First on CNN: Pro-Obama group keeps up shutdown pressure on GOP
October 7th, 2013
09:04 PM ET
12 months ago

First on CNN: Pro-Obama group keeps up shutdown pressure on GOP

Washington (CNN) – The pro-Obama group Organizing for Action Tuesday will begin running digital banner ads urging internet users to send House Speaker John Boehner a message telling him to end the federal government shutdown.

The group tells CNN ads will run most prominently on the homepage of the Washington Post, taking over both the top and sides of the newspaper's website. Featuring a picture of Boehner leaning against a large circuit-breaker switch in the off position, the ads urge viewers to add their name to OFA's "Enough Already" campaign.

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Filed under: Government Shutdown • OFA
Debt ceiling hikes included policy ideas in the past
October 7th, 2013
07:28 PM ET
12 months ago

Debt ceiling hikes included policy ideas in the past

(CNN) - While the White House vows it doesn't want to set a precedent negotiating policy proposals to be included in a debt ceiling increase — calling it extortion - there have been discussions in the past surrounding such a hike and Congress has attached other issues to raising the limit a number of times.

The House and Senate, in November 1989, agreed as part of a debt ceiling increase to repeal a tax rule approved three years earlier barring discrimination in employer-paid health insurance plans.

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Filed under: Congress • national debt • White House
Republicans to block quick passage of back-pay bill
October 7th, 2013
07:06 PM ET
12 months ago

Republicans to block quick passage of back-pay bill

(CNN) - Quick passage of a bill to provide back-pay to furloughed federal workers appeared in doubt on Monday when the No. 2 Senate Republican said it’s not time to address that issue right now.

“I think it’s really premature to be dealing with that until we resolve the underlying problem,” said Sen. John Cornyn of Texas. “We’ve offered a number of bills to try to alleviate some of the hardship and they’ve been swatted down out of hand.”

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CNN's GUT CHECK for October 7, 2013
October 7th, 2013
05:19 PM ET
12 months ago

CNN's GUT CHECK for October 7, 2013

CNN's GUT CHECK | for October 7, 2013 | 5 p.m.
n. a pause to assess the state, progress or condition of the political news cycle

GOVERNMENT SHUTDOWN DAY 7

NEW CNN/ORC POLL SHOWS BLAME ALL AROUND: Most Americans say the government shutdown is causing a crisis or major problems for the country, according to a new national poll. According to the poll, 63% of those questioned say they are angry at the Republicans for the way they have handled the shutdown. "But the Democrats are not getting off scot-free. Fifty-seven percent of Americans are also angry at the way the Democrats are dealing with the shutdown. And a 53% majority say they are also angry at President Obama," says CNN Polling Director Keating Holland. "It looks like there is more than enough blame to go around and both parties are being hurt by the shutdown."

KEY LINE: Independents are equally angry at all sides, with 59% of Independents very or somewhat angry at the Democrats, six in 10 angry at the GOP, and 58% angry at Obama. – Paul Steinhauser

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A 1-month shutdown: $50 billion economic blow
October 7th, 2013
04:44 PM ET
12 months ago

A 1-month shutdown: $50 billion economic blow

(CNNMoney) - If the week-long government shutdown stretches to a month, it would mean a $50 billion blow to the U.S. economy.

That estimate is actually $5 billion lower than the initial estimate of Mark Zandi, chief economist for Moody's Analytics. He lowered his forecast after the Defense Department recalled nearly half of 800,000 federal employees furloughed last week, and it appeared Congress would quickly approve a measure to pay furloughed workers retroactively.

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Filed under: Government Shutdown
October 7th, 2013
04:41 PM ET
12 months ago

Debt ceiling debate: Preaching to the choir

Washington (CNN) - Next up: the debt ceiling.

The White House continues to issue dire warnings about the economic consequences should Congress fail to raise the debt ceiling this month. President Barack Obama told Wall Street to be "concerned" and Treasury Secretary Jack Lew said Congress is "playing with fire."

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Filed under: Debt • national debt • White House
Scott Walker gets a Democratic challenger
October 7th, 2013
04:21 PM ET
12 months ago

Scott Walker gets a Democratic challenger

Updated 10/7/2013 at 4:54pm

(CNN) – Former bicycle executive Mary Burke announced her campaign Monday for Wisconsin governor, looking to unseat Republican Gov. Scott Walker.

The daughter of the founder of the popular Trek bicycle company, Burke's message is one of economic development, contrasting Walker's economic leadership which she says has left Wisconsin 45th in projected job growth.
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CNN Shutdown Poll: Plenty of blame to go around
October 7th, 2013
04:03 PM ET
12 months ago

CNN Shutdown Poll: Plenty of blame to go around

Washington (CNN) - Most Americans say the government shutdown is causing a crisis or major problems for the country, according to a new national poll.

And while a CNN/ORC International survey also indicates that slightly more people are angry at Republicans than Democrats or President Barack Obama for the shutdown, it is clear that both sides are taking a hit.
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Senate Democrats to push clean debt ceiling bill this week
October 7th, 2013
03:26 PM ET
12 months ago

Senate Democrats to push clean debt ceiling bill this week

Washington (CNN) - Democrats who lead the Senate are expected this week to take up a debt ceiling bill that would not include any policy changes or spending cuts demanded by Republicans, according to a Senate Democratic leadership aide.

Senate Majority Leader Reid could file the so-called "clean" debt ceiling bill as early as Monday, the aide said.
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Filed under: national debt • Senate Democrats
Shutdown forecast: Week Two and clouds ahead
October 7th, 2013
03:22 PM ET
12 months ago

Shutdown forecast: Week Two and clouds ahead

(CNN) - No negotiations to end shutdown – Midnight on Tuesday marks a week of the partial shutdown of the federal government and there's no end in sight.

President Barack Obama continues to refuse to negotiate with Republicans. They continue to insist that any government funding bill must somehow delay, defund or otherwise disrupt his signature health reform law.

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