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Oct 24, 2013

Cruz calls shutdown fight good for conservatives

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The bitter budget fight in Congress that shuttered the U.S. government this month was a success for conservatives even though various polls indicate it damaged them politically, Republican Senator Ted Cruz said on Thursday.

Cruz – a ringleader of conservative Republicans’ push to hold up government funding to try to weaken Democratic President Barack Obama’s healthcare law – told the Reuters Washington Summit that although the effort did not yield changes to “Obamacare,” it did ignite Tea Party grassroots activists and intensify scrutiny of the law.

Oct 23, 2013

Obama turns to trusted aide for ‘tech surge’ to fix healthcare website

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Barack Obama turned to a trusted adviser on Tuesday to lead a “tech surge” aimed at repairing the troubled launch of the government website at the heart of his signature healthcare law.

Jeffrey Zients, a former official of the Office of Management and Budget who will become head of the National Economic Council in January, will provide short-term management advice on the project, said Kathleen Sebelius, secretary of Health and Human Services (HHS).

Oct 22, 2013

Obama turns to top aide in ‘tech surge’ to fix health care website

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Barack Obama on Tuesday turned to a trusted advisor to lead a “tech surge” aimed at repairing the troubled launch of the government website at the heart of his signature healthcare law.

Jeffrey Zients, a former Office of Management and Budget official who will become head of the National Economic Council in January, will provide short-term management advice and counsel on the project, said Kathleen Sebelius, Secretary of Health and Human Services (HHS).

Oct 22, 2013

McCain: ‘Obamacare’ website woes could help Republicans

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The troubled launch of Democratic President Barack Obama’s healthcare website could give Republicans a chance to regain some of the political ground they lost during the recent government shutdown, Republican Senator John McCain said on Monday.

The Arizona senator, a vocal critic of conservative Republicans who held up government funding for 16 days while demanding changes to Obama’s healthcare law, said the federal shutdown was devastating to many people in his state. Republicans “have our work cut out for us” to improve their image after polls indicated that more Americans blamed them for the fiscal impasse, he said.

Oct 19, 2013

Hillary Clinton hits campaign trail, endorses McAuliffe in Virginia

FALLS CHURCH, Virginia (Reuters) – Hillary Clinton returned to the campaign trail on Saturday to endorse old friend Terry McAuliffe in the Virginia governor’s race, urging voters to reject the “scorched earth” politics that led to the recent government shutdown.

At her first overtly political appearance since leaving her post as secretary of state in February, the former Democratic senator and first lady said the outcome of the bitter governor’s battle would show whether voters were ready to choose common sense over ideology.

Oct 18, 2013

Americans find little to cheer in deal to end fiscal crisis – Reuters/Ipsos poll

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Most Americans found little to cheer in the congressional deal to reopen the government and avoid a national default, and Republicans suffered the biggest political damage in the crisis, according to a Reuters/Ipsos poll released on Friday.

Nearly one-third of Americans – 32 percent – were dissatisfied with the agreement to end the fiscal impasse and 40 percent were neither satisfied nor dissatisfied. Only 28 percent were satisfied with the outcome.

Oct 18, 2013

Americans find little to cheer in deal to end fiscal crisis: poll

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Most Americans found little to cheer in the congressional deal to reopen the government and avoid a national default, and Republicans suffered the biggest political damage in the crisis, according to a Reuters/Ipsos poll released on Friday.

Nearly one-third of Americans – 32 percent – were dissatisfied with the agreement to end the fiscal impasse and 40 percent were neither satisfied nor dissatisfied. Only 28 percent were satisfied with the outcome.

Oct 18, 2013

Americans find little to cheer in deal to end fiscal crisis

WASHINGTON, Oct 18 (Reuters) – Most Americans found little
to cheer in the congressional deal to reopen the government and
avoid a national default, and Republicans suffered the biggest
political damage in the crisis, according to a Reuters/Ipsos
poll released on Friday.

Nearly one-third of Americans – 32 percent – were
dissatisfied with the agreement to end the fiscal impasse and
40 percent were neither satisfied nor dissatisfied. Only 28
percent were satisfied with the outcome.

Oct 17, 2013

After the shutdown: For some voters, rising disgust with Washington

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Barack Obama and Congress may have settled the U.S. fiscal impasse for now, but some voters say politicians will have an even tougher job restoring the public’s shattered faith in government.

Low- and middle-income mothers in focus groups conducted as the showdown ended on Wednesday night used words like disgusted, angry, frustrated and embarrassed when discussing the stalemate that shut down the government and brought it to the verge of a historic default.

Oct 2, 2013

Cancellations, delays spread in U.S. gov’t shutdown

WASHINGTON, Oct 2 (Reuters) – Cancellations and delays
caused by the federal government shutdown spread across the
United States on Wednesday, ruining dream vacations, upending
carefully laid wedding plans and complicating the lives of
millions of people.

From blood drives to daycare programs, musical performances
to research projects, the disruptions caused by the political
stalemate in Washington sparked growing frustrations and left
people scrambling to make alternative plans.

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      "John Whitesides has covered U.S. politics, elections and Congress for 13 years, based in Washington. He joined Reuters in Asia, where he worked as an editor and correspondent in Hong Kong."
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