Government Shutdown

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.

2013's Shutdown Backlash Against the GOP Is Actually Weaker Than 1996's
October 08, 2013

The public is angry. That much is clear after a week of polls since the government shutdown. But it’s harder to dissect how the public is apportioning blame between the two parties—let alone whether the GOP will suffer for it at the ballot box.

Barney Frank Talks Shutdown, Calls an Old Colleague "Weird and Dissociated"
October 08, 2013

Isaac Chotiner: There are these faceless Republicans on the Hill, this Tea Party Caucus, and we see them saying crazy things in the newspaper. But who are they? I was just wondering how much interaction you had with them when you were in Congress.

If There Are Enough Votes to End the Shutdown, Why Don't They Just Vote?
October 07, 2013

If the government shutdown is going to end any time soon, it seems likely that the vehicle of its demise will be a clean continuing resolution, a bill that would fund the government temporarily without defunding Obamacare.

Tea Party Republicans Are Putting American Lives in Danger
October 07, 2013

Imagine if the Democrats in 2007, having just regained control of the Congress, had decided to go to the mat against the Bush tax cuts. Imagine that they voted repeatedly to repeal them. They tried to delay implementation. They linked repeal to debt ceiling legislation. And while most of them knew better than to shut down the government over marginal tax rates, for a group critical to Nancy Pelosi’s majority, repeal had become a matter of religion.

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