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Patrick Reis is a reporter at National Journal. He has previously worked at POLITICO, Greenwire and Seattle's Real Change News. He likes dogs and dislikes writing about himself.
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Why Are Baby Animals Dying at the National Zoo?

April 2, 2014 The National Zoo has a horrifying tale to tell. In late December, one of the zoo's sloth bears gave birth to three cubs. But then -- in a gruesome turn -- the mother ate two of her cubs within a week of their birth, forcing zookeepers to rescue the third. ...

The Federal Government Just Bought a Dinosaur

December 31, 2013 Doswellia are 7-foot-long carnivorous reptiles with boxy bodies, flat heads, and long necks—and the National Park Service just bought one a home. Safari enthusiasts, however, will not get to see the creature in action. Doswellia have been extinct for somewhere in the neighborhood of 200 million years, and the specimen ...

Economic Adviser: Sequester 'Stupid,' Default a 'Fundamental Danger'

October 10, 2013 Americans appear to have shrugged off the sequester, but they wouldn't escape the pain of a default, a top White House economic adviser said Thursday. "I think this is of a different magnitude. This is a different order of potential harm," said Gene Sperling, the head of President Obama's National ...

Obama Official Tweets Racial Slur, Apologizes

October 8, 2013 FROM NEXTGOV arrow A top Obama administration official Tuesday accidentally used the n-word on an official White House Twitter account. "@jmartNYT also a much n----- factor on the right," Dan Pfeiffer, a senior Obama adviser, Tweeted in response to a New York Times reporter. Pfeiffer deleted the Tweet shortly after, replacing it with ...

The Deadly Dates of a Debt-Ceiling Standoff

September 30, 2013 Nobody in the White House, nobody in Congress, and nobody anywhere else knows the exact date the government will begin defaulting on its debts. Treasury Secretary Jacob Lew has handed Congress an Oct. 17 deadline for raising the debt limit, but he's only giving them his best guess. The lack ...

Senate Votes to Advance Stopgap Spending Bill

September 27, 2013 The Senate voted 79-19 Friday to advance legislation that would keep the government funded through the fall, a critical step for Democrats as they seek to avert an Oct. 1 government shutdown while still protecting funding for President Obama's Affordable Care Act. In its present form, the bill would strip ...

Poll: Majority Sides With GOP on Debt-Ceiling Hike

September 26, 2013 More than six in 10 Americans say Congress should require spending cuts before raising the debt ceiling, even if that puts the nation at risk of default, according to a Bloomberg poll released Thursday. President Obama and congressional Democrats are demanding a debt-ceiling increase with no conditions, with the president ...

Obama Dares Republicans to Defy Tea Party on Obamacare, Shutdown Deal

September 17, 2013 President Obama took a swipe at the Hard Right on Monday, accusing tea-party-aligned House Republicans of gambling with the nation's economy by threatening to shut down the government unless Obamacare is defunded. In a sprawling economic speech, Obama called on Congress to avert a government shutdown by passing a budget, ...

The Black Budget Is Bigger Than Head Start, Justice and the Park Service Combined

August 30, 2013 President Obama rarely discusses the nation's vast surveillance and security apparatus by choice. He'd rather talk about lifting families out of poverty, protecting the environment, or modernizing the nation's crumbling infrastructure. But when it comes time to put a price tag on policy values, it turns out that surveillance spending ...

How Syria, a Hurricane, or Ben Bernanke Could Move the Debt Ceiling Deadline

August 27, 2013 Deadlocked over a deal to raise the debt ceiling, Congress and the White House are flirting with federal default. But that's not the worst of it: as the exact date of default is uncertain, any number of unforeseen events could push our federal finances over the edge. Treasury Secretary Jack ...