Originally published on Thu October 3, 2013 10:53 am
To understand House Speaker John Boehner's role in the government shutdown, you have to understand the 30 or so House Republican hard-liners and his relationship with them.
It's an uneasy one at best.
"Listen, we've got a diverse caucus," was how Boehner put it in mid-September, shortly after the 30 forced him to ditch his original plan for a temporary government funding bill.
"Whenever we're trying to put together a plan, we've got 233 members — all of whom have their own plan," he said. "It's tough to get them on the same track. We got there."
Originally published on Thu October 3, 2013 11:46 am
Update at 7:15 p.m. ET. No Progress:
Speaker of the House John Boehner, a Republican from Ohio, stepped out of the White House this evening after a 90-minute meeting with President Obama and reported no progress.
"They will not negotiate," Boehner said. "All we are asking for here is a discussion and fairness for the American people on Obamacare."
Originally published on Wed October 2, 2013 5:56 pm
The old line in Washington is that the "establishment" controls everything.
But the fights that have resulted in the government shutdown have turned that cliche upside down.
This time, it's the Tea Party and its allies in Congress calling the shots. The "establishment" — on Capitol Hill and in the business community — has so far been on the outs.
You can hear the frustration in the voice of 11-term Rep. Peter King, R-N.Y., as he runs a gantlet of reporters at the Capitol.
"I'm just more concerned about there not being a clean CR," he says amid the hubbub.
Originally published on Tue October 1, 2013 8:48 am
The Senate's votes have been along party lines when it comes to the so-called shutdown showdown.
And it's been mostly the same story in the House.
Originally published on Tue October 1, 2013 9:15 am
Both of the Hillary Clinton biopics that drew protests from the Republican National Committee have now been canceled before even being made.