(CNN) – Hours before the midnight deadline, Rep. Renee Ellmers, R-North Carolina, remained confident that the federal government would not shut down.
"That's the last thing we need," said the chair of the Republican Women's Policy Committee in an interview on CNN's "New Day." But Republican priorities extend beyond that, added Ellmers.
(CNN) - Showdown time.
In less than a day, big parts of the federal government will shut down unless Congress can find a way to bridge differences over health-care reform and other issues.
The American people don't like the idea of a federal shutdown, according to a new poll. And the stock market isn't happy, based on what amounts to early morning betting on what will happen when the market opens.FULL STORY
Washington (CNN) - The Justice Department is expected to file a lawsuit Monday seeking to block parts of a new North Carolina voting law that tightens election procedures, including requiring photo identification to cast ballots.
The lawsuit would challenge four parts of the law and ask a court to require North Carolina to obtain pre-approval for certain voting law changes under a part of the Voting Rights Act that remains in effect, according to a person briefed on the legal filing.
Washington (CNN) - If the federal government shuts down starting Tuesday because of a bitter partisan battle over the new health care law, more people say congressional Republicans rather than President Barack Obama would be responsible, according to a new national survey.
A CNN/ORC International poll released Monday morning, hours before funding for the government is scheduled to run out, also indicates that most Americans think Republicans in Congress are acting like spoiled children in this fiscal fight, with the public divided on whether the president is acting like a spoiled child or a responsible adult.FULL STORY
Wasshington (CNN) - Three-quarters of Americans say they favor direct diplomatic negotiations with Iran in an attempt to prevent that country from developing nuclear weapons, according to a new national poll.
Just one in five questioned in a CNN/ORC International survey released Monday morning say they opposed negotiations with Tehran.FULL STORY
(CNN) - Let's start with the obvious question: Will the government shut down this week? Most likely.
On that, Republicans and Democrats agree. It's everything else that has them bickering and blaming. And unless they strike a deal on a spending bill Monday, the government will begin closing shop at 12:01 a.m. Tuesday.FULL STORY
President Barack Obama once again finds himself in the middle of a high stakes, tension fraught meeting with a key leader from the Middle East.
Must be Monday.
Just days after a historic phone call between Obama and Iranian President Hassan Rouhani, the U.S. president is scheduled to meet with his Israeli counterpart, Benjamin Netanyahu, at the White House late Monday morning.FULL STORY
Washington (CNN) – As expected, the Senate will reject the latest version of the House bill that would fund the government but would delay Obamacare by one year.
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid's spokesman issued a statement Sunday, saying the Senate will send a clean bill–one without the anti-Obamacare provisions–back to the House on Monday, just hours before the government nears a midnight deadline to avert a shutdown.
Washington (CNN) – A group of House conservatives gathered Sunday on the Senate side of Capitol Hill to call their Senate colleagues back to work as the government continues to creep toward a government shutdown.
"This is the old football strategy," Rep. Tim Griffin of Arkansas said at the news conference, holding a football. "When you get to where you want to be in a football game, you run out the clock."
Washington (CNN) - Former President Bill Clinton weighed in Sunday on the lessons learned from the 2008 presidential campaign, when his wife, then-Sen. Hillary Clinton, battled then-Sen. Barack Obama through a historic Democratic primary.
At the heart of it, the 42nd president said, candidates need to be able to define themselves before the opposition does it.