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Some progress but no end in sight to impasse, debt crisis

Some progress but no end in sight to impasse, debt crisis

Senate negotiations to bring a fiscal crisis to an end showed signs of progress on Sunday, but there were no guarantees the federal government shutdown was about to end or that a historic debt default would be avoided. IMF chief Christine Lagarde warned of “massive disruption” to the global economy if the U.S. debt ceiling, […]

With default looming, government enters third week of shutdown

With default looming, government enters third week of shutdown

The United States moved perilously closer to an economy-rattling default and a partial government shutdown entered its third week as Senate Democratic and Republican leaders remained at odds over spending in their last-ditch negotiations to end the crises gripping the nation. Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., and Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., spoke by phone […]

Disgust with government spawns effort in Maryland to secede

Disgust with government spawns effort in Maryland to secede

Scott Strzelczyk is fed up with what he calls political slavery in Maryland and sees one way out – creating a breakaway state, a feat that has not been accomplished since the American Civil War. Riding a wave of anti-government sentiment across the United States, the small-town information technology consultant has launched a long-shot bid […]

Hopes for a deal to end debt, budget crisis stall on Capitol Hill

Hopes for a deal to end debt, budget crisis stall on Capitol Hill

Hopes for a resolution of Washington’s fiscal crisis in the next day or two faded on Capitol Hill on Saturday, as President Barack Obama’s efforts to reach a deal with Republicans in the House of Representatives sputtered. The focus has now shifted to Senate Republicans’ ideas for reopening the government and raising the government’s borrowing […]

Air Force fires misbehaving general in charge of nuclear missles

Air Force fires misbehaving general in charge of nuclear missles

The Air Force said Friday it fired the two-star general in charge of its nuclear missiles in response to an investigation into alleged personal misbehavior. It was the second sacking this week of a senior commander of nuclear forces. Maj. Gen. Michael Carey was removed from command of the 20th Air Force, which is responsible […]

‘Throw the bums out!’ Americans dislke what they see in Washington

‘Throw the bums out!’ Americans dislke what they see in Washington

Americans are finding little they like about President Barack Obama or either political party, according to a new poll that suggests the possibility of a “throw the bums out” mentality in next year’s midterm elections. The AP-GfK poll finds few people approve of the way the president is handling most major issues and most people […]

Establishment Republicans have had it with tea party extremism

Establishment Republicans have had it with tea party extremism

From county chairmen to national party luminaries, veteran Republicans across the country are accusing tea party lawmakers of staining the GOP with their refusal to bend in the budget impasse in Washington. The Republican establishment also is signaling a willingness to strike back at the tea party in next fall’s elections. “It’s time for someone […]

Shutdown could halt disability payments to 3.8 million veterans

Shutdown could halt disability payments to 3.8 million veterans

About 3.8 million veterans will not receive disability compensation next month if the partial government shutdown continues into late October, Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric Shinseki told lawmakers Wednesday. Some 315,000 veterans and 202,000 surviving spouses and dependents will see pension payments stopped. Shinseki spelled out some of the dire consequences of a longer-term shutdown in […]

A hint of compromise hidden in Obama and Boehner’s hyperbole?

A hint of compromise hidden in Obama and Boehner’s hyperbole?

President Barack Obama and House Speaker John Boehner offered hints of possible compromise but also traded heated rhetoric Tuesday, a frustratingly inconclusive combination that left the eight-day partial government shutdown firmly in place and the threat of an unprecedented national default drawing closer. “There’s a crack there,” Boehner said of the impasse near the end […]