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Both sides look for political advantage in shutdown debable

Both sides look for political advantage in shutdown debable

Republicans and Democrats have wasted little time trying to use the first federal government shutdown in a generation for political advantage ahead of next year’s midterm elections, seizing on the plight of furloughed workers and shuttered government services to cast blame on each other. A year out from Election Day and just days into the […]

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 […]

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 […]

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. […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Republicans feeling the heat

Republicans feeling the heat

Heat is building on balkanized Republicans, who are convening the House this weekend in hopes of preventing a government shutdown but remain under tea party pressure to battle on and use a must-do funding bill to derail all or part of President Barack Obama’s health care law. The weekend session comes after the Senate on […]