Wednesday, May 23, 2018

President on verge of gains— in short-term

WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama was poised to claim a victory in the shutdown-and-debt showdown with Republicans as Congress worked toward a deal — except, perhaps, on the one demand he wanted most.

The president's health care law seems likely to emerge unscathed or barely nicked, and he is not offering budget cuts in exchange for a debt limit increase as he did in 2011. But throughout the 15-day government shutdown, Obama has said he is not only trying to resolve this crisis, but to prevent a sequel.

The cycle of lurching from deadline to deadline, crafting fiscal policy under threat of federal default or government shutdown, must end, the president said. He declared he would not negotiate under those threats.

But the deals under discussion in both chambers appear likely to fall short of Obama's ambitious goal. Rather than breaking the cycle, the proposals set up two new deadlines — moving the action a few months down the road and settling none of the fiscal disputes at the root of much of the brinkmanship.

To get to that point, the White House abandoned its no-negotiation stance and prepared to make concessions aimed at coaxing Republican support to reopen the government and lift the debt limit.

Democrats say those concessions are small enough to reinforce Obama's insistence that the party not give Republicans major victories in return for a debt limit increase.

But the approach under consideration in Congress offers no assurances that it will establish a new normal. On Tuesday, there was little evidence that House Republicans were prepared to concede.

"Nobody likes kicking the can down the road," Rep. Scott Perry, R-Pa., said, "but if the president wants to do that, and he's got the bully pulpit, and we're unable to stop him from kicking the can all the way down the road, maybe having him kick it only a couple months down the road is the best we can do."

Comments
Lightning journal: A rare fight to this finish

Lightning journal: A rare fight to this finish

TAMPA — After Alex Ovechkin's goal 62 seconds into Game 7 of the Eastern Conference final Wednesday, the next highlight was an extended fight between Lightning D Braydon Coburn and Capitals RW Tom Wilson, with a two-minute break for them to spe...
Updated: 2 minutes ago
Lightning-Capitals: Grading Tampa Bay’s 4-0 loss in Game 7

Lightning-Capitals: Grading Tampa Bay’s 4-0 loss in Game 7

TAMPA — Forget Vegas.The Lightning have left the building.No more season. No more watch parties. No more anything.There is no way around it. Jon Cooper's team couldn't finish, not in Game 7 at home, not in the Eastern Conference final...
Updated: 8 minutes ago

Region baseball: Leto ends state final four drought

TAMPA — It was the biggest game of Jakob Ryley's baseball career, and in the first inning of Wednesday's Class 7A region final against Melbourne, the senior right-hander was a little shaky.With two outs, Ryley walked two Bulldogs before a fly o...
Updated: 9 minutes ago
Coast Guard suspends search for man missing from Tampa cruise

Coast Guard suspends search for man missing from Tampa cruise

The Coast Guard announced Wednesday night that it has suspended the search for a man who was reported to have gone overboard from a cruise ship that left Tampa.Officials aboard the Carnival Paradise told the Coast Guard on Tuesday morning that Brian ...
Updated: 18 minutes ago
Lightning’s season ends one win short of Stanley Cup final with 4-0 loss to Capitals

Lightning’s season ends one win short of Stanley Cup final with 4-0 loss to Capitals

TAMPA – The Lightning's dream season ended late Wednesday night with the final horn or, if you prefer, much earlier when Alex Ovechkin blasted the puck past Andrei Vasilevskiy just 62 seconds into the game.It ended one win shy of a trip to the ...
Updated: 19 minutes ago
Live blog: Lightning's season ends with 4-0 loss in Game 7

Live blog: Lightning's season ends with 4-0 loss in Game 7

  Follow our live coverage of the Eastern Conference final between the Tampa Bay Lightning and Washington Capitals. We'll have updates, analysis, photos, video and more on and off the ice from Times reporters, editors, sports columnists and photo j...
Updated: 1 hour ago
Lightning-Capitals: Roger Mooney’s takeaways from the Lightning’s 4-0 loss in Game 7

Lightning-Capitals: Roger Mooney’s takeaways from the Lightning’s 4-0 loss in Game 7

* The Lightning picked the worst time to stop scoring goals. It's tough to win when you go more than six periods without getting at least one past the goalie, but that is what happened to the NHL's top-scoring team during the regular season.* Certain...
Updated: 1 hour ago
State baseball: 60 wins and counting for Calvary Christian

State baseball: 60 wins and counting for Calvary Christian

FORT MYERS — Calvary Christian will play for its second straight Class 4A state championship Thursday. The Warriors defeated Jacksonville Trinity Christian 2-1 on Wednesday night at Hammond Stadium in a game delayed three hours due to weather. It is ...
Updated: 1 hour ago

AP Top News at 11:09 p.m. EDT

AP Top News at 11:09 p.m. EDT
Updated: 1 hour ago

AP News in Brief at 11:04 p.m. EDT

AP News in Brief at 11:04 p.m. EDT
Updated: 1 hour ago