October 12, 2013 President Obama hosted the Senate's leading Democrats at the White House for more than an hour Saturday afternoon, in a session that came the same day that Majority Leader Harry Reid met with Republican Sen. Mitch McConnell.
October 12, 2013 From the Statue of Liberty to the Grand Canyon, a dozen national parks are open again, at least temporarily, in a deal between several states and the Department of the Interior. Park employees began opening some facilities Friday; others reopen today or Monday.
October 11, 2013 WGVUSome Michigan seniors may be going hungry thanks to the government shutdown. In western Kent County alone, more than 1,300 low-income seniors depend on a government surplus food program. But the USDA has announced that the program is hold until further notice.
October 11, 2013 Passing mentions of the U.S. government during this week's international CityLab gathering of mayors, city planners and urban experts in New York City sent knowing chuckles rolling through the audience.
October 11, 2013 The Grand Canyon and the Statue of Liberty will reopen after Arizona and New York struck deals to foot the bill. Utah's Republican governor, Gary Herbert, wasted no time in wiring $1.67 million to Washington overnight so that some of the park areas in his state can open as early as today.
October 11, 2013 Also: Syria's rebels accused of killing civilians; and Utah finds a way to reopen its national parks.
October 11, 2013 With the partial government shutdown in its 11th day, there's much speculation about a possible break in negotiations between the White House and Republicans. But despite the noise, very little seems firm.
October 10, 2013 Nuclear weapons, matches, gasoline — Thursday's White House briefing was an epic battle of metaphor, evasion and obfuscation.
October 10, 2013 Many of those in the potentially pivotal group are from competitive congressional districts and differ from their GOP colleagues in important ways.
October 10, 2013 Across the country, leaders of local chambers of commerce are irate that Washington can't reach agreement on the budget. They worry debt default could wreck consumer confidence ahead of the holiday shopping season. Yet many on Main Street aren't yet reacting by putting much pressure on politicians.
October 10, 2013 A dozen of the busiest and biggest U.S. national parks have lost some 7 million visitors because of the partial government shutdown. That's costing the parks and nearby communities tens of millions of dollars a day and potentially hundreds of jobs, according to a new report.
October 10, 2013 Jacob Lew tells the Senate Finance Committee that not raising the debt ceiling could "deeply damage financial markets, the ongoing economic recovery, and the jobs and savings of millions of Americans."
October 10, 2013 Also: Libya's prime minister is briefly abducted, then set free and 16-year-old Malala Yousafzai is awarded the Sakharov Prize.
October 10, 2013 The president and a select group of 18 House Republicans are scheduled to go head-to-head at the White House at noon.
October 9, 2013 County officials called the plans to reopen national parks to visitors an act of civil disobedience. The shutdown, they say, has starved local economies of tourism dollars, so they have to do something.