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  1. government shudown
    Trump Signed Bill Heading Off Government Shutdown—and Hardly Anyone NoticedThe Kavanaugh hearings really did blot out the sky last week.
  2. government shutdown
    Congressional Republicans Ignoring Trump Government Shutdown ThreatsTrump is again threatening to shut down the federal government over border wall funding. His congressional allies are strangely sure he’s bluffing.
  3. 2018 midterms
    Congress Moves to Make Sure There’s No Government Shutdown Before MidtermsMembers of Congress are hoping that Trump won’t flip-flop yet again and reject an agreement that fails to meet his demands for border wall funding.
  4. President Trump Is Threatening to Shut Down the Government Over ImmigrationPOTUS again rattling his saber over the border wall and legal immigration restrictions just after his allies assured us he’d be “patient.”
  5. Don’t Look Now, But Another Government Shutdown Threat Looms This FallTrump’s demand for border wall funding he can’t get may combine with the desire to pump up the GOP base and produce a shutdown.
  6. Why the GOP Might Face More Humiliation on ImmigrationRepublican attempts to pass a bill were huge failures. But there’s always room to fail again.
  7. Senate Kills Trump’s Phony ‘Spending Clawback’ BillTwo Republicans chose not to go along with a completely symbolic fiscal charade, and that was all it took to give it a well-deserved defeat.
  8. After Blowing Up the Deficit, House Passes Mostly Phony Spending CutsThis “spending clawback” bill involves the budgetary equivalent of sofa-cushion money.
  9. McConnell May Cancel August Recess to Keep Democrats From Going Home to CampaignMcConnell knows there are more incumbent Democrats than Republicans in competitive races. Threatening to keep them in D.C. could make them malleable.
  10. Trump, House GOP May Try Clawing Back Spending They Approved Week Before LastThe White House and the GOP mull bringing back the ancient tool of rescissions to “do over” the omnibus spending bill.
  11. Congress Has a Spending Bill That Solves Some Problems, Ignores Lots of OthersIf both houses pass it, and Trump signs it, we won’t have to hear about shutdowns again until October.
  12. GOP Congressional Leaders Ready to Wrap Up 2018 Very SoonCongress will soon find reasons not to act on much of what was supposed to represent its 2018 agenda — other than campaigning for reelection.
  13. 4 Reasons to Ignore Trump’s BudgetTrump just signed a congressional budget deal on Friday. His own budget was out-of-date even as it was being printed.
  14. Trump Nostalgic for the Swamp’s Favorite Fuel, EarmarksWhy not bring back the little political trophies pols love so much? It’s not like Trump was serious about “draining the swamp.”
  15. Why a Government Shutdown Is Looming Again in JanuaryAnother month of GOP rule, another month of stressful and arbitrary deadlines.
  16. The Republican Civil War Might Be Coming to Mississippi in 2018Senator Thad Cochran is rumored to be stepping down soon due to poor health. The race to replace him could get wild.
  17. Republicans Trying to Engineer a Government Shutdown They Can Blame on DemocratsIn the latest maneuvering over spending, Republicans want Democrats to go to the mats on immigration policy and perhaps trigger a government shutdown.
  18. Why You Might Be Seeing a Bipartisan Health-Care Bill in DecemberRepublicans need cover to do the right thing on stabilizing Obamacare markets, and a fat, must-pass spending bill could be the ticket.
  19. McConnell Says Next Debt Limit Vote Won’t Happen Until Next YearMcConnell was blindsided by Trump’s fiscal deal with Democrats. But now it seems a debt limit increase can be delayed, reducing Democratic leverage.
  20. The Trump-Democratic Fiscal Deal Puts The Lid Back On A Boiling PotTrump’s fiscal deal with Democrats really just put off a manufactured crisis. The problems the GOP faces in enacting a tax bill haven’t gone away.
  21. 7 Big Questions About What Congress Will Do in SeptemberThe big storm in Texas and Louisiana has improved the visibility in Washington — but there’s still a lot to do and little time to do it.
