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Obama; Government Shutdown

Sam Stein

McConnell Warms Up To The Idea Of Another Government Shutdown | Sam Stein | Posted 08.28.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- In the aftermath of the October 2013 government shutdown -- as each side took stock of its gains and losses -- Senate Minority Leader Mi...

Amanda Terkel

Government Shutdown Barely Mentioned In Obama's SOTU Speech, In Contrast To Clinton In 1996 | Amanda Terkel | Posted 01.29.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- In 1996, President Bill Clinton went before the nation and shamed congressional Republicans for shutting down the government. It was his...

Obama's 2013 Was Beset By Fits, Fumbles, Failures

AP | JULIE PACE and NANCY BENAC | Posted 02.27.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON (AP) — It was a moment for Barack Obama to savor. His second inaugural address over, Obama paused as he strode from the podium last Janu...

Obama: 'No Question' Shutdown Hurt The Job Market

AP | JOSH LEDERMAN | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics

NEW ORLEANS — NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Dwarfed by towering cranes and cargo containers, President Barack Obama came to a port in conservative-leanin...

Sam Stein

Inside The Key Meeting That Led To GOP Collapse | Sam Stein | Posted 10.22.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Barack Obama and Harry Reid needed to clear the air. The relationship between the president and the Senate majority leader had been dete...

What Did the Government Shutdown Battle Really Accomplish?

Bowman Cutter | Posted 12.21.2013 | Politics
Bowman Cutter

We just escaped another Perils of Pauline moment by deciding not to test the proposition that default doesn't matter, and the Republican Party's (apparently diminishing) instincts for self-preservation finally overcame its fear of its far-right base. So where are we?

Obama: 'There Were No Winners In This' Government Shutdown

The Huffington Post | Chris Gentilviso | Posted 10.19.2013 | Politics

A little more than 48 hours after the 2013 government shutdown came to a close, President Barack Obama used his first weekly address since to stress t...

Obama: Shutdown Damaged U.S. Economy

AP/The Huffington Post | Posted 10.17.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON — The government unlocked its doors Thursday after 16 days, and President Barack Obama blasted Republican lawmakers for the partial shutd...

Obama Speaks On Deal To Reopen Government

The Huffington Post | Posted 10.17.2013 | Politics

President Barack Obama is delivering a statement on the reopening of the government on Thursday. Watch a live video of Obama's remarks above....

What to Expect During the Cease-Fire

Robert Reich | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics
Robert Reich

The President has now scored a significant victory over extremist Republicans. But the fight will continue. He mustn't relinquish ground during the upcoming cease-fire.

Federal Employees To Return To Work Thursday: White House

Posted 10.17.2013 | Politics

Office of Management and Budget Director Sylvia Mathews Burwell notified furloughed federal workers late Wednesday that they should plan to return to ...

Obama Reacts To Shutdown Deal

Posted 10.16.2013 | Politics

President Barack Obama on Wednesday praised congressional leaders for reaching a deal to reopen the government and lift the debt ceiling. "Once th...

Obama Speaks On Deal To Reopen Government, Raise Debt Ceiling

Posted 12.16.2013 | Politics

President Barack Obama is slated to speak Wednesday on the deal reached by congressional leaders to reopen the government after a 16-day partial shutd...

Obama Praises Senate Deal

Posted 10.16.2013 | Politics

White House press secretary Jay Carney said Wednesday that President Barack Obama is pleased with the deal on the government shutdown and debt ceiling...

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....

Sunday Roundup

Arianna Huffington | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics
Arianna Huffington

This week was dominated by the ongoing Congressional hostage drama. Democrats trumpeted a poll showing more Americans blame the GOP (53 percent) than Obama (31 percent) -- with the GOP garnering a record low approval rating. But while the White House may be winning the battle, it's the country that continues to lose the war. With 7.3 percent unemployment, and 20 million people unemployed or underemployed, the fact that all notions of "compromise" are taken only to mean some mix of further self-destructive cuts -- instead of investing in infrastructure building and a real jobs program -- shows just how far the economic debate has been shut down. At some point, this manufactured crisis will end, but it will take a lot more than getting back to the status quo to release the true hostages: the poor, the middle class and the American Dream.

Sam Stein

In Shutdown Turmoil, Senate Democrats Take A New Stand | Sam Stein | Posted 10.14.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- As the United States government approaches a deadline for raising the debt limit and the government shutdown nears its second week, Sena...

Sabrina Siddiqui

White House Rejects House GOP Debt Ceiling Offer | Sabrina Siddiqui | Posted 10.14.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- House Republicans said Saturday that the White House has rejected their offer to temporarily increase the debt ceiling and open the gove...

Ryan Grim

Democrats Are Winning -- Must Be Time To Cave | Ryan Grim | Posted 10.14.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- For Senate Democrats, the surest sign the party is on the brink of handing significant concessions to Republicans is that Democrats are ...

Paul Blumenthal

Obama Group Pulls In Big Bucks From Small Donors | Paul Blumenthal | Posted 10.11.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Organizing for Action, the political nonprofit formed from the 2012 Barack Obama reelection campaign, raised $7.7 million in the third q...

Obama, GOP Seeking Endgame On Budget Fight

Posted 10.11.2013 | Politics

By ALAN FRAM, THE ASSOCIATED PRESS WASHINGTON — After weeks of ultimatums, President Barack Obama and House Republicans are exploring whether the...

Sabrina Siddiqui

Shutdown 'Potentially Fatal' To House Republicans Fails To Budge Obamacare Haters | Sabrina Siddiqui | Posted 10.11.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- President Barack Obama may have tasked House Republicans with crafting a debt ceiling offer that will once again test divisions within t...

Why Our Government Has Disappointed Me

Shireen Younus | Posted 01.23.2014 | Teen
Shireen Younus

From Congress, all I ask is this: End the shutdown. Just do your job. Please take personal responsibility -- just like you expect school children to do.

Obama Slams 'Damaging And Destructive' Rhetoric

AP | Posted 10.10.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama says long-standing views that federal workers are lazy or don't do important work have contri...

GOP Rep.: Obama Acting Like My High School Girlfriend

The Huffington Post | Luke Johnson | Posted 10.09.2013 | Politics

Rep. Mick Mulvaney (R-S.C.) said Wednesday that President Barack Obama reminded him of a girlfriend he had in high school after the president called t...