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Gop Shutdown

Some In House GOP Still Won't Rule Out Shutdown

AP | CHARLES BABINGTON | Posted 11.19.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON (AP) — Top Republicans say two things are clear: Last year's government shutdown hurt the party. And Republicans must not let the preside...

Top 10 PR Blunders of 2013

Rich Robinson | Posted 02.26.2014 | Media
Rich Robinson

Power going out at the Super Bowl; Maker's Mark announcing its plans to dilute its whiskey; the woman who hid under her desk to avoid a TV reporter; Manti Te'o's fake girlfriend and a Canadian mayor's crack-laced meltdown. All great, but not Sponge-worthy.

Sam Stein

House Republicans Have 'No Plans' To Shut Down The Government Over Obamacare Again | Sam Stein | Posted 12.02.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- If the U.S. government shuts down again in mid-January, it won't be because House Republicans are demanding the repeal of the president'...

$13 Billion and Counting

Mike Lux | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics
Mike Lux

Big bank executives are finally starting to sweat. Having gotten away for many years with relatively tiny, slap-on-the-wrist fines where they got exemption from any future legal action, a big $13 billion fine with no criminal side settlement is a different ballgame entirely.

Nancy Pelosi Attacks GOP's 'Temper Tantrum'

Real Clear Politics | Adam O'Neal | Posted 10.18.2013 | Politics

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, speaking at a press conference Friday afternoon, assailed Republicans for their handling of the fiscal impasse and...

Progressives Call For Republican Leaders To Be Arrested For Sedition

The Huffington Post | Shadee Ashtari | Posted 10.18.2013 | Politics

The 16-day shutdown of the federal government has finally come to an end, but many Americans are still furious about what they perceive as a GOP-spons...

The Lessons of Victory

Mike Lux | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics
Mike Lux

The Cruz Crazies handed us Democrats this victory. We would have had to be political morons to kick it away. But Democrats have had their politically moronic moments at times over the years, and in this case they did not snatch defeat from the jaws of victory.

Steve King Votes To 'Keep This Thing Going'

The Huffington Post | Shadee Ashtari | Posted 10.17.2013 | Politics

Rep. Steve King (R-Iowa) discussed his decision to vote against a bill to reopen the government with CNN’s Anderson Cooper on Wednesday night, sayin...

Ted Cruz Channels Miley Cyrus: Wrecking Ball

Mike Lux | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics
Mike Lux

Cruz seems to be despised personally by most of his fellow Republican senators, but his brand of wrecking ball extremism has taken over their party, and as a result a great many things that matter stand in danger of being wrecked.

Default Is in Our House

Alex Palombo | Posted 10.14.2013 | Politics
Alex Palombo

After years of watching our country claw its way back from the Great Recession, these debt ceiling and government shutdown are foreign to me. Why would we ever want to put our country in the position to default on our loans? Why is this even an argument?

Confirmed on Video: Republican Incoherence Run Amok

Mike Lux | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics
Mike Lux

We're at the endgame of this particular episode of Republican craziness. Their logic and their brains have melted away. Their messaging is a toxic stew. The biggest questions now are how much damage will they cause, to the country and to themselves.

Get Your GOP Hands Off My Medicare

Leo W. Gerard | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics
Leo W. Gerard

The Tea Partiers have it all muddled again. They're crying about 50 million uninsured Americans retaining access to doctors under the Affordable Care Act instead of protesting, as they did in their early days, the Republican attempt to strangle Medicare.

Party Favorability

Thomas M. Holbrook | Posted 12.10.2013 | Politics
Thomas M. Holbrook

It could well be that the Republican congressional strategy in the last year will pay off in other ways, but it is pretty clear that it isn't buying them any favor among the general public.

'Daily Show' Captures How Everyone Feels About The GOP

The Huffington Post | Ross Luippold | Posted 10.09.2013 | Comedy

Between Jon Stewart and Jason Jones, "The Daily Show" has really been knocking it out of the park during the government shutdown. In this segment from...

GOP Shakedown

Leo W. Gerard | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics
Leo W. Gerard

The threat made by the Grumpy Obstructionist Party (GOP) is simple: "Gimme what I want or I'll kill the government." Democrats refused to pay the ransom by defunding the Affordable Care Act, so the GOP defunded the federal government.

Shutdowns and the Real World

Mike Lux | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics
Mike Lux

The shutdown is the story of the moment. But there are also other real things going on in the real world that have huge consequences for, yes, real people -- and the media shouldn't ignore those other stories.

'Obamacare' vs. 'Affordable Care Act': Why Words Matter

Charlene Obernauer | Posted 12.04.2013 | Politics
Charlene Obernauer

Language is important, and continuing to let Republican strategists run the show is not only dangerous, it's destructive.

TELL US: How Is The Government Shutdown Affecting You?

Posted 10.03.2013 | Black Voices

With day three of the government shutdown coming to a close and with talks of a resolution halted by gunshots and a police chase on Capitol Hill Thurs...

GOP Succeeds in Shutting Down Government -- Fails to Stop ObamaCare

Robert Creamer | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics
Robert Creamer

Like the hero in a James Bond or Indiana Jones movie, Obamacare has faced new mortal threats at every turn. And like James Bond or Indiana Jones, each time it has emerged unscathed when the smoke of battle cleared.

Sam Stein

Dems Emboldened By Shutdown Showdown Worry It Could Last A While | Sam Stein | Posted 10.01.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Congressional Democrats emerged emboldened Monday night from the breakdown in efforts to avert a government shutdown, confident that Pre...

Petition Calls For White House To Designate GOP 'A Terrorist Organization'

The Huffington Post | Nick Wing | Posted 09.30.2013 | Politics

While hope of avoiding a government shutdown fizzles on Capitol Hill, critics of the GOP have taken to the White House's online petition platform to b...