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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

Paul: White House Didn't 'Poll-Test' No Compromise Message

The media and the left are agitated that Sens. Rand Paul and Mitch McConnell were caught on a "hot mic" discussing the utter lack of a White House strategy to navigate the government shutdown fight. Paul notes, in his conversation with McConnell, that he doesn't the think White House "poll-tested 'We won't negotiate' and its awful for them to say that over and over again." Oct 3, 2013 10:43 AM PT

Reid, Democrats Embraced 'Piecemeal' Approach to Keep Helium Reserve Open

While House and Senate Republicans attempt to reopen specific federal agencies, Senate Democrats have formed a united block against what they call a "piecemeal" approach. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid has slammed Republicans for trying to "cherry-pick" which parts of government to keep open. Never mind that Congress used to budget this way, it is also what the Senate Democrats agreed to unanimously just last week. Oct 3, 2013 9:33 AM PT

Government Is Normally Funded by 'Piecemeal' Bills

Since the government shutdown, House and Senate Republicans have proposed restoring funding to specific agencies or government functions while the parties seek consensus on the larger issues. The House has proposed legislation to reopen the National Parks, the National Institutes for Health and the Veterans Administration, among others. Democrats have flatly refused, dismissing the GOP efforts as "piecemeal" approaches. The thing is, however, government is normally funded by such a "piecemeal" approach. Oct 3, 2013 8:42 AM PT

Poll: Voters Blame GOP, Obama for Shutdown

A plurality of Americans, 44%, say Republicans deserve more blame for the government shutdown, according to a new CBS poll. But, a surprising 35% believe President Obama, who has publicly refused to negotiate with the GOP, deserves more of the blame over the shutdown. The slim 8-point margin is similar to the findings of a poll taken a week before the shutdown. The findings confirm that the parties will suffer equally from an fallout over the shutdown. Oct 3, 2013 7:28 AM PT

GOP Flirts With 'Grand Bargain,' Tax Hikes to Fix Funding, Debt Issues

As the federal government enters day three of a partial shutdown, talk in Congress is turning increasingly to a "grand bargain" that would include entitlement and tax reform as a way to resolve the current fiscal impasse. Rep. Steve Stivers, a close Boehner ally, even floated the idea that "revenue", i.e. higher taxes, could be part of this "bargain." Oct 3, 2013 5:34 AM PT

DC Restaurants Offer Free Food, Drinks to Federal Employees

Washington DC is a company town. As LA is dominated by the entertainment industry, the DC area is dominated by the federal government. When the government shuts down, furloughing hundreds of thousands of workers, there is going to be a big impact in the region. Some area restaurants and bars are responding by offering free food and drinks to federal employees during the shutdown. Oct 2, 2013 1:17 PM PT

Exclusive--Park Police Recalled to Defend Memorial From Veterans

On Monday, just hours into a government shutdown, the Park Police tried to block access to the WWII memorial. The memorial, which is basically a landscape feature in a public park, was temporarily cut off from veterans of World War II on a charity mission to see the memorial for the first time. Breitbart News has learned that the federal government specifically activated members of the Park Police to block the veteran's access. Oct 2, 2013 9:45 AM PT

Obama Administration Decided to Block Access to Memorials

The Obama Administration has decided to block access to public memorials on the National Mall as a result of the government shutdown. Like its decision to end White House tours when the sequester cuts took effect, there is no rational reason for this. The Park Police, nominally in charge of monitoring these spaces, isn't even effected by the shutdown. Shutting off access to these sites is gratuitous and petulant. Oct 2, 2013 7:11 AM PT

ADP Jobs Report Weaker Than Expected

Payroll firm ADP reported Wednesday that the economy gained just 166k jobs in September, far below economists' expectations of a 180k gain. ADP also revised down its estimate of August job gains from over 170k to just 159k. Oct 2, 2013 5:35 AM PT

Dems Block Bills to Reopen National Parks, VA

On Tuesday, the House GOP proposed legislation to restore funding for the National Park Service, the Veterans Administration and DC local government, but a united block of Democrats, with the White House's blessing, blocked the funding. The GOP was trying to reopen important parts of the government while it sought a more comprehensive deal with the White House. House Democrats, however, opted to keep these agencies closed. Oct 2, 2013 3:16 AM PT

Senate Shut Down Government to Save Its ObamaCare Subsidies

The House first tried to defund ObamaCare. Then, it tried to delay the whole law and then just the individual mandate. In the final hours before the midnight deadline, the House ended with a simple proposal. It would agree to fund the government, if the Senate agreed to scrap the special subsidies lawmakers and staff receive to purchase health insurance. The final House proposal only effected people on Capitol Hill. Harry Reid said, effectively, we'll shut down the government to keep our subsidies. Oct 1, 2013 9:09 AM PT

Shutdown: Space Probe's Twitter Feed Goes Dark

Voyager 2, a space-probe first launched in 1977 and now nearing interstellar space, has a twitter feed. I learned this because, as a result of the government shutdown, the space-probe has informed the planet that it can no longer keep its twitter account up-to-date. Nothing like a shutdown to shine a klieg-light on all the "non-essential" things our government does every day. Oct 1, 2013 7:45 AM PT

Senate Rejects Talks With House on Shutdown

Late Monday, as the government neared a midnight deadline triggering a shutdown, the House voted to appoint conferees to negotiate a solution to the funding crisis. These conferees would form the House contingent of a "conference committee" of Reps and Senators tasked with hammering out a compromise to reopen government. On Tuesday morning, the Senate is expected to reject the House outreach. Oct 1, 2013 7:10 AM PT

Top 5 Things That Won't Shut Down on Tuesday

As I write this, the U.S. is just hours away from its 18th government shutdown over the last 35 years. Beyond expectations, House Republicans are sticking to their guns and insisting that President Obama and Senate Democrats make changes to the unpopular ObamaCare law before authorizing further government spending. As I prepare the bottle-rockets for launch at midnight, it is wise to recap what isn't affected by a government shutdown. Sep 30, 2013 7:15 PM PT


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