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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 […]

Business leaders have had it with the GOP

Business leaders have had it with the GOP

Having failed to persuade their traditional Republican allies in Congress to avert a government shutdown, business leaders fear bigger problems ahead, and they’re taking sides with a Democratic president whose health care and regulatory agenda they have vigorously opposed. President Barack Obama is embracing the business outreach, eager to employ groups like the U.S. Chamber […]

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 […]

Obamacare exchanges open amid government shutdown

Obamacare exchanges open amid government shutdown

For three years, the Obama administration has been preparing for this moment: the launch of new insurance exchanges, intended to expand health coverage to millions of uninsured Americans. But this is far from the grand opening that President Barack Obama may have expected. Instead, the exchanges are starting up just as most of the federal […]

Shutdown instructions go out to federal workers

Shutdown instructions go out to federal workers

Federal workers will still have to report to work for about four hours Tuesday even though the government is shutting down. With no late deal averting the midnight Monday shutdown, several federal agencies say employees would be limited to doing work related to the shutdown, including changing voicemail messages, posting an out-of-office message on email, […]

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 […]

Right wing obsession with Obamacare increases threat of a shutdown

Right wing obsession with Obamacare increases threat of a shutdown

A conservative challenge to the president’s health care law has the federal government teetering on the brink of a partial shutdown. The Senate has the next move on must-do legislation required to keep the government open past midnight on Monday, and the Democratic-led chamber is expected to reject the latest effort from House Republicans to […]

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 […]

Will either side blink? Don’t bet on it happening

Will either side blink?  Don’t bet on it happening

With the government teetering on the brink of partial shutdown, congressional Republicans vowed Sunday to keep using an otherwise routine federal funding bill to try to attack the president’s health care law. Congress was closed for the day after a post-midnight vote in the GOP-run House to delay by a year key parts of the […]