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U.S. economy scored robust growth in fourth quarter despite government shutdown

The US economy grew at a robust annual rate of 3.2 percent in the fourth quarter despite the partial government shutdown in October, according to Commerce Department data released Thursday. Growth in gross domestic product was led by pick-up in exports and a strong acceleration in consumer spending, the main…

Bipartisan budget deal easily passes in Senate vote

The US Senate passed a compromise two-year budget accord Wednesday, marking a truce in the fiscal wars that have plagued Washington and reducing the likelihood of a government shutdown in January. The measure, which passed 64-36 with the support of nine Republicans and the entire Democratic caucus, lays out top-line…

‘Rebuilding our broken budget process’: Senate advances bipartisan budget agreement

The Senate advanced a bipartisan budget deal Tuesday, virtually assuring passage of a bill that sets spending caps for the next two years and reduces prospects of a US government shutdown in 2014. The bill, which cleared a Senate procedural hurdle with a bipartisan 67-33 vote and has already won…

U.S. economy adds surprise 204,000 jobs in October

The US economy added a surprise 204,000 jobs in October despite the government shutdown, double what analysts forecast, the Labor Department reported Friday. With revisions that added 60,000 net new jobs to the previous two months’ numbers, the data painted a better picture than expected of job growth in the…

The right wing’s closed information loop may set up the next government shutdown

It’s impossible to say whether we’ll face another crisis of governance in three months, when the stopgap budget resolution passed on Wednesday expires, but it’s clear that the 40 or 50 hardcore, tea party-backed members of Congress who precipitated…  …

Freedomworks CEO calls government shutdown, debt ceiling crisis ‘brilliant Republican strategy’

Matt Kibbe, CEO of financially-struggling conservative activist organization Freedomworks, tweeted a link to a defense of the recent Republican endeavor to defund the Affordable Care Act and threaten the solvency of the government by blocking a raise of the debt ceiling. why the government shutdown and the debt ceiling crisis…

Emerging right-wing theme: Obama planned shutdown with Valerie Jarrett as trap for Republicans

Less than a month after engineering a deeply unpopular government shutdown in an ultimately unsuccessful attempt to derail the Affordable Care Act, Republicans are already trying to shift the blame. Various right-wing media outlets are picking up the claim that President Barack Obama deliberately lured Republicans into a trap planned…

So long , and thanks for all the salmonella

Now that we can say finally  goodbye to the Republican True Colors Fail-athon or, as it is known around the Ted Cruz household: Pledge Week, let’s us take a gander at all the damage, Tom and Daisy-like, the GOP left in their wake: Science, often viewed by Republicans thusly ,…

IT’S OVER: House approves Senate deal ending shutdown and raising debt limit

The House of Representatives approved a bipartisan Senate agreement that will end the federal government shutdown and raise the country’s debt limit, NBC News reported on Wednesday night. The bill, put together by Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) and Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) on Tuesday, passed through the…

Republican can’t figure out why government shutdown shut down government parks

For nearly six minutes on Wednesday morning, Rep. Trey Gowdy (R-SC) angrily berated the head of the National Park Service for closing down parks and memorials in Washington, D.C. During a joint committee hearing, the Republican congressman asked NPS Director Jonathan Jarvis why protesters associated with Occupy Wall Street were…

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