To hear Congress tell it, their constituents are demanding they take extreme positions and not compromise. But as I see it from Dallas, Texas, where I’m a blue liberal in a sea of red, regular working people have no problem cooperating with those who hold opposing views.
House Democrats arrested: At least eight Democratic members of the House were among about 200 people arrested during a massive rally seeking to push Republicans to vote on a stalled immigration reform bill.
Some Americans are challenging government shutdown national park closures by leaping over barricades or tossing cones aside in acts they call civil disobedience, but which some authorities call just breaking the law.
Stocks posted modest gains Friday, driven by budding optimism among traders that Washington's bickering politicians can reach an agreement on the budget and on increasing the government's borrowing limit soon.
President Obama will not embark on a week-long trip to Asia, because of the fiscal crisis in Washington. Even before the cancellation, some analysts saw signs that commitment was waning to a US 'pivot to Asia.'
Some Americans see the closure of national parks as politically motivated, but others say keeping the areas open during the government shutdown invites liability problems. For many, the parks strike a chord.