Sources: Key moment in White House meeting came between the President and Paul Ryan
October 10th, 2013
11:35 PM ET
10 months ago

Sources: Key moment in White House meeting came between the President and Paul Ryan

According to multiple sources familiar with the meeting, the President and House Republicans had been going around and around for about an hour with no resolution on a path forward. Republicans emphasizing, over and over, what the House Speaker laid out: pass a six-week debt ceiling extension, then sit down immediately and start negotiating. The negotiations would begin with discussions to fund and re-open the government. The president kept pressing Republicans to re-open the government right away.
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Filed under: Debt • Paul Ryan • White House
GOP senators skeptical of House debt limit plan
October 10th, 2013
11:09 PM ET
10 months ago

GOP senators skeptical of House debt limit plan

Updated 9:39 a.m. ET, 10/11/2013

Washington (CNN) – Several senior Republican senators from across the ideological spectrum expressed frustration Thursday that the latest proposal from House GOP leaders for a short-term hike in the debt ceiling didn't also include a plan to reopen the government.

"We need to deal with both the continuing resolution and the debt ceiling in a responsible sort of way," said Sen. John Cornyn of Texas, the No. 2 Senate Republican leader. "Obviously just doing part of it doesn't solve the whole problem and we need to solve the whole problem."
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Filed under: GOP • House Republicans • Senate Republicans
October 10th, 2013
09:25 PM ET
10 months ago

House Republicans hold 'very useful' meeting with Obama; both sides talking

Washington (CNN) - Progress.

It's been seemingly nonexistent in Washington for weeks, as Republicans and Democrats squabbled about funding the government and whether to raise its borrowing limit. Both sides drew their lines in the sand and talked vociferously at each other, but not to each other.

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Supreme Court to stay open next week
October 10th, 2013
09:15 PM ET
10 months ago

Supreme Court to stay open next week

(CNN) - The Supreme Court announced it will remain fully open through next week.

Federal court officials had earlier indicated the entire judiciary would run out of contingency funds October 15, but said Thursday additional emergency funding was found to keep all the courts running normally for an additional two days at least.
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Filed under: Government Shutdown • Supreme Court
Shutdown polls: No winners, but a bigger loser
October 10th, 2013
09:15 PM ET
10 months ago

Shutdown polls: No winners, but a bigger loser

Washington (CNN) – A week and a half into a partial government shutdown and one week before a crucial deadline to raise the nation's debt ceiling, new polls indicate that Americans are angry and are blaming both political parties for the impasse.

Sixty percent of people questioned in an NBC News/Wall Street Journal survey released Thursday say if given the chance to vote to defeat every single member of Congress, including their own representative, they would. That's the highest level ever recorded on that question in NBC News/Wall Street Journal polling.  FULL POST


Filed under: Government Shutdown • Polls
October 10th, 2013
08:29 PM ET
10 months ago

Obama signs military death benefits bill

Updated 10/10/2013 at 8:30pm

Washington (CNN) - President Barack Obama has signed into law legislation that continues federal funding of death benefits for military families, the White House said on Thursday.

The issue became an emotional political flashpoint because it had been cut during the government shutdown.
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Filed under: Government Shutdown • Military • Senate
October 10th, 2013
07:24 PM ET
10 months ago

Ted Cruz says he’s for health care reform, just not Obamacare

Updated 10/10/2013 at 9:08pm

Washington (CNN) - Sen. Ted Cruz really does want healthcare reform, just not Obamacare, the Texas Republican said Thursday night.

The conservative firebrand and self-made arch-foe of the Affordable Care Act was on CNN’s “Crossfire” to defend the tactics he proposed that helped drive the United States to a government shutdown.
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Filed under: Health care • Ted Cruz
October 10th, 2013
06:57 PM ET
10 months ago

House Republicans meeting with Obama called 'very useful'

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Washington (CNN) - So is an end in sight?

House Speaker John Boehner - the top Republican in the fight that's led to a government shutdown and the threat of a first-ever U.S. debt default - left the White House on Thursday evening without commenting on a highly anticipated meeting with President Barack Obama.

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Filed under: Government Shutdown
Five good examples of citizens, philanthropies filling void of shutdown
October 10th, 2013
06:23 PM ET
10 months ago

Five good examples of citizens, philanthropies filling void of shutdown

(CNN) - Ours is a government of the people, by the people, for the people.

It may be time to add turned over to the people, too - if the volunteerism of a few kind people, companies and philanthropies is any indication.

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Filed under: Government Shutdown
October 10th, 2013
05:40 PM ET
10 months ago

Republican congressman: Defunding Obamacare is 'off the table'

Washington (CNN) - In one week, the Treasury will run out of cash to pay its bills if Congress fails to raise the debt ceiling. House Republicans are now offering a six-week extension of federal borrowing to avoid that scenario.

But what about the government shutdown – the consequence of inaction on federal spending and bitter partisan warfare over Obamacare that has gripped the nation since last Tuesday and shows no sign of ending?

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