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Federal Government Shutdown

Republicans Hint At Another Government Shutdown Over Obamacare. Seriously.

The Huffington Post | Sam Levine | Posted 10.09.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Less than a year after House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) called the 2013 government shutdown over funding for Obamacare a “predictab...

Amanda Terkel

Federal Employee Morale Hits Record Low | Amanda Terkel | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Budget cuts and forced furloughs have taken a toll on federal workers, with job satisfaction at a record low in a new government-wide su...

What Can Obama Do in a Non-Magical Moment?

William Bradley | Posted 01.25.2014 | Politics
William Bradley

Try as one might, it's pretty much impossible to miss how badly things have turned for President Barack Obama. Not that it hasn't been building all year.

Pouring a Cup While Pissing in the Same Teapot

Rizwan A. Rahmani | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics
Rizwan A. Rahmani

When the Tea Partiers made their appearance in D.C. during the last midterm elections, it was easy to predict that they would one day morph into a gro...

Forget Tuesday's Elections: A Survey Experiment Shows How Much the Government Shutdown Hurt Republicans

Peter J. Woolley | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics
Peter J. Woolley

Focusing on how the handling of the shutdown affected, or did not affect, the vote this week ignores a more potent way in which it is impacting Republicans: making voters less likely to be Republicans in the first place.

Good Government: Time for More Credit and Less Blame

Frank Islam | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics
Frank Islam

The governmental shutdown had a number of unexpected consequences. One of the more important, in our opinion, is that it elevated the visibility and importance of what the government does or does not do in the mind of the American public.

Lisa Murkowski Bemoans Shutdown's 'Ripple Effect'

The Huffington Post | Farah Mohamed | Posted 10.24.2013 | Politics

As the government shutdown dragged on, Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska) was one of the senators who attempted to work across the aisle to find a solutio...

Joy Resmovits

How The Federal Government Is Hurting Native American Students | Joy Resmovits | Posted 10.16.2013 | Politics

As Congress squabbles over ending the federal government shutdown, Jim Gross, the superintendent of Selfridge Public School District #8 in North Dakot...

Luke Johnson

GOP Congressman Asks If Smoking Pot Is A First Amendment Right | Luke Johnson | Posted 10.16.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- At a House hearing Wednesday over the shutdown's closure of the National World War II Memorial, Rep. Trey Gowdy (R-S.C.) questioned why ...

Michael McAuliff

Senate Deal Reached, As Boehner Concedes Defeat | Michael McAuliff | Posted 10.17.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Senate leaders unveiled a deal Wednesday to reopen the government and avoid a potential debt default that does virtually nothing to Obam...

GOP Senator: Bipartisan Deal In Hand To Reopen Government, Avoid Default

AP | Posted 10.16.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON (AP) — A Republican senator says she understands Senate leaders have reached an agreement to avoid a Treasury default and reopen the gove...

Amanda Terkel

GOP Lawmaker Breaks Ranks, Calling On Party To 'Face Reality' And End Shutdown | Amanda Terkel | Posted 10.16.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Rep. Jaime Herrera Beutler (R-Wash.) broke ranks from many fellow Republicans Tuesday evening, calling on her party to give up hope of b...

Emily Swanson

Polls Find Republicans Can't Escape Blame | Emily Swanson | Posted 10.15.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- When it comes to polls about the government shutdown, the question of "who is to blame" seems to capture the imagination of partisans mo...

Sam Stein

Details Of New House Shutdown Bill Revealed | Sam Stein | Posted 10.15.2013 | Politics

In a closed-door meeting on Tuesday morning, House Republican leadership decided to put out its own debt limit and government funding bill, rather tha...

Sequestration Re-Emerges As Budget Battle Issue

AP | ANDREW TAYLOR | Posted 10.15.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- WASHINGTON (AP) — The broad, automatic spending cuts known as sequestration have re-emerged as a central issue in efforts to end the p...

Shutdown Enters Third Week

The Huffington Post | Posted 10.15.2013 | Politics

The government shutdown is entering week three as lawmakers continue to debate a deal on spending. Also looming is a Thursday deadline on raising t...

What if America Ends With a Whimper?

Ethan Casey | Posted 12.14.2013 | Politics
Ethan Casey

As an American who's at least as provincial as I am liberal, I've found myself mischievously wondering of late: if the federal government shuts down and stays that way, so what?

Remembering Greatness on Capitol Hill

Ladan Rafii | Posted 12.14.2013 | Politics
Ladan Rafii

It really is an honor and privilege to be there, and such a pleasure too. So why can't it be a harmonious environment instead of a place of rancor, infighting and dysfunction, as revealed to the entire world during the recent shutdown?

LATEST UPDATES: Government Shutdown Continues

The Huffington Post | Posted 10.14.2013 | Politics

The government is still shut down and the U.S. is approaching a deadline for raising the debt limit. Both issues are being discussed by lawmakers, ...

Reid Serves As Obama's Combative Partner Against GOP In Shutdown Talks

AP | CHARLES BABINGTON and NEDRA PICKLER | Posted 10.13.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- WASHINGTON (AP) — Harry Reid, the soft-spoken but pugilistic Senate majority leader, didn't wait for White House officials to declare ...

West: Obama Acting Like A 'Spoiled Brat Child'

The Huffington Post | Paige Lavender | Posted 10.12.2013 | Politics

Former Rep. Allen West (R-Fla.) said President Barack Obama is acting like a "spoiled brat child" when it comes to negotiations over the government sh...

Shutdown Rippling Through States

AP | DAVID A. LIEB | Posted 10.12.2013 | Politics

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — The federal government shutdown that has idled hundreds of thousands of workers is starting to rip...

Farah Mohamed

For Furloughed Workers, Shutdown Now Means Trying To Stay Positive | Farah Mohamed | Posted 10.11.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- While some lawmakers may think furloughed workers are just taking a paid vacation, many are actually using the forced time off from work...

View From The Sideline: Hawaii Delegates Talk Shutdown

Civil Beat | Chad Blair | Posted 10.11.2013 | Hawaii

Try the office doors for Hawaii's two senators in Washington and you'll find them locked. A sign on Mazie Hirono's door apologizes and explains that t...

What Is That Statue In All The Government Shutdown Stories?

The Huffington Post | Katherine Brooks | Posted 10.11.2013 | Arts

A few important characters stand out more than others in the past week's onslaught of government shutdown coverage. President Obama, of course, follow...