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    Washington in a Flash: Shutdown Showdown

    Driving the conversation: The Senate will vote today on a continuing resolution that would fund the federal government through Nov. 18 and provide $3.65 billion in disaster aid funding for the Federal Emergency Management Agency. If Congress does not act, the government will partially shut down at the end of … More

    Washington in a Flash: Government Shutdown on the Horizon?

    Driving the conversation: Mitch McConnell says no. Harry Reid says maybe. At issue is a continuing resolution the House is expected to take up today. It would fund the federal government at current levels, but the $3.65 billion increase in FEMA disaster aid funding would be offset with cuts elsewhere in … More

    Washington in a Flash: Barack's Buffett Bloviating

    Driving the conversation: No part of President Obama’s newly-unveiled deficit reduction plan has attracted more attention than the so-called “Buffett Rule” – mentioned in yesterday’s WIAF – which would bar individuals making more than a million dollars from paying a smaller share of their income in taxes than middle income … More

    Washington in a Flash: East Coast Braces for Irene

    Driving the conversation: The east coast of the United States is bracing itself for a pounding from Hurricane Irene, expected to hit on Saturday. North Carolina, Virginia, Maryland, New Jersey, New York, and Connecticut have all declared a state of emergency. While the dangers to residents are worrisome, some commentators … More

    Washington in a Flash: Obama Debt Hits $4 Trillion

    Driving the conversation: CBS News White House correspondent Mark Knoller marked a grim milestone for President Obama in a post on the network’s website last night. “The debt was $10.626 trillion on the day Mr. Obama took office. The latest calculation from Treasury shows the debt has now hit $14.639 … More

    Washington in a Flash: Rebels Take Tripoli

    Driving the conversation: Col. Muammar Qaddafi was swept from power by Libyan rebel forces over the weekend. While rebels hold most of Tripoli, the country’s dictator remains at large, and the Libyan military reportedly still holds the area around the president’s compound. The Heritage Foundation, in today’s Morning Bell, is … More

    Washington in a Flash: On Economy, Obama at 26%

    Driving the conversation: Americans’ approval of President Obama’s handling of the economy hit a new low yesterday. According to polling company Gallup, 71 percent of adults disapprove of the president’s economic performance. Just over a quarter of respondents said they were happy with his economic record. The last time Gallup … More

    Washington in a Flash: Unemployment at 9.1%, Employers Add 117,000 Jobs

    The Bureau of Labor Statistics reported this morning that employers added 117,000 jobs in July, up from June’s dismal 18,000 but still below the number needed to keep pace with population growth. The unemployment rate also fell 0.1 percent to 9.1 percent. Get complete analysis from Heritage’s Rea Hederman and … More

    Washington in a Flash: Birthday Bash

    President Obama jetted out of town to celebrate his 50th birthday in Chicago last night, an event that doubled as a fundraiser for his re-election campaign. With the debt deal behind him, expect to see Obama on the road to build his war chest for 2012. Tickets to the birthday bash … More

    Washington in a Flash: Recess!

    Now that President Obama has signed the Budget Control Act into law following weeks of grueling debate, lawmakers are packing their bags and heading home for August recess. Both houses of Congress return the first week of September, but neither passed a formal adjournment resolution, denying Obama the opportunity to make … More