Bombings, Shutdowns And A New Pope: Top News Stories Of 2013
Ongoing Health Care Troubles Give GOP A Much-Needed BoostThe health care law's seemingly endless problems are giving congressional Republicans a much-needed boost of energy, helping them to move past the government-shutdown debacle and focus on a theme for next year's elections.
Romney Leaves Cruz Off List Of 2016 GOP HopefulsMitt Romney isn't including tea party favorite Ted Cruz among the Republicans' most electable potential presidential candidates in 2016.
D.C. Replenishes Cash Reserve Fund After Shutdown The District of Columbia government has replenished the reserve fund that it used to keep the city running during the federal shutdown.
Rep. King Criticizes Republican Party While Speaking To Boy ScoutsRep. Peter King wants even the Boy Scouts to know he's upset with his Republican Party.
Sean Penn: Tea Party, Ted Cruz Should Be Committed 'By Executive Order' Actor and “Ambassador-at-large for Haiti” Sean Penn said that “there’s a mental health problem in Congress,” and stated that Tea Party issues could be resolved by “committing them by executive order.”
Senate Dems Look To Give President Automatic Debt Ceiling AuthorityDemocrats controlling the Senate proposed Tuesday to avoid future showdowns over the so-called debt ceiling by giving the president authority to authorize additional federal borrowing unless Congress can muster veto-proof margins to block him.
Consumer Confidence Plunges, Feds Given Worst Feedback In Survey HistoryAmericans' confidence in the economy fell this month to the lowest level since April, as many worried about the impact of a 16-day partial government shutdown. The decline could weigh on spending and economic growth.
GOP Establishment: Tea Party Is OverA slice of corporate America thinks Tea Partyers have overstayed their welcome in Washington and should be shown the door in next year's congressional elections.
One Year After Romney Loss, The GOP Struggles To Find Party LeaderA year after losing a presidential race many Republicans thought was winnable, the party arguably is in worse shape than before. The GOP is struggling to control tensions between its tea party and establishment wings and watching approval ratings sink to record lows.
Cruz: Shutdown Got People Talking About Obamacare 'Disaster' Texas Sen. Ted Cruz says this month's partial government shutdown and his key role in it were a success: They got people talking.
D.C. Officials to Detail Effects of Federal Shutdown District of Columbia officials are set to detail the ways in which the city was affected by the federal government shutdown.
For Cuccinelli, Few Good Options on Government Shutdown The 16-day partial government shutdown is all but certain to figure prominently in Thursday's final sparring match between candidates in the governor's race. And that could be a problem for Republican Ken Cuccinelli.
Gibbs: 'Unbelievable' That White House Unaware Of Website ProblemsFormer White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs says that it’s “unbelievable” that The White House did not know of technical problems with the health care websites prior to launch.
Durbin Claims GOP Leader Told Obama During Meeting: 'I Cannot Even Stand To Look At You Right Now'Senate Majority Whip Dick Durbin, D-Ill., claims one GOP leader acted in a disrespectful manner toward President Barack Obama during a meeting over the government shutdown.