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Oct 16, 2013
The Standoff on the Hill Foreshadows Another Standoff in a Matter of MonthsBy Dan Balz, The Washington Post
The American people have witnessed a dizzying series of legislative maneuvers along with political posturing of a high art over the past few weeks. The fact is that little of it has had anything to do with resolving substantive differences about the federal budget.Read more
McConnell delivers; Boehner can'tBy Doyle McManus, Los Angeles Times
God bless Mitch McConnell.
The Senate Republican leader isn't an especially lovable figure. Even many of his fellow conservatives are lukewarm about him.Read more
Health-Care Law’s Fate Could Hinge On Political Climate in Individual StatesBy Karen Tumulty, The Washington Post
The greatest threats to the ultimate success of the new health-care law come not from the technical problems that have plagued its rollout, but from a hostile political climate in many individual states and from potentially serious weaknesses in its design.Read more
Supreme Court Takes On Affirmative Action in Michigan Ban CaseBy Pete Williams and Daniel Arkin, NBC News
Demonstrators crowded the sidewalk outside the U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday as the justices took on the hot-button issue of affirmative action, hearing oral arguments in a case about Michigan's voter-backed ban on using race as a criterion in college admissions.Read more
In U.S. Top Court Race Case, John Roberts is Chief PhrasemakerBy Joan Biskupic, Reuters
As U.S. chief justice, John Roberts has sought to rein in laws he insists have gone too far on race. At the Supreme Court on Tuesday, he matched rhetoric to action with a pithiness that underscores his opposition to racial preferences.Read more
Oct 15, 2013
Senate Nears Debt DealWith John Harwood, CNBC Watch more
Senate Leaders Within Striking Distance of Deal to End Shutdown, Raise Debt LimitBy Lori Montgomery and Rosalind S. Helderman, Washington Post
Senate leaders said late Monday that they were closing in on a deal to raise the federal debt limit and end the two-week-old government shutdown, just days before the Treasury Department exhausts its ability to borrow.Read more
Why Harry Reid Won’t Take Yes for an AnswerBy John Dickerson, Slate Magazine
Majority Leader Harry Reid moved the goal posts. On Saturday, when Republican Senate negotiators came to work, they thought they were close to a deal with Democrats based on the proposal offered by Republican Sen. Susan Collins. The government would be reopened for six months in exchange for a delay of the medical device tax that helps fund Obamacare, flexibility in managing sequestration cuts, and new requirements to verify income for those entering the federal exchanges as a part of the Affordable Care Act. But the Senate Democratic leader didn't like the six-month date, so he called it off.Read more
Panetta to Obama: Get Out and Schmooze MoreBy Doyle McManus, Los Angeles Times
Leon Panetta has some tough advice for the president he worked for until early this year: If you want to break Washington’s cycle of crises, you need to spend more time with members of Congress, especially Republicans.Read more
Al Qaeda Suspect, Captured in Libya, is Taken to New York to Face ChargesBy Pete Williams and Erin McClam, NBC News
A suspected al Qaeda operative who was captured in Libya and held aboard an American warship for interrogation has been taken to New York to face charges that he played a role in the bombings of two African embassies in 1998, federal authorities said Monday.Read more
Iran’s Nuclear Detente Treated With Cautious OptimismBy Jonathan Tirone, Kambiz Foroohar & Indira A.R. Lakshmanan, Bloomberg News
World powers reacted with optimism to Iranian proposals on ways to end a decade-long nuclear standoff as two days of talks got underway in Geneva.
Iran began today’s meeting with a one-hour presentation to diplomats from the U.S., China, France, Germany, Russia and the U.K. The meeting at the Palais des Nations in Geneva is the first since negotiations stalled in April and follows a telephone conversation between Rouhani and Barack Obama last month -- the highest level contact between leaders of the two countries since the 1979 Islamic Revolution.Read more
U.S. Justices to Hear Race Case; One Side Has Two VoicesBy Joan Biskupic, Reuters
The U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday will delve into a decades-old debate over university admissions policies that favor racial minorities, hearing a Michigan case that picks up where the justices left off last session in a dispute from the University of Texas.Read more
Oct 11, 2013
Shutdown Day 11: Negotiating the NegotiationsWith Julianna Goldman, Bloomberg News Watch more
Obama, Republicans in Debt Talks on Two FrontsBy Lori Montgomery and Paul Kane, The Washington Post
President Obama opened talks with House Republicans on Thursday about their plan to lift the federal debt limit through late November, raising hopes that Washington would avert its first default on the national debt.Read more
Obama, GOP Open Talks Over Temporary Debt FixBy y Janet Hook and Patrick O'Connor, Wall Street Journal
President Barack Obama and House Republicans began discussions Thursday on a GOP proposal to extend the nation's borrowing authority for six weeks, marking a new opening in the budget stalemate that risks a U.S. debt crisis.Read more
America’s Debt CeilingBy Greg Ip, The Economist
WHEN big chunks of America’s federal government suspended business on October 1st markets mostly yawned. Although the “shutdown” was the first in 17 years, the political dysfunction that caused it has become the norm in Washington, and the economic consequences are slight. Nerves are now beginning to fray, however, because something far worse looms. On October 17th the Treasury will run out of ways to sidestep the limit Congress places on the federal government’s debt and so will no longer be able to borrow.Read more
What GOP Governors Want You to ForgetBy Beth Reinhard, National Journal
Republican governors with an eye on 2016 have been downright indignant about the federal-government shutdown.
"I think it's always irresponsible if you're running the government to be advocating for shutting it down," New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie said.
"We're done as governors letting the dysfunction of Washington define conservative principles and ideas," said Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal, chairman of the Republican Governors Association.
"The idea that you got to defund government over one program is a bit nonsensical," said Texas Gov. Rick Perry.Read more
The Final Insult in the Bush-Cheney MarriageBy Peter Baker, The New York Times
In the final days of his presidency, George W. Bush sat behind his desk in the Oval Office, chewing gum and staring into the distance as two White House lawyers briefed him on the possible last-minute pardon of I. Lewis Libby.Read more