John Boehner

All 18 previous government shutdowns, explained

Congressional leaders once let funding expire because they didn’t want to miss a fundraiser.<p>If Congress does nothing, then at midnight on Friday, January 19, the federal government will shut down. And with no deal in sight on funding the Children’s Health Insurance Program or offering relief to …

Politics

AP Explains: Congress has shut down the govt. Now what?

WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. government shutdown began at midnight Friday as Democrats and Republicans failed to resolve a standoff over immigration and spending. Here's a look at what the parties are fighting over and what it means to shut down the government.<p>WHAT ARE LAWMAKERS FIGHTING ABOUT?<p>Since …

U.S. Politics

There's Only One Party To Blame If A Government Shutdown Occurs — And It's Not The Democrats

On Thursday, while speaking to CNN’s Wolf Blitzer, Sen. Ron Johnson (R-WI) once again showed off one of his greatest talents: the ability to say …

Women of Color

WWE Stars Face Off in "Tonight Show" Lip Sync Battle (Video)

Wrestling giants throw down ahead of “Raw” anniversary show<p>WWE superstars Triple H, Stephanie McMahon and The New Day squared off in a tag-team …

Entertainment

The Breakdown in Trust That Could Shut Down the Government

In recent years, threats of government shutdowns have come with the regularity and, until now, predictability of one of those TV channels running marathons of old sitcoms. And here we are again: the ticking clock, the last-minute demands, the congealing of positions, the happy ending until next …

Opinion

Republicans Are Barely Trying to Avoid a Shutdown

All the pieces of a budget deal are there. Why won't they seize them?<p>No matter how unlikely it looks, Republicans will probably find a way to keep the government open beyond the current Friday deadline. But they sure are making things difficult for themselves.<p>To begin with, as Congress scholar Josh …

Business

BREAKING: Democrats Set to Shut Down Government

As Republicans seek to pass a bill to keep the government running smoothly, Democrats have now hinted they have the votes to shut down the …

Conservative View

A look back at every government shutdown in U.S. history

With the countdown clock ticking, a divided Congress is racing to reach a compromise in order to prevent a government shutdown by midnight Friday.<p>Republicans control the Senate but they still need 60 votes in order to break a filibuster.<p>"When you only have 51 votes in the Senate, then you have to …

Government

Florida braces for impact of federal government shutdown

As a dysfunctional Washington stumbled toward the brink of a midnight shutdown of the federal government, state officials scrambled to prepare for …

Government

WATCH: Republicans at odds over who would face blame for a shutdown

Republicans differ in their view of who would pay politically for a government shutdown, with one seasoned GOP lawmaker insisting to his colleagues …

Republicans

Should We Bring Back Earmarks to Make Congress Effective?

Our nation’s legislative branch is stalemated on issue after issue, from the complexities of immigration reform to the housekeeping details of …

U.S. Congress

'Draining the Swamp' Means No More Earmarks

Posted: Jan 19, 2018 12:01 AM<p>WASHINGTON - Nearly a year after President Trump was sworn into office on a campaign pledge to “drain the swamp,” he now …

Conservative View

The Power of Clemency

McKINNEY, Tex. — It was a winter morning in 2013 when I heard my name blasting from the prison loudspeaker.<p>I was walking back to my dorm from chow, hamburger and fries, which is what is they served for lunch every Thursday at the federal prison in Oklahoma where I was in my 15th year of a life …

Opinion

GOP sees omens of a Dem wave in Wisconsin

A surprise loss in a special statehouse election Tuesday night in Wisconsin has set off a new round of alarm among Republicans worried that they …

Elections

Against Restoring Earmarks

Republicans shouldn’t throw away a key victory against the growth of government.<p>There is now discussion of reviving earmarks: the practice, banned in …

Conservative View

#TBT: Memorable quotes from the 2013 government shutdown

<b>(CNN) —</b> The last government shutdown occurred in 2013 between a Republican House and a Democratic White House and Senate. It lasted for 16 days in October and ended with a temporary debt and spending deal. Phew!<p>This time the main sticking point in budget talks is immigration. (You know, that old …

