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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

Round 3: House to Strip Congress's ObamaCare Exemption

On Monday, the House announced that it would pass a third Continuing Resolution to keep government open past Monday's midnight deadline. The announcement came soon after the Senate rejected the House CR that would delay ObamaCare for one year. The latest House CR will remove the special exemption from ObamaCare the Obama Administration gave to members of Congress and their staffs. Sep 30, 2013 1:34 PM PT

McConnell Floats One-Week Stopgap Spending Bill

Worried that Republicans would get most of the "blame" from a government shutdown, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell is quietly gauging support for a one-week stopgap spending measure that would buy Congress more time for talks. With Democrats and President Obama refusing to negotiate, however, it isn't exactly clear what McConnell's delay would buy. Sep 30, 2013 11:24 AM PT

GOP Expanded Senate Majority After 96 Shutdown

Democrats and the media are convinced that the public will "blame" Republicans for the looming government shutdown. This is predicated on memories that Republicans were "blamed" for the last government shutdown, in 1995-96. The media certainly did "blame" the GOP at the time for causing the shutdown. The voters, however, didn't seem to have the same view. Just months later, at the next election, the Republicans retained their majorities in Congress. The Senate GOP even picked up 2 seats, in a year in which Clinton won reelection. Sep 30, 2013 7:24 AM PT

Reid Stopped Negotiations to Avert Shutdown

If the government shuts down at midnight on Monday, it will largely be the result of a strategy pursued by Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid. The Democrats have lined up so squarely behind Reid's strategy that President Obama cancelled planned negotiations with congressional leaders to find a resolution. Not only has Reid refused to even talk with Republicans, he has employed tactics that seemed designed to "run out the clock" ahead of a shutdown. Sep 30, 2013 5:59 AM PT

Dems Attempt Power Grab That Could Kill Keystone Pipeline

With all eyes trained on the fight over government spending and Obamacare, the House is scheduled to take up a non-controversial land-swap bill that would trade 2000 acres of federal land in Arizona for 5000 acres of pristine land owned by Resolution Copper mine. The bill has bipartisan support and should it be enacted, it is estimated that nearly 4,000 jobs will be created in the area. Radical environmentalists of course oppose this swap and have joined with local tribes to offer an amendment to the swap bill that, if adopted, would become the environmentalists' most powerful tool to kill economic development throughout the nation. Sep 29, 2013 7:18 PM PT

Government, Left Pushes 'Virtual Gun Control'

Having defeated President Obama’s quest to shoot holes in the Second Amendment, a GOP Leadership aide recently told the Huffington Post the House would soon spend time examining the link between link between video games and violence, essentially kicking off a campaign for “virtual gun control.” Make no mistake; the road to gun control and the road to virtual gun control leads to the same destination — restrictions on your liberty. Sep 28, 2013 1:27 PM PT

House Votes to Fund Government, Delay Obamacare

On Saturday, House GOP Leadership announced plans to take up the Senate stop-gap spending bill and attach a one-year delay of ObamaCare and the individual mandate. The House is also likely to attach a measure continuing funding of the military in the event the Senate fails to act on the larger funding bill by the Monday midnight deadline. The House action makes it likely that the government will shut down, at least for a few days, on Tuesday. Sep 28, 2013 10:13 AM PT

Poll: Cruz Surges Standing on Principle, Rubio Fades

A new poll released by Public Policy Polling on Friday finds Sen. Ted Cruz now leading the pack of possible candidates for the 2016 Republican nomination. Garnering support from 20% of Republican voters nationwide, he edges out Sen. Rand Paul who was support from 17% of GOP voters. Tied for 5th is Sen. Marco Rubio. The results are an inverse of PPP's poll in May, which found Rubio the favorite and Cruz in 6th place for the nomination. Sep 27, 2013 3:14 PM PT

McCain Decries the GOP Civil War He Started

On Friday, Sen. John McCain indulged in his favorite pastime, going to the media and criticizing his fellow Republicans. Speaking to CBS, McCain said the GOP was "dysfunctional" and blamed Sens. Cruz and Lee for driving wedges between Republicans over their fight to defund ObamaCare. Sep 27, 2013 12:33 PM PT

Congress Begins End-Game on Spending, Shutdown

The consequences of three of the biggest political battles of the last 4 years are all converging over the next two weeks. With a polarized Congress and an intransigent Obama Administration, there is no clear path to settle the current debates over government spending, government debt and ObamaCare. Who does it end? With a bang or a whimper. Sep 27, 2013 10:36 AM PT

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