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Government Shutdown 2013

Congress Shouldn't Raise the 'Debt Limit' -- It Should Repeal It

Scott Lilly | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics
Scott Lilly

The "debt-limit" resolution purports to be something that it clearly is not -- a tool for shaping and redefining the nation's fiscal policy -- and, in reality, plays a totally nonsensical role.

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...

The Shutdown Is No Longer Only a Domestic Issue

Lincoln Mitchell | Posted 12.16.2013 | Politics
Lincoln Mitchell

In a world where the U.S. has assumed global leadership, the real possibility that the U.S. can no longer govern itself, or honor its debts, changes everything.

Howard Fineman

15 Reasons Why American Politics Has Become An Apocalyptic Mess | Howard Fineman | Posted 10.23.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Why is America on the edge of a political and fiscal nervous breakdown? We aren’t fighting an external threat: no foreign ism or axis....

Shutdown Talks Continue As Default Looms

The Huffington Post | Posted 10.16.2013 | Politics

The government is still shut down, and lawmakers are working toward a last-minute deal to avert a federal default. According to the AP, many lawmak...

Some Furloughed Workers Return To Jobs

AP | SAM HANANEL | Posted 10.16.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- WASHINGTON (AP) — In the space of a week, Chris Vaccaro was furloughed from his government post, called back to work and then furlough...

Senate Tries To Pick Up After House Fail

Posted 10.16.2013 | Politics

By ALAN FRAM, THE ASSOCIATED PRESS WASHINGTON — Senate leaders are optimistic about forging an eleventh-hour bipartisan deal preventing a possibl...

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...

Michael McAuliff

GOP Rep: 'This Party Is Going Nuts' | Michael McAuliff | Posted 10.16.2013 | Politics

A sizable contingent of more moderate Republicans have watched with alarm as their party has been commandeered by tea party members and right-wing act...

This Crisis Is Not About Obamacare

Matthew Tolliver | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics
Matthew Tolliver

Obamacare may limit individual liberty, or it could catalyze a dynamic labor market unencumbered by employee dependence on employer-based insurance. We'll see reality play out in the years to come. That debate is not, however, germane to today's stalemate.

Postcards From Lebanon: Part 9 in a Series of Cancer-Related Commentary

James Stack | Posted 01.23.2014 | Healthy Living
James Stack

Like Walt in Breaking Bad, I have health care insurance from my employer, and like Walt's wife, Skyler, discovers about their insurance, I'm still liable for the deductible, copay and coinsurance portion of the medical fees.

Kate Sheppard

Antarctic Researchers To Congress: Don't Stop The Science! | Kate Sheppard | Posted 10.15.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- A contractor working at the United States Antarctic Program has started an online petition asking Congress to shield the program's McMur...

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...

Sabrina Siddiqui

Lindsey Graham Urges Ted Cruz To Put Country Before Tea Party | Sabrina Siddiqui | Posted 10.15.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) had a message Tuesday for his Senate colleague Ted Cruz as the nation moves dangerously close to default: I...

'Tea-Tard' Sign Condemned By Both Sides

The Huffington Post | Jared Gilmour | Posted 10.15.2013 | Politics

Co-chairs of the Bipartisan House Disabilities Caucus denounced a sign at an Organizing For Action rally Tuesday that read "Thanks Tea-Tards." The eve...

House To Vote Tuesday Night On Shutdown, Debt Ceiling Bill

AP | Posted 10.15.2013 | Politics

BY THE ASSOCIATED PRESS WASHINGTON (AP) -- A spokesman for Speaker John Boehner says the House will vote Tuesday night on legislation that would re...

Pelosi 'Optimistic' On Debt Deal

AP | Posted 10.15.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- WASHINGTON (AP) — House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi says she is "optimistic" that a deal can still be reached to prevent the nation f...

Political Fundraising Boosted by Shutdown, Default

The Center for Public Integrity | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics
The Center for Public Integrity

As both sides negotiate atop Capitol Hill to reopen federal offices that've been closed for more than two weeks, politicos are trying to score every last partisan point -- and suck in every last political dollar.

Kate Sheppard

Park Ranger Leader Asks Public, Congress To Stop Blaming Rangers For National Park Closures | Kate Sheppard | Posted 10.15.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The head of the union representing the majority of the law enforcement officers employed in the National Park Service posted a public le...

Senate Talks Stalled Pending House Action, Dem Says

Reuters | Posted 12.15.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON, Oct 15 (Reuters) - U.S. Senate negotiations to lift the U.S. debt limit and reopen the federal government were suspended on Tuesday unti...

McCain Blasts White House, Dems For Rejecting GOP Shutdown Proposal

The Huffington Post | Chris Gentilviso | Posted 10.15.2013 | Politics

As the 2013 government shutdown entered its third week, Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) went after the White House and Democrats over a swift rejection of ...

Dave Jamieson

Fourth Miner Killed Since Shutdown Began | Dave Jamieson | Posted 10.15.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- An Indiana coal miner was killed after being struck and pinned down by a shuttle car in an underground mine on Friday, making his the fo...

Sabrina Siddiqui

House GOP Unsure House GOP Plan Will Pass | Sabrina Siddiqui | Posted 10.15.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- House Republicans sang "Amazing Grace" Tuesday morning and unveiled a fresh plan to fund the government and lift the debt ceiling -- onl...

Jason Cherkis

The Furloughed Worker Diaries | Jason Cherkis | Posted 10.16.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- For two weeks since the government shutdown began, furloughed federal workers and their families have had their lives upended. Ordinary ...

White House Dismisses GOP Plan As 'Partisan Attempt To Appease' Tea Party

Posted 10.15.2013 | Politics

The White House quickly rejected a plan offered by House Republicans Tuesday on the government shutdown and looming debt ceiling deadline. “The P...