Congress Heads Back To Work With Both The Budget Unresolved And A Shutdown Looming

After an extended break for the Republican retreat, Congress heads back to work today with just three days before a possible government shutdown.

Ted Cruz: Has No Regrets Over Shutdown, Continues To Say It Was All The Democrats Fault

Ted Cruz continues to act as if he hasn’t learned his lessons from the shutdown debacle

Republicans Regain Lead In Generic Congressional Ballot, For Now At Least

The Generic Congressional Ballot has shifted again, but how long will this trend last?

Time To Start Thinking About Another Government Shutdown ‘Crisis’?

Are we headed for another Federal Government shutdown, or will Congress actually do its job this time?

Rand Paul: Government Shutdown I Was Totally Behind With My Floor Votes Was A “Dumb Idea”

The Junior Senator from Kentucky does some re-writing of history.

October Jobs Report Stronger Than Expected

A better than expected jobs report in October, but one that comes with a few caveats.

The Shutdown and the Damage Done

My latest for The National Interest, “The Military and the Shutdown: Assessing the Damage,” is out.

Congressional Republicans Wake Up To Post-Shutdown Poll Headaches, Will It Matter In 2014?

Polling looks bleak for the GOP right now, but it’s unclear what that will mean a year from now.

What Lessons Will The GOP Learn From The Shutdown?

Will the GOP learn the right lessons from the just-concluded showdown? That remains to be seen.

Ted Cruz Refuses To Rule Out Making The Same Dumb Mistake Again

Ted Cruz isn’t ruling out a reprise of his foolish, quixotic, crusade.

Sane Republican Minority Prevails

Nearly two-thirds of House Republicans voted for default. They lost.

The GOP’s Seinfeld Shutdown

The GOP’s shutdown was about as pointless as a show about waiting for a table in a Chinese restaurant.

House Republicans Waste A Day, Leaving Final Deal Up To The Senate

The House wasted a day yesterday, now it’s crunch time.

House Shutdown/Debt Ceiling Plan Already Falling Apart?

Well, so much for that plan.

House To Pursue Its Own Shutdown/Debt Ceiling Bill, But That May Not Be Bad News [Update: Or, Maybe Not]

It looks like the House will be making its move before the Senate acts, but that may actually help resolve this faster.

Senate Nears Deal That Kicks The Can Down The Road, Accomplishes Little Else

The deal emerging out of the talks between Senator Reid and Senator McConnell is about what you’d expect, but it’s probably the best we can expect right now.

Our Fate Apparently Lies In The Hands Of McConnell, Reid, Boehner, and Biden

Are these four men our last, best hope for a deal that will end the shutdown and avoid breaching the debt ceiling?

Reid/McConnell Talks Stalemated As Democrats Push For Sequester Changes

Talks between the two Senate leaders haven’t exactly gone so well.

How One Change In House Rules Made The Shutdown Inevitable

A little noticed rule change in the House is arguably one of the main reasons we’re in a government shutdown crisis.

Hopes For A Senate Deal Now Hinge On Harry Reid And Mitch McConnell

Harry and Mitch to the rescue?

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.

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.

Government Shutdown Hurting Republicans In Virginia Governor’s Race

The government shutdown seems to be having an impact on the one competitive statewide race in country this year.

Majority of Americans Blame Everybody for Shutdown

63% are angry at Republicans, 57% are angry at Democrats, and 53% are angry at President Obama.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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