Focus Shifts To Senate For Possible Deal On Debt Limit, Shutdown

With the House’s proposed deal reaching an impasse, the Senate is now taking center stage.

Signs Of A Temporary Deal In Washington?

There seems to be at least some hope for a temporary deal in Washington to end the shutdown and raise the debt ceiling, but don’t count your chickens just yet.

Being Speaker Of The House Isn’t What It Used To Be

Being Speaker of the House has become much more of a difficult job than it used to be.

GOP Plan Would Address Debt Ceiling, But Keep Government Shutdown Going

Republicans appear to be uniting behind a short-term plan to deal with the debt ceiling, but seem okay with keeping the government shutdown going forward.

Paul Ryan Reemerges, Offering The GOP An Obamacare-Free Way Out

Paul Ryan is back, and he has a plan his party ought to be paying attention to.

Dysfunctional Government Has A Real World Impact

The real world impact of what’s happening in Washington is becoming apparent.

Are The Markets Starting To Notice How Messed Up Things Are In Washington?

Signs that investors are starting to get nervous about the lack of action coming out of Washington.

Negotiating Over The Debt Ceiling Is Not Unprecedented

Contrary to the White House’s arguments, negotiating over the debt ceiling is not at all historically unprecedented.

Return Of The Debt Kamikazes

They’re back…….

Obama And Boehner Can Negotiate, If They Really Want To

There’s a way for President Obama and Speaker Boehner to talk out a deal to resolve the current crisis, but they have to want to do it.

Want To Understand The GOP Hardliners? Talk To Their Constituents

To borrow a phrase from Stephen Colbert, if you want to understand how Congress works, you better know a District.

Ted Cruz Doubles Down On His Failed Obamacare Strategy

Ted Cruz wants his fellow Republicans to follow him down the rabbit hole again.

Boehner: Not Enough Votes For “Clean” CR, Or “Clean” Debt Ceiling Increase

Speaker Boehner sends a signal that there won’t be a quick resolution to the government shutdown crisis.

Republicans Ready Their Next Offer On Shutdown, Debt Ceiling

The outlines of a possible new GOP proposal are emerging. Can it go anywhere?

Veterans Removed From Vietnam Veterans Memorial

One of the dumber aspects of the current shutdown repeats itself.

Defense Department To Recall Most Furloughed Civilians Back To Work

The Pentagon is recalling up to 300,000 furloughed civilian employees on the same day that Congress voted to pay all furloughed employees when the government reopens.

Shutdown Hitting Private Sector As Defense Contractors Furlough Workers

The government shutdown is starting to have effects in the “real world.”

Ken Cuccinelli Distancing Himself From National GOP On Shutdown

The Republican candidate for Governor of Virginia wants a quick end to the Government Shutdown.

House Democrats To Attempt Discharge Petition On “Clean” CR

Democrats in the House will attempt to use an obscure House procedure to force an end to the government shutdown. It’s success is by no means guaranteed.

The “Hastert Rule” Doesn’t Exist

The “Hastert Rule” isn’t the reason Speaker Boehner isn’t bringing a “clean” CR up for a vote, political survival is.

Boehner Won’t Allow Default Over Debt Ceiling, Still Insisting On Negotiations

Speaker Boehner told his caucus members that he will not allow a default over the debt ceiling but don’t look for a change in strategy.

GOP Getting Most Of The Blame For Government Shutdown

The first poll taken after the shutdown began has little good news for the Republican Party.

Petty And Childish: Congressman Demands “Respect,” But Doesn’t Know What He Wants

A comment from one Congressman sums up the attitude of the small group of Congressman and Senators who have placed us in this situation.

Obama Warns Wall Street On Debt Ceiling

President Obama had some potentially market-moving news for Wall Street.

On Debt Ceiling, GOP Lawmakers Get Different Message From Base Than From General Public

If you want to understand why Republicans in Congress are acting like they are, just look at the polls.

Shutdown Likely To Drag On For Extended Period

There’s no sign that the government shutdown will end any time soon.

Yes Congress Is Still Getting Paid, You Can Thank The Constitution

Congress is still getting paid during the shutdown, and there’s nothing that can be done about that.

Is There Really A “Congressional Exemption” From Obamacare?

The news PPACA controversy appears to be based on a complete misunderstanding of one provision of the law.

More Evidence Of The Political Risk To The GOP In A Shutdown

With just hours to go, the Republicans on Capitol Hill seem prepared to take a big political risk.

Poll: GOP Bears Biggest Political Risk In Shutdown

The GOP seems perfectly fine with risking a shutdown, even though polling shows they’d pay the biggest price for it.