September 30th, 2013
03:43 PM ET
12 months ago

Shutting down debate

Washington (CNN) – Nobody wants to shut down. Not Democrats. Not Republicans. So why is just such an outcome becoming increasingly likely?

The answer is Obamacare. Republicans won't stand for it. Democrats won't stand without it, not after shooting down more than 40 efforts by Republicans to do so in the House of Representatives.
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September 30th, 2013
03:21 PM ET
12 months ago

National parks on brink of desertion

(CNN) - Never mind that visit to the Statue of Liberty in New York City. Forget visiting Independence Hall in Philadelphia. And that hiking adventure at Yellowstone National Park? It might not happen.

If Congress doesn't pass a spending bill by midnight tonight, many travelers will quickly start feeling the impact of the impasse.

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Filed under: Congress
September 30th, 2013
02:30 PM ET
12 months ago

GOP congressman: It's time to move on, pass bipartisan bill

Washington (CNN) - Rep. Charlie Dent, R-Pennsylvania, said Monday his party's strategy to chisel away at Obamacare through the short-term spending bill has been unsuccessful, and he's urging his colleagues to work with Democrats and avert a government shutdown.

"At this point, the hourglass is nearly empty," he told CNN. "I think now it's imperative that we just fund the government, get on with the business of governing."
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Filed under: Budget • Congress • Government Shutdown • House
CNN, NBC Hillary Clinton films canceled
September 30th, 2013
01:53 PM ET
12 months ago

CNN, NBC Hillary Clinton films canceled

Update 6:01 p.m. ET: NBC is dropping plans to move forward with "Hillary," a television miniseries that was set to star Diane Lane as the former first lady.

"After reviewing and prioritizing our slate of movie/mini-series development, we’ve decided that we will no longer continue developing the Hillary Clinton mini-series,” an NBC spokeswoman said.

(CNN) – A feature length documentary about Hillary Clinton, commissioned by CNN Films, has been canceled after the director cited lack of cooperation from people associated with the former secretary of state.

Charles Ferguson, director of the film, made the announcement Monday morning in an item on The Huffington Post where he also described pressure placed on him by various people to try an dissuade him from moving forward with the project.
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Filed under: CNN • Hillary Clinton
How can Congress prevent a shutdown?
September 30th, 2013
01:19 PM ET
12 months ago

How can Congress prevent a shutdown?

Washington (CNN) – How do over 500 men and women sworn to uphold and defend Constitutional duties that include "the power of the purse" keep government running after 12:01 a.m. Tuesday?

It appears simple: pass an identical funding bill in both chambers of Congress. Fund the government temporarily and figure the rest out later.
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Poll gives both sides ammunition in health care battle
September 30th, 2013
12:24 PM ET
12 months ago

Poll gives both sides ammunition in health care battle

Washington (CNN) - Do Americans support or oppose the health care law?

As the clock ticks towards a federal government shutdown over Republican attempts to weaken or eliminate the Affordable Care Act, that question is front and center in the standoff.
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Filed under: Congress • Democrats • Health care • Republicans
September 30th, 2013
11:46 AM ET
12 months ago

Live: Federal government shutdown begins

– The U.S. government shutdown went into effect at 12:01 a.m. ET Tuesday after lawmakers in the House and the Senate could not agree on a spending bill to fund the government.
- See how shutdown could affect you; and see what will be closed; what will be open.
- Senate on Tuesday morning rejected another GOP measure that would have altered Obamacare, and a House GOP request to negotiate differences.
- President Barack Obama: Shutdown is the "height of irresponsibility." | Transcript
- Congress managed to pass a bill that would allow members of the military to continue receiving pay during shutdown.
- Updates below; also, check out our full story.
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Filed under: Congress
September 30th, 2013
11:09 AM ET
12 months ago

The Macarena, mullets and 15 other things going on during the last shutdowns

(CNN) – During the last government shutdowns — in November 1995 and again the following December and January — then-Rep. John Boehner didn't have to sneak smokes in the Capitol and University of Chicago law lecturer Barack Obama was apparently not yet afraid of his wife and hadn't quit the habit.

Here are 17 other things that were happening then:
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Filed under: Budget • Congress • Government Shutdown
What happens at the White House when the government shuts down?
September 30th, 2013
10:26 AM ET
12 months ago

What happens at the White House when the government shuts down?

Washington (CNN) – As the government charges toward a shutdown at midnight, federal workers are facing forced time off – including those who work for President Barack Obama.

Like all federal agencies, there are White House staffers whose work is deemed "essential," meaning they won't be forced to stay home. But a good portion of people who work under the umbrella of the Executive Office of the President will be placed on furlough – 1,265 in total, according to a letter from the administrative office in the White House that was addressed to Sylvia Burwell, the director of President Barack Obama's budget office.
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Filed under: Joe Biden • President Obama • White House
Longtime Alabama congressman to retire
September 30th, 2013
10:18 AM ET
12 months ago

Longtime Alabama congressman to retire

Washington (CNN) - The dean of Alabama's delegation in the U.S. House of Representatives says he won't run for re-election next year.

"Thank you for allowing me to serve in the U.S. House. I will not seek reelection in 2014," tweeted Rep. Spencer Bachus Monday.
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