Government Shutdown

Republicans' Brutal New Poll Numbers Could Actually Be Much More Brutal
October 10, 2013

This evening’s NBC/WSJ survey was absolutely brutal for Republicans.

Boehner Has a Plan. Or Something Like That.
October 10, 2013

House Republican leaders on Thursday morning announced that they have a new proposal and it hews to the outlines media outlets reported overnight.

Device Makers Would Love Repeal of Their Tax. But Would Conservatives?
October 10, 2013

Republican leaders and, finally, many of their followers are coming to grips with the obvious: They can't use the government shutdown or threat of default to kill Obamacare.

This Is Why a Grand Bargain Is a Grand Pipe Dream
October 10, 2013

Last week, House Speaker John Boehner reportedly floated the idea that the government shutdown and debt-ceiling crisis could be resolved with a "grand bargain" that would reduce the long-term budget deficit. Whispers of such a deal continue, but

Paul Ryan's Proposal Is Still a Ransom That Democrats Shouldn't Pay
October 09, 2013

The big news this morning is a Wall Street Journal op-ed by Paul Ryan, in which he dangles a new offer to President Obama and the Democrats.

That Pollster Who Promises a Democratic Landslide Has a Track Record
October 09, 2013

Democrats are getting excited about retaking the House.

If Cities Are Our Future, Do We Even Need the U.S. Government?
October 09, 2013

A three-day conference on cities in a fancy hotel a block from Ground Zero that concluded Tuesday was nothing if not well-timed. “CityLab,” co-sponsored by The Atlantic, The Aspen Institute, and Bloomberg Philanthropies, promised in its title to prop

The Government Shutdown Means China Will Rule the World! Or Something.
October 09, 2013

In a creeping sign that Politico-ish news coverage has migrated to the international pages, The New York Times ran several articles over the past week about how the government shutdown, which resulted in President Obama cancelling his trip to Asia, m

One Graph Shows Why Democrats Shouldn't Celebrate the Shutdown Blame Game
October 08, 2013

Bill Clinton got less of the shutdown blame in 1996 than Barack Obama gets today. And his party still didn't win back the House.

A Short-Term Debt Limit Increase Would Be a Disaster
President Obama shouldn't want it. Neither should John Boehner.
October 08, 2013

Let’s stipulate that yesterday’s acknowledgement that the White House is open to a short-term debt-limit increase didn’t deserve half the breathless coverage it received.

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