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Federal Government Shutdown 2011

Government Shutdowns Get The 1% What They Want

Dave Johnson | Posted 01.15.2012 | Politics
Dave Johnson

A while back I was writing about the Republican threat of a government-wide shutdown, and the two-week Federal Aviation Administration shutdown (and D...

Government Shutdown Looms As Gridlock Grips Capitol Hill

AP | By CHARLES BABINGTON and ANDREW TAYLOR | Posted 11.24.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Just a week away from a possible government shutdown, lawmakers boxed themselves into a new budget impasse Friday. With Congress' appro...

Simon McCormack

Policing Tax Evasion Could Save Billions, But Republicans Won't Fund Enforcement | Simon McCormack | Posted 06.28.2011 | Politics

House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) admitted on Monday that the federal government is in serious need of extra revenue. But since taking control of th...

Jason Linkins

Jon Kyl Expunges Remark That Was 'Not Intended To Be A Factual Statement' From Congressional Record | Jason Linkins | Posted 06.21.2011 | Politics

I missed this when it was reported a couple days ago, but apparently, a few days after Senator Jon Kyl (R-Ariz.) stood on the Senate floor and misled ...

Jason Linkins

Jon Kyl Now Says He "Misspoke" On Planned Parenthood So Everyone Should Please Stop Making Fun Of Him | Jason Linkins | Posted 06.15.2011 | Politics

Last week, Senator Jon Kyl (R-Ariz.) received a fusillade of criticism when he took to the Senate floor to declare that abortion was "well over 90 per...

Jason Linkins

Lindsey Graham Has Meltdown Over Earmark Cut In Budget Deal | Jason Linkins | Posted 06.14.2011 | Politics

The thing about legislative compromises is nobody gets everything they want. That's a fact of life for the 435 members of the House of Representatives...

Jason Linkins

Gillibrand Knocks Kyl Over 'Factual Statements' | Jason Linkins | Posted 06.14.2011 | Politics

Last week, Jon Kyl went on the Senate floor to claim that "well over 90 percent of what Planned Parenthood does" was provide abortions. The correct figure is actually closer to three percent. So this week, the women of the Senate Democratic caucus took to the Senate floor to rise in defense of reproductive rights, and Senator Kirsten Gillibrand lined up a square shot at Kyl, who everyone seems to be ridiculing these days.

Jason Linkins

Deal Or No Deal: The Mediagasm | Jason Linkins | Posted 06.12.2011 | Media

If you were anywhere near Capitol Hill last Friday night, or a teevee with cameras pointed at Capitol Hill last Friday night, or at a computer watchin...

Jason Linkins

8 Deficit-Increasing Provisions Packed Into The Budget Deal | Jason Linkins | Posted 06.12.2011 | Politics

Last week's near shutdown of the government occurred because we were supposedly having an intensely "serious" discussion about reducing the federal de...

Jason Linkins

White House's Budget Strategy Leans Heavily On Clinton Nostalgia And Selling Capitulation [UPDATE] | Jason Linkins | Posted 06.11.2011 | Politics

Over the weekend, the White House averted a government shutdown by largely agreeing to the GOP's terms on discretionary spending. One might see this as a bad thing, but not the White House. Advisor David Plouffe has been on the air ever since, linking Friday's capitulation with the administration's December lame duck capitulation as a great example of a governing strategy, where everyone "comes together" and more or less agrees to what John Boehner wants to do.

WATCH: Boehner Discusses Budget Deal, Says GOP Won't 'Roll Over' On Debt

Posted 06.11.2011 | Politics

House Speaker John Boehner spoke about a budget deal struck between Democratic and Republican leaders late last Friday to avert a government shutdown ...

Federal Budget Deal Reached, Government Shutdown Averted At Least Temporarily

AP/The Huffington Post | Posted 06.08.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON – A last-minute budget deal forged amid bluster and tough bargaining averted an embarrassing federal shutdown, cut billions in spending a...

Jason Linkins

Jon Kyl Is Sorry If He Gave Anyone The Impression That The Things He Says In Public Are Factual | Jason Linkins | Posted 03.05.2013 | Politics

As you may recall, during today's lengthy Pap Smear Armageddon/Government Shutdown 2011 pageant play, Senate Minority Whip Jon Kyl (R-Ariz.) stood on ...

Planned Parenthood, Abortion & Federal Budget Fight

AP | DONNA CASSATA | Posted 06.08.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON — Republicans portray Planned Parenthood as primarily focused on performing abortions and – intentionally or not – using ...

Jason Linkins

Donna Edwards Deploys White Stripes For Garage Rock Testimonial Against Shutdown | Jason Linkins | Posted 06.08.2011 | Politics

There's only a few hours left before all of America is plunged into John Boehner's Pap Smear Armageddon or whatever, and Matt Yglesias has video of Re...

Budget Deal Negotiations Yield Win For Democrats On EPA Rules

AP | By ANDREW TAYLOR | Posted 06.08.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Senate Democrats briefed on a potential budget deal say that Republicans have agreed to drop House-passed provisions to block the Enviro...

Organizer Of 1995 Shutdown Operations Warns Another One Could Be Disastrous For Economy

Posted 06.08.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The official who carried out the last government shutdown has a warning for squabbling lawmakers -- another one now could be ...

Jason Linkins

Shutdown Looms Over Tiny Sliver Of Planned Parenthood's Activities | Jason Linkins | Posted 06.08.2011 | Politics

The entire government will shut down in just about ten hours unless Democrats agree to allow House Republicans to hurl angry birds at every Planned Parenthood facility in America.

Harry Reid: 'Not Budging' On Planned Parenthood Stance (VIDEO)

Posted 06.08.2011 | Politics

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid signaled that Democrats will not waver in their opposition to Republican efforts to defund Planned Parenthood in the...

Federal Shutdown Would Affect Military Pay, National Zoo, Smithsonian & More

AP | The Associated Press | Posted 06.08.2011 | Politics

You'd still get your mail – and your usual Social Security payment. But troops' pay might be delayed, and you'd have to put off that spring brea...

Laura Bassett

Planned Parenthood President Cecile Richards: We're Not Going Anywhere | Laura Bassett | Posted 06.08.2011 | Politics

As House Republicans threaten to shut down the government over federal funding for Planned Parenthood, the woman at the helm of that controversial org...

Government Shutdown 2011: Federal Workers Brace For Effect

AP | ERIC TUCKER and SARAH EDDINGTON | Posted 06.08.2011 | Politics

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. — A weather forecaster says he may have to live off the money he's been setting aside for a Caribbean vacation. A worker in Wa...

Planned Parenthood A Sticking Point In Budget Talks

The Huffington Post/AP | BEN FELLER | Posted 06.08.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON (AP) -- With the clock ticking to a partial government shutdown at midnight, the top Democrat in the Senate said Friday that the White Hous...

Military Pay In Question, Families Worry

The Huffington Post/AP | KIMBERLY HEFLING | Posted 06.08.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON (AP) - The threat to U.S. troops' paychecks during a government shutdown has rattled military families and others sympathetic to young sold...

John Boehner's Choice: Government Shutdown Or Tea Party Revolt

TIIME | Jay Newton-Small | Posted 06.08.2011 | Politics

John Boehner has a decision to make. And in some ways it's akin to choosing between his children. By midnight tonight the government will shut down un...