Politics & Government

Politics & Government
11:08 am
Thu October 17, 2013

Moore Says She Knew Reasonable House Members Would Prevail

Rep. Moore says GOP has become the victim of its own success

Wisconsin Congresswoman Gwen Moore says she’s relieved the House and Senate are pulling the country back from the financial cliff.

Leaders on Wednesday agreed to reopen the government at least until mid-January and raise borrowing into February. Moore says the political stalemate has been frustrating, yet she thought it would end the way it did.

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The Two-Way
10:39 am
Thu October 17, 2013

Obama Calls For Budget, Immigration Reform By Year's End

At the White House on Thursday, President Obama said "the American people are completely fed up with Washington."
Charles Dharapak AP

Originally published on Thu October 17, 2013 11:50 am

President Obama slammed the partisan standoff "spectacle" that he said had damaged the economy and America's international credibility, and called on Congress to pass a comprehensive budget, immigration reform and a farm bill by year's end.

He praised "Democrats and responsible Republicans who came together" to pass a last-minute deal to reverse a partial government shutdown and narrowly avert the expiration of the federal borrowing authority.

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Politics & Government
10:36 am
Thu October 17, 2013

Johnson Repeats Plea to Curtail Government Spending

Ron Johnson voted with the minority on the issues of ending the government shutdown and raising the debt limit.

Wisconsin Sen. Ron Johnson voted against legislation that ended the government shutdown.

The federal government is back in gear and a default has been sidestepped after action late Wednesday.

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It's All Politics
8:14 am
Thu October 17, 2013

Thursday Morning Political Mix

Originally published on Thu October 17, 2013 8:48 am

Good morning.

The newspapers hit the front porch this morning with a familiar thud. (Yes, some of us still like the feel of paper in the morning.)

"SHUTDOWN ENDS" shouted The Washington Post.

"REPUBLICANS BACK DOWN, ENDING BUDGET CRISIS" The New York Times intoned.

And online (yes, some of us also like the morning glow of our devices), the post-shutdown/debt crisis postmortems were piling up like so many pages of regulations in the Affordable Care Act.

But first, the details, quickly:

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The Two-Way
6:09 am
Thu October 17, 2013

Federal Workers Head Back To Jobs As Government Reopens

A furloughed federal worker protests outside the U.S. Capitol last week, demanding an end to the shutdown.
Win McNamee Getty Images

Originally published on Thu October 17, 2013 9:49 am

Hundreds of thousands of federal workers on furlough for two weeks are going back to work after Congress approved a late-night deal Wednesday to fund the government and stave off default.

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Politics & Government
1:00 am
Thu October 17, 2013

Lawmakers Blast, MPS Defends Malcolm X Plan

An Assembly committee Wednesday held a public hearing on a bill that would require MPS to sell vacant buildings to other educators.
Credit bcdixit.jpg

People had plenty to say Wednesday about a bill requiring Milwaukee Public Schools to sell vacant buildings to other educators.

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Politics
3:54 pm
Wed October 16, 2013

Boehner Signals He'll Cave To Stave Off Debt Default

Originally published on Wed October 16, 2013 5:39 pm

With hours left before the U.S. Treasury could start defaulting on its obligation, House Speaker John Boehner finally appears to have relented to allow an end to the standoff using a mix of Democratic and Republican votes.

Politics
3:54 pm
Wed October 16, 2013

Pew Poll: Support For Tea Party Drops To Lowest Ever

Originally published on Wed October 16, 2013 5:39 pm

Transcript

AUDIE CORNISH, HOST:

Politicians and pollsters alike are watching to see how all this plays out. The Pew Research Center has just finished a poll to gauge the effect the shutdown and the debt ceiling debate have had on the Tea Party's image.

And joining us is Michael Dimock, director of Pew. Welcome back, Michael.

MICHAEL DIMOCK: Thanks for having me.

CORNISH: So, before we get into the numbers, just give us a snapshot of what you would consider your average Tea Party conservative. Who are they?

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Politics
3:54 pm
Wed October 16, 2013

Rep. Rigell: It's Time To Pass A Clean Resolution

Originally published on Wed October 16, 2013 5:39 pm

Transcript

AUDIE CORNISH, HOST:

Virginia Republican Scott Rigell was elected to the House of Republicans in the Tea Party wave of 2010, but in recent days, he's argued for compromise. When I reached Congressman Rigell earlier today, he was already certain how he'd vote on this Senate deal.

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Politics
3:54 pm
Wed October 16, 2013

Finally, An End In Sight For The Government Shutdown

Originally published on Wed October 16, 2013 5:39 pm

The government shutdown should end tonight and America should be able to pay its bills. Both the House and Senate will vote this evening on legislation to achieve those goals. For months, President Obama has said he would not negotiate with Republicans in Congress about Obamacare or the federal deficit until those goals were met. After weeks of stalemate and more than two weeks into a partial shut down of the federal government, the GOP met his demands.

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