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Oct 09, 2013
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
The Unsettled Healthcare LawBy Doyle McManus, Los Angeles Times
Ever since Obamacare's stormy passage in early 2011, Democrats have been waiting anxiously for the program to go into effect and hoping that a dose of reality would calm the partisan battles over the health insurance plan. Once everything was up and running, they hoped, skeptical Americans would see that Obamacare was a good idea all along — and reward the party that brought it to them.Read more
Oct 04, 2013
GOP Lawmakers: Boehner Tells Colleagues He Will Avoid a Default on Federal DebtBy Lori Montgomery and Ed O’Keefe, Washington Post
With the government shuttered and a deadline for raising the debt limit just two weeks off, anxious Republicans began steering the party away from a dead-end debate about the health-care law and toward discussion of a broader deal to reduce the nation’s debt.Read more
Extreme PragmatismBy John Dickerson, Slate Magazine
Right now, roughly 30 House Republicans are driving the bus in Washington. Along with Sen. Ted Cruz, they have been the "titanium backbone," as Rep. Marsha Blackburn likes to call it, in the effort to defund Obamacare. They have stood their ground and helped bring the government to a halt. This is either an act of lunacy or a shining example of standing for conservative principle.Read more
Low Ratings for President, Congress and Consumer Confidence Make This Shutdown Different From RestBy Amy Walter, Cook Political Report
While a government shut-down is not new, it is the first time where we've seen a combination of low presidential approval, low consumer confidence and low approval ratings of Congress. With no one starting in a good position, it becomes harder to predict just how this plays out politically over the next few weeks - or even into 2014. More importantly, with a debt ceiling fight right around the corner, the already fragile consumer confidence index could see a serious slip that will have even more significant consequences for 2014.Read more
Shutdown Could Diminish GOP Hopes of Winning SenateBy Karen Tumulty and Paul Kane, Washington Post
The political fallout from the partial government shutdown does not appear likely to affect the House Republicans who instigated it, given that so many of them come from deeply conservative districts where their constituents cheered the confrontation with President Obama.
But others in the GOP are worried. Party veterans say they are increasingly concerned that a prolonged standoff in Washington could damage their prospects for winning back the Senate in 2014.
Senator: Capitol Police Working Without Pay Is ‘A National Disgrace’By Jeff Zeleny and Michael Falcone, ABC News
Capitol Police officers who sprang into action on Thursday during a shooting near the U.S. Capitol are among the hundreds of thousands of government employees being forced to work without pay during the shutdown.
They are deemed essential personnel, but will not be paid until after the budget impasse is resolved.Read more
Oct 03, 2013
Why Washington FailsBy John Dickerson, Slate Magazine
When we get in one of these budget fixes, Washington veterans, community fathers, Boy Scout troop leaders, and sensible people across the land wonder why a few adults can't just get into a room and hash out their differences. Everyone knows what the solutions are. There are a series of hotels in Washington that stay in business by hosting think-tank events where the same set of solutions are traded year after year. If only the politicians could get out of the daily political grinder, both sides could hammer out an agreement.Read more
Obama to Wall Street: This Time be worriedWith John Harwood, CNBC Watch more
D.C Republicans Hate Obamacare, but GOP Governors Have Learned to Love ItBy Molly Ball, The Atlantic
Republicans in Congress, you may have heard, are determined to stop Obamacare. So determined are some of them that they allowed the federal government to shut down when their efforts to stop the Affordable Care Act failed. But some Republican governors have a different view: Increasingly, they’re turning to a controversial part of Obamacare to save them politically.Read more