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Government Shut Down

Congress: Shut Down Government Until the New President Restores the Republic

Bruce Fein | Posted 11.01.2016 | Politics
Bruce Fein

Whoever wins the presidency on November 8, Congress should shut down the government, except for essential military or law enforcement personnel, on th...

Sam Stein

Top Dem Warns GOP To Deal Now Or Risk Another Government Shutdown | Sam Stein | Posted 06.17.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The Senate Democrat who cut the last budget deal to avoid the full impact of sequestration is warning Republicans they risk a government...

They Tried to Break the Federal Government. Now They're Going After the Courts.

Michael Keegan | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics
Michael Keegan

The same party that shut down the government in an attempt to nullify a duly-enacted law that it does not like is now trying to prevent a twice-elected president from filling vacancies on an important court -- a duty entrusted to him by the Constitution.

Republicans Shoot America in the Foot

Leo W. Gerard | Posted 12.21.2013 | Politics
Leo W. Gerard

Republicans can pummel their own party if they want to, but what's amazing is that 18 of them in the Senate and 144 in the House voted against restoring government services and paying America's debts.

LATEST UPDATES: Shutdown Discussions Continue In Congress

Posted 10.13.2013 | Politics

The government shutdown entered its 13th day Sunday as negotiations on how to end the budget standoff continued in Congress. The Senate was set to ...

Shutdown Deliberations Continue

The Huffington Post | Posted 10.12.2013 | Politics

The government is still shut down, but negotiations continue among lawmakers looking for solutions to the shutdown and the looming default. The Sen...

To Poll or Not to Poll: The Pollster's Dilemma

Nick Gourevitch | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics
Nick Gourevitch

Outside of peak election season, internal campaign polls are used to inform long-term strategic decisions. But deciding when it is "normal" to poll is often a delicate balancing act.

An Amazing Offer to President Obama

Amy Koko | Posted 01.23.2014 | Comedy
Amy Koko

This is President Obamas' lucky day. I happen to be between jobs right now. My last one was at Just Pants, at the mall in 1976. Therefore I have some free time and an unbelievable offer for him. I will run the National Park System for a nominal fee and the waiving of my IRS bill.

Disingenuous Hokum

Edward Flattau | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics
Edward Flattau

The Republican Party is lamenting the closure of our national parks due to a government shutdown, and has introduced a proposal to reopen them while o...

Sam Stein

Inside Obama's Game Plan For The Debt Limit | Sam Stein | Posted 10.04.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Three senior Obama administration officials have made it abundantly clear that the president has no interest in budging from his positio...

Are the Republicans Crazy? No!

Kathleen Reardon | Posted 12.02.2013 | Politics
Kathleen Reardon

The Republicans have chosen not to be good, not to be fair, not to be rational in the common sense of these words. Since they can't win, their goal is to "win" by disallowing a win by the opposition and then to worry about explanations later.

In This Town, Politics Keeps Running

Mee Moua | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics
Mee Moua

We overwhelmingly voted for affordable health care and an immigration system that values families and economic prosperity. We elected this Congress to lead us, and yet we now face voters' remorse.

What The Government Shutdown Means For So Cal

Los Angeles Daily News | Dana Bartholomew | Posted 01.23.2014 | Los Angeles

They fought in vain to offer financial fuel to the federal government, then watched as Uncle Sam sputtered into a ditch. Lawmakers at loggerheads ove...

Serious or Cynical? Time for Republicans to Show What They Really Believe

Rep. Earl Blumenauer | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics
Rep. Earl Blumenauer

One of the cornerstones of my lifetime of public service has been to work on bipartisanship. But here in Congress, I must say it has been, under the Republican leadership, difficult, if not impossible.

A Page 1 Problem For Congressional Conservatives

The Huffington Post | Sam Stein | Posted 10.01.2013 | Media

WASHINGTON -- Readers of newspapers -- yes, they still exist -- woke up Tuesday morning to dueling headlines. The shutdown of the federal government d...

House Republicans: 'Yee-Haw! We're Shuttin' Down the Gov'mint!'

Joseph A. Palermo | Posted 11.23.2013 | Politics
Joseph A. Palermo

It's hard to believe that "the American people" are so upset about the mild reforms contained in the ACA that they're demanding a government shut down and a default on the national debt to stop it. No wonder Congress' approval rating is the lowest in decades.

Sam Stein

Democrats Divided Over Next Big Budget Battle | Sam Stein | Posted 09.13.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- As Democrats wait to see whether and how House Republicans will target the president's health care law during ongoing budget negotiation...

GOP Plan to Beat Itself Up

Leo W. Gerard | Posted 10.05.2013 | Politics
Leo W. Gerard

The party is so focused on wrangling that it has turned itself into a spandex-wearing professional wrestling cartoon character. Fighting is not what Americans want. They want peace and prosperity. Republicans need to get that message and get to work.

Sam Stein

Democrat Says A Government Shutdown Would Be Better Than More Sequestration | Sam Stein | Posted 07.26.2013 | Politics

One of the top Democrats in the House said Friday that his party should be willing to shut down the government this fall unless the spending cuts brou...

Jennifer Bendery

Government Shutdown Looms After Senate Blocks House Funding Bill | Jennifer Bendery | Posted 11.23.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON - The Senate on Friday rejected a House-passed measure to keep the government funded past Sept. 30, signaling that Senate Democrats are rea...

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...

Elise Foley

Pelosi: 'I Feel No Responsibility' To Pass Budget Deal | Elise Foley | Posted 06.14.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Nancy Pelosi, the top Democrat in the House of Representatives, said on Thursday she feels no obligation to pass the bill to fund govern...

WATCH: 'SNL' Mocks 'Fox & Friends'

Posted 06.10.2011 | Comedy

What will 'Fox & Friends' Monday-morning coverage of the near government shutdown look like? According to the show's tagline, it will involve "coffee...

Ryan Grim

Government Shutdown By The Numbers: A Primer | Ryan Grim | Posted 06.08.2011 | Politics

Senate Democrats say that the White House has agreed to $78 billion in cuts, yet House Republicans are saying there's no deal unless they get $40 or $...