from Nicholas Wapshott:

Enlightening the puzzled Republicans

By Nicholas Wapshott
October 31, 2013

Moderate Republicans cannot fathom what has happened to their party.

Once a happy band of no-nonsense, pro-business conservatives, cautious in everything from money to marriage -- including their wary response to the onward march of 1960s liberal social values -- they were prepared, within reason, to trim their policies to match the voters’ mood. After all, to achieve anything in government you first have to win elections.

from The Edgy Optimist:

The benefits of a ‘de-Americanized world’

By Zachary Karabell
October 16, 2013

This current bout of Washington inanity is approaching its denouement, but however it ends, it has accelerated a trend that has been gathering steam for at least the last five years: the move away from a Washington-centric world and towards a new, undefined, but decidedly less American global system.

from The Great Debate:

Shutdown scenarios for a no-budget blockbuster

By Evangeline Morphos
October 4, 2013

What will a shutdown of the federal government ultimately look like?

One well-known scenario suggests that roaming bands of survivalists will be plundering stockpiles of abandoned weapons; the last vials of deadly diseases are cracking under the unsupervised mechanisms at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and all communications and travel are frozen -- airports shut down, highways unpatrolled, bridges collapsing.

from The Great Debate:

Shutdown: A fight with no room for compromise

By Bill Schneider
October 2, 2013

To end the government shutdown, all Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) needs to do is let the House of Representatives vote on a budget. It would pass within 30 minutes. Virtually all 200 House Democrats would vote to keep the government open, as would as many as 50 Republicans. An easy majority.

from The Great Debate:

Ted Cruz: Blackmailer

By Bill Schneider
September 27, 2013

On October 28, Senator Ted Cruz (R-Tex.) and his supporters may wish to commemorate the feast day of Saint Jude. Jude is the patron saint of hopeless causes. Because if ever there was a hopeless cause, it is killing the Affordable Care Act.

from The Great Debate:

Can GOP blame Obama for the sequester?

By Bill Schneider
February 19, 2013

More than 25 years ago, Representative Jack Kemp told me, “In the past, the left had a thesis: spending, redistribution of wealth and deficits. Republicans were the antithesis: spending is bad.”

from Tales from the Trail:

Obama has budget deal “bonus” for Colorado schoolkids; Boehner bashes Democrats at fund-raiser

April 11, 2011

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President Barack Obama is getting into a habit of surprising tourists. Over the weekend it was a trip to the Lincoln Memorial, and on Monday he turned up to surprise a group of school children at the White House.

from Tales from the Trail:

At Lincoln Memorial, Obama again makes point that government is open

April 9, 2011

President Barack Obama has found the monuments of Washington to be quite the picturesque backdrops for making the point that a government shutdown was averted.

from Tales from the Trail:

Obama family trip cancelled over budget deadlock

April 8, 2011

Add another victim to a looming federal government shutdown - a surprise Obama family outing to Williamsburg in Virginia, which was  postponed on Friday after budget negotiations failed to break their deadlock.

from Tales from the Trail:

Freebies offered for a shutdown budget

April 8, 2011

No work, no trash pick-up, no Circulator bus trips around town, but at least the "non-essential" federal employee can eat like a teenager in a buffet line if the federal government shuts down after the clock hits 12 tonight.  FASHION/