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Oct 2, 2013

In first day of U.S. shutdown, no sign how it will end

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Barack Obama and congressional Republicans came no closer to ending a standoff on Tuesday that has forced the first government shutdown in 17 years and thrown hundreds of thousands of federal employees out of work.

As police cordoned off landmarks like the Lincoln Memorial and government agencies stopped cancer treatments and trade negotiations, Republicans in the House of Representatives moved to restore funding to national parks, veterans care and the District of Columbia.

Oct 1, 2013

U.S. government shuts down; Congress remains deadlocked

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. government partially shut down for the first time in 17 years on Tuesday as a standoff between President Barack Obama and congressional Republicans over healthcare reforms closed many government offices, museums and national parks and slowed everything from trade negotiations to medical research.

Federal agencies were directed to cut back services and up to 1 million workers were put on unpaid leave. The stalemate sparked new questions about the ability of a deeply divided Congress to perform its most basic functions.

Oct 1, 2013

For House Republicans, confrontation is safer than compromise

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – For most Republicans in the House of Representatives, the only greater peril than shutting down the federal government would have been fighting to keep it open.

While a shutdown could hurt the Republican Party’s ability to win the Senate next year or take the White House in 2016, that’s not the concern of party members in the House, who led the push to pair continued government funding with measures that would delay President Barack Obama’s signature healthcare law.

Oct 1, 2013

Analysis: For House Republicans, confrontation is safer than compromise

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – For most Republicans in the House of Representatives, the only greater peril than shutting down the federal government would have been fighting to keep it open.

While a shutdown could hurt the Republican Party’s ability to win the Senate next year or take the White House in 2016, that’s not the concern of party members in the House, who led the push to pair continued government funding with measures that would delay President Barack Obama’s signature healthcare law.

Sep 28, 2013

Insight: Largely out of sight, U.S. budget sequester still cuts deep

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Airports have not ground to a halt. Fresh meat has not disappeared from supermarkets and the economy has not slipped back into recession.

The U.S. government may have headed off some of the most dire predictions about the “sequester,” but over seven months, the across-the-board spending cut has thrown sand into the gears of the economic recovery.

Sep 28, 2013

Largely out of sight, U.S. budget sequester still cuts deep

WASHINGTON, Sept 28 (Reuters) – Airports have not ground to
a halt. Fresh meat has not disappeared from supermarkets and the
economy has not slipped back into recession.

The U.S. government may have headed off some of the most
dire predictions about the “sequester,” but over seven months,
the across-the-board spending cut has thrown sand into the gears
of the economic recovery.

Sep 15, 2013

Republicans question whether Syria deal has enough teeth

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Leading Republican lawmakers voiced skepticism on Sunday over whether a deal to remove Syria’s chemical weapons could work without a credible threat of force pressuring the Syrian government to comply.

The deal, reached on Saturday after talks between the United States and Russia, calls on Syrian President Bashar al-Assad to account for his chemical stockpile within a week and allow for international inspections by the middle of next year.

Sep 13, 2013

U.S. public-relations firm helps Putin make his case to America

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – In April 2011, then-Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin was asked an unusually flattering question by an American journalist: “Are you the coolest man in politics?”

The interview, which ran on the website of Outdoor Life magazine, was set up by Ketchum Inc., the U.S. public-relations firm that has worked to burnish Russia’s image since 2006.

Sep 10, 2013

As Congress returns, competing U.S. rallies highlight Syria divide

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – With a list of names, a stack of letters and a “Free Syria” pin on his lapel, Asaad Aref wandered the halls of Congress on Monday, trying to turn the tide in a debate that was not moving in his favor.

President Barack Obama’s request to authorize a military strike against Syrian President Bashar al-Assad appeared to be losing traction in Congress, and the Obama administration seemed to be reconsidering the idea. Public opinion firmly opposed military action, and even Aref’s fellow Syrian Americans were divided.

Sep 8, 2013

Insight: Tax law fuels, then kills, a discount-tobacco industry

AUBURN, Washington (Reuters) – Jean and Larry Wood weren’t thinking about politics when they opened Butt’s Tobacco in a tidy strip mall south of Seattle in February 2011.

They weren’t aware that a federal children’s health law had inadvertently turbocharged their discount-cigarette business, and they didn’t know that a federal highway law soon would destroy it.

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