October 8, 2013 One big reason for the division in Washington is the growing divide between different kinds of voters back home. If it seems there's less and less common ground between members of Congress, that's because their constituents have such contrasting lifestyles and notions of government's proper role.
October 8, 2013 The latest House Republican plan is to propose a supercommittee to work out a deal that would reopen government and raise the debt ceiling.
October 8, 2013 Campaign finance laws put a cap on the total amount that individuals can give to candidates or party committees. An Alabama businessman is challenging those limits, saying his inability to give to as many candidates as he wanted to infringed on his free speech.
October 8, 2013 A discussion of Republicans' fiscal ideas will have to wait until the government shutdown is over and the federal debt ceiling has been raised, President Obama tells House Speaker John Boehner.
October 8, 2013 D.C. bars and restaurants are getting nervous about just how long their customers will be furloughed — and how it might dent their bottom line.
October 8, 2013 Many U.S. companies were hoping President Obama would be able to push for more open trade in Asia. But because of the U.S. government shutdown, he was a no show at the Asia-Pacific summit in Indonesia. The budget crisis in Washington is distracting from other trade initiatives as well, analysts say.
October 8, 2013 There are signs that a measure to raise the limit on government spending could be introduced as early as Tuesday.
October 8, 2013 Large foreign holders of U.S. debt warn Congress and President Obama to get their acts together... White House and Senate Democrats' unified message momentarily appeared less so... Senate Democrats are moving ahead with debt-ceiling legislation that Republicans may filibuster.
October 8, 2013 "All of a sudden, people are looking over their shoulders," says former House Speaker Dennis Hastert. He says changes in the way campaigns are financed have led members of Congress to worry that if they're seen as not liberal or not conservative enough, they'll be challenged by their own party.
October 8, 2013 Three years after the landmark Citizens United decision, the justices will hear a case that could undercut most of the remaining rules that limit big money in politics. Before the court on Tuesday is a challenge to the aggregate limits on contributions to candidates and political parties.