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The American Century is over: How our country went down in a blaze of shame

We face a triple crisis in foreign policy, economics and democracy. Here’s how it all went to hell<p>In 1914, the American Century began. This year the American Century ended. America’s foreign policy is in a state of collapse, America’s economy doesn’t work well, and American democracy is broken. The …

Sunny Sumter Wants D.C. to be America's No. 1 Jazz City

In the earliest years of the DC Jazz Festival (back when it was still called the <b>Duke Ellington</b> Jazz Festival), <b>Sunny Sumter</b> was on the talent side of …

Republicans Aren't The 'Daddy Party' Anymore

Duncan Black comments on the insane reader mail I've gotten this week:<p>For as long as I can remember, the Republicans were the serious daddy party, and the Democrats were the dirty hippie hysterical mommy party.<p>If you look past the crude gender stereotype, the mommy party/daddy party frame is …

The delusional and dangerous Paul Ryan

First he was the linchpin of a GOP deal with Obama, now he wants the birth control coverage mandate out of the ACA<p>It’s a measure of how gullible the Beltway media are that when Rep. Paul Ryan held himself up as the guy to broker a GOP deal on the debt ceiling and government shutdown with President …

This morning on @meetthepress: an exclusive conversation with IMF Managing Director Christine Lagarde http://t.co/KzJQYzQKtS

White House plans to release Obamacare data monthly

The Obama administration plans to release data on health insurange signups through Obamacare exchanges on a monthly basis, White House press secretary Jay Carney said Monday.<p>"We will release data on regular monthly intervals, just like was done in Massachusetts, and just like what was done and is …

Despite GOP Resistance, Obamacare Competition 'Robust' Among Health Plans

Despite critics who said consumer choice of health insurance plans would be lacking on the newly launched marketplaces under the Affordable Care Act, competition is “robust,” particularly in markets where Republican-leaning states decided against operating their own exchanges, industry analysts and …

Kathleen Sebelius: HealthCare.gov simple, user-friendly

Engineers are working day and night on upgrades to cope with high demand.<p>When the Health Insurance Marketplace opened last week, demand was so high, it exceeded even optimists' expectations. On the first day alone, HealthCare.gov had nearly eight times more concurrent users than Medicare's site …

NBC/WSJ poll: Shutdown debate damages GOP

The Republican Party has been badly damaged in the ongoing government shutdown and debt limit standoff, with a new NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll finding that a majority of Americans blame the GOP for the shutdown, and with the party’s popularity declining to its lowest level.<p>By a 22-point …

‘It’s heartbreaking’: Shutdown could ruin years of Antarctic research

Antarctica is the world's largest desert.<p>More than 10 years of planning, $10 million of government funding and tireless work from the team that discovered life in a lake buried beneath an Antarctic glacier earlier this year may largely go to waste because of the government shutdown.<p>The WISSARD …

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Starbucks petition takes on government shutdown

The nation's coffee kingpin will become the weekend headquarters for folks who want to sign petitions that encourage lawmakers to reopen the government and reach a budget deal.<p>Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz is urging consumers to invest in something more than designer coffee at his stores this …

Shutdown’s roots lie in deeply embedded divisions in America’s politics

From the civil rights struggle to the Reagan Revolution to Obamacare, a history of hyper-partisanship.<p>From the civil rights struggle to the Reagan Revolution to Obamacare, a history of hyper-partisanship.<p>The government shutdown did not happen by accident. It is the latest manifestation — an extreme …

White House calls on Boehner to hold vote on 'clean' funding bill

<b>By Tom Curry, National Affairs Writer, NBC News</b><p>White House officials on Sunday pushed back on House Speaker John Boehner’s assertion that the Republican-controlled lower chamber could not pass a government spending bill or raise the debt ceiling without concessions from Democrats.<p>Appearing on ABC’s …

Who is at fault for the shutdown? - Video on NBCNews.com

>>> we'll get to the rollout of obama care in a moment, but let's start with the government shutdown . nbc news put a tweet out this week, let congress know how it feels. let's take a look at the response.>> dear congress, i would like you to go without pay for one month.>> stop acting in your own …

ObamaCare

Have Obamacare glitches undermined health care rollout? - Video on NBCNews.com

>> about obama care. obviously the rollout did not go as smoothly as hoped. and saturday night live was there having fun with it. take a look.>> the obama website had too much web traffic . you can't campaign the fact that millions don't have health care and then be surprised that millions don't …

Health Care

Debating the merits of piecemeal government funding - Video on NBCNews.com

>> it is the job of the president of the united states to rise above petty politics. the shutdown is politics. the debt ceiling is a catastrophe. the last time we had this, we solved it by painful bipartisan negotiations. that is the way to get out of this debt ceiling. i think it's the president's …

Government Shutdown

Lew says potential US default ‘very dangerous’ - Video on NBCNews.com

>>> 6. government shutdown . no agreement in sight. senator rand paul will be joining me from kentucky in a moment, but first let's turn to treasury secretary jack lew here in washington. mr. secretary, good to see you.>> good to be here.>> we're six days in. has there been any permanent damage to …

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