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Government Shutdown 2011

If We Are the Government, Who Dares to Shut Us Down? Why We Should Care

Norma Cook Everist | Posted 11.29.2013 | Politics
Norma Cook Everist

October 1 state exchanges for the Affordable Care Act open, but most Americans do not understand them. Scientists release a report with overwhelming evidence that human beings are causing Global Warming, but it's a beautiful day outside.

Republican Hostage-Taking Threat Again! Guess Who Benefits?

Dave Johnson | Posted 02.13.2012 | Politics
Dave Johnson

Republicans are holding government hostage, trying to force through cuts to the things We, the People -- "the 99%" -- do for each other and our economy, while giving handouts to the 1%. Once again they are threatening to shut down the whole government if they don't get their way.

Mr. President: If Need Be, Shut the Government Down

Peter D. Rosenstein | Posted 12.06.2011 | Politics
Peter D. Rosenstein

Mr. President, the time is now to call the Republican bluff. If you lead, the people will stand with you. Americans are by nature a decent and compassionate people and a leader who calls them to their better angels will win out.

House Poised To Pass Government Funding Bill, Avert Shutdown

Posted 12.04.2011 | Politics

By ANDREW TAYLOR, ASSOCIATED PRESS WASHINGTON -- The House has passed a short-term spending bill that keeps the government running for six weeks an...

Shutdowns: A Crisis Here, a Crisis There...

Rick Horowitz | Posted 11.29.2011 | Comedy
Rick Horowitz

The latest staredown on Capitol Hill. Last-minute Senate negotiations avert another mess -- or do they? And why it pays to have Washington's Valium concession. It's all ahead right here on...The Shutdown Network!

Jennifer Bendery

FEMA Aide: Disaster Relief Funds Can Stretch Until Later This Week | Jennifer Bendery | Posted 11.26.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The Federal Emergency Management Administration won't run out of disaster relief money until later in the week, despite dire warnings fr...

Government Shutdown Looms As Congress Fights Over Spending

Posted 11.26.2011 | Politics

By LAURIE KELLMAN, Associated Press (AP) WASHINGTON -- Congress is once again allowing shutdown politics to bring the federal government to the bri...

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...

Jennifer Bendery

Government Shutdown Looms As House Rejects Short-Term Budget Bill | Jennifer Bendery | Posted 11.21.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The House on Wednesday failed to pass legislation to keep the government funded past next week, a major defeat for Speaker John Boehner ...

Elise Foley

Eric Cantor: Congress Will Pass Continuing Resolution To Avoid Government Shutdown | Elise Foley | Posted 11.07.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Congress will take up a continuing resolution to fund the government on the week of Sept. 19, House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-Va.) ...

The Default of Leadership

Steven Cohen | Posted 10.01.2011 | Politics
Steven Cohen

The debt crisis has eroded confidence, and while its cause was the Tea Party's rigid ideology, I hold the President accountable for allowing it to become an issue.

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...

Ryan Grim

Budget Deal Passes House Vote | Ryan Grim | Posted 06.14.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The Senate passed a bill on Thursday to fund the government for the remainder of the fiscal year, putting an end to months of uncertaint...

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...

Jon Ward

At The Local Level, Tea Party Activists' Skepticism Turns To Anger On Budget Deal | Jon Ward | Posted 06.14.2011 | Politics

This story has been updated. MANCHESTER, N.H. - Gauging what the Tea Party thinks about any given topic is always difficult, since there is no real...

John Boehner, House Republicans Vehemently Opposing Tax Hikes

AP/The Huffington Post | Posted 06.13.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Leading congressional Republicans renewed their vehement opposition to tax increases Wednesday, as President Barack Obama prepared to pu...

Lobbyists Won Key Concessions In Budget Deal

The New York Times | Eric Lichtblau | Posted 06.12.2011 | Politics

At a quarter till midnight last Friday, with a deal to avert a government shutdown barely an hour old, Senator Harry Reid phoned a fellow Democratic s...

Can Tea Party Leader Really 'Primary Boehner'?

Mother Jones | Stephanie Mencimer | Posted 06.12.2011 | Politics

The size of the budget cuts was indeed unprecedented, especially in the middle of a bad economy. Naturally, though, it wasn't good enough for the tea ...

Obama First To Put Tax Increases On Budget Table

AP/The Huffington Post | TOM RAUM | Posted 06.12.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON — Higher taxes have been missing from the fierce budget battle that nearly shut down the federal government. But President Barack Obama i...

Congress Gets Tense On Twitter Prior To Budget Deal

Posted 06.11.2011 | Politics

Friday night was a tense one for Congress, as the federal government just beat the clock by brokering a deal to avert what was looking like an inevita...

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 ...

The Unnecessary Shutdown

Stuart Diamond | Posted 06.11.2011 | Politics
Stuart Diamond

It was not necessary to shut down the government over a dispute involving less than one percent of the budget. What was done in Washington last week was extreme in the way that unskilled negotiators often act.

Why the Right-Wing Bullies Will Hold The Nation Hostage Again and Again

Robert Reich | Posted 06.10.2011 | Politics
Robert Reich

The president continues to legitimize the Republican claim that too much government spending caused the economy to tank, and that by cutting back spending we'll get the economy going again.

Shutdown Averted, But No Congratulations in Order

Dan Adler | Posted 06.10.2011 | Los Angeles
Dan Adler

I look around and see a system that seems to be led by the politicians and for the politicians. The people -- on both ends -- seem to be left out of that equation.