2013 Shutdown  (Page 1)

Should Republicans Call Obama’s Bluff on Shutting Down Gov’t over Amnesty? (Reader Poll)

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Posted by  ▪  Saturday, December 6, 2014 at 4:09pm 12/6/2014 at 4:09pm

Congress is under another tight funding deadline. Currently, the federal government is only funded until December 11. A spending bill must be passed by Thursday to avoid a government shutdown.

Thursday, John Boehner held a vote that passed legislation rebuking President Obama’s executive overreach on immigration. H.R. 5759 would’ve refused President Obama...

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No apologies, no regrets

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Posted by  ▪  Monday, December 30, 2013 at 8:57am 12/30/2013 at 8:57am

(Featured image source: YouTube)

 
 
 

A passing victory for two failed ideologies

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Posted by  ▪  Wednesday, October 16, 2013 at 1:33pm 10/16/2013 at 1:33pm

I’m on a break from a conference I’m at all week, so I’m following the news on Twitter.

Looks like there is a “done deal” which achieves little for the American people or the future of the nation.  The monstrosity known as Obamacare remains in place and the national debt keeps growing...

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Republican poll chasers and the madness of crowds

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Posted by  ▪  Tuesday, October 15, 2013 at 4:05pm 10/15/2013 at 4:05pm

Another conversation I had with myself on Twitter.

Last time it was about The Republican Brand.  This time it’s about the lunacy of Republicans — stoked by the media — panicking over polling last week showing Republicans dropping like a stone into a mountain crevice.

Today Pew released its polling, and it found essentially...

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Brave Hearts

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Posted by  ▪  Tuesday, October 15, 2013 at 7:00am 10/15/2013 at 7:00am

Yesterday.

I’m on vacation at the Outer Banks of North Carolina.

Thought you’d like this: the Park Service has closed the Wright Brothers Memorial. I took photos from my iPhone this morning.

The cars parked out in front are not Park Service cars; they are people who hopped the barrier. The place looks deserted....

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The only thing working in Detroit

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Posted by  ▪  Sunday, October 13, 2013 at 5:30pm 10/13/2013 at 5:30pm

Dewey.

He returned to Detroit last winter.

and he is updating his Win The Future Theater for the shutdown scale-back with Episode 8: Shelter in Place:

Cody and Skylar shelter in place in their Seattle condo on Government Shutdown Day 12.

They are out of food and Trojans.

 
 
 

Liberation of WWII Memorial

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Posted by  ▪  Sunday, October 13, 2013 at 1:49pm 10/13/2013 at 1:49pm

(Live Twitter embed at bottom of post)

AP via WaPo reports:

A crowd of people has converged on the World War II Memorial on the National Mall, pushing through barriers to protest the memorial’s closing under the government shutdown.

WTOP Radio (http://bit.ly/GXQKGV ) reports Republican Sen. Mike Lee...

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Hey, can we finally have those Obamacare negotiations on C-Span?

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Posted by  ▪  Sunday, October 13, 2013 at 11:09am 10/13/2013 at 11:09am

So where we are right now is that Democrats are feeling overly confident.  The smash mouth rhetoric hasn’t stopped, while the punching bag Republicans just take it.

Put aside whether reaching the debt ceiling really would be catastrophic (Obama was hip on hitting it back in the day).  Now Harry Reid wants...

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The Grand Old Punching Bag Party

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Posted by  ▪  Saturday, October 12, 2013 at 9:44pm 10/12/2013 at 9:44pm

Joel Pollak at Breitbart.com writes, Liberal Intolerance: You Believe What?:

I was at a dinner recently where I happened to be seated at a table with new acquaintances of the liberal political persuasion.

We went around...

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Salon.com got a Confederate fever, and the only prescription, is more Confederate

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Posted by  ▪  Saturday, October 12, 2013 at 6:15pm 10/12/2013 at 6:15pm

When it comes to Salon.com, I’ve always wondered if they really believe all their outlandish accusations of Tea Party and Republican racism, or it’s just the niche they’ve carved out and click bait.  Look at me, I’m not Slate.com, I’m Salon.com.

Whether it’s David Sirota’s rants about hoping the Boston Bombers were White Americans,...

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Senate Republicans seek victory (over House Republicans)

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Posted by  ▪  Saturday, October 12, 2013 at 12:34pm 10/12/2013 at 12:34pm

Who could have seen this coming?

Senate Republicans undercut the House proposal for a 6 week debt ceiling extension by proposing a longer extension:

Obama sided with the Senate Republicans, rejecting a short term extension.  Via Keith Koffler, Obama Reverses, Opposes Short-Term Debt Ceiling Hike:

Perhaps sensing Republican weakness, President Obama reversed himself...

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ABC finally figures out Tea Party not party of Wall Street

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Posted by  ▪  Friday, October 11, 2013 at 7:05pm 10/11/2013 at 7:05pm

I think ABC has been reading Think Progress and Media Matters too much, because as with most of the mainstream media, ABC can’t figure out why the Tea Party is not toeing the Wall Street and big business line on Obamacare and the debt ceiling.

Wall Street Can’t Influence Tea Party to...

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U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service reopens federal lands minutes before North Dakota to file federal suit

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Posted by  ▪  Friday, October 11, 2013 at 4:58pm 10/11/2013 at 4:58pm

This is a pretty good example of how the federal government went out of its way to make life difficult by shutting federal lands it never did anything to staff full time in the first place.

North Dakota threatened to sue, and just minutes before the federal complaint was to be filed,...

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The Republican Brand

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Posted by  ▪  Friday, October 11, 2013 at 8:46am 10/11/2013 at 8:46am

A conversation I had with myself on Twitter this morning.

Just because I could.

(added) Be sure to read Anne’s study on how embarrassed Republicans were of the Republican Brand long before the current “shutdown,” New study sheds light on why Republicans won’t call themselves Republican.

Also available on Storify.

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House GOP proposes short-term debt ceiling increase pending budget negotiations

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Posted by  ▪  Thursday, October 10, 2013 at 11:48am 10/10/2013 at 11:48am

Those are the latest reports as a House Republican conference just broke up, with a group heading to the White House.

Here’s the latest, to be updated throughout the day:

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The Atlantic photoshops Boehner’s head onto arrest photo of accused Irish Republican Army murderer

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Posted by  ▪  Thursday, October 10, 2013 at 10:36am 10/10/2013 at 10:36am

We have noted before the extreme eliminationist rhetoric directed at Republicans and the Tea Party by the most senior Democratic politicians, who portray the House’s exercise of its constitutional power of the purse as terrorism.

That rhetoric has also moved into mainstream liberal publications. What was once expected only of DailyKos or...

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For Obama, negotiating with Republicans is tough, almost as tough as math

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Posted by  ▪  Wednesday, October 9, 2013 at 8:42pm 10/9/2013 at 8:42pm

So which will it be: catastrophe or no? And if it’s catastrophe, how soon will that happen?

People on the left are ramping up the fear, and people on the right trying to minimize it, both for obvious tactical purposes of their own. But failure to raise the debt ceiling is uncharted...

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