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No end in sight for politically-driven government shutdown

No end in sight for politically-driven government shutdown

Prospects for a swift end to the 4-day-old partial government shutdown all but vanished Friday as lawmakers squabbled into the weekend and increasingly shifted their focus to a midmonth deadline for averting a threatened first-ever default. “This isn’t some damn game,” said House Speaker John Boehner, as the White House and Democrats held to their […]

GOP aides: Votes exists to join Democrats and pass a clean CR

GOP aides:  Votes exists to join Democrats and pass a clean CR

Aides to Republican members of Congress tell Capitol Hill Blue that they have the votes necessary to combine with Democrats to pass a clean continuing resolution but complain that Speaker John Boehner is resisting bringing any measure to the floor if it comes over from the other body. “Boehner is afraid of the hard-core conservative […]

Woman killed by police after car chase on Capitol Hill

Woman killed by police after car chase on Capitol Hill

A woman with a 1-year-old girl led Secret Service and police on a harrowing car chase from the White House past the Capitol Thursday, attempting to penetrate the security barriers at both national landmarks before she was shot to death, police said. The child survived. “I’m pretty confident this was not an accident,” said Metropolitan […]

White House to Capitol chase ends in gunfire for woman, child

White House to Capitol chase ends in gunfire for woman, child

A woman driving a black Lexus tried to ram through a White House barricade Thursday, then led police on a chase that ended in gunfire outside the Capitol, witnesses and officials said. Tourists watched the shooting unfold on Constitution Avenue outside the Capitol as lawmakers inside debated how to end a government shutdown. Police quickly […]

No urgency found among politically safe lawmakers

No urgency found among politically safe lawmakers

The government shutdown could last for many days or even weeks because politically safe lawmakers in both parties feel little pressure to compromise. Heavily gerrymandered districts make many House Democrats and Republicans virtual shoo-ins for re-election, insulating them from everything but the views in their slice of the country. That means some lawmakers can be […]

No progress towards ending shutdown stalemate

No progress towards ending shutdown stalemate

The political stare-down on Capitol Hill shows no signs of easing, leaving federal government functions — from informational websites, to national parks, to processing veterans’ claims — in limbo from coast to coast. Lawmakers in both parties ominously suggested the partial shutdown might last for weeks. A funding cutoff for much of the government began […]

Voters to Congress: ‘Stop being so stupid’

Voters to Congress: ‘Stop being so stupid’

The roiling debate over the U.S. government shutdown is extending to Twitter, Facebook and Instagram as fed-up Americans turn to social media to register their disgust with federal lawmakers for shutting down the government. Those posting pulled no punches, calling members of Congress “immature,” ”stupid” and “idiots” who need to “grow up.” There were a […]

Congressional failures lead to government shutdown

Congressional failures lead to government shutdown

Congress plunged the nation into a partial government shutdown Tuesday as a long-running dispute over President Barack Obama’s health care law stalled a temporary funding bill, forcing about 800,000 federal workers off the job and suspending most non-essential federal programs and services. The shutdown, the first since the winter of 1995-96, closed national parks, museums […]

GOP resolve fading as government shutdown nears

GOP resolve fading as government shutdown nears

Republican unity showed unmistakable signs of fraying Monday as the Senate swatted aside the latest tea party-driven demand to delay the nation’s health care overhaul in exchange for averting a partial government shutdown at midnight. Even in advance of the 54-46 party-line Senate vote, the stock market dropped as fears spread that the first shutdown […]

American government lies on the brink of shutdown

American government lies on the brink of shutdown

Posturing, games and politics left the American government on the brink of shutting down Sunday after the House of Representatives approved a Republican bill seeking to delay President Barack Obama’s health care law. Congress now has less than 48 hours to strike a deal that keeps the government open, but the ping-ponging of legislation is […]