October 1, 2013 |
In February 1860, Abraham Lincoln gave a speech at New York's Cooper Union that many historians believe catapulted him onto the national stage and into the presidency. It may even be more pertinent today for what he said about intransigent political blocs. A few excerpts : Your purpose, then, plainly stated, is that you will destroy the Government, unless you be allowed to construe and enforce the Constitution as you please, on all points in dispute between you and us. You will rule or ruin in all events.
October 17, 2013 |
The first government shutdown in nearly 20 years ended late Wednesday after Congress agreed on a deal to fund the government through Jan. 15. and raise the nation's debt limit through Feb. 7. The 16-day ordeal took a toll on the national economy, economists said. Here's a by-the-numbers breakdown of the effects: $24 billion: That's the overall impact to the U.S. economy, according to an estimate by Standard & Poor's. 2.4%: ...
October 4, 2013 |
Add it to the long list of things affected by the government shutdown: vehicle recalls. With the shutdown entering its fourth day on Friday, the number of recalls has slowed to a trickle, with only one automaker opting to announce a recall voluntarily. Traditionally, announcing vehicle recalls is the duty of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, an arm of the Department of Transportation. Like many government-funded entities, NHTSA has had to dramatically curtail its operations since the federal government shutdown on Tuesday.
October 9, 2013 |
How low can Congress go? Today's answer: There's not much lower they can go. Polls out Wednesday painted a bleak picture of Americans' views of their federal legislators. Really bleak. In an Associated Press-GfK poll, Congress dropped to an approval rating of 5%. No typo there. To rub salt into the wound: With the margin of error, the real figure could actually be just over 1%. It's little surprise that the poll showed, as many have in recent days, that no one in Washington is looking good as a result of the government shutdown, which began Oct. 1. But Republicans are faring particularly badly.
October 1, 2013 |
WASHINGTON -- With signs of slowing in the important housing industry recently, home builders and others have been waiting for government updates on construction activity. They'll have to keep waiting, now that the lights are out in many federal offices. In the first economic-data casualty of the government shutdown Tuesday, the Commerce Department did not release its monthly construction spending report. Spending had eased earlier in the summer as higher mortgage rates seemed to be crimping activity, but expectations were for a decent uptick in August.
October 13, 2013 |
WASHINGTON - Talks in the Senate aimed at resolving the crisis over the federal budget hit a setback Sunday as Democrats, emboldened by GOP disarray, pushed their advantage, leading Republicans to warn against efforts to “humiliate” their party. Although Senate leaders continued to talk, they appeared to make little progress over the weekend, dashing hopes that a deal could be announced before markets opened Monday. Some senators urged House Republican leaders to try again to push a measure through their chamber.
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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)
September 27, 2013 |
WASHINGTON - The legislation the Senate passed Friday to prevent a government shutdown landed with a thud in the House, where the Republican majority has no clear strategy for ending the standoff threatening to close shutter the government at midnight Monday. House Speaker John A. Boehner (R-Ohio) left the Capitol after a mid-morning meeting with his leadership team without publicly revealing a strategy. Boehner plans to assemble rank-and-file Republicans at noon Saturday to discuss the alternatives.
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October 2, 2013 |
Clare Cogan and Daniel Mohally stood forlornly inside the Yosemite Visitors Bureau, trying to figure out how to salvage their honeymoon. The Cork, Ireland, couple had flown to the United States last week for a honeymoon trip that started in San Diego and will end in San Francisco. But the highlight of their trip was meant to be an excursion to Yosemite. “We grew up seeing pictures of it in books,” Cogan, a 31-year-old receptionist, said Tuesday. “You know, the cars underneath those huge Sequoia trees.
October 2, 2013 |
You could see this one coming. Politico reported late Tuesday that congressional leaders are starting to talk about two fiscal crises merging in the days ahead. Federal agencies have partially shut down because House Republicans refuse to pass a bill to keep them open unless Senate Democrats agreed to delay or derail the 2010 healthcare law they (and President Obama) strongly support. The more time Congress spends debating this shutdown, the closer the federal government comes to hitting the debt ceiling -- a limit that Treasury Secretary Jacob Lew says will be reached around Oct. 17. The end of the fiscal year Sept.