October 2, 2013 The second day of the government shutdown found President Obama in talks with congressional leaders at the White House. Elsewhere, conservative activists were busy targeting House Republicans who appeared ready to break ranks.
October 1, 2013 If you're trying to look up some key facts on Census.gov or several other federal sites, you're out of luck. Many government websites, including those for the Library of Congress and USDA, were taken offline.
October 1, 2013 Democrats appeared to have the initial public opinion advantage on the shutdown. A new Quinnipiac poll found 72 percent opposed to a government shutdown to stop the Affordable Care Act.
October 1, 2013 Congress went down to the wire Monday night but still failed to compromise on a spending bill, resulting in a partial government shutdown.
September 30, 2013 Only hours before a partial shutdown of the federal government would take effect, House Republicans still hadn't arrived at a temporary spending bill that Senate Democrats were willing to approve to keep government workers on the job.
September 30, 2013 The traditional doctor-patient relationship in which a single doctor gets to know you over years will become a luxury. Those who want a personal physician will have to pay extra for that service. Doctors who chafe at working for big organizations will opt out and charge patients retainer fees.
September 30, 2013 Drawn-out fights over spending bills are nothing new for Congress. But before a 1980 ruling by President Carter's attorney general, the rest of the country barely noticed. That's because when lawmakers reached a budget stalemate back then, the federal workforce kept on working.
September 28, 2013 Increasingly, governors are criticizing each other's stances on taxes, guns and pensions, as well as working to lure businesses from other states. They used to defer more to each other. But like members of Congress, governors are having a harder time finding common ground.
September 27, 2013 As expected, the Democratic-controlled Senate passed its own version of a short-term spending bill. It's the version the House approved last week, minus language that would defund Obamacare. That effectively tossed the ball back to the Republican-controlled House.
September 27, 2013 A political journalist tells congressional Republicans to pull the trigger on a government shutdown and debt default... Speaker Boehner's attempt to placate his House GOP caucus' hardliners fails ... Someone goes cute and furry to sell Obamacare.
September 26, 2013 It's been a big week for Texas politicians making national news by talking. And talking. First it was Sen. Ted Cruz, and his 21-hour filibuster-like smackdown of Obamacare. Now Wendy Davis is reportedly running for Texas governor. She, of course, is the state lawmaker who made national news with the filibuster of an abortion bill.
September 26, 2013 Some in Congress are raising the possibility of a short-term budget deal to put off a government shutdown by a week... Republicans seem to be shifting the Obamacare fight to the debt-ceiling debate... Sen. Ted Cruz isn't exactly beloved by his fellow Senate Republicans.
September 26, 2013 Gov. Tom Corbett hopes to tap into federal money offered as part of the Affordable Care Act to extend Medicaid coverage to more people. But he has conditions. His alternative would require some people to pay an insurance premium and to look for work.
September 25, 2013 After Texas GOP Sen. Ted Cruz ended his 21-hour-plus marathon speech at noon Wednesday, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid quickly dismissed it as "a big waste of time."