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Will Republicans Shut Down the Government Again?

August 27, 2014 The last government shutdown, almost a year ago, was no fun for anyone. Republicans in the House and Senate demanded that legislation to fund the government simultaneously defund Obamacare; Democrats refused to go along. In the ensuing 16-day stalemate, many functions of the federal government were forced to shutter. Federal...

Government Shutdown Whispers Begin Again

August 27, 2014 The last government shutdown, almost a year ago, was no fun for anyone. Republicans in the House and Senate demanded that legislation to fund the government simultaneously defund Obamacare; Democrats refused to go along. In the ensuing 16-day stalemate, many functions of the federal government were forced to shutter. Federal...

Why Rand Paul Loves to Fight Over Foreign Policy

July 17, 2014 Rand Paul sure seems to enjoy getting into it with his fellow Republicans. This week, the Kentucky senator has been feuding with Rick Perry, the governor of Texas, who decried Paul’s “isolationism” in a weekend op-ed. Paul promptly and tartly fired back, saying of Perry, “Apparently his new glasses haven’t...

Why Rand Paul Loves to Fight Over Foreign Policy

July 17, 2014 Rand Paul sure seems to enjoy getting into it with his fellow Republicans. This week, the Kentucky senator has been feuding with Rick Perry, the governor of Texas, who decried Paul’s “isolationism” in a weekend op-ed. Paul promptly and tartly fired back, saying of Perry, “Apparently his new glasses haven’t...

City and State Officials Are Getting More Skeptical of Privatization

April 23, 2014 A few years ago, Chicago residents accustomed to parking on the street got a rude shock. Parking-meter rates had suddenly gone up as much as fourfold. Some meters jammed and overflowed when they couldn't hold enough change for the new prices. In other areas, new electronic meters had been installed,...

What Is Joe Biden Up To?

March 3, 2014 Vice President Joe Biden's speech to the Democratic National Committee on Thursday included a paean to long shots and lost causes. "Everything I've ever done in my career that I consider worthwhile—from the Violence Against Women Act to the crime bill to helping get us out of Iraq—it took time,"...

White House Delaying Obamacare's Small Business Online Exchange for a Year

November 27, 2013 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Welcome to the Thanksgiving Wednesday news dump, Obamacare edition. The administration was set to announce a one-year delay of the online health insurance exchanges for small businesses on Wednesday, meaning employers with staffs of 50 or under need to work with an insurance broker to buy employee coverage. As The...

Appointment-palooza in the Senate? Don't Bet on It

November 27, 2013 There are 231 presidential nominations waiting to be confirmed by the Senate. Now that Democrats have changed the filibuster rules—last week's invocation of the "nuclear option"—those are all going to sail through, right? The Senate will be one non-stop confirmation party until every federal judicial chamber, Cabinet-agency desk, ambassadorship, and...

Will Republicans Save Obamacare?

November 14, 2013 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The unrelenting disaster of the Obamacare rollout has invigorated Republicans in Congress. Suddenly, their years of warnings about the law's terrible effects seem vindicated; GOP lawmakers and commentators have turned into crusaders for the system's victims who are seeing their insurance policies canceled, having their premiums hiked, or just can't...

Would a Government Shutdown Really Be All That Bad for Republicans? Yes

September 19, 2013 Go ahead, shut it down! That's the new cheer from the conservatives pushing to defund Obamacare. To their lily-livered compatriots who worry that the Senate will reject the defunding gambit, resulting in a shutdown when the federal government runs out of money at the end of this month, they claim...

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