(CNN) - With only a week left until New Jersey’s Senate special election, the only civil moment of Wednesday's final showdown between Cory Booker and Steve Lonegan came at the night's close, with a handshake.
But in between that small gesture of political sportsmanship and the moderator Jim Rosenfield's call to order, New Jersey's senate candidates meted out relentless, and sometimes personal, verbal assaults, criticizing each other on everything from their stances on same-sex marriage to the on-going partial government shutdown.
Washington (CNN) – Koch Industries, the massive, multi-national energy and chemical conglomerate, owned by influential conservative donors Charles and David Koch, fired back Wednesday at the top Senate Democrat, charging he accused them of playing a pivotal role in GOP efforts to shut down the government.
Philip Ellender, president of government and public affairs division of Koch Companies, sent a letter to Congress denying that Koch had any role in devising the strategy to demand that Obamacare be defunded in order to keep the federal government operating.
Washington (CNN) - President Barack Obama gave House Democrats what appears to be the strongest indication to date that he would agree to a short-term debt ceiling increase, if that’s what Republicans would accept, a Democratic lawmaker tells CNN.
The president made his remarks at a private White House meeting with all House Democrats.
Washington (CNN) - The U.S. is well into the ninth day of a government shutdown. House Republicans tied defunding or delaying Obamacare to the funding of the government, effectively leading to the shutdown.
But Republicans are saying – and it seems to have some resonance – that President Obama's message is: "I’m not negotiating." That's just not how this works. Republicans point out there have been previous negotiations over both opening the government and the debt ceiling.
Is the Democratic Party doing anything to acknowledge the reality of where the U.S. is, and trying to figure out a way to get out of it together?
"There are conversations under way as to what we will discuss, you know, what we will negotiate over, what things will be on the table. But what we said is – open the government, pay our bills and let's have this honest conversation," said Democratic Senator Dick Durbin, of Illinois, who serves as Senate Majority Whip.
Washington (CNN) - He's one of Chicago's most beloved citizens, a former star player who later led the NFL Bears to a Super Bowl title as coach.
But Mike Ditka's biggest regret? Losing a 1986 playoff game that could have propelled the “Monsters of the Midway” to back-to-back championships. No.
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Washington (CNN) - Chris Christie is known to speak his mind, but Wednesday he didn't have much to say about the politics behind the government shutdown and debt ceiling impasse.
The Republican governor of New Jersey and possible 2016 presidential contender, who made a brief appearance on Capitol Hill, was asked by CNN if he thinks congressional Republicans are helping or hurting the GOP by their actions on the budget impasse and the impending debt ceiling deadline.
CNN's GUT CHECK | for October 9, 2013 | 5 p.m.
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OBAMACARE OUT. ENTITLEMENTS IN: Republicans seem to be shifting the shutdown/debt ceiling battle line from an argument over Obamacare to one over entitlements. After spending the first week of the shutdown trying to tie anything that would fund the government and end the impasse to President Barack Obama's signature health care law, the word "Obamacare" hasn't come up as much in recent days. – Leigh Ann Caldwell and Z. Byron Wolf
‘COVER OUR SHAME’: The federal shutdown has found its angry prophet. “Lord, when the federal shutdown delays payments of death benefits to the families of (soldiers) dying on far-away battlefields, it's time for our lawmakers to say enough is enough,” Senate Chaplain Barry Black said in his prayer opening the Senate on Wednesday. “Cover our shame with the robe of your righteousness. … Forgive us. Reform us. And make us whole.” – Daniel Burke
FOR THE FIRST TIME IN THE OBAMA PRESIDENCY, the economy is not the top concern of Americans …. What replaced it? See “What Caught Our Eye” below …
(CNN) – Rep. Paul Ryan responded Wednesday to conservative critics who chastised his Wall Street Journal opinion piece on fixing the shutdown-debt ceiling dilemma.
What was their beef? He didn't mention Obamacare, the prime target of GOP ire in the recent shutdown showdown.
(CNNMoney) - If a federal worker is on the job, he or she must be paid. The only question is when.
Even though the government is currently shut down, most of the federal government's 3.5 million workers remain on the job, and not on furlough. About 3 million staffers are reporting for duty because they have been deemed essential to the public safety.