  22. Need for Quick Harvey Funding Could Screw Up Plans for a Huge Fiscal PackageIt initially appeared Harvey funding would be a protective cloak for other must-pass fiscal bills. But with FEMA money running out, the timing’s off.
  23. Disaster-Funding Package Could Make Debt Default Fears Go Away for a Long TimeThe popular idea of packaging must-pass fiscal legislation with disaster relief has a new wrinkle: increasing the debt limit until after the midterms.
  24. Disaster Money May Give Congress a Way Out of Its Fiscal CrisisWith disaster funding for Texas becoming the ultimate must-pass legislation, Congress could use it as a way out of September’s fiscal crisis.
  25. If Trump Keeps Threatening Government Shutdown, Democrats Will Have Some OptionsNow that the president has put a government shutdown squarely on the table, Democrats must decide if they want a deal, or just a Trump defeat.
  26. Bannon on the Outside Could Be Even More DangerousWhile Bannon’s rivals in the administration will be happy to see him go, he could cause the White House immense problems as a free agent.
  27. Why Nuking the Filibuster Could Be Part of a Debt-Limit DealWith conservatives now threatening to take must-pass legislation hostage, they could get together with Trump and permanently end Democratic leverage.
  28. The Government Could Be Headed for a Showdown and a Shutdown Over Trump’s WallCongressional Democrats and Republicans can probably avoid a government shutdown or a debt default. But Trump’s border wall could be a deal-breaker.
  29. GOP Struggles to Secure a ‘Clean’ Debt-Limit IncreaseIn theory everybody in Congress favors a straightforward debt-limit increase. But side deals and other complications loom large.
  30. Jeff Sessions Wants to Go After Medical MarijuanaDespite a Trump pledge to respect state decisions, the attorney general wants to restart the War on Drugs.
  31. A Debt-Limit Crisis Could Arrive Sooner Rather Than LaterHard-line conservatives in Congress who are angry about deficits may find a way to take a debt-limit increase hostage.
  32. GOP Prepares to Make Case Poor People Must Sacrifice So Rich Can Get Tax CutsWhispers are emerging from Capitol Hill to that effect.
  33. Republicans Are Hunkering Down for a Long Legislative WinterThe party came into power promising a string of high-speed victories. Now, after a lot of screwups and delays, it’s mired down.
  34. Trump Calls for Government Shutdown in SeptemberOn Twitter, Trump says a government shutdown or elimination of the legislative filibuster might be a good thing when the next funding fight arrives.
  35. House Conservatives May Revolt Against Spending DealAfter the GOP got rolled in negotiations over a major spending bill, disappointment on the right may mean Democratic votes are necessary to pass it.
  36. Congress Temporarily Avoids Government Shutdown With Stopgap Funding DealThe federal government will be operational for at least one more week.
  37. Trump’s Obamacare Hostage-Taking Effort Is Backfiring NoisilyDemocrats turned the tables on Trump by making continuation of Obamacare insurer subsidies a must-pass item in must-pass spending legislation.
  38. Mulvaney Pushes ‘Sanctuary City’ Crackdown That May Lead to Government ShutdownTrump’s OMB director has tossed another inflammatory issue into the mix.
  39. Another Government Shutdown Crisis Seems to Be ApproachingBefore GOP can “move on” to tax reform, it must deal with the real risk of an internal revolt against the current budget.
  40. GOP’s Planned Parenthood Fight Could Result in a Government ShutdownIf no longer nestled in a giant health-care bill, the defunding of the women’s health organization could spark an appropriations fight.
  41. 4 Reasons Why the Trump Budget Cuts Won’t HappenMeals on Wheels, Big Bird, and AmeriCorps are likely to survive.
  42. Mick Mulvaney’s Job Will Be a NightmareWith no time to spare and no margin for error, the new OMB director must somehow give Congress guidance after resolving his differences with Trump.