Washington (CNN) - Perhaps one of the most troubling consequences of a government shutdown would be a temporary freeze in pay for members of the military fighting overseas and stationed stateside. It's a consequence that has Americans boiling mad.
So a group of angry Facebook users are doing something about it - starting the event "Ensuring Pay for Our Military Act of 2011."
As of 10 a.m. ET, there were over half a million attending the event (described as "On Facebook, Nationwide") taking place through April 17.
Washington (CNN) – If all this birther talk from Donald Trump is irking President Obama, the business mogul might soon be able to send over a bottle of Trump-label wine to the White House.
The "Celebrity Apprentice" star is the proud new owner of a foreclosed Virginia winery, having paid $6.2 million for it at an auction on Thursday, Michael Cohen, an executive vice president to Trump confirmed.
Washington (CNN) - Furloughed jobs, interrupted services, and the potential economic ramifications aside, top Republican strategist Karl Rove is warning a government shutdown is likely to strengthen President Obama's hand as he heads into his reelection campaign.
In his weekly polling memo, Rove notes the 1995 government shutdown bolstered President Clinton's image in the eyes of voters as a strong leader, positioning him for a relatively easy reelection victory one year later.
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CNN: Negotiators work overnight as budget deal deadline looms
With the deadline for a partial government shutdown less than 24 hours away, negotiators worked into Friday morning on a spending plan for the rest of the current fiscal year after a fourth White House meeting in 48 hours between President Barack Obama and congressional leaders failed to reach agreement. It was the second straight night that talks involving Obama, House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nevada, led to their aides being charged with trying to work out remaining differences in the ensuing hours. In statements to reporters, Obama and the congressional leaders all said they had narrowed their differences but conceded that more work was needed. No details of the outstanding issues were provided.
Washington Post: As shutdown looms, Boehner and Reid rely on their right hands in negotiations
The real negotiations to reach a budget deal occur in unscheduled visits and late-night phone calls between two men you’ve probably never heard of. At one end of the Capitol is Barry Jackson: quiet and unflappable, a plump, shaggy and rumpled Midwesterner who loves auto racing (he’s a regular at the Indy 500) and settled in Washington 20 years ago as John Boehner’s right-hand man. At the other end is David Krone: hard-nosed and crafty, a multimillionaire former cable lobbyist who travels around playing the best golf courses, prefers fine shirts and custom-tailored suits, usually pinstriped (“Definitely not Jos. A. Bank,” says an associate), and looks up to his boss, Harry Reid, the way a son idolizes his father.