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Ryan Drops All Obamacare Demands in WSJ Op-Ed

On Monday, former vice presidential candidate Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI) wrote an op-ed in the Wall Street Journal, suggesting that Republicans drop all Obamacare demands in their push for a deal on the debt ceiling and a continuing resolution to fund the government. Instead, he suggested that Republicans look for a bargain on entitlement reform, a pet project of his, as well as tax reform. Oct 9, 2013 6:58 AM PT

Establishment Conservative Journalists Meet Off-the-Record with Obama at White House

In a clear attempt to woo largely establishment conservative commentators who have loudly opposed the GOP’s current government shutdown strategy, President Obama held an off-the-record meeting with the Washington Post’s Charles Krauthammer, the Wall Street Journal editorial page editor Paul Gigot, National Review’s Washington editor Robert Costa, syndicated columnist and former CNN co-host Kathleen Parker, and Byron York of the Washington Examiner. Oct 8, 2013 5:45 PM PT

Shutdown Horror: White House Mess Menu Shortened

According to the Associated Press, the White House has been hit hard by the government shutdown, with just 15 employees available to handle the residential work. What’s worse, the menu has been shortened: “In the West Wing, only a scaled-back menu is available at the White House mess.” Oct 8, 2013 11:04 AM PT

Obamacare Website Goes Offline for Repairs Again

After a long weekend of repairs, the Obamacare healthcare exchange website was ready for action…or not. On Monday night, Healthcare.gov was taken offline again to fix glitches. From 1 a.m. EDT, the Health and Human Services Department stated, the site would be offline for purposes of improving capacity. HHS did state that the site was better than it was before the weekend improvements, and said that it would be taken offline only during nonpeak hours. Oct 7, 2013 5:56 PM PT

Dowd Off Her Meds: 'Welcome to Ted Cruz's Thunderdome'

On Sunday, The New York Times’ Maureen Dowd wrote perhaps the most absurd column ever to appear in the pages of that illustrious newspaper. The piece, titled, “Welcome to Ted Cruz’s Thunderdome,” links together bizarre dystopian movie references, pathetically unfunny names for politicians, and likely a solid amount of alcohol consumption on the part of the author. Oct 6, 2013 11:14 AM PT

Obamacare Website Closed for Repairs This Weekend

Like a flaming Chevy Volt brought back to the shop for repairs, the Obamacare federal health insurance exchange website has now been recalled. The application part of the site, healthcare.gov, will be taken down during off-hours over the weekend, and will be unavailable for public use – which does not truly differentiate it from its current status. Oct 4, 2013 5:03 PM PT

Obama Illegally Furloughing Civilian Defense Employees at STRATCOM

On Friday, the office of Rep. Lee Terry (R-NE) told Breitbart News that President Obama was illegally furloughing approximately four thousand federal civilian defense contractors at Offutt Air Force Base, in direct contravention of the Pay Our Military Act, passed last week through Congress and signed by Obama himself. Those four thousand employees represent approximately two thirds of the civilian personnel at Offutt Air Force Base. Oct 4, 2013 12:17 PM PT

Exclusive--Rep. Bachmann (R-MN): GOP Not Caving, 'This Is A Lot Bigger Than Obamacare'

On Friday, House Republicans held a meeting to discuss their strategy on the government shutdown. Congresswoman Michele Bachmann (R-MN) reported exclusively to Breitbart News, “This was one of the best conferences we’ve had.” She said that Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) was quite resolute with regard to the shutdown: “I felt like I was looking at this guy from back in 1994. He had very good resolve.” Oct 4, 2013 11:28 AM PT

Exclusive: Pisgah Inn Owner: National Park Service 'Out There with Lights Flashing Right Now'

On Thursday, the Pisgah Inn, which holds a concession on the Blue Ridge Parkway in Asheville, North Carolina, announced that it would defy the National Park Service’s order to close up, and would open doors for business on Friday. On Friday morning, NPS rangers showed up, lights swirling, to close down the business and turn away its customers, supposedly thanks to the government shutdown. Oct 4, 2013 11:12 AM PT

GAFFE: Obama Condemns Labor Strikes with Shutdown Analogy

On Thursday, President Obama launched into yet another broadside against Republicans over the government shutdown while in campaign mode in Rockville, Maryland speaking to a construction company. Oddly, after veering off teleprompter, he likened Republicans shutting down the government to striking workers shutting down a business. Oct 3, 2013 10:26 AM PT

Divide and Conquer: Politico Cites Unnamed Republican Senator to Blast Cruz

Left-wing Politico, in its latest attempt to scuttle burgeoning Republican momentum on the government shutdown, has launched an all-out hit piece on Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX), completely with anonymous quotes from a Republican senator. The title: “Government shutdown 2013: Ted Cruz blasted by angry GOP colleagues.” Oct 2, 2013 7:31 PM PT

The Hill: Congress 'Following Cruz's Playbook'

On Wednesday, The Hill reported that House Republicans were “following [Sen. Ted] Cruz’s playbook” as the shutdown continued. “GOP leaders on Tuesday introduced a series of bills to fund specific parts of the government in lieu of one sweeping package — a strategy Cruz had floated a week ago and promoted again Monday night as the government was closing its doors,” The Hill reported. Oct 2, 2013 12:00 PM PT

House Committee: Obama Selectively Closed Most Popular Tourist Memorials

According to the House Committee on Natural Resources, the Obama administration has taken the unusual step of shutting down only the most popular tourist memorials in the nation’s capital, including the World War II Memorial, the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial, and the National Mall. Other, lesser-visited sites, have been left open. Oct 2, 2013 11:51 AM PT

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