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Gohmert shrugs off debt limit: Government can’t default if it stays shut down

Rep. Louie Gohmert (R-TX) asserted this week that the government shutdown could actually keep the U.S. from defaulting on its debts if and when Congress refuses to raise the debt ceiling — unless President Barack Obama is plotting a conspiracy not to pay the nation’s bills. “He’s been saying ever…

End Game: John Boehner doesn’t even have to cave

Seven days into a government shutdown, and 9 days away from a potentially catastrophic breach of the nation’s debt limit, and the question everyone is asking is: who will blink first? The White House says that it absolutely will not negotiate over…  …

National Parks’ tourists defy government shutdown, engaging in ‘civil disobedience’

With the US government shutdown well into its second week, growing numbers of Americans are gleefully engaging in what they call “civil disobedience” by tossing aside cones or jumping over government shutdown-inspired barricades around national monuments, malls, and park entrances.;  …

Taliban mock ‘selfish and empty-minded American leaders’ over government shutdown

Taliban militants fighting US troops in Afghanistan taunted Washington over the government shutdown on Wednesday, accusing US politicians of “sucking the blood of their own people”. The Islamist militants issued a statement describing how US institutions were “paralysed”, the Statue of Liberty was closed and a fall in tourist numbers…

Obama: ‘We can’t make extortion routine as part of our democracy’

Failure to raise the debt ceiling would cause the United States to default on its bills, a situation “dramatically worse” than the current government shutdown, President Barack Obama warned Tuesday. But he also sought to assure jittery markets and nervous countries that the US would honor its debts despite the…

Bernie Sanders: ‘Citizens United’ ruling led to the government shutdown

The Senate’s lone independent said Monday that a controversial Supreme Court ruling on campaign financing indirectly led to the government shutdown, which he said was engineered by an influential group of billionaires led by the Koch brothers. Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) said the 2010 ruling in the Citizens United v.…

Arizona lawmaker: Obama is just like Hitler for using park rangers to enforce government shutdown

A Republican lawmaker compared President Barack Obama to Adolf Hitler in a Facebook post and called for rogue sheriffs to arrest federal employees enforcing the government shutdown. Arizona State Rep. Brenda Barton initially urged Americans to ask their local sheriff to consider “revoking the arrest powers (that they granted in…

Pirate Party of Russia offers to host NASA’s website while U.S. government is on shutdown

Russian Pirates Offer To Host NASA’s Website While US Government Is Shutdown (via Techdirt) The government shutdown leading to various government websites being taken offline has been the subject of much mocking. But, for people who rely on those websites, it can be quite a nuisance. So perhaps it’s time…

Republican Rep. Dent: Ted Cruz ‘put us in a ditch’ without ‘a plan to get out’

Rep. Charlie Dent (R-PA) on Monday echoed Peter King’s statement that the person to blame for the current government shutdown is Texas Senator Ted Cruz. “If I had to cast blame anywhere, I would say it was Sen. Cruz and those who insisted upon this tactic that we all knew…

Shutdown could help Democrats retake House majority, poll suggests

A recent poll suggests the government shutdown could help Democrats regain control of the House of Representatives. The liberal MoveOn.org Political Action group commissioned the polls conducted by Public Policy Polling, which surveyed hundreds of registered voters last week in 24 mostly competitive congressional districts across the country. “Democrats must…

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