Jessica Armstrong

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The Shutdown Is the Fight Harry Reid Has Always Wanted

Senate Democrats think they got a raw deal in previous negotiations. This time around, their leader is driving the strategy for himself and the White House.<p>The deadline to keep open the federal government was only two weeks away, when the White House quietly floated plans for a summit between …

Ryan: I haven't dropped Obamacare

Rep. Paul Ryan on Wednesday insisted that he wasn’t giving up the fight against Obamacare as he defended an op-ed he wrote that proposed a solution to end the stalemate in Washington without mentioning the health care law.<p>The day the op-ed touched off blowback from conservatives, the Wisconsin …

How The Shutdown Is Hurting The Housing Market

As with so many other types of economic activity, the government shutdown is causing more fear than actual harm in the housing market thus far.<p>But that doesn't mean things won't start going wrong in the very near future.<p>Various federal agencies play greater or lesser roles in real estate …

The Shutdown Is Teaching Students How Not to Run a Country

"What we’re seeing now is so at odds with what we teach in civics classes that it’s going to cause cognitive dissonance."<p>With the partial shutdown of the federal government well into its second week, it’s reasonable to ask what lessons students might be absorbing from the actions of Congress—or …

CEOs seek big deal to end crises

Washington Inc. is getting in on the shutdown action.<p>After days of watching the government closure and debt ceiling standoff from the sidelines, companies and trade associations are jumping into the fray, hoping to seize a rare moment in D.C. when a deal has to happen. And they prefer it be a big …

Shutdown impacting harvest season

The week-old government shutdown is catching American agriculture and commodity markets at a tough time: harvest season.<p>Farmers, who have taken out government loans to operate through the summer, are bound by rules that require the Farm Service Agency to co-sign the checks producers receive from …