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Government shutdown: Fast-food chain to offer free burgers to furloughed federal workers

A fast-food chain in Washington is promising free hamburgers to federal workers who find themselves furloughed if the US government shuts down Tuesday, its founder and proprietor said Monday. “If people don’t go to work, they can come and get a burger” at four Z-Burger locations in the national capital…

Stock market tumbles as government shutdown looms

US stocks tumbled in early trade Monday as a shutdown of the government loomed after Washington lawmakers failed to bridge their differences over the federal budget. About 40 minutes into trade, the Dow Jones Industrial Average fell 125.75 (0.82 percent) to 15,132.49. The broad-based S&P 500 retreated 12.12 (0.72 percent)…

Progressive Caucus slams GOP over potential government shutdown

The Congressional Progressive Caucus on Sunday blasted House Republicans for attaching anti-Obamacare measures to an emergency spending bill, a move that could lead to a government shutdown. “We are extremely disappointed that the Republican Party put the ideological demands of a few ahead of the needs of millions of working…

U.S. braces for possible govt shutdown at midnight

Washington inched its way toward a government shutdown on Monday as it neared a midnight deadline with rivalling lawmakers entrenched in bitter bickering and blaming each other for the impasse related to Obama’s signature health care reform. The US Senate is scheduled to meet Monday just hours before the deadline,…

CBS host embarrasses Rand Paul over simplistic view of Congress: ‘It’s more complicated’

CBS host Bob Schieffer on Sunday was forced to explain to Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) that his plan to keep the government from shutting down in the next 48 hours would not work because he had a simplistic view about the way Congress functioned. With a government shutdown looming, Schieffer…

Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel blasts ‘irresponsible’ government shutdown threat

US Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel slammed Republican lawmakers as “astoundingly irresponsible” for threatening to shut down the government over a short-sighted political whim. If Congress fails to agree on a new budget measure by the close of the fiscal year on Monday, officials estimate that about half of the Pentagon’s…

House votes to delay Obamacare by a year and cut medical device tax, setting up government shutdown

The U.S. House of Representatives voted Saturday to pass two amendments to a government funding bill that would delay the implementation of the Affordable Care Act — also known as Obamacare — for one year and lift a tax on medical devices designed to help fund the Act. The amendment…

Maddow: House Republicans are ‘a classical array of stunned and mystified’

On Friday night’s edition of “The Rachel Maddow Show,” host Rachel Maddow said that the entire country is amazed and appalled at what the Republicans in Washington are doing. The looming government shutdown, she said, wouldn’t be half as scary if it weren’t so clear that the Republicans have no…

Republicans plot unified position on shutdown crisis

The US House of Representatives held a rare Saturday session seeking to avoid a looming government shutdown, as Republican leaders struggled to stake out a position palatable to their divided members. Congress now has just 60 hours to strike a deal that funds government beyond the current fiscal year, which…

What happens if the U.S. government shuts down?

A US government shutdown is looming. Congress is struggling to pass a stopgap budget measure that would keep the doors open beyond the fiscal year, which ends at midnight September 30. But with congressional bickering in full swing, and the deadline less than four days away, there is increasing anxiety…

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