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House to vote on bill to fund government but delay medical device tax

The US House of Representatives will vote on its own bill to end a government shutdown and debt ceiling standoff, Republican lawmakers said Tuesday, just two days before Washington exhausts its borrowing authority. The Republican plan is similar to a measure being worked up in the Senate, which would fund…

Ohio IRS worker has lost 10 pounds during hunger strike to protest government shutdown

An Internal Revenue Service worker skipped an anniversary dinner with her husband as part of her protest of the government shutdown that’s kept her from working. Donna Smith, of Morrow, Ohio, said she won’t eat any solid food until the federal government is back up and running, reported WLWT-TV. “It’s…

Government shutdown brewing up problems for craft beer makers

The government shutdown has put the craft brewing industry on ice. The Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau, which regulates brewers and their products, is closed until Congress can agree on a budget resolution, and that means beer makers can’t roll out new products. Employees of the agency must…

Meet the ten hardline conservatives who are really controlling the GOPs government shutdown

Much of the coverage of the government showdown has focused on a relatively small group of hardline conservatives within the Republican caucus who have backed their party’s leaders into a fight they didn’t want. As Ryan Lizza noted in The New Yorker…  …

Government shutdown delaying Keystone XL pipeline review

A dragging review into proposals to build a pipeline from Canada’s oil sands to the US Gulf Coast may be further delayed due to the US government shutdown, an official said Friday. The proposed 1,179-mile (1,897 km) Keystone XL pipeline — to carry oil extracted from Alberta’s tar sands south…

Blind adherence to ‘balance’ makes the media dangerously dumb

Let us state this unequivocally: false equivalency – the practice of giving equal media time and space to demonstrably invalid positions for the sake of supposed reportorial balance – is dishonest, pernicious and cowardly. On the other hand, according to the grassroots American Council of Liberty Loving Ordinary White People…

Obama signs law restoring military death benefits

US President Barack Obama signed a measure into law reinstating US military death benefits to families of soldiers killed on duty that had been halted by the government shutdown. The Senate passed the mini funding bill by unanimous consent earlier in the day, following approval by the House of Representatives…

Treasury secretary advises lawmakers against destroying the U.S. economy

A US debt default would have dramatic economic repercussions and be “deeply damaging” to financial markets, Treasury Secretary Jack Lew warned lawmakers Thursday a week before a deadline to raise the nation’s borrowing limit. With the clock ticking toward a default that would see the United States fail to pay…

Government shutdown turns out to be great news for those seeking to hide NSA mass surveillance

The Government Shutdown is Great News For Those Who Don’t Want NSA Accountability (via EFF) While many federal employees and the American public have been negatively affected by the US government shutdown, there is one group of people who can probably take solace: those who need to be held to…

The only thing crazier than the shutdown is Fox News’ coverage of it

Government shutdown theater has given us some surreal moments. Heard of the “trillion-dollar coin“? Obama actually mentioned it on Monday. It’s a half-serious solution that some wonks have floated to solve the debt ceiling crisis, if “floated” is the right word for a coin that figures into most people’s imagination…

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