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9 Months After Shutdown, DC Hit With Baby Boom

Timing probably just a coincidence, right?

(Newser) - As the nation's capital languished during October's 16-day government shutdown, a nurse in Washington, DC, made a Facebook prediction: “Furlough babies????" Lo and behold nine months later, reps at Sibley Memorial Hospital, where the nurse works, say there’s been a nearly 33% increase in births over... More »

No Shutdown: Congress Rolls Out $1.1T Spending Bill

Bipartisan measure expected to pass easily

(Newser) - After weeks of late nights, House and Senate negotiators believe they have hammered out a bipartisan spending bill that will ensure a year free from government shutdown drama. "There will be no shutdown," says Senate Appropriations Committee chair Barbara Mikulski. "This is a strong bipartisan bill, and... More »

Congress on Verge of Drama-Free Budget

Low-ambition deal might make flying more expensive

(Newser) - Paul Ryan and Patty Murray do not want another government shutdown. That much is clear based on the quick budget deal that the two are reportedly finishing up—one so modest that the Washington Post characterizes it as a "cease-fire." The bill doesn't reduce the debt, close... More »

State Dept. Stocked Up on Booze Before Shutdown

And very expensive art, too

(Newser) - The State Department certainly had its priorities straight in the weeks leading up to the government shutdown: In September, the last month of the fiscal year, it spent $180,000 ... on booze. That includes $11,550 on "gratuity whiskey" and "gratuity wine" at the embassy in Rio, $22,... More »

GOP Looks Ready to Sabotage Itself Again

'Wall Street Journal' editors say budget standoff could negate ObamaCare gains

(Newser) - The conservative editorial page of the Wall Street Journal sounds pretty hopeful that the troubles of ObamaCare will translate into solid GOP gains in next year's midterms. But the editors also see signs that Republicans are going to once again blow it with a "stupid, futile budget standoff.... More »

Obama Is a Lousy Apologizer

Lynn Sweet: He seems to lack genuine empathy

(Newser) - President Obama offered an "I'm sorry" last night to the people whose insurance polices got canceled despite his earlier assurances to the contrary. At the Chicago Sun-Times , Lynn Sweet is unmoved. What stands out from the interview "is the president’s inability to sincerely express empathy,"... More »

Shutdown Fallout: Delayed Tax Refunds

IRS to start processing returns later

(Newser) - Internal Revenue Service workers are back from furlough with news that might annoy on-the-ball taxpayers: The agency says the government shutdown will delay the date when it begins processing tax returns by as much as two weeks, meaning refunds won't arrive as promptly as usual for millions of early... More »

Irate Voters Ready to Throw the Bums Out

Just 4% say we'd be worse off if every Congressman was replaced

(Newser) - The American people want to see some heads roll in Congress, with new polls out today showing that the shutdown has drastically soured voters on just about everyone. Just 4% of respondents said the country would be worse off if every single congressman were replaced in the 2014 elections, while... More »

Believe It or Not, the GOP Is Winning

The whole policy discussion is still being held on their terms

(Newser) - Republicans may look like they're cleaning egg off their face right now. "House Republicans have suffered a huge tactical defeat of their own devising," writes George Packer at the New Yorker . "But in a larger sense, the Republicans are winning, and have been for the past... More »

Lew on Debt Ceiling Showdown: Never Again

'Cannot take a risk with the full faith and credit'

(Newser) - For lawmakers who might be getting used to last-minute debt ceiling showdowns, the country's Treasury secretary has a message: Not so fast, sunshine. "The message that we have to send going forward is that there was a turning point on Wednesday night and this won't happen again,... More »

Boehner to Obama: 'I Got Overrun'

A behind-the-scenes look at how and why the shutdown happened

(Newser) - During a White House meeting on Oct. 2, a day into the shutdown, John Boehner slipped out for a smoke. Barack Obama followed him, demanding a private explanation for the shutdown. "John, what happened?" he asked. "I got overrun, that's what happened," Boehner replied. That anecdote... More »

Washington's Plan: Avoid Repeat—by Aiming Low

Shutdown over, new budget talks begin

(Newser) - Next up in DC: House and Senate Budget Committee leaders have until Dec. 13 to agree upon a budget plan and ensure the whole mess doesn't happen again. Both sides say they're intent on avoiding another shutdown, and the New York Times reports on how they'll do... More »

Federal Workers Getting Back Pay Next Week

Most will start seeing it in Oct. 25 paychecks

(Newser) - Most furloughed federal workers, who went 16 days without pay, will start getting back pay a week from tomorrow. When exactly the back pay starts showing up depends on the payroll provider used by each agency, but most workers will start seeing it Oct. 25, CNN reports. More good news:... More »

House Stenographer Explains Meltdown

Dianne Foster Reidy says Holy Spirit made her do it

(Newser) - Blame the Holy Spirit: The House stenographer who was dragged out of the chamber last night after an outburst about God and the Freemasons has explained what happened—kind of. Politico reports that Dianne Foster Reidy told Fox News , "For the past two and a half weeks, the Holy... More »

Federal Employees Go Back to Work ... on a Huge 'Mess'

Assuming they got the news at all

(Newser) - Federal employees are officially back on the job this morning—assuming they got the news. The bill reopening the government was signed late last night , and agencies couldn't exactly email their employees to let them know, because it was actually illegal for workers to check their email during the... More »

Obama: These Should Be Our 3 Priorities Now

President gives 20-minute speech

(Newser) - It's a post-shutdown potpourri: facts and statements emerging the morning after. The latest, leading with President Obama's 11am comments:
  • Obama recaps: "Let's be clear: there are no winners here. The American people are completely fed up with Washington. There was no economic rationale for all of
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The 7 Biggest Shutdown Losers

Hint: Most of them are Republicans

(Newser) - "There are no winners here," White House press secretary Jay Carney told reporters yesterday afternoon. This is because Jay Carney is not a political pundit who lives to declare winners in Washington dust-ups. But even taking Carney at his word about winners, there sure were a heck of... More »

House Stenographer Dragged Out After Outburst

She grabs the mic, starts talking about God and Freemasons

(Newser) - Picture all the people present in the House chamber last night, and select the one most likely to lose it. Didn't pick "the House stenographer"? Yeah, neither did we, but that is apparently what happened during last night's debt ceiling/shutdown vote . Politico reports that a woman... More »

It's Over: House Passes Senate-Backed Deal

Obama signs bill: We need to stop 'governing by crisis'

(Newser) - Federal workers, prepare to rejoin the morning commute. The Senate tonight passed its bill to end the government shutdown and raise the debt ceiling by a vote of 81-18, the AP reports; the House backed the bill 285-144, just hours before the Treasury would have lost its authority to borrow... More »

Boehner: House Won't Block Senate's Deal

'We fought the good fight; we just didn't win,' says speaker; vote will be tonight

(Newser) - It looks like DC's impasse over the shutdown and debt ceiling will indeed end tonight. John Boehner says the House won't block the deal that emerged from the Senate earlier today, reports the Washington Post . He promised that Republicans would continue to try to rein in ObamaCare and... More »

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