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Shutdown threatens women, infants and children nutrition program

Shutdown threatens women, infants and children nutrition program

Jacob Quick is a fat and happy 4-month-old with a big and expensive appetite. Like millions of other poor women, Jacob’s mother relies on the federal Women, Infants and Children program to pay for infant formula — aid that is now jeopardized by the government shutdown. Pennsylvania and other states say they can operate WIC […]

Questions over police shooting of unarmed woman near Capitol

Questions over police shooting of unarmed woman near Capitol

Law enforcement authorities were investigating why a Connecticut woman tried to breach a barrier at the White House, setting off a high-speed car chase that put the Capitol on lockdown and ended with her being shot dead by police. The harrowing chase Thursday unfolded between two national landmarks, briefly shuttered the chambers where federal lawmakers […]

GOP Presidential wannabes look for good political angles in shutdown

GOP Presidential wannabes look for good political angles in shutdown

With no end in sight to the federal government shutdown, Republican governors eyeing the 2016 presidential race are pitching themselves as can-do politicians and highlighting records of achievement. Although unstated, their goal is clear — draw a contrast with their prospective presidential challengers on Capitol Hill aligned with a vocal band of Republicans whose demands […]

Some federal agencies keep on truckin’ during shutdown

Some federal agencies keep on truckin’ during shutdown

As many high-profile agencies sit idle because of the federal government shutdown, others are humming along just fine, thank you. Many of them have escaped the fiscal ax because they pay much of their own way, or enjoy a revenue stream that’s insulated from Congress. That means the cable bill and weekly grocery ads will […]

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 […]

Government shutdown affects so many in so many ways

Government shutdown affects so many in so many ways

Taking out a mortgage. Getting married in a park. Going for a fall foliage drive. Cashing a check. Who knew that so many random activities of daily life could be imperiled by a shutdown of the federal government? Americans are finding that “the government” entails a lot more than the stereotype of faceless D.C. bureaucrats […]

Shutdown stumbles into third day amid partisan bitterness

Shutdown stumbles into third day amid partisan bitterness

The government limped into a third day of partial shutdown Thursday after a White House meeting among President Barack Obama and top congressional leaders yielded no signs of progress but plenty of evidence that Democrats and Republicans remained riven over a dispute that has idled hundreds of thousands of federal workers and curtailed services nationwide. […]

Boehner stands fast and then claims Obama won’t negotiate

Boehner stands fast and then claims Obama won’t negotiate

Speaker of the House John Boehner and other House and Senate leaders went into a meeting with President Barack Obama Wednesday with marching orders from the rabid right wing of the Republican Party to stand firm and “not give an inch” and then came out of the 90 minute session and, as expected, accused the […]

Rep. King: Cruz, right-wing trying to ‘hijack’ the GOP

Rep. King:  Cruz, right-wing trying to ‘hijack’ the GOP

New York Rep. Peter King, a Republican who calls himself a “blue-collar conservative,  says tea party-backed members of the House Republican Caucus are trying to “hijack the party” and, in the end, hurt America. King says increasing numbers of House Republicans — perhaps as many as a hundred — are sick and tired of “the […]