Politics

11:12am

Thu October 10, 2013
The Government Shutdown

Boehner Proposes 6-Week Increase In Debt Limit

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Seven days from now - according to the U.S. Treasury Department - the U.S. approaches the point where it can no longer pay its bills. The federal budget deficit has been dropping dramatically. But in the wake of the Great Recession, it is still very high.

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8:44am

Thu October 10, 2013
Planet Money

Everyone The U.S. Government Owes Money To, In One Graph

Originally published on Thu October 10, 2013 10:58 am

Who Holds Our Debt?
Quoctrung Bui / NPR

If Congress doesn't raise the debt ceiling soon, the U.S. government won't be able to pay its debts. Here's who the government owes money to — all the holders of U.S. Treasury debt, broken down by category and by how much government debt they hold.

For more, see our story: What A U.S. Default Would Mean For Pensions, China And Social Security

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8:19am

Thu October 10, 2013

8:19am

Thu October 10, 2013
It's All Politics

Thursday Morning Political Mix

Originally published on Thu October 10, 2013 9:02 am

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) and a sign of the times.
Evan Vucci AP

Good morning, fellow political junkies. It's Day 10 of the federal government's partial shutdown. And while it's a dreary, rainy day in Washington, there did appear to be more glimmers of hope this morning than in recent days.

Today's theme is movement, as in, there seem to be some tentative steps towards resolving the current fiscal impasse as President Obama and House Republicans are scheduled to meet at the White House later Thursday.

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7:39am

Thu October 10, 2013
The Two-Way

Shutdown Day 10: Obama, GOP To Meet Amid Signs Of Possible Thaw

Originally published on Wed October 23, 2013 11:04 am

Chairman of the House Budget Committee Paul Ryan at the U.S. Capitol on Thursday. Ryan has outlined the framework of a possible deal on the federal shutdown and the debt ceiling.
Mark Wilson Getty Images

It's Day 10 of the partial federal government shutdown, and the big news is a meeting between President Obama and a select group of House Republicans.

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4:44am

Thu October 10, 2013
National Security

Foundation To Pay Military Death Benefits During Shutdown

Originally published on Thu October 10, 2013 7:39 am

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The remains of four American service members were returned yesterday to Dover Air Force Base. They were killed in Afghanistan.

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4:44am

Thu October 10, 2013
Politics

10 Days Into Shutdown, 'We've Got To Do Better Than This'

Originally published on Thu October 10, 2013 7:39 am

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Now, the partial shutdown prompted angry debate across the country. But at the center of that debate, we found quiet yesterday. We dropped by a Senate office building where the halls were empty. Papers taped on doors read: We regret that due to the government shutdown our office is closed. *

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3:00am

Thu October 10, 2013
Planet Money

What A U.S. Default Would Mean For Pensions, China And Social Security

Originally published on Thu October 10, 2013 12:38 pm

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What would happen if Congress doesn't raise the debt ceiling and the U.S. defaults on its debt later this month? The broad economic implications are unpredictable, but a default could cause huge trouble for the global economy.

But whatever happens to the global economy, one thing is clear: People all over the world who have loaned the U.S. government money won't get paid on time.

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7:04pm

Wed October 9, 2013
It's All Politics

What To Call The Most Powerful Central Banker In The World

Originally published on Wed October 9, 2013 8:10 pm

President Obama's nominee to lead the Federal Reserve, Janet Yellen, stands in the State Dining Room of the White House on Wednesday. If Yellen's nomination is confirmed by the Senate, she'll be the first woman to head the Federal Reserve System.
Charles Dharapak AP

Janet Yellen got the official nod from President Obama Wednesday afternoon for the Fed's top spot. If Yellen's nomination is confirmed by the Senate, she'll be the first woman to head the Federal Reserve System and the most powerful central banker in the world.

But since she would be the first woman to get the job, just what exactly would her title be? Chair? Chairman? Chairwoman?

Yellen would replace Ben Bernanke, whose official salutation is chairman of the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System.

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7:04pm

Wed October 9, 2013
It's All Politics

Shutdown Diary: Paul Ryan's Plan Gets Tea Party Pushback

Originally published on Wed October 9, 2013 7:13 pm

Rep. Paul Ryan, R-Wis., offered a path forward in the fiscal stalemate, but Tea Party hard-liners weren't impressed.
Mark Wilson Getty Images

Are House Republicans still seeking Democratic concessions on the Affordable Care Act? Or have they switched their sights to even bigger targets: federal spending on entitlements like Medicare and Social Security?

The answer on Wednesday depended on which Republican you asked.

Paul Ryan's Pitch

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