-end rates. Photo: Reuters

With room for manoeuvre slipping away, top US Republican John Boehner is in a bind over how to avoid going over the fiscal cliff: embrace higher taxes and earn conservatives' ire, or scupper a deal and incur Americans' wrath.

10 Dec 2012 - 4:12am

Both sides appear more conciliatory as 'fiscal cliff' deadline looms

US President Barack Obama, first lady Michelle Obama and their daughters Sasha, left, and Malia return to Washington following Obama's second-term win on Tuesday. Photo: Reuters

US House of Representatives Speaker John Boehner, striking a conciliatory tone a day after the Republican Party's electoral drubbing, said that he was ready to accept a budget deal that raises federal revenue under the right conditions, to avert the so-called "fiscal cliff" in 52 days.

9 Nov 2012 - 3:27am