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Oct 2, 2013

U.S. government shutdown fight could morph into debt limit superstorm

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – With the U.S. government shutdown in its second day on Wednesday and no end in sight, a worrisome reality is sinking in on Capitol Hill: The standoff is merging with a much more complex fight in mid-October over raising the federal debt limit.

“We think the issues are converging,” Republican Representative Paul Ryan, chairman of the House Budget Committee, told reporters on Wednesday.

Sep 29, 2013

U.S. House moves federal government closer to shutdown

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – In a decision that could make a U.S. government shutdown hard to avoid on Tuesday, the House of Representatives on Saturday prepared to reject an emergency spending bill approved by the Senate and push instead to delay President Barack Obama’s healthcare reform law.

The vote by the Republican-controlled House was set to begin Saturday night. But there was little doubt about the outcome among Republicans, who cheered and chanted jubilantly in a meeting earlier Saturday after choosing their course of action.

Sep 28, 2013

U.S. Republicans reject Senate bid to avoid government shutdown

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. government edged closer to a shutdown Saturday as Republicans in the House of Representatives promised to reject an emergency spending bill approved by the Senate and push instead for a one year delay of President Barack Obama’s healthcare reform law.

In the latest round of high-stakes brinkmanship between Democrats and Republicans, Republican leaders said after a closed-door meeting that the House would vote on Saturday afternoon on their latest plan to scuttle the healthcare law, known as “Obamacare.”

Sep 25, 2013

U.S. Senator Cruz catapults to fame with marathon anti-Obamacare speech

WASHINGTON, Sept 25 (Reuters) – As Ted Cruz’s anti-Obamacare
U.S. Senate talkathon entered its 19th hour early on Wednesday,
Tea Party Patriots leader Jenny Beth Martin said that “by the
time this is over, most people in America are going to know who
Ted Cruz is.”

When the 21st and final hour came at noon, the freshman
Republican U.S. senator, his tie askew, his hand on his heart in
a final flourish, had been catapulted into the public
consciousness.

Sep 25, 2013

U.S. Senator John McCain takes talkathoner Ted Cruz to woodshed

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Senator John McCain lashed out at fellow Republican Ted Cruz on Wednesday over a Nazi appeasement comparison he made during his all-night, anti-Obamacare marathon on the U.S. Senate floor.

Speaking after Cruz had the floor for 21 hours and 19 minutes, McCain said he took umbrage at the Texas senator’s efforts to pressure other Republicans to get behind his strategy for fighting President Barack Obama’s signature health care law.

Sep 24, 2013

Analysis: Anti-Obamacare strategy stirs U.S. Republican backlash

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – There are signs that the conservative Tea Party movement has pushed other Republicans in the U.S. Congress too far and that a counter-revolt may be brewing.

The clearest signal came on Monday evening, when more pragmatic Republicans moved to crush efforts by a trio of Tea Party-backed Senators – Ted Cruz, Mike Lee and Marco Rubio – to paralyze the Senate unless they get their way on the government funding bill that scuttles Obamacare, President Barack Obama’s healthcare law.

Sep 24, 2013

Anti-Obamacare strategy stirs U.S. Republican backlash

WASHINGTON, Sept 24 (Reuters) – There are signs that the
conservative Tea Party movement has pushed other Republicans in
the U.S. Congress too far and that a counter-revolt may be
brewing.

The clearest signal came on Monday evening, when more
pragmatic Republicans moved to crush efforts by a trio of Tea
Party-backed Senators – Ted Cruz, Mike Lee and Marco Rubio – to
paralyze the Senate unless they get their way on the government
funding bill that scuttles Obamacare, President Barack Obama’s
healthcare law.

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 11, 2013

Delay in Syria vote frees Obama to shift to hefty domestic agenda

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Putting off a decision on military strikes on Syria allows President Barack Obama to shift his attention back to a weighty domestic agenda for the fall that includes budget fights, immigration and selecting a new chairman of the Federal Reserve.

Obama and his aides have immersed themselves for a week and a half in an intensive effort to win support in Congress for U.S. military action in Syria after a suspected chemical weapons attack last month killed more than 1,400 people.

Sep 7, 2013

Obama won’t say it, but vote on Syria has high stakes for his presidency

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – It seems that everyone in Washington is talking about it except President Barack Obama: When Congress votes on the administration’s request to use military force in Syria, the future of his presidency could well be on the line.

A defeat, a distinct possibility, would hobble Obama in affairs both foreign and domestic, particularly if fellow Democrats collaborate in it.

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      "Caren has covered the White House since 2003. In 2008, she was a lead correspondent covering President Barack Obama's campaign. She has covered international summits, the federal budget, U.S. policy on Iraq and Afghanistan, and has reported extensively on the U.S. economy. Caren joined Reuters in 1992. Caren is president of the White House Correspondents Association."
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