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President Barack Obama signs legislation to reopen government and avert default; federal employees directed to return to work

Our lat­est Repub­­li­­can-insti­­gat­ed man­u­fac­tured fis­cal cri­sis is over. Final­ly. From the White House, received moments ago: On Thurs­day, Octo­ber 17, 2013, the Pres­i­dent signed into law: H.R. 2775, the “Con­tin­u­ing Appro­pri­a­tions Act, 2014,” which pro­vides fis­cal year 2014 appro­pri­a­tions for projects and activ­i­ties of the Fed­er­al Gov­ern­ment through Wednes­day, Jan­u­ary 15, 2014.  The effec­tive time for the continuing […]

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U.S. House signs off on deal to reopen the federal government and pay America’s bills

An eleventh-hour agree­ment nego­ti­at­ed by Har­ry Reid and Mitch McConnell to reopen the fed­er­al gov­ern­ment and pay Amer­i­ca’s bills was accept­ed by the U.S. House of Rep­re­sen­ta­tives Wednes­day night after top House Repub­li­cans admit­ted that their attempts to extract a ran­som in exchange for sim­ply ful­fill­ing their basic respon­si­bil­i­ties as rep­re­sen­ta­tives had failed mis­er­ably. With […]

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U.S. Senate votes overwhelmingly to reopen federal government and pay America’s bills

At long last, we final­ly have some decent news out of the Oth­er Wash­ing­ton. By a vote of eighty-one to eigh­teen, the Unit­ed States Sen­ate has vot­ed to approve leg­is­la­tion that reopens the fed­er­al gov­ern­ment through mid-Jan­u­ary and allows the U.S. Depart­ment of the Trea­sury to pay Amer­i­ca’s bills through mid-Feb­ru­ary. More than half of […]

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An open letter to the Pacific Northwest members of the House Republican caucus

Edi­tor’s note: The fol­low­ing let­ter was trans­mit­ted by fac­sim­i­le to the offices of Dave Reichert, Greg Walden, and Mike Simp­son this morn­ing. A slight­ly dif­fer­ent let­ter was sent to Raul Labrador, Cathy McMor­ris Rodgers, and Doc Hast­ings, who are known for being hard­lin­ers. All of the afore­men­tioned indi­vid­u­als rep­re­sent (or pur­port to rep­re­sent) por­tions of […]