Shutdown

House Republicans Are So Mad at the EPA that They Might Force Another Shutdown
June 16, 2014

The last one didn't work out so great. But the EPA's new rule on carbon has conservatives threatening it again.

The Tea Party and Wall Street Are Even Closer Than We Thought
October 23, 2013

Ever since the Tea Party Republicans arrived on the scene in Washington, I’ve cast a wary eye at the notion of them as grass-roots insurgents disconnected from the party’s big business and Wall Street base.

Stop Letting John Boehner and His House Allies Off the Hook
October 18, 2013

For someone who just presided over a 16-day shutdown of the federal government that cost the country an estimated $24 billion and sent his party’s public standing plunging to historic lows, John Boehner is basking in surprisingly mild reviews.

The Myths the Media Spins About Mitch McConnell's Political Motives
October 17, 2013

Scarcely had Mitch McConnell ceased stating his support on the Senate floor for a deal to reopen the government and raise the debt ceiling than the Beltway press was already singing his praises as a veteran legislator willing to deal with the Democra

Obama Beat the Hostage-Takers. Now He Has to Fight the Fiscal Scolds.
The fecklessness of Washington's professional budget alarmists
October 16, 2013

Obama successfully beat back the hostage takers. He should do the same to the deficit scolds.

Republicans Have Officially Reached the Nadir of Their Shutdown Debacle
October 15, 2013

Regardless of what happens Tuesday night on the Hill, the true dark-comedic nadir of the Big Beltway Brouhaha of 2013 was reached at 2:51 on Tuesday afternoon.

Take the World War II Memorial—Please!
When the government reopens, shut this stuff down
October 15, 2013

If architecture is, as Goethe put it, frozen music, then which classical opus is suspended within the granite semicircle of Washington’s National World War II memorial?

The Delusions of Leon Panetta, High-Flying Veteran of This Town
October 15, 2013

The bar has been set pretty high these past few years for clueless hypocrisy among Washington elders offering bipartisan bromides to break the fiscal gridlock. But Leon Panetta just cleared it with a standing jump.

Why Henry Louis Gates, Jr.'s New Miniseries About Civil Rights Matters More Than Ever
October 14, 2013

There was a Dickensian mood at the National Press Club when, on a stormy Wednesday last week, Harvard Professor Henry Louis Gates, Jr.

The Inevitable Republican Collapse That Will End the Shutdown
The grim, angry, loopy, and predetermined conclusion to Washington's crisis
October 13, 2013

The crisis in Washington is grinding, miserably, to a close. Here's who wins, and how it shakes out. 

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