Memories of last government shutdown haunt GOP

Memories of last government shutdown haunt GOP

Few memories haunt Republicans more deeply than the 1995-96 partial shutdown of the federal government, which helped President Bill Clinton reverse his falling fortunes and recast House Republicans as stubborn partisans, not savvy insurgents. Now, as Congress careens toward a budget impasse, government insiders wonder if another shutdown is imminent — and whether Republicans again […]

Big crowd, major event but still a stalemate in Madison

Big crowd, major event but still a stalemate in Madison

Sometimes they cursed each other, sometimes they shook hands, sometimes they walked away from each other in disgust. None of it — not the ear-splitting chants, the pounding drums or the back-and-forth debate between 70,000 protesters — changed the minds of Wisconsin lawmakers dug into a stalemate over Republican efforts to scrap union rights for […]

House votes to gut domestic spending programs

House votes to gut domestic spending programs

Jolted to action by deficit-conscious newcomers, the Republican-controlled House passed sweeping legislation early Saturday to cut $61 billion from hundreds of federal programs and shelter coal companies, oil refiners and farmers from new government regulations. The 235-189 vote to send the bill to the Senate was largely along party lines and defied a veto threat […]

Wisconsin Democrats: Hey, we can do this for weeks

Wisconsin Democrats: Hey, we can do this for weeks

Democrats on the run in Wisconsin avoided state troopers Friday and threatened to stay in hiding for weeks, potentially paralyzing the state government in a standoff with majority Republicans over union rights for public employees. The dramatic flight from the state stalled a proposal that seeks to ease Wisconsin’s budget woes by cutting the pay, […]

Feds charge more than 100 medical pros with Medicare fraud

Feds charge more than 100 medical pros with Medicare fraud

Federal authorities charged more than 100 doctors, nurses and physical therapists in nine cities with Medicare fraud Thursday, part of a massive nationwide bust that snared more suspects than any other in history. More than 700 law enforcement agents fanned out to arrest dozens of people accused of illegally billing Medicare more than $225 million. […]

Republicans go after unions in states

Republicans go after unions in states

Republicans who swept into power in state capitols this year with promises to cut spending and bolster the business climate now are beginning to usher in a new era of labor relations that could result in the largest reduction of power in decades for public employee unions. But as massive public protests and legislative boycotts […]

Congress begins the great budget gamble

Congress begins the great budget gamble

Having turned its focus from spending cuts to social issues and an assault on the Obama administration‘s regulatory agenda, a battle-weary House reconvenes Friday in hopes of wrapping up action on a big Republican spending bill that would impose sweeping cuts across domestic programs. The measure is but the first step in an increasingly bitter […]

Capitol Hill budget circus continues

Capitol Hill budget circus continues

From left, Joint Chiefs Chairman Adm. Michael Mullen; Defense Secretary Robert Gates; Pentagon Comptroller Robert F. Hale, and others, testify on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, Feb. 16, 2011, before the HouseArmed Services Committee hearing on the Defense Department’s budget. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite) Conservatives are trying to cut arts funding while Democrats seek to […]