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Reid Threatens Nuke Option as Obama Splits

On Tuesday, President Obama broke ranks with Harry Reid and Senate Democrats and said he was open to a short-term deal to reopen government and lift the debt ceiling. Obama, in response to an AP reporter's question, said that, with a short-term resolution, he would be open to negotiations. In response, Reid again rejected a short-term deal and is pushing legislation to lift the debt ceiling until the end of 2014. Oct 9, 2013 3:04 PM PT

Fight Isn't About a Ceiling, It's About the Debt

America faces existential fiscal and economic challenges. Federal, state and local governments face tens of trillions in unfunded liabilities. The economy seems to be undergoing a structural transformation which is experiencing almost no growth, even after trillions in government stimulus. Washington response to this is to go very "small ball" and debate extremely narrow slices to avoid discussing the root of the problem. Oct 9, 2013 10:11 AM PT

Reid Tries to Kick Debt Fight Past 2014 Elections

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid is preparing legislation to lift the debt ceiling by $1.1 trillion, enough to cover borrowing through the end of 2014. The move would push the next debate over the debt limit until well after the mid-term elections. Congress enacted a similar measure in 2011, push the debate past the 2012 elections. Oct 9, 2013 8:18 AM PT

Reid Blocks Biden, Takes Ownership of Fiscal Standoff

The media and most pundits frame the current budget and debt showdown as a fight between President Obama and Speaker John Boehner. The question on their minds is, which one of the leaders will blink first. A closer look at the standoff, however, reveals that Senate Majority Leader Reid is calling the shots for the Democrats. As Breitbart News noted on Monday, Obama is really mostly a bystander to the debate. Oct 8, 2013 1:45 PM PT

Issa: IRS Officials Sent Confidential Tax Info to Private Email Accounts

Rep. Darrell Issa, Chair of the House Oversight Committee, recently informed the IRS that the committee's investigation has revealed that senior IRS officials were using their private emails to transmit confidential tax information. The investigation was sparked by the agency's alleged targeting of conservative organization seeking tax-exempt status. Oct 8, 2013 12:01 PM PT

House GOP Leader Floats Tax Hike in Spending, Debt Deal

Texas Rep. Pete Sessions, Chairman of the House Rules Committee, suggested possible GOP support for a tax hike as part of a deal to end the stalemate on government spending and debt. As the government shutdown enters its second week, House GOP are floating new proposals, including another "supercommittee" for talks. Oct 8, 2013 9:23 AM PT

House GOP Wants Another 'Supercommittee' For Spending, Debt

As the government shutdown enters its second week, House Republicans are pushing for another "supercommittee" to negotiate a deal to restore government funding and raise the debt ceiling. The House is set to vote on the proposal Tuesday and send to the Senate, after attaching language to pay government workers still on the job. Oct 8, 2013 8:39 AM PT

ObamaCare #'s: Admin Lying or Incompetent

HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius appeared Monday night on "The Daily Show" and said she didn't know how many people had signed up for ObamaCare. "Fully enrolled?" Sebelius told host Jon Stewart. "I can't tell you. I don't know." Someone ought to remind the Secretary that it is 2013, not 1913. Oct 8, 2013 7:39 AM PT

Harry Reid Has Taken Over the Democrat Party

The sitting President is usually the titular leader of his party. This role can diminish late in a second-term, when possible successors take the national stage. President Obama, it seems, however, has been dethroned early, just months after having won reelection. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid is calling the shots for Democrats on the epic political fight over the government shutdown and debt ceiling increase. Obama is almost a bystander. Oct 7, 2013 7:15 AM PT

Obama Advisors: 'Only Congress Has Authority to Borrow'

Speaking Monday morning in Washington, Obama's top economic advisors shot down the idea that President Obama could unilaterally raise the debt ceiling if Congress fails to act. "Only Congress has the authority to borrow," Jason Furman, Chair of Obama's Council of Economic advisors told Politico's Mike Allen. Oct 7, 2013 6:38 AM PT

House Unanimously Gives Feds More Paid Vacation

On Saturday, the House voted, unanimously, to give furloughed federal workers back-pay when the government re-opens. The 800,000 "non-essential" workers who are currently prohibited from working will be compensated for their non-work. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid dismissed the measure as a "paid vacation," although the Senate is expected to approve it on Monday. Oct 6, 2013 6:14 AM PT

Gallup: Obama Approval Falls to 41%

The latest Gallup tracking poll finds that just 41% of Americans approve of President Obama's job performance. A solid majority, 52%, disapprove of Obama. This latest Gallup poll is the first in which all the interviews were conducted after the government shutdown and ObamaCare came into effect. It is a clear sign that Obama and the Democrats will share blame for the current funding impasse. Oct 5, 2013 7:41 AM PT

Feds Try to Close the OCEAN Because of Shutdown

Just before the weekend, the National Park Service informed charter boat captains in Florida that the Florida Bay was "closed" due to the shutdown. Until government funding is restored, the fishing boats are prohibited from taking anglers in 1,100 square-miles of open ocean. Fishing is also prohibited at Biscayne National Park during the shutdown. Oct 5, 2013 7:08 AM PT

GOP Waking Up to a New Reality

The media and the DC establishment are abuzz with reports that Senate Republicans recently lashed out at Texas Sen. Ted Cruz over the government shutdown. New Hampshire Sen. Kelly Ayotte confronted Cruz with copies of ads run by an outside conservative group against her over her vote to allow Sen. Harry Reid to gut the ObamaCare defunding provisions of the House-passed Continuing Resolution. She demanded that Cruz explain his "strategy" over the defunding fight. Oct 4, 2013 7:35 AM PT

57 House Dems Have Abandoned Pelosi, Obama to Keep Parts of Government Open

Since the government shutdown on Tuesday, House Republicans have pushed legislation to reopen selected parts of the federal government. They have proposed legislation to reopen National Parks, the Veterans Administration and fully fund the National Guard, among other measures. To date, 57 House Democrats, almost a third of the caucus, have broken ranks with Leader Pelosi and President Obama to support the GOP refunding efforts. Oct 3, 2013 3:55 PM PT

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