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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

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 drilling program — a collaborative effort of …

Global Warming

Debt ceiling crisis has other nations angry and scared

<b>At the start of the current US budget standoff, other countries viewed the situation with a mix of sympathy, concern and bemusement. With the 17 October deadline for raising the debt ceiling approaching, however, the international view has changed to fear and anger.</b><p>While many abroad have considered …

Senators seek long-term solution

A large group of Senate Republicans is approaching influential Senate Democrats in an attempt to find a bipartisan, longer-term solution to the shutdown and debt ceiling logjam.<p>The Republicans are floating various proposals based off the rough framework provided by Sen. Susan Collins (R-Maine) …

Strassel: A Crisis of the President's Own Making

Unless Mr. Obama is willing to make a serious deal on spending, he will spend the next three years fighting the same budget wars over and over.<p>For months now, the GOP has been held hostage by a faction of its party that deluded itself into believing President Obama might be rolled on his signature …

Associated Press News

Is Closing Monuments More Expensive Than Leaving Them Open? Obama Admin. Isn’t Saying

The Obama administration is considering allowing some national parks to be maintained by states during the partial government shutdown, but is still withholding information from Congress and the public about the cost of closing so many open-air monuments and parks.<p>“It would appear logically that …

Washington Deal: Americans May Not Be Spared Obamacare

Join the millions of people who benefit from The Daily Signal’s fair, accurate, trustworthy reporting with direct access to:<p>Intelligence from inside …

What A U.S. Default Would Mean For Pensions, China And Social Security

What would happen if Congress doesn't raise the debt ceiling and the U.S. defaults on its debt later this month? The broad economic implications are unpredictable, but a default could cause huge trouble for the global economy.<p>But whatever happens to the global economy, one thing is clear: People …

'Get it together': Marine posted shutdown frustrations days before death

One of the American service members whose family is now being denied death benefits due to the government shutdown took to Facebook in the days before his death to voice his frustrations with Washington, his hopes for the future and his dedication to the military.<p>“I am waiting for the moment they …

Cute Kid Locked Out Of The Zoo Is Just Another Reminder Of Why The Government Shutdown Stinks

The government shutdown, which began at 12 a.m. ET on October 1, has left babies without formula, sent a chill through the scientific community and caused national parks and monuments to close, among other things.<p>This photo, posted to Reddit by user superbonnie, is just <i>another</i> reminder of why the …

Blue Ridge Parkway inn reopens with federal blessing

Pisgah Inn had been forced to close at 6 p.m. Thursday though its restaurant opened for about 2 hours Friday.<p>Near MOUNT PISGAH, N.C. — A day after preparing to close for the rest of the season, workers at the Pisgah Inn were back on the job, and the inn's owner claimed victory in his showdown over …

Shutdown Threatens Thousands Of Seasonal Retail Jobs, $602B Holiday Season

The holiday season is approaching and it’s making retail stores anxious and frustrated.<p>Why? The government shutdown is already having a negative impact on the retail industry and things are about to get much worse if Congress doesn’t get its act together.<p>In a letter to Congress yesterday, head of …

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 …

Obama signs bill to pay military death benefits

President Obama signed the measure into law hours after the Senate cleared it.<p>WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama has signed a bill to continue financial benefits to families of fallen troops during the government shutdown.<p>The White House says Obama signed the measure into law Thursday hours …

Federal Shutdown Crimps Mortgage Applicants, Credit Card Seekers and Job Hunters

Photo credit: stebulus<p>It’s not just mortgage applicants who are feeling the brunt of the federal shutdown since the Internal Revenue Service isn’t processing tax transcripts that it typically churns out at two million a month. Credit card seekers, small business owners applying for loans, and even …

Shutdown slows Keystone study

The government shutdown could slow the State Department’s closely watched review of the proposed Keystone XL oil pipeline.<p>The State Department said Thursday that the shutdown is making it more difficult to coordinate with other agencies in its effort to finish a key environmental analysis of the …

The shrinking shutdown

The longer the government shutdown goes on, the smaller it seems to get.<p>Tainted raw chicken prompted the CDC this week to bring back about 30 furloughed employees. The CIA has started restaffing its covert and counterintelligence operations. Most of the Pentagon’s 350,000 furloughed civilians got …

Poll Shows Americans Shifting on Deficit-Reduction Approach

When it comes to de­fi­cit re­duc­tion, Amer­ic­ans in­creas­ingly fa­vor spend­ing cuts over tax in­creases. But their great­er open­ness car­ries a …

The shutdown Good Samaritans

<b>Thousands of workers sent home, cancer patients denied new drugs and weddings postponed. But the way some individuals have responded to chunks of the US government closing down has lifted the spirits, says Tom Geoghegan.</b><p>The sight of Chris Cox pushing a lawnmower across Washington's National Mall, a …

No Deal Yet, But Maybe An Opening

It's groundhog day — again — in Washington. Friday is playing out a lot like Thursday — that is, a lot of sound and fury, but very little clarity about what it all signifies.<p>Today — on the 11th day of the partial government shutdown — it was Senate Republicans' turn to meet with President Obama. …

Trickle-Down Stories: How The Shutdown Feels Across America

Most Americans say they aren't directly affected by the shutdown. But some pockets of society, beyond furloughed federal workers and their families, are being severely hit.<p>We used NPR's social media network to ask about the impact and were deluged by messages from people who are worried and scared, …

Utah strikes deal to reopen national parks as other states weigh cost to taxpayers

Utah has struck a deal with Department of the Interior to reopen eight of the state’s National Parks and monuments as other states that depend heavily on the tourism dollars generated by the outdoor attractions considered similar measures amid the ongoing government shutdown.<p>The state agreed to pay …

Some States Allowed To Reopen National Parks — And Foot The Bill

"This is a godsend!" exclaimed Utah Gov. Gary Herbert late Thursday night, as he signed an agreement with the Department of the Interior to use state funds to reopen eight national park areas in his state for at least 10 days.<p>The Republican governor wasted no time in wiring $1.67 million to …

At Global Gathering, Many Worry About U.S. Strength

When you invite guests over, you probably straighten up the house to make a good impression.<p>This week, the nation's capital is welcoming guests from all over the world. Thousands of finance ministers, central bankers, scholars and industry leaders are in Washington, D.C., for the annual meetings of …

Statue of Liberty and Grand Canyon to reopen

New York and Arizona announced Friday night they are dipping into their state coffers to pay to reopen the iconic Statue of Liberty and Grand Canyon, federally operated parks in their states that have been shuttered as a result of the partial government shutdown.<p>The announcements by New York Gov. …