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Oct 10, 2013
WH Bristles as Boehner Trims GOP Invite ListBy Alexis Simendinger, Real Clear Politics
The incendiary language that heated up Washington on a cold, rainy Wednesday took political hostage-taking in a new direction.
To hear the White House tell it, House Speaker John Boehner is so concerned that President Obama might convert wavering souls in the GOP conference that the Ohio congressman barred many of his colleagues from accepting the president’s invitation to meet with him on Thursday at 1600 Pennsylvania Ave.Read more
Key Republicans Signal Willingness to Back Down on Effort to Defund Health-Care LawBy Karen Tumulty and Tom Hamburger, Washington Post
Key GOP figures on Wednesday sent their clearest signals that they are abandoning their bid to immediately stop the federal health-care law — the issue that forced the government to shut down — and are scrambling for a fallback strategy.Read more
The Kochs Can't Control the Monster They CreatedBy Molly Ball, The Atlantic
The government shutdown and looming threat of default have pitted House conservatives against the Republican Party's traditional allies in the business community. Populist Tea Partiers driven by ideology care little for the pleas for sanity from banking lobbyists and the Chamber of Commerce; indeed, they wear their disregard for Big Business as a badge of honor.Read more
A New Hand on the TillerBy Greg Ip, The Economist
Janet Yellen's nomination to chair the Federal Reserve is ground breaking, and not just because she will be the first woman in the job. She would also be the first known dove to hold the position.Read more
Oct 09, 2013
Divide Hardens Between Obama, BoehnerBy Alexis Simendinger, Real Clear Politics
When historians and political scientists dig deeper into the impasse that widened Tuesday between President Obama and House Speaker John Boehner, they'll describe two men who may have placed the wrong bets -- on each other.
In dueling press conferences Tuesday, each man explained his own calculations, offering no reassurances that the government can reopen or default can be averted by next week’s deadline.Read more
Some House Republicans Dismiss Default Warnings as HypeBy Charles Babington, Associated Press
Hard-line House Republicans are dismissing dire warnings that a government default would wreck US and world economies as another case of hyperbole from an Obama administration that cried wolf about the likely impacts of automatic spending cuts and partially shutting down the government.Read more
Obama to Pick Yellen as Leader of Fed, Officials SayBy Jackie Calmes, The New York Times
President Obama will nominate Janet L. Yellen as chairwoman of the Federal Reserve on Wednesday, White House officials said Tuesday night, ending an unusually prolonged and public search to fill one of the most important economic policy-making jobs in the world.Read more
The Uncompromiser in ChiefBy Doyle McManus, Los Angeles Times
If you wanted to hear words of sweet conciliation, the White House was the wrong place to go this week.
"We're not going to pay a ransom for America paying its bills," President Obama said Tuesday, sticking to his demand that Congress pass a spending bill and raise the federal debt ceiling without conditions. "I'm not budging."Read more
Kagan, Now in a Robe, Argues Again for Campaign Finance LimitsBy Joan Biskupic, Reuters
The last time the U.S. Supreme Court heard a major campaign finance dispute, then-Solicitor General Elena Kagan stood at the lectern making the government's case to the justices. On Tuesday she was on the bench, nearly as forceful, her sharp questions setting the tone for a defense of limits on political contributions and drawing caustic retorts from opposing justices.Read more
U.S. Considers Cutting More Military Aid to EgyptWith Martha Raddatz, ABC News Watch more
Oct 08, 2013
Shutdown Shines Spotlight on Rift in Republican PartyBy Dan Balz, The Washington Post
One week into the first federal government shutdown since 1996, the Republican Party remains hostage to an unrealistic strategy aimed at an unattainable goal — defunding the nation’s health-care law — that had no obvious path to success.Read more
Government Shutdown Enters Second WeekBy Susan Davis, USA Today
Washington is no closer to ending the government shutdown, which entered its second week Monday, as Democrats remain unmoved by refocused GOP efforts to reach a broader budget deal.Read more
Senate Leaders Mull Raising Debt Ceiling in Challenge to HouseBy Jackie Calmes and Jonathan Weisman, The New York Times
Senate Democratic leaders will move forward this week on a measure to raise the government’s legal borrowing limit without any policy strings attached, answering House Republicans’ taunts that Democrats would not force their politically vulnerable senators to cast that difficult vote.Read more
How This EndsBy John Dickerson, Slate Magazine
Have we reached peak bleak in Washington? It feels like it when just about the only thing you hear is Republicans and Democrats making bigger claims about how they won’t blink. But let's engage for a moment in some tiny bit of optimism. What if we close our eyes and listen to that thin slice of the reporting that points a way out of this mess?Read more
Obama Digs In, Rejects Cutting Deals With GOPBy Alexis Simendinger, Real Clear Politics
The president is not furloughed like much of the executive branch, but having canceled his plans to be in Southeast Asia for summits this week, Barack Obama had time to kill in the nation’s capital Monday.
So he filled his schedule during the ongoing shutdown stalemate by talking about congressional Republicans … without talking to them, and inviting them to approve interim relief if disagreements persist.Read more
Preview: Supreme Court’s Fall SessionWith David Wessel and Jess Bravin, Wall Street Journal Watch more
Oct 07, 2013
Shutdown’s Roots Lie in Deeply Embedded Divisions in America’s PoliticsBy Dan Balz, The Washington Post
The government shutdown did not happen by accident. It is the latest manifestation — an extreme one by any measure — of divisions long in the making and now deeply embedded in the country’s politics.
At some point, presumably, the current standoff will end. The federal government will reopen, the ceiling on its borrowing power will be lifted and some stalled legislation could pass. Some sense of normalcy will return to official Washington.Read more
How the Impasses in Washington Might Play OutBy Charles Babington, Associated Press
Key lawmakers and aides on Capitol Hill say they don't know how the battles over funding the government and increasing the nation's debt limit might be resolved. In interviews, they lay out several possibilities, all of which face huge political impediments:Read more
Investigative Unit Who Was the U.S. After in SEAL Somalia Raid?By Martha Raddatz, Brian Ross, James Gordon Meek, Dana Hughes, ABC News
A team from the Navy's elite SEAL Team Six was after a foreign-born leader of al-Shabab in Somalia when it was caught in a firefight and forced to retreat, just hours before another American counter-terrorist unit snatched an alleged al Qaeda leader of the streets of Tripoli, Libya 3,000 miles away on Saturday, U.S. officials told ABC News.Read more
Raids Show the Limits of U.S. Military StrikesBy Peter Baker and David E. Sanger, The New York Times
Four vans with tinted windows converged in a comfortable Tripoli neighborhood as a leader of Al Qaeda returned home on Saturday from early morning prayers. As his wife watched with alarm from a window, the men — armed with silencer-equipped weapons, some masked and some not — smashed his car window. Within moments, they were gone, taking with them one of America’s most wanted terror suspects.Read more