Is the Current Washington Stalemate a Taste of the Future?
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Is the Current Washington Stalemate a Taste of the Future?

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House Republicans have cast doubt on a bipartisan Senate plan for reopening the government and raising the debt limit by Thursday. Will business as usual become a thing of the past in Washington?

Also, a new proposal from House Republicans may jeopardize the hope for a compromise, and the Supreme Court reevaluates affirmative action.

Banner image: An empty speaker's lectern is seen in the rain outside the U.S. Capitol in Washington, October 10, 2013. U.S. House of Representatives Republicans are weighing a short-term debt limit increase with no added policy changes, such as deficit-reduction requirements, according to a source with knowledge of the discussions. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst

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Could New House Proposal Derail Compromise? ()

As the Senate leaders of both parties appeared to have reached a compromise, with a vote likely tomorrow, House Republicans met this morning to plan adding new provisions. That could stymie the process of reopening the government and raising the debt ceiling two days from now. Janet Hook is a congressional correspondent for the Wall Street Journal.

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Who's in Control on Capitol Hill? ()

In Washington today, a reported deal to reopen the government and raise the debt limit by Thursday was on-again, off again. Deal or no deal, there’s no guarantee that another, similar crisis won’t arise a few weeks from now. Tea Party Republicans want an end to business as usual, and new sources of funding allow them to thumb their noses at the traditional GOP. Today’s plan by the House was rejected by the Obama White House—although it was similar to the Senate plan with some amendments.

Who’s in control on Capitol Hill? What about next year’s elections? Is real compromise possible in Washington’s 24-hour goldfish bowl?

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Supreme Court Weighs Affirmative Action Again ()

The US Supreme Court has limited affirmative action in past cases, but it’s never banned the practice nationwide. Today’s case provides that opportunity. It was heard by eight of the nine justices. Former Solicitor General of the US Elena Kagen recused herself.

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