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Shutdown Showdown

Kathleen Weldon | Posted 09.28.2016 | Politics
Kathleen Weldon

Another budget negotiation, another government shutdown? Maybe. Senate Democrats have threatened to oppose a spending extension until funding to addre...

Shutdown Continues in Srinagar as Anti-India Protests Endure

AsiaToday | Posted 08.29.2016 | World

[Fully armed police stand guard at the entrance to Srinagar./ Photographed by Jeong In-seo] By Jeong In-seo, New Delhi correspondent, AsiaToday - Th...

The Federal Government And Congress Gave Themselves A Snow Day

The Huffington Post | Marina Fang | Posted 01.25.2016 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- As residents in the nation's capital continue to dig out from the weekend's massive snowstorm, which dumped almost two feet of snow on t...

Congress Needs Another Stopgap Spending Measure To Avoid Shutdown

The Huffington Post | Matt Fuller | Posted 12.19.2016 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The failure of Congress to strike a budget deal Monday night to avert a government shutdown means House and Senate lawmakers will have t...

House Averts Government Shutdown -- For 5 Days

The Huffington Post | Matt Fuller | Posted 12.11.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- With a deadline looming in less than 12 hours, the House laced up its can-kicking shoes Friday and passed a bill that will give congress...

Republicans Ready For December Shutdown As Boehner Exits

The Huffington Post | Laura Barron-Lopez | Posted 09.29.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Congress may currently look like a bit of a mess after coming to the cliff of a government shutdown and backing away, but December will ...

Senate Blocks Government Funding Bill Tied To Abortion

The Huffington Post | Michael McAuliff | Posted 09.24.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- With less than a week before the government runs out of money, the Senate failed Thursday to advance a bill that would have kept federal...

This Bill Would Stop Congress From Getting Paid If Government Shuts Down

The Huffington Post | Mollie Reilly | Posted 09.18.2015 | Politics

Rep. Rick Nolan (D-Minn.) introduced a bill Friday that would prevent members of Congress from getting paid in the event of a government shutdown. "I...

2016 GOP Field Divided On Whether To Shutter Government Over Planned Parenthood

The Huffington Post | Igor Bobic | Posted 08.04.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Enraged by a string of controversial videos showing Planned Parenthood officials discussing aborted fetal specimens, conservatives in an...

Donald Trump: Shut Down Government If Necessary To Defund Planned Parenthood

The Huffington Post | Igor Bobic | Posted 08.04.2015 | Entertainment

WASHINGTON -- Real estate mogul Donald Trump supports shutting down the government as a way to defund Planned Parenthood, potentially setting the bar ...

Did Your State Lawmaker Vote for Illinois' Temporary Budget?

Reboot Illinois | Posted 07.06.2016 | Chicago
Reboot Illinois

With Illinois' state government no-budget shutdown in full swing, House Speaker Michael Madigan proposed a temporary 30-day budget July 1 that didn't pass in the House. A separate Senate bill did pass with no support from Republicans. The Illinois News Network's Mark Fitton explained.

Boehner and McConnell Argue Over Who Should Cave First

Chris Weigant | Posted 04.13.2015 | Politics
Chris Weigant

The emerging dynamic between John Boehner and Mitch McConnell is one to watch, because it is heading for a showdown in the next few weeks. Sooner or later, one of them is going to have to cave in to the hard, cold reality that Republicans just do not have the votes to impose their will on a Democratic president.

Democrats Bow Down to Wall Street

Bill Moyers | Posted 02.15.2015 | Politics
Bill Moyers

Negotiators from the 12-nation Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) are in Washington this week for a new round of talks which they hope will lead them closer to agreement on the trade deal. President Obama has called passage of TPP a "high priority."

Igor Bobic

Mitch McConnell's Hollow Promise Not To Shut Down The Government Again | Igor Bobic | Posted 11.13.2014 | Politics

Incoming Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) on Thursday appeared to allay fears of a government shutdown when he said that a high-stakes c...

Friday Talking Points: The Gender Gap

Chris Weigant | Posted 10.29.2014 | Politics
Chris Weigant

As Silly Season winds to a close, there were a smattering of 'Obama's on vacation -- how dare he!?!' stories, as usual. Obama has taken less than a third of the days off that President Bush did, but that certainly doesn't stop pundits from complaining every time Obama picks up a golf club.

Mitch McConnell: 'I Am The Guy That Gets Us Out Of Shutdowns'

The Huffington Post | Igor Bobic | Posted 08.28.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) dismissed any notions about allowing another federal government shutdown if Republicans r...

The Impending Showdown

Chris Weigant | Posted 10.27.2014 | Politics
Chris Weigant

If Obama does announce immigration changes, Republicans may decide the issue is bigger than any competence issue, and go right ahead and shut the government down. But this doesn't automatically make the issue a winner for Democrats everywhere in the midterms, of course.

My 2013 'McLaughlin Awards' [Part 2]

Chris Weigant | Posted 02.26.2014 | Politics
Chris Weigant

Welcome back to our annual year-end awards column! Part one of this column ran last week, just in case you missed it. We've got a lot to cover, so let's jump right in with no further introduction.

Congress: Stop Acting Like Kids At Recess

The OpEd Project | Posted 02.25.2014 | Teen
The OpEd Project

I am frustrated with how things in this country are progressing. I am frustrated with policy, and I'm frustrated with my lack of voice.

Welfare and the States

Rabah Ghezali | Posted 01.23.2014 | World
Rabah Ghezali

For most Europeans, the violence of the debate over the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (otherwise known as the "Obamacare") in the United Sates seemed quite puzzling.

Winning the Shutdown Battle Wasn't Enough: Democrats Must Stand United to Win the Budget Fight

Ian Reifowitz | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics
Ian Reifowitz

The big question for Democrats is this: What kind of deal is worse than the sequester, which Paul Ryan has said is the Republicans' fallback position. In other words, what would make Democrats throw up their hands and say: "You want it? You got it." -- and mean it?

We Have a Dumb Religion Problem -- Not a Political Problem

Frank Schaeffer | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics
Frank Schaeffer

To get what's happening to the GOP and, to America, you need to understand the theology of the extremist frankly stupid and misinformed evangelical heartland.

Are We the Land of the American Dream, or the American Decline?

Hector Barreto | Posted 01.23.2014 | Small Business
Hector Barreto

That was a very important lesson my father taught me at a very young age -- how important it was to have a vision, have a dream, work hard and build something for your family and community.

Dave Jamieson

Federal Workers Still Fuming Over Shutdown -- Hundreds Sue Government | Dave Jamieson | Posted 11.05.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Not even three weeks since the shutdown ended, hundreds of federal employees who worked through the impasse have now filed paperwork to ...

If You Live In One Of These States, The Impact Of Washington's Shenanigans Is Huge

Upworthy | Posted 11.03.2013 | Politics

The cost to our country — in jobs and dollars — is still being tallied, but some of the states that were hit hardest are on this map....