Politics

6:51pm

Wed October 9, 2013
It's All Politics

GOP Shutdown Strategy Gives House A Twilight Zone Feel

House Majority Leader Eric Cantor, R-Va., holds a news conference Oct. 3 with the GOP Doctors Caucus — members of the House who are medical professionals by training — to talk about how the government shutdown is affecting medical research.
J. Scott Applewhite AP

With little progress being made to resolve the government shutdown, House Republicans have decided on a piecemeal strategy.

They have been voting to reopen small pieces of the government — for example, on Wednesday, they approved bills paying for the Federal Aviation Administration and for death benefits to the families of service members.

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5:53pm

Wed October 9, 2013
It's All Politics

Obama Has A Tea Party Cousin — And He's Running For Senate

Originally published on Wed October 9, 2013 8:14 pm

Sen. Pat Roberts, R-Kan., and other senators rush to the floor for a vote in July. Roberts faces a 2014 primary challenge from a distant relative of President Obama's.
J. Scott Applewhite AP

Another member of the Obama family wants to come to Washington. But don't expect the president to campaign for him.

Milton Wolf, a distant cousin of President Obama's, announced Tuesday he will run for the U.S. Senate in Kansas, challenging three-term Sen. Pat Roberts in the Republican primary.

There's some political distance between Wolf and his cousin in the White House, to put it mildly.

An outspoken critic of the president's health care law, Wolf writes a conservative column for the Washington Times and has made several appearances on Fox News.

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5:37pm

Wed October 9, 2013
Politics

With Fewer Competitive Districts Comes Less Incentive To Compromise

Melissa Block speaks with David Wasserman, House editor for The Cook Political Report, about the leanings of congressional districts in the U.S., polarized districts and roots in the shutdown.

5:37pm

Wed October 9, 2013
Politics

Sen. Collins Has A Three-Point Shutdown, Debt Ceiling Plan

Melissa Block talks to Sen. Susan Collins, (R-Maine) about her compromise plan to end the fiscal crisis.

5:37pm

Wed October 9, 2013
Politics

Obama Makes Janet Yellen His Official Choice To Head The Fed

Janet Yellen is President Obama's choice to replace Ben Bernanke at the Federal Reserve. The announcement came Wednesday afternoon. If confirmed by the Senate, Yellen will be the first woman to lead the Fed.

5:37pm

Wed October 9, 2013
Politics

Taking The Political Pulse Of The Country Through Local Papers

Originally published on Thu October 10, 2013 10:15 am

For a view of the partial government shutdown across the country, Melissa Block talks to Felice Belman, opinion editor of the Concord Monitor in Concord, N.H.; Patrick Malone, political reporter for The Coloadoan based in Fort Collins, Colo.; and Brian Pearson, managing editor of the Tyler Morning Telegraph in Tyler, Texas.

5:37pm

Wed October 9, 2013
Around the Nation

After First Flawed Attempt, Florida Tries Voter Roll Restrictions Again

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4:26pm

Wed October 9, 2013
It's All Politics

Like The GOP, Boehner's Ohio Buddies Split On His Leadership

Originally published on Wed October 9, 2013 4:51 pm

House Speaker John Boehner, accompanied by GOP Reps. Kevin McCarthy, Cathy McMorris Rodgers and Eric Cantor, spoke to the press Tuesday, as the partial government shutdown entered its second week.
J. Scott Applewhite AP

Spirits were high when a posse of John Boehner's friends traveled from Ohio to the nation's capital to celebrate the longtime Republican congressman's elevation to House speaker in January 2011.

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4:22pm

Wed October 9, 2013
It's All Politics

Could A Democrat Become Governor In Texas?

Originally published on Wed October 9, 2013 8:44 pm

Texas state Sen. Wendy Davis, a Democratic candidate for governor, speaks at a rally in Haltom City on Oct. 3.
LM Otero AP

In 2014, Texas voters might just see something they haven't experienced in two decades — a competitive race for governor.

Current Republican Gov. Rick Perry isn't running for re-election, so it's an open race, with new faces and new optimism for Texas Democrats.

Earlier this year, the Democrats were once again facing the prospect of scrambling to find someone to run as their candidate. Then, on June 25, state Sen. Wendy Davis came to the Capitol in Austin wearing running shoes and ready to block a restrictive abortion bill.

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2:00pm

Wed October 9, 2013
It's All Politics

President Obama's 'It's Good To Be The King' Moment

Originally published on Wed October 9, 2013 7:05 pm

President Obama and House Speaker John Boehner sit together at a Capitol event in February dedicating a statue of civil rights icon Rosa Parks.
J. Scott Applewhite AP

It is good to be the king.

That old adage holds, even though nowadays we call our chief executive "Mr. President."

After another long day of showdown over the shutdown, President Obama was able to dominate the headlines, break the tension and change the atmosphere in Washington. He could demonstrate everything that is different about being in the White House — as opposed to that other House where Speaker John Boehner lives.

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