Shutdown hits scientists hard, White House says
October 12th, 2013
08:19 PM ET
6 months ago

Shutdown hits scientists hard, White House says

Washington (CNN) - Nearly two weeks into a government shutdown, cuts and furloughs are crippling much of America's scientific research.

The White House issued a statement Saturday detailing which programs were being hardest hit in an effort to drive home how damaging the shutdown has been.
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Senate Democrats 'sync up' at the White House
October 12th, 2013
08:07 PM ET
6 months ago

Senate Democrats 'sync up' at the White House

Washington (CNN) - Senate Democratic leaders emerged from a meeting with President Barack Obama Saturday evening saying they were more cohesive than ever.

Sens. Harry Reid of Nevada, Chuck Schumer of New York, Patty Murray of Washington and Dick Durbin of Illinois had a "very productive meeting" with the President, according to a Senate Democratic aide. Although they did not move forward on any particular deal or plan, they "reviewed a number of the options raised in meetings over the last few days."
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Veterans groups to push to end government shutdown
October 12th, 2013
07:13 PM ET
6 months ago

Veterans groups to push to end government shutdown

Washington (CNN) – A military coalition including 33 of the nation’s leading veterans and uniformed services organizations on Tuesday will stage a major event in Washington to push for an end to the government shutdown.

Activists for veterans and the nation’s service members have warned the shutdown – especially as it approaches the end of its second week – has had a devastating impact on them and their families, and now they are stepping up their campaign to put political pressure to re-open the government.
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Ted Cruz wins Values Voter straw poll
October 12th, 2013
06:03 PM ET
6 months ago

Ted Cruz wins Values Voter straw poll

Washington (CNN) - A year ago, he had never held elected office. Today, he is one of the country's top potential presidential candidates for 2016.

Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, won the Values Voter Summit straw poll Saturday with a commanding 42% of the vote. Dr. Ben Carson, a renowned neurosurgeon and Fox News contributor, finished in second place, one vote ahead of former Sen. Rick Santorum, R-Pennsylvania, a 2012 GOP presidential candidate. They effectively tied, with 13% of the vote each.
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Filed under: Republican Party • Ted Cruz • Values Voter Summit
Congress cuts town despite no deal to end shutdown
October 12th, 2013
04:53 PM ET
6 months ago

Congress cuts town despite no deal to end shutdown

Washington (CNN) - And on the twelfth day, Congress rested.

Despite the continuing government shutdown and the looming debt limit, many members of Congress headed out of town Saturday for the Columbus Day weekend.
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House Republican: "It's up to Senate Republicans"
October 12th, 2013
01:06 PM ET
6 months ago

House Republican: "It's up to Senate Republicans"

Washington (CNN) - House Republicans are slamming the White House for not negotiating with them. House Speaker John Boehner told GOP rank-and-file that President Barack Obama was rejecting the House GOP offer and instead working with Senators from both parties to end the shutdown and raise the debt ceiling.

"I'm disappointed that the President has rejected the offer that we put on the table," said House Majority Leader Eric Cantor. "I know that he's trying to see which Republican Senator he can pick off in the Senate. I hope that the Senate Republicans stand strong so we can speak with one voice."
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Obama on debt ceiling battle: “This is not normal”
October 12th, 2013
06:00 AM ET
6 months ago

Obama on debt ceiling battle: “This is not normal”

Updated: 11:46 a.m. ET, 10/12/2013

Washington (CNN) - President Barack Obama said Saturday in his weekly address that Congress needs to "pass a budget, put people back to work, and end this shutdown."

The President's comments came with both the House and Senate in session this weekend, as lawmakers try to reach agreement on ending the partial federal government shutdown and extend the nation's debt ceiling in advance of next week's deadline.
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GOP Rep.: ‘We’ve actually found some common ground this week’
October 12th, 2013
06:00 AM ET
6 months ago

GOP Rep.: ‘We’ve actually found some common ground this week’

Washington (CNN) - The Republican Party’s weekly address didn’t say a single negative thing Saturday about President Barack Obama or the Democratic Party. Not one.

Rather, Rep. Buck McKeon, R-California, struck a positive tone that focused on all the work that remains to be done, by everyone.
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