Nov 18, 2013

U.S. shutdown stalled research

When the U.S. government shut down in October, American researchers in the Antarctic lost an entire critical season in the field — and a year of data collection — because they can’t get there. Contracts for support personnel were canceled by the shutdown, and ...

Oct 21, 2013

How much did the shutdown cost? Billions

by Josh Hicks

Shutdowns aren’t cheap. This year’s closure, which ended Thursday, has probably cost the government and the economy billions of dollars, according to economists and policy analysts. Below are some estimates of the financial effects of the 16-day closure, which forced hundreds of thousands of ...

Senate opens talks on end to shutdown

Oct 13, 2013

Senate opens talks on end to shutdown

Senate leaders began negotiations Saturday aimed at reopening federal agencies and avoiding a government default after every other effort to end Congress’ impasse crumbled in the previous 48 hours. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid and Minority Leader Mitch McConnell took over the talks, which ...

GOP rushes plan to end shutdown

Oct 12, 2013

GOP rushes plan to end shutdown

Republicans in Congress rushed late Friday to develop a new plan for reopening the U.S. government and avoiding a first-ever default in hopes of crafting a strategy that can win the support of the White House before financial markets open Monday. Talks on Capitol ...

Driver shot in D.C. apparently thought Obama was monitoring her

Oct 5, 2013

Driver shot in D.C. apparently thought Obama was monitoring her

Investigators believe that a Connecticut woman who was fatally shot by police Thursday after a car chase from the White House to the Capitol had grappled with mental illness and may have believed she was surreptitiously being monitored by President Barack Obama. Miriam Carey, ...

Oct 4, 2013

U.S. government on Cruz control

To starve the feared "Obamacare" of funding, a hard core of America's Republican right seems prepared to paralyze the U.S. government and cripple its creditworthiness.