A Parable Comes to Life in Washington DC, Elizabeth Warren Edition

By: Saturday December 13, 2014 10:00 am

There are a lot of members of Congress who say they love a certain old storyteller, but after watching them at work these last few days, they sure don’t act like they love him — or hist stories.

 

Late Night: Government Shutdown Planned for December 11

By: Sunday October 12, 2014 8:00 pm

Capitol Hill Republicans are planning another shutdown, because they can.

Americans Overwhelmingly Blame Shutdown on Congressional Republicans

By: Tuesday October 22, 2013 7:45 am

Overwhelmingly regular Americans blame the government shutdown on Congressional Republicans. According to a new Washington Post-ABC News poll 53 percent believe Republicans were mainly responsible for the shutdown while only 29 percent think President Obama should receive most of the blame. An additional 15 percent of the country blames both sides equally.

Shutdowns Are Different From Almost Everything Else in Politics

By: Thursday October 17, 2013 1:00 pm

The media lives in a bubble. It also has a bad habit of crying wolf all the time to get attention, but that doesn’t mean that sometimes there aren’t actually wolves there.

It Was All Boehner’s Fault

By: Thursday October 17, 2013 8:20 am

It has been a smart political tactic for Democrats to blame Sen. Ted Cruz and/or the Tea Party for the government shutdown, but in reality it was entirely Speaker John Boehner’s fault. He is the one who really deserves the blame.

Shutdown Ends, Debt Ceiling Raised, For Now

By: Thursday October 17, 2013 6:40 am

After wasting everyone’s time and money for 16 days, Speaker Boehner and the House Republicans caved in and reopened the government and raised the debt ceiling. Now we return to the brutal austerity of the Budget Control Act of 2010, in losing the Republicans have won. Although part of the deal to reopen the government included allowing special interests to tailor the sequester cuts to the poor and powerless as part of a joint committee between the House and Senate. So things are actually going to get worse for most people.

Ted Cruz Loses Local Newspaper Endorsement But Gains Cash For Helping Shutdown Government

By: Wednesday October 16, 2013 12:25 pm

In a cheerful press conference today Senator Ted Cruz said he would not try to stop a bill reopening the government and raising the debt ceiling from passing the Senate. It would seem that Senator Cruz should be in a more sour mood given that his plan to stop Obamacare is set to be thwarted. Things really seem to be going poorly for Cruz as the Houston Chronicle, one of his home state’s most prominent papers, took back its endorsement of him.

The Crisis is Finally Ripe Enough for the Cowardly Boehner to Act

By: Wednesday October 16, 2013 7:41 am

Boehner basically let the government shut down for three weeks, did significant damage to the economy, showed his own weakness and destroyed his party’s brand just to try to hold on to his position. A position that is almost meaningless because he has prove he has almost no actual power. He preferred to let all these things happen rather than stand up to the roughly 50 Tea Party members in his caucus.

Senate Crafting Bill To Avoid Default After House Chokes

By: Wednesday October 16, 2013 6:44 am

Yesterday, in stunning display of incompetence, Speaker Boehner was unable to find enough Republican votes to pass the Senate negotiated compromise to end the shutdown and raise the debt ceiling. Rather than simply letting the House vote on the bill where it likely would have passed due to Democratic votes, Boehner pulled the bill.

Deal To End Shutdown And Raise Debt Ceiling Developing In Senate

By: Tuesday October 15, 2013 6:59 am

As we enter day 15 of the government shutdown and Republican poll numbers are dropping out of the sky a deal is reportedly developing in the Senate to end the shutdown and raise the debt ceiling. The deal funds the government until January 15th and raises the debt ceiling until some time in February – the 7th or possibly the 15th.

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