U.S. Politics

Lawmakers Testify At Hearing: Bring Earmarks Back

Like many lawmakers, Rep. Alcee Hastings, D-Fla., supports reviving earmarks, but he mused at a House Rules Committee hearing Wednesday that the debate is futile if House Speaker Paul Ryan does not.<p>"When the speaker ain't inclined, ain't much going to happen," Hastings quipped, noting the speaker …

Politics

Only the GOP can prevent a government shutdown

The Republican Party controls both houses of Congress and the presidency. If its leaders can’t keep the government’s lights on, despite unified …

Republican Party

Republicans fear midterm pain from Mueller probe

Campaign stink bombs loom as judge signals possible September start for Manafort-Gates trial.<p>Robert Mueller’s Russia probe isn’t ending any time soon, and that’s bad news for President Donald Trump and congressional Republicans already bracing for a possible 2018 Democratic midterm wave.<p>While many …

Politics

House to hold hearings on reviving earmarks

<b>Washington (CNN) —</b> The House of Representatives kicks off two days of hearings Wednesday on whether to bring back so-called earmarks following a seven-year moratorium.<p>One week after President Donald Trump threw his support behind the idea, the Rules Committee will hold already-scheduled hearings on …

U.S. Politics

Is it time to bring back 'pork,' or earmarks, as Trump suggests? Senate candidates already disagree over it

WASHINGTON -- With President Donald Trump broaching the possibility of returning special-favor spending to Congress, an old debate is renewed. Should …

Cleveland

Ryan squeezed by conservatives on DACA vote

House Republicans want a vote on a partisan immigration bill that leadership fears could undermine negotiations with Democrats.<p>For weeks, House Speaker Paul Ryan has said any deal to shield 700,000 young undocumented people from deportation must be bipartisan.<p>His GOP conference, however, has …

Politics

Worst of Trump’s enablers? Kevin McCarthy’s “Starburst strategy”

GOP House leader, who once accused Trump of being on Putin’s payroll, is now his candyman. This won’t end well<p>On the eve of the Martin Luther King holiday President Donald Trump visited Trump International Golf Club for his usual weekend promotional appearance at one of his properties. He stopped …

U.S. Politics

Donald Trump blames Democrats for his DACA failures

Some of the major problems were caused by Republican intransigence, but you wouldn’t believe it from his Twitter<p>President Donald Trump may want Americans to think that Democrats are the ones holding up an immigration deal to protect DACA beneficiaries — but Republican partisanship is the real …

U.S. Politics

Blame-Game Lessons From the Last Government Shutdown

The odds of a settlement of outstanding issues — the most notable being the fate of Dreamers — between Democrats and Republicans and between Congress …

Politics

Dems face hard choice for State of the Union response

More than 30 party strategists, leaders and members of Congress interviewed for this story said Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) and …

Democratic Party

Georgia Senator claims ‘gross misrepresentation’ of Trump meeting, doesn’t deny ‘s***hole’ comment

Sen. David Perdue previously said Friday he didn't "recall" the remark.<p>Sen. David Perdue (R-GA) went on the attack Sunday morning, attempting to …

Liberal View

Year One Check-In: What's Trump Done on K-12 Compared to Other Presidents?

President Donald Trump was sworn in one year ago this week, and at this point in their tenure, the past five presidents had gotten at least one …

Education

Freedom Caucus in Spotlight as Shutdown Looms

It's Republican decision time: Will House hard-liners who "can't get to yes" become the public face of the party?<p>The House Freedom Caucus styles itself as the principled champion of limited government and the rule of law. More often, its members are partisan gunslingers, attack dogs during …

Opinion

Sorry Dems: Trump isn’t all that weird and socialism isn’t coming

The Republican Party is not in crisis either<p>The nomination of Donald Trump occasioned many premature obituaries of the Republican Party and the conservative movement. His election led to more predictions of imminent realignment around a new populist agenda.<p>But the first year of Trump’s presidency …

U.S. Politics