President Obama met with a group of about 18 leading Republicans late this afternoon at the White House , where the two sides discussed a proposal by House Speaker John Boehner to raise the debt limit until just before Thanksgiving. I don’t know if you want to call them negotiations – certainly the White House doesn’t – but talks are going to continue into the night.
Think the White House isn’t feeling the pressure from the shutdown? Grizzly bear, bison, and big horn sheep will all find their vacation from mankind coming to an end as the Interior Department decreed today that states can use their own money to reopen the National Parks. Many states are willing to do so because the absence of tourists is harming local businesses selling everything
Updated 3:41 pm ET House Speaker John Boehner told the Republican caucus this morning that he wants an increase in the debt limit, without language defunding Obamacare, that will last six weeks. Republicans would not reopen the federal government, however, maintaining the pressure of a shutdown to force negotiations. It’s not clear if House conservatives will go along with this, but they should. It’s exactly
DC Mayor Vincent Gray Wednesday implored Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid to allow the District of Columbia to function properly, asking Reid to release District funds being held up by the shutdown. As you may be aware, the federal government has substantial purview over DC’s finances. Here’s the exchange: Gray: Sir, we are not a department of the government . . . We’re simply trying
Sorry, I’m really not trying to be an organ for RNC propaganda. But they definitely have someone clever over there putting video together. Okay, equal time. Here’s a video in a similar vein from the Democratic National Committee. Compare them for yourself.
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