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Corker: Don't 'Spike Football' on Senate Deal

On Tuesday, GOP Sen. Bob Corker cautioned against "spiking the football" on a potential Senate deal to end the partial government shutdown and lift the nation's debt ceiling. It was an odd choice of words, since "spiking a football" usually comes about when your team has scored points. The emerging deal negotiated by Corker and GOP Leaders is a near-complete total defeat for the GOP. Oct 15, 2013 8:11 AM PT

House GOP to Ignore Senate, Pass Own Bill to Reopen, Lift Debt

While most of Washington awaits news of a Senate deal to end the partial government shutdown and raise the debt ceiling, House Republicans are planning their own legislation to end the fiscal stalemate. The development came as House Republicans met Tuesday morning to review the framework for the Senate deal. With one member describing the Senate agreement as a "mushy piece of s---," the House is going to move forward with its own proposal, rather than wait for Senate action. Oct 15, 2013 7:00 AM PT

Senate Dems Set to Roll GOP

Word on the Hill is that a Senate deal to end the partial government shutdown and lift the debt ceiling will be reached on Tuesday. Although specific details are murky and subject to change, the broad outlines of the deal indicate a complete victory for Sen. Harry Reid and the Democrat caucus. With the partial government shutdown entering its third week, it looks increasingly likely that the GOP will gain next to nothing from the stand-off. Oct 15, 2013 5:50 AM PT

Big Labor Set to Win ObamaCare Delay

As Senate leaders hammer out a deal to end the partial government shutdown and lift the nation's debt ceiling, sources on Capitol Hill tell Breitbart News that labor unions are poised to win a significant delay in an ObamaCare tax. The delay in the tax, which has long been a goal of Big Labor, is expected to be part of a spending agreement brokered by Sens. Reid and McConnell. Oct 14, 2013 5:13 PM PT

Gallup: Obama Approval Nears Historic Lows

Gallup's latest Presidential tracking poll finds that only 41% of Americans approve of the job Obama is doing. A solid majority, 53%, disapprove of the job he is doing. Obama's poll numbers are approaching the lowest of his Presidency, reached in October 2011, in the aftermath of the last debt ceiling debate. Gallup's latest numbers also show a dramatic drop in Obama's approval since immediately before the partial government shutdown. Oct 14, 2013 11:48 AM PT

Day 14: Reid Makes Bid to End Shutdown

On Monday, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid made a new offer to GOP Leader Mitch McConnell to end the partial government shutdown. The proposal would extend government funding through mid-December at current levels and lift the debt ceiling until the middle of 2014. The country is expected to hit its debt ceiling later this week, narrowing drastically the window for a deal to be reached. Oct 14, 2013 10:13 AM PT

GOP: We'll Increase Spending to End Shutdown

Over the weekend, House and Senate Republican proposals on the fiscal showdown, which largely met previously stated demands from the White House, were summarily rejected by President Obama and Senate Democrats. Having shown that they are desperate to end the stand-off, the GOP is now facing pressure from Democrats to undo the sequester cuts agreed to during the last debt-ceiling debate. Limping, the DC GOP seems ready to accept this defeat. Oct 13, 2013 6:46 AM PT

Square 1: House, Senate GOP Crash Against Unified Democrat Wall

Hours after President Obama rejected the latest spending offer from the House GOP on his weekly radio address, Senate Democrat leaders rejected a competing proposal offered by Senate Republicans. While Obama and the Democrats have remained united on a simple and clear position on the fiscal stand-off, House and Senate Republicans competed for pole-position to lead opposition negotiations. Democrats rejected each in turn. Oct 12, 2013 11:40 AM PT

Senate Blocks Reid Debt Plan

On Saturday, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid failed to receive the 60 votes he needed to move forward with his plan for a 14-month extension of the debt ceiling. Reid's plan contained no off-setting spending cuts or reforms and was intended to push the debt debate until after the 2014 mid-term elections. The vote was, 53-45, to invoke cloture and proceed to debate on the bill. Oct 12, 2013 9:49 AM PT

Obama Rejects Latest House GOP Offer

President Obama used his weekly radio address to reject the latest offer from House Republicans to end the fiscal stalemate. The outline of their proposal was released Friday and would have reopened government through December and lifted the debt ceiling for six weeks. Oct 12, 2013 7:25 AM PT

Obama Rises as House, Senate GOP Feud

In his weekly radio address Saturday, President Obama rejected any short-term increase in the debt ceiling. The move was a preemptive rejection of a potential House proposal to allow a short-term increase in the debt along with reopening government, which days ago had been a key demand from Obama. The development shows how the balance has shifted in the fiscal stand-off. Oct 12, 2013 7:07 AM PT

House GOP Blinks: Will Lift Debt AND Reopen Government

House Republicans have sent the White House a revised proposal to lift the debt ceiling for six weeks, as well as reopen government through December 15th, which was their original spending proposal before the partial shutdown. The revised GOP plan reflects the demands Obama made in a meeting with House GOP Leaders on Thursday. It also reflects the unwillingness of the DC GOP to face a fiscal showdown with Democrats. Oct 11, 2013 8:52 AM PT

Senate GOP Prepares Surrender: Lift Debt, Reopen Government

On Friday, Senate Republicans will meet with President Obama at the White House to offer their plan to end the fiscal stalemate. Splitting with the House GOP, the Senate GOP plan would lift the debt ceiling, likely for six months and fund the government for one year, allowing it to reopen. The House plan increases the debt ceiling for only six weeks and continues the partial government shutdown. Oct 11, 2013 8:14 AM PT

Obama Conditions Debt Hike on Reopening Government

Since the beginning of the fiscal showdown, President Obama has stressed that he wouldn't negotiate over raising the debt ceiling. His top economic advisor Gene Sperling has regularly repeated Obama's stance, "If you sanction through negotiation the legitimacy of somebody threatening default then, that is going to happen over and over again." Now that the House GOP has agreed, at least temporarily to Obama's demands on the debt ceiling, he wants to add conditions. Oct 11, 2013 7:17 AM PT

Obama Rejects GOP Offer on Short-Term Debt Hike

In a meeting Thursday afternoon with House Republicans, President Obama rejected their latest offer to extend the debt ceiling for 6 weeks, allowing negotiations over a long-term budget deal. Obama said he was open to a short-term extension of the debt ceiling for talks, but insisted that the government must also reopen first. The House GOP did not restore funding to end the partial government shutdown. Oct 10, 2013 4:48 PM PT

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