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Congressman Scolds GOP On House Floor: 'DO YOU STAND WITH YOUR COUNTRY?'

Posted 10.01.2013 | Politics

Shortly before the federal government shut down at midnight on Oct. 1 over a failure to end a partisan impasse on the latest spending bill, Rep. John ...

The Shutdown: Republicans Win Standoff, Shoot Hostages Anyway

Richard (RJ) Eskow | Posted 11.30.2013 | Politics
Richard (RJ) Eskow

This is no longer a hostage negotiation. It has become something far more unpredictable, and therefore much more frightening. Republicans have come full circle from the days when Ronald Reagan proclaimed that "it's morning in America." It's midnight in John Boehner's America.

Boehner Hammers Last Nail in Republican Coffin

Chris Weigant | Posted 11.30.2013 | Politics
Chris Weigant

They ought to just change the name, really. Leave it as just the "Democrats" versus the "Tea Partiers" -- because the Republican Party of yore is nothing more than a corpse waiting for burial, at this point. John Boehner, in fact, just hammered the last nail in its coffin.

Government Shuts Down

AP/The Huffington Post | Posted 10.02.2013 | Politics

With members of Congress still working to reach an agreement on spending, the U.S. government shut down at 12 a.m. ET on Tuesday. Sylvia M. Burwell...

Government Shutdown Showdown Continues

The Huffington Post | Posted 10.01.2013 | Politics

The House of Representatives and the Senate have vollied a continuing resolution to keep the federal government funded, as Republicans have attempted ...

Jason Cherkis

Major Timeout: Exclusive Child Care Facility Would Close In Shutdown | Jason Cherkis | Posted 09.30.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- It may be Romper Room inside the halls of Congress. But some kids attending actual day care in Washington are the ones about to be punis...

What Is A Government Shutdown?

The Huffington Post | Ethan Klapper | Posted 09.30.2013 | Politics

Washington is hurtling toward a government shutdown, as the time to agree on a budget for the remainder of the fiscal year runs out. So what is a gove...

Ryan J. Reilly

Holder: DOJ Employees Will 'Suffer' Under Shutdown | Ryan J. Reilly | Posted 09.30.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- During a press conference at DOJ headquarters on Monday, Attorney General Eric Holder blamed the pending government shutdown on the "dys...

By Far The Cutest Casualty Of The Government Shutdown

The Huffington Post | Arin Greenwood | Posted 10.01.2013 | Green

If you weren't already panicked about the possibility of a government shutdown, this may push you over the edge. Apparently pandas are not "essenti...

The NSA Deserves a Permanent Shutdown

Norman Solomon | Posted 11.30.2013 | Politics
Norman Solomon

To the people in control of the Executive Branch, violating our civil liberties is an essential government service. So -- to ensure total fulfillment of Big Brother's vast responsibilities -- the National Security Agency is insulated from any fiscal disruption.

Government Shutdown History Explored

AP | CONNIE CASS | Posted 11.30.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON — OK, gridlocked politicians we're used to. But why padlock the Statue of Liberty? You don't see other democracies shuttering landma...

Does Congress Get Paid?

Jeff Danziger | Posted 11.30.2013 | Politics
Jeff Danziger


Luke Johnson

GOP Rep. Sees Path Out Of A Shutdown | Luke Johnson | Posted 09.29.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- While most House Republicans walked out of a meeting Saturday boasting that a new measure linking an Obamacare delay to funding the gove...

How A Government Shutdown Could Lead To Furloughs

AP | SAM HANANEL | Posted 11.27.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON — More than a third of federal workers would be told to stay home if the government shuts down, forcing the closure of national parks...

Senate Set To Pass Bill Averting Disaster

Posted 09.27.2013 | Politics

By ALAN FRAM, THE ASSOCIATED PRESS WASHINGTON — A potential government shutdown hurtling ever closer, the Democratic-led Senate is ready to appro...

DC To Defy Government Shutdown

The Huffington Post | Arthur Delaney | Posted 09.25.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The District of Columbia won't play along with a government shutdown if Congress fails to pass a basic spending bill by Monday night, Ma...

Friday Talking Points -- The Answer To Obamacare, The Universe, And Everything

Chris Weigant | Posted 11.20.2013 | Politics
Chris Weigant

It's all becoming clear now. House Republicans are just really big fans of Douglas Adams -- that's been their plan all along.

Government Shutdown 2013: Here's The Truth About What Will Happen

AP | ANDREW TAYLOR | Posted 11.19.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON — Here's the truth about a government "shutdown." The government won't shut down if a dysfunctional Washington can't pass a funding ...

W.H. Budget Office Prepares For Government Shutdown

Reuters | Posted 11.17.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON, Sept 17 (Reuters) - The White House budget office directed federal agencies on Tuesday to prepare for the possibility of a federal gover...

Friday Talking Points -- The Debate Debate

Chris Weigant | Posted 10.16.2013 | Politics
Chris Weigant

Republican-on-Republican fear-mongering is such a treat to enjoy. In this case, establishment Republicans vs. the Tea Party.

There's A-gonna Be a Shootout (in the Obamacare Corral)!

Chris Weigant | Posted 08.07.2013 | Politics
Chris Weigant

Millions of Americans are going to be downright shocked when Obamacare is fully implemented and nothing changes for them. Millions of other Americans will also be pleasantly surprised that things have gotten better for their own health care choices.

Legislators Scramble To Avoid Government Shutdown

Posted 03.07.2013 | Politics

By JULIE PACE, THE ASSOCIATED PRESS WASHINGTON — Efforts to stave off a late March government shutdown shifted to the Senate after House Republic...

Sam Stein

White House Ratchets Up Pressure On GOP After Dismissing Platinum Coin Idea | Sam Stein | Posted 03.14.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- In the wake of news that both the Treasury Department and the Federal Reserve rejected the minting of a trillion dollar coin as a soluti...

Zach Carter

Administration To Reject Magic Coin Trick To Avert Debt Ceiling | Zach Carter | Posted 01.12.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The U.S. Treasury Department will not mint a high-value platinum coin to avert the debt ceiling, according to an official statement from...

Congress Moving To Avoid Shutdown Threat

AP | ANDREW TAYLOR | Posted 09.29.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON — The rival party leaders on Capitol Hill are moving to avert any chance of a government shutdown this fall in advance of the preside...