October 2, 2013
Re "Congress fails to stop shutdown," Oct. 1 A sect of the Republican Party has again flexed its political muscle and effectively shut down the government because it doesn't feel it necessary for those without healthcare insurance now to be able to obtain it. This group has been unwilling to work with President Obama since he has been in office - if he says yes, they vote no; if he says up, they vote down. These lawmakers' concern has never been about what's right for the nation, but only about how to thwart the president whenever possible.
September 30, 2013 |
The president's Affordable Care Act may be unpopular, and Americans may be wary about raising the debt ceiling - but shut down the federal government? Polls show that Americans don't want that to happen, and our readers' opinions reflect that. As the government appears headed for a shutdown on midnight Tuesday - with Congress deadlocked on a spending bill that would keep federal agencies running but delay the implementation of Presidential Obama's healthcare reform law for one year - most readers are expressing disbelief at the dysfunction in Washington.
October 11, 2013 |
The government shutdown won't shut down the New York City Marathon, but it could shift things around a little. Race organizers are working on a plan to move the event's staging area, currently set for Fort Wadsworth, a federally operated facility on Staten Island, the Associated Press reported. With about 45,000 runners expected to participate in the Nov. 3 race, officials did not say where they might place an alternative staging area. They said they did not believe the starting line would be affected.
October 1, 2013 |
NEW YORK -- Wall Street had a muted initial reaction to the federal government's shutdown. Major U.S. stock indexes bounced back in early trading in New York, a day after they lost about 1% as the U.S. House, Senate and President Obama dug in for yet another seemingly intractable Washington fight. The Dow Jones industrial average gained 62.82 points, or 0.42%, to 15,192.49 about an hour after the opening bell. The broader Standard & Poor's 500 rose 10.91 points, or 0.65%, to 1,692.46.
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September 30, 2013 |
Newt Gingrich can't be serious. Of all the people in the world who ought to be wary of a federal government shutdown, it should be former House Speaker Gingrich, whose political career flamed out spectacularly after he orchestrated two federal shutdowns over a budget impasse with then-President Clinton. In an essay published Monday , the co-host of CNN's “Crossfire,” has urged House Republicans to stick to their guns and allow the federal government to close down in order to teach the president a (flawed)
October 15, 2013 |
WASHINGTON - A frantic day of legislative maneuvering ended in futility Tuesday for Speaker John A. Boehner, as the most conservative members of the House refused to back his proposed compromise to end the standoff over the federal budget. The failure leaves a bipartisan Senate plan negotiated by Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) and Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) as the sole legislative way out of a stalemate that risks a U.S. default on its bills and huge economic disruptions.