Shutdown showdown: Where it's headed
October 8th, 2013
10:15 AM ET
1 year ago

Shutdown showdown: Where it's headed

Washington (CNN) - What now?

That's the question roiling Washington as a partial government shutdown enters its second week while a possible U.S. default looms ahead.

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Filed under: Government Shutdown
October 4th, 2013
11:12 AM ET
1 year ago

R-E-S-P-E-C-T! Conservatives say they need it in shutdown debate

Washington (CNN) - The great government shutdown of 2013 is about Obamacare and budget priorities, but it also is about respect.

In short, conservative House Republicans don't think they get enough of it from President Barack Obama and the Senate.

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Filed under: Congress • Government Shutdown
Party leaders continue to trade barbs on government shutdown's 3rd day
October 3rd, 2013
07:42 PM ET
1 year ago

Party leaders continue to trade barbs on government shutdown's 3rd day

Washington (CNN) - Democrats and Republicans held their ground on Thursday, the third day of the federal government shutdown, refusing to budge from their positions about who is to blame for the crisis and how to resolve it.

Leaders from the two parties offered rhetoric similar to what they've been saying for days, providing little hope for a breakthrough tied to Congress' inability to agree on a spending plan for President Barack Obama to sign.

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Filed under: Congress • Government Shutdown • President Obama
Senate prepares to toss shutdown hot potato back to House
September 27th, 2013
01:05 PM ET
1 year ago

Senate prepares to toss shutdown hot potato back to House

Washington (CNN) - It's a congressional version of hot potato that will determine if a government shutdown begins as soon as Tuesday.

The Democratic-led Senate on Friday is expected to pass its preferred short-term spending plan to keep the government funded beyond the end of the current fiscal year on Monday, which would toss it back to the Republican-led House.

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Filed under: Congress
Boehner signals GOP focus now on debt ceiling
September 26th, 2013
12:00 PM ET
1 year ago

Boehner signals GOP focus now on debt ceiling

Washington (CNN) - Another day, another onslaught of political maneuvering and rhetoric in Washington as Congress faces the possibility of a partial government shutdown next week.

The Democratic-led Senate is considering a spending plan sent over by the Republican-led House that makes continued government funding contingent on eliminating all money for Obamacare.

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Filed under: Debt • John Boehner
Obama focuses foreign policy on Iran and Middle East peace talks
September 24th, 2013
04:54 PM ET
1 year ago

Obama focuses foreign policy on Iran and Middle East peace talks

(CNN) - President Barack Obama reframed U.S. foreign policy priorities on Tuesday by focusing his administration's immediate attention on Iran's pursuit of nuclear weapons and the Middle East conflict between Israel and the Palestinians.

"While these issues are not the cause of all the region's problems, they have been a major source of instability for far too long, and resolving them can help serve as a foundation for a broader peace," he said in a 50-minute speech on the opening day of the U.N. General Assembly in New York.

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Filed under: President Obama
September 23rd, 2013
02:03 PM ET
1 year ago

Shutdown showdown: How it plays out this week

Washington (CNN) – "Government shutdown looms," blare the headlines and news anchors as Congress lurches toward another stalemate over how to spend tax dollars.

Before you wonder about that Social Security check or selling off your stock portfolio in advance of a possible market crash, consider a couple of political realities in the current debate over spending, Obamacare and the economy.

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Filed under: Budget • Congress
September 20th, 2013
11:27 AM ET
1 year ago

House GOP launches shutdown battle by voting to defund Obamacare

Washington (CNN) – With one vote on Friday, the Republican-led House launched the latest spending battle in Congress - one that could bring a government shutdown in less than two weeks.

By a 230-189 vote almost strictly on party lines, the House passed a short-term government spending plan that would eliminate all funding for Obamacare.

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Filed under: Budget • Congress • Health care • House
Congress: will it be a government shutdown or budget compromise?
September 19th, 2013
05:05 PM ET
1 year ago

Congress: will it be a government shutdown or budget compromise?

Washington (CNN) - There hasn't been a government shutdown in more than 17 years, since the 28 days of budget stalemate in the Clinton administration that cost more than $1 billion.

Now we hear dire warnings and sharpening rhetoric that another shutdown is possible and perhaps likely in less than two weeks when the current fiscal year ends.

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Filed under: Congress
September 3rd, 2013
07:14 PM ET
1 year ago

5 things from Senate hearing on Syria

Washington (CNN) – Secretary of State John Kerry, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel and Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman Gen. Martin Dempsey answered questions for 3 ½ hours on Tuesday at the first congressional hearing on President Barack Obama's request for authorization to launch a military strike against Syria over chemical weapons.

The hearing by the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, which Kerry used to chair, covered a range of issues about the proposed U.S. military response raised by legislators and people across the country. Here are five things we learned from it:

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Filed under: Congress • Syria
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